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Peter Martin, Owner

I was born in California and raised in the Midwest, then moved to Colorado in 1986 then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I earned a degree in Civil Engineering. My love for the mountain lifestyle brought me to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1998. A year later I started Peter J. Martin Insurance in Basalt. In 2011, I merged his company with Steve Martin to form the Martin Insurance Group based in Carbondale. I split my time between the Carbondale and Eagle office locations.

I have lived in New Castle since 2007 with my wife Eileen and children Mikal, Gage, and Starr. I enjoy watching my kids play hockey, riding my road and mountain bikes, playing Adult Rec Hockey, and trying to collect trophies on Strava.

I am grateful for all the loyal clients that have become friends over the years. I consider it a privilege to be your trusted insurance advisor. Furthermore, it is a pleasure to work alongside such a wonderful team of agents at Martin Insurance Group.  

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April Trulove, Owner

My name is April Trulove, and I am a proud Partner at Martin Insurance Group, with strong roots in the Roaring Fork Valley. After graduating from Roaring Fork High School, I earned a full-ride volleyball scholarship to Northeastern Junior College and later, the University of West Florida, where I studied sports and exercise science. Following a brief time in Florida, my love for the valley brought me back to Carbondale in 2006. I began my career in the insurance industry as a part-time receptionist at Steve Martin Insurance, eventually transitioning to a full-time role in the Group Benefits Department. I never thought that I would be working in the Insurance Industry, but I learned that helping people is my passion, and it was that passion for helping people that led me to purchase Steve Martin's shares of the company upon his retirement.

I now have a wonderful husband and two amazing children, Talon and Tatum.  We enjoy camping with friends, boating, dirt biking, off roading, BMX racing, competitive beach volleyball and trips to the beach (I am still passionate about weight training).  I have also been stepping back into the Volleyball scene and helping coach the Carbondale Middle School Volleyball team.  I am looking forward to spending more time in the gym with the middle school team to help develop fundamentals that will carry through to High School. I must thank my clients and team for their trust and referrals as I would not be where I am today without you.

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Personal Insurance

Cassie Braatz

I have a long history of customer service in the food & beverage industry. I also have a background in Reservations for Luxury condos. Insurance was always the end goal. I joined Martin Insurance Group November of 2021. I am an expert in Personal Lines and learning new things every day in this ever-changing world of Insurance. My goal is to build my clientele by making connections and educating people on insurance. I plan to also take every opportunity in elevating my knowledge of the Insurance Industry to better support my clients

I am from Iowa and have spent the last 5 years in the Mountains. Glenwood Springs is where my heart is in all its beauty. I am married to my best friend, and we love to work out, travel, spend time with family & friends, watch movies, cook, and eat! We just had our first grand baby (boy). Being a grandparent is the coolest thing I have experienced so far in my life. We have 2 daughters Jade 21 & Lennon 13. I also got my twins I had always wanted our fur babies Domina & Leon American Bully XL’s. We have a 5-year plan of owning a home in Iowa, Colorado, and a condo in Miami!

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Cori Potter

I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Colorado in 2007 to enjoy the mountain lifestyle. I began working in the insurance industry in 2016 in the High Rockies and started with Martin Insurance Group in 2021 with the Personal Lines department. I take pride in being a knowledgeable local agent who listens with care and patience.

I’ve been a long time Eagle County resident with my hound Myrtle. I enjoy snowboarding, hiking in the backcountry and camping with the pup, rafting, or relaxing in a hammock listening to music.

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Kaitlin Maestas-Davis

My name is Kaitlin, I’m a member of the personal lines team, my primary focus being customer service. I started my insurance career in 2017 with Martin Insurance Group and continually strive to expand my knowledge of the industry. I believe that being born and raised here in the Roaring Fork Valley has given me a unique insight into our community and way of living that reflects in the way I do business. I pride myself on the loyalty and trust that is earned by providing quality and dependable service.

Having grown up in Colorado I truly understand how special it is, this is why I have chosen to keep to my local roots and build my family here with my husband and 1 year old son, Gideon. I enjoy all things nature related, camping, writing, listening to podcasts, and exploring this beautiful place we call home.

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Lucas Huttenhower

My name is Lucas Huttenhower, I am driven to provide adequate insurance coverage for our clients. I specialize in personal lines insurance and have a passion for building relationships with all my clients. My goal is to listen to needs and find the best option for personal insurance for each one of my clients.

I was born and raised in Glenwood Springs, CO. When I am not at work you can find me coaching my son’s sports teams or playing golf with my family. Growing up in Colorado gave me a passion for the outdoors including rafting, camping, hunting, and fishing.

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Mo Shalabi

As the Personal Lines Manager, I lead Martin Insurance Group’s Personal Lines Department.  I am recognized as a personal lines insurance coverage expert and provide clients with strategies to save on premiums and minimize gaps in coverage.  In addition to higher level coverage knowledge, I offer the human part of the experience, often missing in the Agency-Customer relationship.  This enables me to consistently receive referrals from the confidence and loyalty of clients.

I am licensed to handle Property & Casualty insurance and continuously work towards achieving additional accreditations through the National Alliance of Insurance Education & Research.  I enjoy following all Colorado sport teams and saving people a bunch of money through proper wealth protection.  When not at work, you will find me supporting my three kids in their journey to explore everything our valley has to offer.  GO BRONCOS!

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Rebecca Self

I was born in Texas and moved to Carbondale, Colorado as a young adult—so I consider myself a ‘Native’. I've been involved in personal lines insurance since the 90’s and joined the Martin Insurance Group staff working for Mo Shalabi inearly 2012.

I live in Glenwood Springs with my husband Doug and have three adult children (and 7 grandchildren under age 11) with spouses living in the Denver and Glenwood areas. Time away from work is enjoyed with family and friends at TheOrchard church, reading, staying fit with outdoor exercise, and continuing my love of cooking.

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Business Insurance

Monique Alarcon

I am a born and raised Northern New Mexican. I currently live in Albuquerque New Mexico with hopes of moving back to my hometown, Cuba New Mexico. I came to the Martin Insurance Group with over 8 years of insurance experience and a passion for commercial coverage.

In my off time I enjoy volunteering in my community as well as rescuing and fostering dogs and cats. I raise money in New Mexico to help others pay for the lifesaving treatments they need for their furry best friends. I am very passionate about my family, my hometown and saving animals. I am so excited to be joining the Martin Insurance Group team!

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Sabrina Papaleo

I started in the insurance industry by answering an ad in the local newspaper looking for a customer service representative 25 years ago and have been doing it since. I am licensed in P & C in NJ and Colorado. I love interacting with people and get an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction in helping people protect themselves and their businesses. I love what I do and look forward to interacting with clients not only professionally but personally as well. I am always here for my clients and know they can count on me anytime (even after hours.)

Personally, I am from NJ, born and raised Jersey Gal. I love catching rays down the Jersey Shore. If you know you know. I have 4 beautiful children who I adore, 2 in college and twins that will be graduating high school this year. I love to cook. I enjoy fishing and camping.

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Scott Houston

MS – Civil Engineering – West Virginia UniversityMBA – Colorado UniversityI have experience in commercial & personal lines insurance, civil engineering, technical sales, residential and commercial construction, product development, project management, and commercial real estate development. My goal is to protect our customers’ investments by providing comprehensive insurance consultation and service. Commercial insurance can be complicated, which is why businesses rely on us to place proper coverage.  That said, it’s important for our customers to understand basic commercial insurance concepts, and one of my assets is communicating those concepts in language that’s easy to understand.

I am a Pennsylvania native and moved to Colorado in 1996.  Interests include most all outdoor activities along with sports, cooking, gardening, motorcycles, and music.

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Genesis Oliva

I graduated from CMC with two associate degrees: AA of Science & AA of Business before graduating from Regis University with a BA in Business Administration. Along the way I learned that building professional relationships is important to me, and being bilingual definitely helps. I hope to one day obtain my Accredited Advisor in Insurance to continue to service clients as best as I can.

I grew up in Glenwood Springs & enjoyed every minute of its crazy weather! I love taking my dogs on hikes & watching them swim in lakes, but I hate giving them baths afterwards. I’ve started to garden & hope to keep learning how to nurture nature.

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Graham Wren

I was born and raised in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where I developed a love for the outdoors and the Colorado lifestyle.  After attending college at the University of San Diego, I moved back to Colorado to pursue my passion for snowboarding and the mountains.  With a few years at Vail Resorts under my belt, I found a long-term career with Martin Insurance Group in 2017 and have been here ever since.

I now live permanently in Eagle, Colorado with my wife, Brooklyn, daughter Marlee, two cats and one dog.  I am an avid snowboarder, mountain biker, and musician.  If things don’t work out in the insurance industry, you can catch me and my bluegrass band, Danger Mountain, picking away our sorrows at your local music venue.  Go Broncos!

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John Knauf

I am a graduate of the University of Southern California and spent much of my early career in TV sports production, play-by-play and advertising.  For almost a decade, I owned my own company which allowed me to develop a great appreciation for entrepreneurs and new business.  One of my favorite things to do was to work with business owners and clients as they grow in their respective industries.  That’s what drew me into the commercial insurance industry.  I value personal relationships and getting a good understanding of what our clients need to protect their interests.  As more of a business development specialist, I value personal meetings, on-site visits, and a true partnership with all my clients.  

Born in Munich, I moved to the states with my mom and dad at the age of six and have spent most of my life in Colorado since then.  Since 2001, my wife and I have lived in the Vail valley and currently have two daughters in high school.  I have been fortunate to coach my daughter’s club softball team and have a passion for coaching, skiing, and enjoying time with my family and Golden Retriever.  With a consultative sales background and a knack for coaching, I like to utilize the skills I've developed in those areas with the clients I partner with here at Martin Insurance.  

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Health Insurance

Amber Peet

I have been a part of the group benefits team at Martin Insurance Group since September 2022. As an account manager, I enjoy working with clients to help them better understand their coverages and ensure their benefits are working to meet their needs. I believe everyone deserves to feel strong and healthy, and I want all clients to be able to make informed decisions about what will work for them. I’m learning a lot and am happy to be a part of such a great team!

I grew up on the Front Range and have called Carbondale my home since 2017 after a few short years in the Vail Valley. I received my Special Education B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and am excited to be venturing outside the field of education. When I am not enrolling new members or investigating claims, you can find me hiking, biking, reading, or talking about my dog, Nova. My inbox is always open for book recommendations or photos of your four-legged friends.

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Frank Mooney

I have lived in Colorado since 1990 and have been part of Martin Insurance since 2006. I was born in New York City and attended the State University of New York. I currently live in New Castle, CO with my wife Erin and my dog Bentley.

I am the “Medicare Guy” in the office, having specialized in Medicare for over 10 years. I try to make the Medicare process as simple and easy to understand as possible. If you are confused about Medicare, give me a call.

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Karen Scripter

Born and raised in Florida, I moved to Colorado in 2003. I always wanted to live in the mountains since I visited Colorado in the 90s. I joined Martin Insurance in 2011 as a temp for the summer and never left.  I love working at Martin Insurance. It’s important to me to be able to help my clients understand their insurance.  Having relationships with my clients has been one of the best accomplishments for me.

I live in Glenwood Springs with my son, James.  I enjoy the area and all the fun activities that are nearby.  I enjoy walking downtown and the shops and restaurants are fun.  Music in the park is one of the events I look forward to every year.  My little community is quiet, and my neighbors are the best.  

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James Alvey

I come from a long background of Customer Service and Retail experience and decided after being at Target for 10 years, it was time for a change. I’m brand new to the insurance industry and it’s a lot to learn, but I’m expecting to stay at Martin Insurance for years to come and never stop learning. No matter where I’ve worked, I’ve been the “go to guy” when it comes to getting things done and I don’t expect that to be any different at MIG.

I’m looking forward to applying my experience to help our customers get the coverage that they need at an affordable price and building relationships in the process, so I know exactly what our clients need. I'm originally from Lakeland, Florida, but now I live in Colorado and love it here. My main hobbies are gaming and keeping up with the latest movies and TV series. When I'm not indoors, I enjoy taking walks in the Colorado mountains. I couldn't see myself living anywhere else now.

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Hannah Huffman

My name is Hannah, and I moved to the valley from Ames, Iowa after graduating high school in 2013. I’ve transitioned from a long history of customer service to insurance recently, and I’m excited to be part of such an amazing team! My goal is to build lasting relationships with our clients, and ensure they fully understand their insurance.

On a personal note, I enjoy nature, art, music, food, fishing, and dogs, to name a few. I have two dogs and they are my world! For my free time, I like to spend as much time outdoors as I can.

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Administration

Miriam Rodgers

My name is Miriam, and I have a bookkeeper certification, Associate degree and working on bachelor’s in accounting. I’m passionate about solving problems and resolving issues. I help clients with billing questions. I’m from Custer, South Dakota, but have lived in Glenwood Springs for 10-plus years. I’m married with one daughter. We love to read books and go to the playground.

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Nick Walgren

As a dedicated professional with a strong background in sales and services management for retail and banking, I began my journey at Martin Insurance Group in 2020.  For over 20 years, I have cultivated my passion for graphic design, video production, and various computer design applications, enhancing my versatility as far as I could. I also operate in the IT world, spending most of my life studying computer and network maintenance to provide seamless solutions to technical issues.

Outside of the office, I am a multi-instrumentalist musician who finds joy in all music, and my love for cooking ensures my wife and I are well fed in perpetuity. Also, as a 3D print enthusiast, I relish the opportunity to bring ideas to life, and this along with my fascination with electronics leads me to build various creations. In every aspect of my life, I strive for growth and continuous learning, both professionally and personally.

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Trisha Lopez

I come to Martin Insurance Group with a banking background.  After 20 years with Alpine Bank I decided to give the insurance business a go by being the offices part time receptionist, data entry specialist, supply coordinator and all around party planner.   I love being at the front desk helping and directing our customers as well as my coworkers.  

I'm from North Adams, Massachusetts. My hobbies include art, sewing, crafts, and beading. I'm interested in art, history, and old architecture. My family is made up of my husband Jesse, and our two cats, Emma and Ella, who I love immensely. I enjoy the beach and hope to live there someday.

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