Phoenix, San Francisco & Seattle Teams


Deirdre Hudson SANF

Regional Vice President

Deirdre has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry with an emphasis in transportation, working with truckers, freight forwarders and property brokers. Prior to joining Avalon, she was employed at Trade Insurance Services as the Marine Manager. After leaving there, she worked for a well-known international freight forwarder for more than 7 years. This opportunity allowed her to gain experience not only in insurance but also an understanding of the freight side of the business. Deirdre started with Avalon Risk Management in 2002 as Account Executive and currently holds the position of Regional Vice President of the San Francisco/Seattle territory. She currently holds a position on the board of directors for the Express Carriers Association and is an active member of the insurance community.

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Vice President

Jaki Ferenz is Avalon’s Vice President and has more than 23 years of experience in the transportation insurance and surety industry since joining Avalon in 1999. Jaki plays a key role in selling nationwide insurance and surety programs to fit individual client coverage needs, emphasizing building long-lasting customer relationships, providing excellent customer service, and educating others. Jaki is actively involved in many logistics associations and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.

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Assistant Account Executive

Sydnie is an Account Executive with Avalon’s Phoenix office servicing the Western Division. Her primary focus is handling trucking insurance. However, she also assists with running Avalon’s Carnet program, servicing accounts, and providing customer service. Although she is new to the transportation industry, her previous work in the home health care industry has given her a passion for helping others and working hard for her clients.

Sydnie graduated with her Associates Degree in 2021 from Estrella Mountain Community College and is currently working to obtain her TRS designation. She is an active member of Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation. In her free time, she is usually outside with her family, going to the movies, or cheering on her favorite sports teams. Go Warriors!