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Alliance Insurance Partners

5425 E Bell Rd, Suite 140
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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Meet the Team at Alliance Insurance Partners

Joel Guilbert
Suns Game

Joel Guilbert

Die Hard Spartan & Lions Fan, Information Maven, Husband, and Agency Principal!


A Florida native raised in Michigan, Joel Guilbert has a Bachelor’s of Finance from the Donald W. Maine School of Business. He is the Principal of our agency and has over 15 years of experience in insurance. He is a loyal fan of the Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions, and remains optimistic about the future success of his teams. He is well-versed in technology, enjoys the gym, works tirelessly, and is an avid reader.

Marie Caravana
Thanksgiving 2015 Caravana Household

Marie Caravana

Pet Lover, Runner, Anime Fan, Wife, and Office Administrator!


Born and raised in California. Marie Caravana has her Bachelor’s in Political Science with a heavy focus in the Biological Sciences. She started with Alliance Insurance Partners and does CSR, administrator, and marketing work. Her favorite manga is ½ Prince. She is a runner and keen non-fiction reader. Her #1 dessert is Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato. She has a dog and two cats (Coco, Midnight, and Buttercup respectively) and is married to Joel. She hopes to master Filipino cooking and return to Krav Maga this year.

Matt Blackstun
Amy, Brewski, and Matt

Matt Blackstun

Football Fan, Golfer, Pig Basketball Champ, Sports Enthusiast, and Insurance Agent!


FOOOOOUUUUUR!!!! Matt Blackstun here! For my current customers, you understand that I do insurance during the day, insurance during the night, and insurance while I sleep! The gang will call me the “workhorse” of the group but I don’t take anything away from the ongoing daily efforts that my teammates do for our customers.

Don’t let my boyish looks fool you, I have mentored insurance agents and owners that have been in the industry for decades longer than I have. My biggest joy is helping a client avoid a situation that may have financially crippled them if they had been going down the same road with their insurance policies. If you have family or a friend, chances are I am licensed in that state.

I am committed to every one of my clients as if they were family. We thrive on finding solutions for our clients and celebrate every win that our customers receive when working with Alliance Insurance Partners.

My beautiful bride Amy and I have been together since our high school years. We enjoy the east Valley and everything that it has to offer. When I am not working, I am trying to find a golf ball lodged into some tall grass or trying to convince myself that my fantasy football team is the best known to mankind!

Brandon Cooper
Brandon Cooper and Family

Brandon Cooper

Rock Climber, Wood worker, Surfer, Skateboarder, Father, and Insurance Agent!


Brandon was born in Fallbrook, CA just northwest of Oceanside. He grew up in Boise, ID and moved straight to Portland, OR after High School, “where I met the girl of his dreams.” They are now very happily married and have a crazy energetic 4 year old son, Grasyn, and have another baby on the way. He began his insurance career at an independent agency in Chandler, AZ before coming to Alliance. Brandon surfs, skateboards, and boulders/rock climbs for exercise. He is a skilled carpenter and works on his woodworking on his spare time. Their family enjoys bouldering and climbing together. Matt and Brandon work right next to each other and are brothers and best friends.

Crystal Homer
Jonathan, Genevieve, Crystal, and Braiden

Crystal Homer

Horse Lover, Soccer Mom, Volunteer, CSR Mentor, and Insurance Agent!


Hey y’all! Crystal Homer here! I am your go-to-gal when it comes to anything service related with your insurance policies here at Alliance Insurance Partners. With over 15 years of experience, I can assure you that I have seen it all. Best part is, if I don’t know – I’ll find out!

My husband and I live in the Carefree area with our two glorious kids – a teen and a pre-teen. Kids are the easy part of it all! I have a love for horses and love to spend my free time volunteering at the ranch, working out, playing softball, and trucking kids all over the Valley.

If you are new to Alliance Insurance Partners, chances are we will become acquainted soon enough!

Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham and Family

Jeff Cunningham


Traveling anywhere with my wife & family, exploring new places, especially by the ocean. Working out, learning new things and challenging myself to never accept anything short of giving my best!

I have been a husband to my beautiful wife for 24 years and a father for the last 21 years. Born in MD into a career military family, raised in WV just outside of Pittsburgh PA. Enjoyed growing up in a small town. A United States Marine that led me to law enforcement when my tour was up. I learned many things being a Law Enforcement officer, the main one it wasn’t for me. An opportunity to work at United Airlines presented itself, that I couldn’t pass by. I became an Emergency Procedures Training Instructor in Chicago IL. Traveled the world and enjoyed the travel just not without my young family. Decided to make a career move after 15 years, to work in Insurance industry where I began my life in insurance! I appreciate the chance to help people with insuring all their needs and providing the best value for them.

Russ Emerick
Russ Emerick

Russ Emerick


Hi everyone! My name is Russell “Russ” Emerick. I am probably the funniest Insurance Agent at Alliance Insurance Partners. I am originally from the mid-west (Kansas) and somewhat of a sports nut!

In November of 2016, I married the love of my life and we live happily in the NW Valley. When I am not helping customers with insurance, my wife and I like to enjoy as much of Arizona and surrounding areas as we can.

After graduating from Wayne State College (NE), I served 4 years (2005-2009) in the United States Army with 101st Airborne Division. My military experience humbled me incredibly and is the biggest contributing factor to my desire to serve those I meet the best I can. I pride myself on being a life-long learner and LOVE working with a diverse group of customers.

Philosophy: Overpay for vacation, fine dining, a nice watch, or that car you’ve always wanted – don’t overpay for insurance. As long as the coverage is consistent with what you should be carrying (NO STATE MINIMUMS!) and the insurance carrier is reputable – the rest is history!



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Our Partners
  • Acuity
  • All Risks
  • American Modern
  • American Summit
  • ASI
  • Assurant Flood
  • Austin Mutual
  • Auto Owners
  • Burns & Wilcox
  • First American
  • Foremost
  • Kemper
  • Kemper Specialty
  • Lloyds of London
  • Mapfre
  • MetLife
  • National General
  • Nationwide
  • Progressive
  • Safeco
  • State Auto
  • Stillwater
  • The Hartford
  • Travelers