meet MICHELLE MONTOYA, MLR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief Executive Officer
San Jose Office

michelle@filice.com | 408.350.5776

Michelle was previously a client of Filice Insurance and in 2002 joined the firm to lead their compliance and consulting initiatives. Over the last 15+ years she has continued to take on additional leadership roles and now oversees both the organization’s day-to-day client service activities and its long-term growth initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at HR seminars and conferences, and authors various publications produced by the company.

What might surprise you about me

– My house is a bit of a zoo.  We have multiple cold-blooded creatures, a neurotic Airedale Terrier, and now a COVID rabbit…because everyone wants their own pet.

Guilty pleasure

– Lula’s Salted Caramels.

Biggest personal challenge

– Balancing work and family is a constant challenge for me. It’s all about picking priorities. Thank you cards are not usually one of them..

What would be your career if you didn’t choose this one?

– I honestly can’t imagine any job I enjoy more than the one I have now.

Favorite thing about working at Filice

– Insurance doesn’t sound exciting, but we pride ourselves on embracing new tools and technology that can make us better. Change can be hard for some people, but we encourage our team to try new things and we celebrate our failures.

Favorite quote

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson