About Our
Surety Bond Agency


Eric Schmalz


Most people stumble upon the surety industry by accident. I was fortunate to be introduced to this great industry by my father, Brian Schmalz. As a kid I got to hear a lot of stories around the dinner table and gain a basic understanding of Suretyship. After growing up in the Philadelphia area and attending the University of Delaware, I started my surety career in 2002 in Los Angeles with Lou Jones & Associates, a division of Kemper Surety. When Kemper went out of business we transitioned to start Arch’s surety operation in 2003. After a few years in LA I moved to Denver where I was a surety underwriter for Safeco/Liberty for 7 years. Most recently I was Denver branch manager for Great American Surety from 2013 to 2017.

The stories I heard from my dad and others always described construction contractors and business owners as risk-takers in the last frontier, people to be admired. Sitting on the other side of the table from owners of companies as a surety underwriter, I always dreamed of sitting in their chair. So in 2014 I teamed up with a contractor and began some small-scale real estate development, which grew so quickly I took a hiatus from the surety industry to take advantage of the strong real estate market in Chaffee County Colorado. I’ve gained a tremendous amount of experience from my involvement in land development and construction and I’m excited to offer value and close relationships with clients as we continue to grow Schmalz & Associates!

You can reach me at eric@schmalzsurety.com or by calling 512-640-6444.  I’d be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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