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Rogers & Gray Continues Growth With New Addition To Senior Leadership Team
Michael Robinson, Chairman of Rogers & Gray Insurance, announced that Jeffrey Reilly has joined the Senior Leadership team as Chief Sales Officer.
“Jeff is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong background in sales planning, emerging technologies and team expansion.” Says Robinson. “With over 25 years of experience with companies like Gillette, Proctor and Gamble and Symmons, Jeff is the ideal fit to lead the charge on the continued development of our long-term strategy, mentorship program and growth of our sales team.”
Reilly holds an MBA from the Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business and a BS from Stonehill College. He resides with his wife of 26 years and their 4 children in Hingham, where he is a youth athletics coach for both football and baseball. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the incredible team here at Rogers & Gray.” Said Reilly. “I look forward to helping the team build on the tremendous growth the agency has seen by working hard to place customers first”.
“Rogers & Gray has experienced significant growth in the past 5 years – including an almost 100% growth in staff. Said David Robinson, President & CEO of Rogers & Gray. “It was essential we round out our Senior Leadership team with someone who has the type of extensive experience Jeff does. His leadership and focus will allow us to continue to grow intelligently, without losing focus on our clients and their needs.”
Rogers & Gray recently acquired the Paul Peters Agency of Massachusetts and remains focused on strategic acquisitions and organic growth as the model for success.
About Rogers & Gray Insurance Company
Headquartered in Massachusetts, Rogers & Gray Insurance ranks in the top 100 independent insurance agencies in the United States and was selected as the “Best Independent Insurance Agency to Work For” in the U.S. Rogers & Gray’s dedicated insurance professionals help manage risk through a consultative approach designed to protect personal insurance, business insurance and employee benefits clientele.
Ernie Feirer Joins Activer Solutions As Chief Marketing Officer
Activer Solutions, a strategic service partner providing business process outsourcing solutions to the property and casualty insurance industry, has appointed Ernie Feirer as Chief Marketing Officer. This new role reflects the company’s preparation for growth, expansion of partnerships, and new services and capabilities.
“We are in a growth phase and are actively preparing for the future by enhancing our strategy and go to market capabilities,” stated Jeffrey Glazer, CEO, Activer Solutions. “I’ve known Ernie for many years and knew he was the right person to help me take Activer Solutions to the next level.” In the role of Chief Marketing Officer, Feirer will oversee the go-forward strategy for all aspects of the company, including sales, marketing, partnerships, and growth initiatives.
“I am excited to be joining the company,” commented Feirer. “The insurance industry is transforming, and I believe that the services that Activer Solutions offers play an important role for insurers looking to achieve business flexibility and agility, build better customer experiences, and stay competitive.
Feirer has over 25 years of experience in the Property & Casualty insurance industry, where he has established and built high growth, profitable businesses. Feirer has a diverse background that includes General Management, Sales Support, Marketing, Product Development, Information Technology, Strategic Alliances, Acquisitions, Budgeting, Operations Management, and Software Development.
Before joining Activer Solutions, Feirer was Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Insurance, for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, where he was responsible for a portfolio of products and services for the commercial insurance market. In his previous role at LexisNexis, Feirer served as Vice President and General Manager, Claims, where he played the central role in building a claims-focused business to complement LexisNexis’ data and underwriting business. Before LexisNexis, he was responsible for the operations of ISO’s claims data and analytics business. Feirer earned a master’s in computer science and an MBA in marketing from Iona College. He also has a Certified Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Promotes John Roe to Head of Casualty Construction, North America
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) today announced that it has named John Roe as Head of Casualty Construction, North America, responsible for the company’s construction professional, homebuilders and construction casualty product lines and loss control.
“John has been integral to the build out of our casualty construction platform, and we are pleased to have him leading our efforts to bring BHSI’s financial strength, long term focus, and underwriting and service excellence to this sector,” said Meredith Bullock, Head of Casualty, North America, BHSI.
John, who spent the last six years as Head of Construction, Eastern Region, at BHSI, is taking the reins of Casualty Construction from Bill Sullivan. Bill is retiring after a distinguished 37-year career in the insurance industry, including most recently six years leading BHSI’s efforts in the North American casualty construction marketplace.
While BHSI is headquartered in Boston, John is based in BHSI’s New York office and can be reached at 917-960-2414.
Acadia Insurance Announces Field Leadership and Claims Leadership Promotions
Acadia Insurance, a Berkley Company, announced today the promotion of Artemis Tsagaris to Regional Vice President, Branch Manager and the promotion of Keith Gleason to AVP of Claims.
Artemis Tsagaris has been promoted to Regional Vice President, Branch Manager for Acadia’s Connecticut office. Artemis has worked for Acadia for 13 years as Director of Branch Marketing and has extensive knowledge and experience with distribution management, underwriting and insurance operations. Her previous experience includes Vice President level responsibilities at two national carriers. Artemis enjoys strong relationships with Acadia’s Connecticut agents and is highly regarded for her leadership, professionalism and expertise.
Keith Gleason, CPCU, AIC, SCLA is promoted to Assistant Vice President – Claims, effective May 1st. Keith previously served as Property Claims Manager, providing leadership for Acadia’s property claims team, which has consistently earned high praise for their technical acumen and commitment to customer service. Keith began his insurance career at Acadia Insurance as a Claims Trainee. He was promoted to a field claim representative in both property and casualty and then to the Major Case unit. In his new role, Keith will also oversee Acadia’s Auto Physical Damage team and help lead innovative product initiatives that can help bring faster service and solutions to Acadia’s customers.
“I am pleased to recognized both Artemis’ and Keith’s contributions to Acadia, said Doug Nelson, president, Acadia Insurance. “We are fortunate to have the depth of talent that allow us to continue to promote from within and put our employees in key leadership roles in the organization. I am confident that Artemis and Keith will continue to be successful in their new positions.”
Awards & Scholarships
Boston CPCU Chapter Announces Two Scholarships for 2019
The Boston Chapter of the CPCU Society is pleased to announce two available scholarships worth $2,000 each. Applicants must be a spouse or dependant of a current Boston Chapter member in good standing. High school seniors planning to attend college or other institutions of advanced education are eligible to apply. Current students at institutions of advanced education are also eligible. Prior winners are not eligible and past applicants are encouraged to re-apply.
A copy of the application can be downloaded from the Chapter website here: 2019 Scholarship App
Applications must be received or postmarked no later than July 1, 2019. Winners will be announced in the early fall and will be invited to our annual All-Industry Day in November.
Please mail or email completed submissions and applications to:
Attention: Courtney Knowlton
1100 Crown Colony Drive
Quincy, MA 02169