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About Big I New York

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We Are Big I New York


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​​Who We Are

We are a team of hard ​working individuals dedicated to the insurance industry, because we believe in the independent agents who work diligently for their customers. We represent over 1,750 agencies and their 13,000 employees, meaning we work hard to foster a sense ​​of community among independent agents.​ We are the voice of agencies of every size - from small, family-owned agencies to ​agencies with offices across the state; in every area - from the rural corners of the adirondacks to the bustling neighborhoods of New York City. No matter where you're from or how big or small you are, Big I New York has your back.​​​​

What We Do

Ou​r mission is to champion independent insurance agents in​ all we do and provide the resources they need to be their best.​ ​​We do this through education programs, advocacy, bringing you breaking news, providing marketing resources, offering competitive products and free resources, fostering communities with your fellow independent agents and much, much more.

​Why We Do it

Because we believe in you. We believe in your goal, in your journey and in your values. We believe that independent insurance agents serve customers best with trusted advice and the right coverage options to protect what matters most.​


​​We believe independent insurance agents serve customers best with trusted advice and the right coverage options to protect what matters most.​​



Meet Our Board of Directors
The volunteers guiding the support we provide



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CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Lou Atti, CPCU
The Evans Agency
716.562.3250
latti@evansagencyins.com​


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VICE CHAIR & SECRETARY/TREASURER
John Cofini
BNC Insurance Agency, Inc.
914.881.4844
jcofini@bncagency.com


RichMacDonald_200x200.jpgIMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Richard MacDonald, CPCU, ARM, AIM
Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.
315.451.1500
rmacdonald@haylor.com

SteveZogby_200x200.jpgNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Stephen R. Zogby
Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig, Inc.
Phone: 315.792.0000
stevez@szwinsurance.com


 

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AT LARGE DIRECTOR
Lawrence Pistell
St. John's University
212.284.8581
pistelll@stjohns.edu

JeanneSalvatore_200x200.jpgAT LARGE DIRECTOR
Jeanne Salvatore
JMS Consulting
917.612.4088
jms@jeannemsalvatore.com

RonBrunell_200x200.jpgREGIONAL DIRECTOR
Ronald Brunell, CIC
The Signature B&B Companies
516.823.3133
rbrunell@sbbinsure.com

Bastian_James_200x200.jpgREGIONAL DIRECTOR
James Bastian
Advantage Partners, Inc.
866.443.8859
jamesb@apagents.com


 

MichaelVanderwerker_200x200.jpgREGIONAL DIRECTOR
Michael Vanderwerker
Assured SKCG, Inc.
914.220.6911
mvanderwerker@skcg.com
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Jessica L. Belleville Whitman
Belleville & Associates
518.359.3333
jess@bellevilleandassociates.com

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Maureen Tompkins
Rose & Kiernan Inc.
845.855.3300
mtompkins@rkinsurance.com

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REGIONAL DIRECTOR
David Bodenstein
Mike Preis, Inc.
845.887.4210
dbodenstein@mikepreis.com


 

 

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David MacLachlan, CPCU
Dominick Falcone Agency, LLC
315.410.1675
dmaclachlan@falconeinsurance.com

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Nicholas C. Masterpole
Masterpole-Murphy
315.473.9623
nick@masterpolemurphy.com

VictorRutecki_200x200.jpgREGIONAL DIRECTOR
Victor Rutecki
Rutecki Agency
716.675.5700
vic@ruteckiagency.com​