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Local Associations

Watch last year's video here.

We began as a group of local independent insurance agents working together. 'Local' will always be at the core of our association.

Just as we champion independent insurance agents in all we do and provide the resources they need to be their best across the state, our local associations (aka 'local/s') are doing the same with their communities of agents.  

Built with teams of engaged and passionate volunteers, these groups band together to tackle industry issues, meet with fellow agents, hold educational sessions, conduct legislative activities, and sponsor fun events and fundraising activities.

We encourage you to connect with your local and become a part of the fabulous things they are creating.

Kathleen Lawler, AAI, CIC
AVP Industry & Community Partnerships 
800.962.7950 EXT: 218

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Curious how you can interact with your local association? Try attending an event!

Want to Join?

Get involved by contacting the leader of your local association, or by emailing Kathy Lawler!


Find your local association below:

We've organized our NYS locals into 3 separate regions: East-North, Metropolitan-Suburban, and West-Central.
Click on your region below  to find your nearest local!


Independent Insurance Agents Association of Orange County, Inc.

President: Doug Hutchings
Hutchings Agency, Middletown
p: 845.343.2148

Independent Insurance Agents of the Capital Region

President: Katie Mallia
Sykes-Mallia Associates Inc., Schenectady
p: 518.393.3618

big i suffolk

President: Steve Testa
Cotgreave Insurance Agency, Inc.
558 Portion Road
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
p: 631-981-5400


Executive Director: Jeanne Abatelli
Big I Suffolk
150 Dartmouth Drive 
Hicksville, NY 11801 
p: 516-681-6265


Legislative Liaison: Jim Cotgreave
p: 631-820-8326

Legislative Liaison: Steve Testa
p: 631-651-8433

Big I Tri-County

President: Chris Dritsas
Advantage Partners, Inc.
3719 Broadway, Ste 2
Astoria, NY 11103
p: 866-443-8859


Executive Director: Kathy Lawler
c/o Big I NY
5784 Widewaters Pkwy, 1st Floor
Dewitt, NY 13214
p: 315-432-4218

Independent Insurance Agents of Rockland County

President: Ron Longueira
BNC Insurance Agency
90 S. Ridge St.
Rye Brook, NY 10573
p: 914-937-1230

Big i westchester

President: Brian Eifert, CPCU, AAI
Eifert, French & Ketchum
330 Fifth Ave
Pelham, NY 10803
p: 914-712-4524

Executive Director: Susan Barros
c/o The Beaumont Group
990 Cedar Bridge Ave, Suite B7, PMB 210
Brick, NJ 08723
p: 973-941-6024

Legislative Liaison: Adam Antoinette
p: 914-881-4839


Board meets before/following monthly membership meetings

President: Doug Benz
New Buffalo Insurance Agency
20 E Tupper St
Buffalo, NY 14203
p: 716.332.1570

Executive Secretary: Jeanne Hellert
4003 North Freeman Road
Orchard Park, NY  14127


Legislative Liaison: Doug Benz
p: 716.332.1570

Big i greater rochester

Board meets 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 12:00 p.m. at Cerame's in Winton Plaza, Rochester

President: Jake Sanabria
Brown & Brown of NY Inc (Rochester)
45 East Ave Ste 1
Rochester, NY 14604
p: 585-232-4424

Executive Director: Diana Barlow

Big I Greater Rochester Office
54 Woodline Drive
Penfield, NY 14526
p: 585-260-6663

Legislative Liaison: Cheryl Darling

p: 585-473-8000


Big I Southern Tier

Board meets 2nd Wednesday of every month @ 8:30 a.m.

President: Jared O'Neill
NBT Insurance Agency, LLC
66 Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
p: 800-965-6264

Legislative Liaison: Tim Cappellett

p: 800-822-3747

Big I Central New York

Board meets 2nd Wednesday of every month @ 8:00 a.m. at the Big I New York office


President: Jim Poindexter 
OVIA Insurance Agencies
9643 Brewerton Road,
Brewerton, NY 13209
p: 315-598-4278


Legislative Liaison: Nick Masterpole
p: 315.473.9622 x13