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CONGRATULATIONS Andrew Chong Incoming President, Tri County Big I




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OUTGOING PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I joined the TriCounty Board of Directors at the urging of my father Kenneth, a former president of The Independent Insurance Agents Association of Queens & Kings which was our association name before merging with IIA Nassau in 2002. I will admit I was hesitant at first, but beyond happy that I did. My climb through the chairs not only gave me a sense of fulfillment and achievement, but I met many great people and made new and lasting friends.

Adam Erickson

I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a very talented and enthusiastic group of directors and officers and am very pleased with the accomplishments we made. TriCounty’s continued dedication to supporting charitable donations, our scholarship programs, legislative efforts and member services make me proud. I alone cannot take credit for any of them. The credit belongs to the hard-working passionate and innovative board members. I sincerely thank the 2017-2018 Board of Directors for their service

and many successes including: •

5 Scholarships awarded presented again this year.

Another cancer walks last fall with recognition and donations to breast cancer.

Active legislative efforts, including travel to Albany and DC for conferences.

Successful educational and networking meetings that appeal to all members.

Ongoing charitable contributions.

As I move from President to Immediate Past President, I assure you this is not leading to a farewell. I will remain on the board for another year and plan to continue giving to the organization after that. I encourage our members to take advantages of the many benefits membership has to offer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to lead this organization for the past year. Congratulations to the new board of directors and I look forward to the wonderful things in store for our organization! It has been a privilege and an honor to serve. Adam Erickson

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Tri County IIAA President

Andrew Chong

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INCOMING PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE It is my honor to serve as the first president under the designation of the BIG I TRI-COUNTY organization, formally known as TriCounty Independent Insurance Agents Association. The foundation of this organization stems from the efforts of hardworking people who collectively channeled their energies to construct this wonderful organization we celebrate today. Reflecting on the contributions of my predecessors, I am determined to utilize my presidency to inspire and mentor the youth of our organization and industry. With the relentless support of our directors, officers, and members we will achieve new heights and greater success than ever before. Our first board of directors meeting of the season will be held this summer at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. The BIG I TRI-COUNTY will work together with volunteers to purchase and Andrew Chong prepare meals for over 40 resident families. We ask for your support and participation as we help those in need find a safe place to share a meal and rejoice. Thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve as president of the BIG I TRI-COUNTY. I invite you to contact me at any time with suggestions and urge you to come to our membership meetings during the year. You’ll find a lot of information at Andrew Chong


& WELCOME to our

2018 BOARD



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Ron Brunell

James Bastian

PROGRAM Past President Reception Cocktail Reception Program Opening Adam Erickson - TriCounty President 2017 - 2018

Pledge of Allegiance & Invocation Introduction of Special Guests and Sponsors.

Scholarships Presentation of St. John’s Scholarship Awards Announcement of High School Scholarship Awards Presentation of Joe Bonica Award Presentation of the Bob Morris Award Presentation of the Insurance Person of the Year Award Retiring President’s Remarks Adam Erickson

Installation of Big I Tri-County Board of Directors

Lisa Lounsbury, CAE, AAI, AIS; President & CEO, Big I New York

Installation of President Peter Phillips; TriCounty President 2015 - 2016

New President’s Remarks Andrew Chong

Congratulations to Andrew Chong. Best Wishes and Continued Success!

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Thomas Reardon, CPCU, CIC


Michael Levine


Bruce J. Chester


Kenneth J. Hehir, Jr., CFP


Kevin R. Crossley


Brian L. Bergman


Evan S. Portnoy


Stephen J. Folan


Steven Visco, PhD, AAI


Robert E. Mackoul, CLU


Frank J. Elorza


Peter Phillips


James Bastian


Adam Erickson

Congratulations To The New TriCounty President Andrew Chong And The Entire TriCounty Board

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Elite Sponsor

AmTrust North America Interboro Insurance Co./UPC Ins. Co. International Underwriting Agency, Inc. Seneca Insurance Company Servpro of Hicksville/Plainview

Dinner Sponsors

Kingstone Insurance Company NIF Group NY Adjustment Bureau The Signature B&B Companies Total Restoration, Inc. Utica National Insurance Group

HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS TRICOUNTY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM We received close to 100 applications for the “Joel S. Pollack Memorial Scholarship” award this year. Each of the students submitted an essay on the topic of ‘Distracted Driving’ a critical issue these days. The writers recognized the problems of widespread texting and other cell phone use while driving and seemed to feel that young drivers were especially guilty of this infraction. The winner of the 2018 award went to Vinny Pagano of Long Beach High School. He is considering Yale University in the fall. There were more than 80 applications received for the 2018 “Stephen T. Dooley Community Service” award all of them showing outstanding volunteerism from these graduating young folks during their 4 years of high school. The winner of this award went to Colin Robinson of Baldwin High School. Colin plans to continue his education at St. John’s University in Queens. Each winner will have $1,000 from TriCounty deposited in their college account after sending us proof of enrollment. It is to be used for tuition and other education fees. A new TriCounty scholarship award will begin in memory of Ed Lehman a highly respected insurance professional who was amongst those who perished on 9-11-2001. As an alumni of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Ed will be remembered each year when a student who exemplifies exceptional volunteerism and community service will receive $1,000 towards furthering education. The “Edward Joseph Lehman Memorial Scholarship” is being sponsored by Peter Phillips & James Bastian of Advantage Partners.


Andrew Chong On being named President of the TriCounty Independent Insurance Agents Association.

We wish you all the best! From your friends at Narragansett Bay Insurance

ST. JOHN’S SCHOLARSHIPS Nine years ago we expanded to another level of education. TriCounty connected with St. John’s School of Risk Management in order to recognize and encourage college students planning a career in insurance. We have seen many remarkable applications from St. John’s and it’s difficult to select the ‘best of the best’. This year’s 3 recipients are recognized here at our installation dinner and presented with certificates followed by checks for $2,500 each. For this portion we thank our 2018 sponsors: • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company • National General Insurance • SAFECO Insurance. The 2018 honorees are: • Jennie Fortune - GPA 3.84 • Michael Platt - GPA 3.81 • Nekayle Whitaker - GPA 3.69

We congratulate all the 2018 winners and wish them continued success in the pursuit of their careers.

Congratulations to Andrew Chong

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Best wishes and a big congratulations to Andrew Chong and the entire Board of Directors at TriCounty IIAA.

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congratulations to its new president

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ST. JOHN’S SCHOLARSHIP Narragansett Bay Insurance Co. National General Insurance SAFECO Insurance Thank you for your ongoing support of our Scholarship Program and the future of our Industry.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb

The Korean American Insurance & Finance Association of Greater New York Congratulates Andrew Chong President of TriCounty IIAA Best Wishes For a Successful Year! KAIFA President: Jinsoo Kim Vice President: Julius Kim 39-21 Bell Blvd #204 #205 Bayside, NY 11361 Tel : (516)724-0424

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS President Andrew Chong ARC Underwriting Partners, Inc. 73 Cuttermill Road Great Neck, NY 11021

Vice President Neil Levy, CPA CFP AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC. 100 Baylis Road, Suite 300 Melville, NY 11747

Treasurer Ronald Brunell, CIC The Signature B&B Companies 501 Franklin Avenue Garden City, NY 11530

Secretary Christopher M. Wukovits AAA Northeast Insurance Agency, Inc. 1415 Kellum Place Garden City, NY 11530

DIRECTORS Stephannie Ciantro
 Mackoul Risk Solutions
 25 Nassau Lane 
 Island Park, NY 11568

Chris Dritsas Phillips General Insurance, Pt. Washington 180 Main Street Port Washington, NY 11050

Frank Elorza Club Agency 100 Ring Road, Ste 200 Garden City, NY 11530

Steve Ferrar Ferrar Insurance 120 Franklin Avenue Franklin Square, NY 11010

Brittany Robotti 
 Edward B. Robotti, Inc. 
 817 36th Avenue 
 Long Island City, NY 11106

Randi Rosen 
 The Folan Agency, Ltd.
 378 Port Washington Blvd.
 Port Washington, NY 11050

Immediate Past President Adam P. Erickson Carlstan North Hills Agency, Inc. 377 Oak Street Ste 305 Garden City, NY 11530

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Best of Luck to Andrew Chong as TriCounty’s next President Angelo Luparello Steve Libal Bert Sarmiento Anthony Luparello, AIC, SPPA P:718-575-2700


Congratulations! Andrew Chong Wishing you all the best in your 2018 - 2019 term as President! Best Wishes And Much Success To The TriCounty Officers & Directors

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Congratulations to Andrew Chong TriCounty President 2018 - 2019 WISHING YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS! Officers Neil Levy, CPA CFP - Vice President Ronald Brunell, CIC - Treasurer Christopher M. Wukovits - Secretary Immediate Past President Adam Erickson

Directors Stephannie Ciantro Chris Dritsas Frank Elorza Steve Ferrar Brittany Robotti Randi Rosen

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