AP NE Leadership Team

  • Thomas R. Kozera, CPCU

    Regional President - AssuredPartners, Inc.

    Chairman and CEO

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC - White Plains, NY

    Thomas R. Kozera received his BBA from the College of Insurance. He started his career with the Insurance Company of North America, where he gained extensive experience in actuarials, bonds, claims and commercial underwriting. From there he moved to a major insurance brokerage where as a senior executive he handled all aspects of agency management as well as many national accounts. Using his insurance expertise, he has consulted with clients in many industries and worked on insurance matters relating to major bank failures. After more than 30+ years in the business, Mr. Kozera is a respected resource and consults frequently with large real estate firms, law firms, bar associations and other prominent businesses. Tom and his partners built SKCG Group, Inc into a premier Insurance and Risk Consulting firm which then became a founding member of AssuredPartners in 2011.

  • Richard S. Canter, CPCU, AAI

    President and COO

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC - White Plains, NY

    Richard S. Canter began his insurance career while attending the Ithaca College School of Business. He worked for Improved Risk Mutual, a property reinsurer before his senior year. Participating in Ithaca College's London program, he interned at C.E. Heath & Co. and Lloyd's of London. After graduating from Ithaca, Mr. Canter worked for the Hartford Insurance Group and Marsh & McLennan, Inc.  Over a career spanning 30+ years, Mr. Canter has been a national speaker on agency operations and has served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Westchester County. He is the recipient of that association's prestigious community service Frederick H. Dayton Award. Mr. Canter has served on various insurance company advisory councils and has been called upon as an expert witness in insurance litigation. As president of Canter Greenman Associates, Ltd, he joined SKCG Group, Inc. to help build a premier Insurance and Risk Management firm which then became a founding member of AssuredPartners in 2011.

  • David A. Parker

    President of Employee Benefits

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC - White Plains, NY

    David Parker began his insurance career after graduating from the University of Maryland. For more than 25 years he has focused his career on the design, implementation and administration of Group Benefit Programs, Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans and Individual Products. In 1995, after working many years for an Employee Benefits Consulting firm that specialized in providing services within the Wall Street and financial sector of the market, David started The Parker Group, Inc. His success as a leading consultant within the industry, along with the firm's rapid growth, led him to merge with SKCG Group, Inc. in 2007 which then joined AssuredPartners in 2011 as a founding member. As a Partner in SKCG Group and the President of the Employee Benefits Division, his focus remains on management and consulting in the areas of Employee Benefit related services. David, a former University of Maryland lacrosse player, now runs the Mentoring Program for the University of Maryland Lacrosse Team and focuses on helping the players start their career after graduation.

  • Sheila M. Conley, AU, ARM

    Managing Director

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC - White Plains, NY

    Sheila M. Conley has more than 30+ years of experience in the insurance industry. After graduation from the University of Newfoundland, Mrs. Conley started her career with American Mutual Insurance Company where she acquired expertise in all areas of Commercial Insurance Rating and Underwriting. From there, Mrs. Conley moved on to a position in an independent agency where she gathered valuable knowledge of agency operations for her next position with the Hartford Insurance Group. Mrs. Conley was responsible for a large commercial underwriting Department at the Hartford for over seven years. After a successful career with the Hartford, Mrs. Conley re-entered the agency side of the business and became Managing Vice President at a large regional Insurance Agency. Mrs. Conley has participated and chaired various insurance company advisory councils. Sheila is a founding partner in SKCG Group, Inc which joined AssuredPartners in 2011

  • Paul Andrews, CIC

    Executive Vice President

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC – Latham, NY

    Paul Andrews has over 35 years of insurance experience. He began his career at a predominately personal insurance agency that he expanded into a large commercial account operation. He then moved into a sales position and over a 10 year period developed a national program for compressed gas distributors. Since 1983, Paul  has specialized in the marketing and underwriting of the compressed gas distributor business. Paul is a member of GAWDA (Gas and Welding Distributors Association) and networks with clients and other professionals associated with this field at the various regional and national conventions.  In 1993 Paul formed Amtech Insurance Brokers and grew Amtech with his partner and seasoned staff for more than 20 years.  Paul joined AssuredPartners in February 2015. 

  • Philip Colletta

    President - Melville Office

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC - Melville, NY

    Philip has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years and is the former President and Owner of the Allianceplus Agency located in Garden City, NY.

    Prior to owning Allianceplus, Philip was a Vice President at Reliance National Insurance Company where he held positions in several departments including Medical Malpractice, Marketing, reinsurance and Miscellaneous Professional Liability.  Prior to joining Reliance National, Philip was Vice President of Claims at CV Star. Philip started in the industry at State Farm where he was an adjuster handling auto and home liability claims. 

    Philip holds a Bachelor’s degree from Babson College with a major in marketing.

    Philip is very active in several charities and serves on several boards of Private and Not for Profit institutions and schools. Philip is published in multiple publications and has served as an expert witness in insurance litigation cases.

  • Charles R. Torsiello

    Executive Vice President

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC – Melville, NY

    Prior to joining with AssuredPartners in 2016, Charles R. Torsiello was president and managing partner of Archer A. Associates Inc., a second generation, mid-sized insurance brokerage firm in existence for over sixty years. Charlie was responsible for sales as well as operational and financial management of the company.  He also functioned as a top producer with expertise in real estate, construction, food service, manufacturing and supply distribution. He, currently, continues to be very involved servicing his existing clients and cultivating new relationships.

    Charlie gained his CPCU designation in December 2013 and currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Chapter of the CPCU Society.

  • Gino Bartoli

    Executive Vice President

    AssuredPartners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

    Gino Bartoli received a BS from The Pennsylvania State University with a major in insurance in 1986.  He began his career with CIGNA Insurance Company as a property and casualty underwriter which included working in their national accounts unit.  From there he moved to A.J. Lupas Insurance Agency and eventually became the principal of that firm.  In 2014 the agency became part of AssuredPartners where Mr. Bartoli currently serves as Executive Vice President. He has spent many years serving on local non-profit boards and volunteering with community groups.

  • Dennis Dressel, CPCU

    Executive Vice President

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC – Torrington, CT

    Dennis Dressel was the President of Founders Insurance Agency which joined AssuredPartners in 2015. Dennis oversees agency finance, marketing and operations. Dennis graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Risk and Insurance, and has over 35 years of insurance experience. He holds the designation of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

    On the personal side, Dennis is a marathon swimmer and has the honor of being one of an elite few who have successfully completed swimming the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar.

  • Garret Ratcliffe

    Vice President

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC – Rocky Hill, CT

    Garret Ratcliffe started his insurance career in 1981 while attending college.  He has served as the President of the Independent Insurance Agents of CT (IIAC) as well as a past Director for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) and Chairman of the MSI Board along with a variety of other positions within our national and state associations.

    Garret is a volunteer on the CT Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) board which provides opportunities for kids to play soccer throughout the state. He is a director of the travel program for the Farmington Soccer Club and director of coaching.

  • David Stein

    Executive Vice President

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC – Lakewood, NY

    David Stein began his career working in engineered products sales for the manufacturing and hard-rock mining industries.  He joined the family business in 2000, transforming the small-town generalist insurance agency into a leading international oil & natural gas exploration and production specialist firm.  David and his team have participated in buy-side due diligence in over $2billion worth of successful transactions.  He is active in numerous oil & gas industry organizations and trade groups.  He earned his Bachelor of Science from University of Arizona.

  • Donald F. LaPenna Jr.

    President - The Insurance Centers

    AssuredPartners of New Jersey, Inc. – Cranford, NJ

    Donald F. LaPenna Jr. has over 30 years of experience as an independent insurance agent. He began his career at the agency in 1983 under the tutelage of Donald F. LaPenna, Sr. Throughout the years, he has developed comprehensive insurance and risk management programs for national and regional clients.

    Donald has recently served as President of the Professional Insurance Agents Association of New Jersey and has received Director of the Year Award from the Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey. He has also been recognized as one of the Top Producers of 2017 in Insurance Business Magazine.

    Donald is involved in several charitable organizations and has served on served as a board member and officer of the Union County Red Cross and the Central NJ Juvenile Diabetes foundation. Donald joined AssuredPartners in 2015.

  • Richard de la Sota, CPCU

    Executive Vice President

    AssuredPartners Northeast, LLC – Melville, NY

    Richard de la Sota, CPCU, has more than 35 years in the insurance industry.  Rich received his BBA from the College of Insurance in New York in 1984.  He began his insurance career as a work study student with Continental Insurance Company before moving to the agency side of the business in 1983.  He completed his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in 1989, two years after joining MRW Group Inc. in 1987.  Rich is a Past-President of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Suffolk County (IIABSC).  He is on the Community Advisory Board of the North Shore Holiday House in Huntington, New York and is a member of the Risk Management Advisory Committee for Boys Scouts of America Suffolk County Council. As president of MRW Insurance Services, he joined AssuredPartners in 2016