About Us

Our Story and What Drives us Daily

Brown & Brown Insurance arrived in the Upstate New York market in 2001 when it purchased The Riedman Corporation, the community’s largest business insurer renowned for innovative solutions and personalized service. Today, Brown & Brown Insurance of New York is one of the largest insurance intermediaries in Upstate New York. Our success is due, in part, to our uncommon blend of national corporate presence and continued local roots. It’s what enables us to provide unique solutions that help our clients thrive.

Throughout our 77-year history, Brown & Brown Insurance of New York has built a strong foundation supported by four pillars essential to success:

  • Access to worldwide insurance markets
  • Local insurance professionals having the ability and resources to meet their customers’ needs
  • Expertise designing plans that protect a client’s bottom line through cost-effective insurance placement and risk management techniques
  • A continuous focus on providing attentive customer service and bringing value-added services to our customers

Here’s another reason for our success: our culture of caring. We treat each other, our clients, and our carriers like family, and we’re profoundly dedicated to the Upstate New York community through volunteerism, board membership, and giving back. Read more about our community involvement here.


Our Team


Andy Meloni Andy Meloni Executive Vice President

Dan Peck Dan Peck Property & Casualty Practice Leader

John Bouchard, Esq John Bouchard, Esq Vice President PoleStar

Matt Riedinger Matt Riedinger VP Bond Manager

Chip Strowe Chip Strowe Personal Lines Manager

Michael Faillace Michael Faillace Employee Benefits Practice Leader

Vincent Profetta Vincent Profetta Commercial Insurance

Andre Valente Andre Valente Commercial Insurance

Tarek Eldaher Tarek Eldaher Property/Casualty Sales Executive

Brian Allen Brian Allen Property/Casualty Account Executive

Carrie Street Carrie Street Property/Casualty Account Executive

Nick Napolitano Nick Napolitano Commercial Insurance

Justin Dangler Justin Dangler Personal Lines Producer

Bill Balderston Bill Balderston Commercial Insurance

Tim Pullis Tim Pullis Marketing Manager

Jonathan Winnie, RWCS Jonathan Winnie, RWCS Director of Risk/Claim Management

Jay Laird Jay Laird Director of Underwriting

Joseph Ange Joseph Ange Employee Benefits Consultant

Jennifer Martin Jennifer Martin Employee Benefits Consultant

Jason Mull Jason Mull Vice President Employee Benefits

Brian Hart Brian Hart Vice President Employee Benefits

Todd Koneski Todd Koneski Vice President Employee Benefits

Violetta DiClemente Violetta DiClemente Manager of Benefit Operations

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