Mathew R. Burtt
Mr. Mathew Burtt was promoted to President of Brown & Brown Lehigh Valley office in April of 2015. He isresponsible for operations and production in the Lehigh Valley office. He began with the company in 2002 in the Clark NJ office. He since moved to run the Marmara NJ office and soon after was promoted to run the Mt. Laurel NJ office. Prior to joining Brown & Brown,Burtt worked as an Executive Vice-President with The Turner Group in Parsippany NJ.
Mathew manages accounts in the tri-state area and specializes in the formation and implementation of guaranteed cost insurance programs for public and private educational institutions. He is a frequent speaker at Charter School risk management and insurance conferences. Mathew takes pride in teaching our Brown & Brown process to our young sales staff to differentiate ourselves against the competition.
Mathew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mathew and his wife Kimberly have three young children and reside in Center Valley PA. Mathew & Kimberly spend most of their free time with the kids and can usually be found cheering them on at Lacrosse games, Basketball games and cheerleading events
Brian M. Block, MA, ARM
Director of Risk Management
Brian is the Director of Risk Management at Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, Inc. Brian holds a strong commitment to the effective management of Corporations as well as Health and Human Service Organizations, which includes minimizing risk exposure. He is well known nationally for his public speaking, consulting, and training on topics including risk management and loss control, establishing a violence free workplace, employment practices, employee retention, defensive driving, the avoidability of employee injury, and avoiding professional liability claims.
Trained in the fields of Health and Human Services, Brian has, during his tenure with Brown and Brown, expanded his scope of expertise and has provided assistance to municipalities, towing companies, and general manufacturing and business. He is well-rounded in his ability to provide loss prevention and loss control services to your Company, and is committed to both a hazard free workplace and minimizing the probability and impact of loss.
Brian was awarded his master’s degree in psychology in 1977, and until joining the Brown & Brown Team, had worked in the field of mental health and addictions counseling; focusing on the development, implementation, and management of high quality, cost effective systems of care. He earned his Associates in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America in 1999 and has been a member of The Board of Directors as well as a consultant to the Board of the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare, and has served both the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Brian is the primary author of Risk and Exposure Management in the Social Services, a Brown & Brown publication, and is a regular contributor of practical, down-to-earth journal articles for a variety of sources: “My formula for assuring a secure and profitable future, particularly for child welfare and behavioral healthcare organizations, adds together proper insurance coverage’s, supportive insurance and claims services, risk management, and proactive stance to avoiding claims in the first place.”
Dave Lewis, CIC
Sales Vice President
Dave is a National Account Executive for Brown & Brown Insurance of the Lehigh Valley. In this role he is currently responsible for insurance sales and Risk Management Services to health and human service organizations throughout the country. He has been actively engaged in the insurance industry for more than 30 years. In addition to his responsibilities to his clients Dave also acts as a liaison with several trade organizations that endorse Brown and Brown of the Lehigh Valley.
Prior to joining Brown and Brown Dave worked as an underwriting supervisor at several major insurance companies. Dave holds an undergraduate degree from Susquehanna University and an MBA from Lehigh University. He has an Associate in Underwriting designation as well as his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
For more information contact us at 800-451-9640 or visit us on the web at: www.bbinslv.com
DONALD G. BLOOD, CIC, CRM
Don is a Commercial Account Sales Vice President handling accounts nationwide with a focus on Towing, Travel Plazas, and Petroleum and Environmental accounts.
After spending 18 years in the Automobile Services and Towing industry Don decided to you use this experience to help others by designing comprehensive risk transfer programs for these industries.
While in the Automotive Industry Don’s activities included being a founding member of the Pennsylvania Towing Association and member of Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) Education Committee. Don also was the Pennsylvania state representative with TRAA and studied Heavy Vehicle Recovery under Bill Jackson, Ross Kinman and Mark Anderson.
Don has been with Brown & Brown for over 25 years and is the endorsed agent for AMBEST, the premier marketing group of independent Travel Plaza’s nationwide. He also consults with a towing industry magazine and breakdown service provider on insurance industry trends affecting their constituents.
Don is passionate about those industries he serves and enjoys mentoring young agents, helping them in developing their career of helping others protect their assets.
Don resides in Blue Bell, PA with his wife Ann Marie. He has two grown children, Westley and Brittany and considers remodeling his home his hobby.
Jillian Macievic, CPIA
Vice President Community Association Division
Jillian has been an Account Executive with Brown & Brown for over 10 years with a distinct focus and specialization in community associations. Since joining Brown & Brown, Jillian has built and acquired a direct client base of over 130 community associations. She takes pride and is passionate about educating board members and property managersonhow each association’s policy would respond in the event of a loss. Jillian also regularly attends board meetings to educate community residents on how their personal policyshould dovetail with the association’s insurance policy.
Jillian’s expertise is concentrated in the unique coverage and risk management needs of community associations. For new and existing customers, she reviewspolicy coverage terms and conditions as well as monitors the claims handling process. Jillian also assists to insure that proper contractual risk transfer is in place with all outside vendors.
Jillian is an active member of the Community Association Institute of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jillianearned a Bachelor’sdegree from Bloomsburg University. She and her husband Matthew reside in Lehigh Valley, PA with their two children Michael and Ava.
John Barry, CIC
John is an Insurance Broker for Brown & Brown Insurance of the Lehigh Valley. In his role as Broker, he is currently responsible for sales and service to manufacturing, retail, human service organizations, municipalities and authorities, school districts, contracting and designing. He services over 100 national clients with over $7,000,000 in premium. He has been actively engaged in insurance sales since 1970.
John started his career as a rate analyst for a large independent agency. Shortly thereafter he entered the sales and marketing area of insurance. He joined the Lehr Companies in 1985 as Account Executive and was honored with the Account Executive of the Year Award four times. Prior to joining Lehr he worked as Director of Marketing for an agency where he assisted the sales force in their goals and as a Special Agent for an insurance carrier where he assisted agents in their marketing of products. John received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1983.
John has served as a volunteer for a number of human service organizations in the capacity as President of the Board, Director, Regional VP, Individual Development Director and Membership Director. He organized and implemented a major move of a radio station for a local reading service for the visually impaired and a statewide membership program for a service organization, as well as working on an individual development program keynoting across the state of Pennsylvania.
For more information, please contact us at (800) 634-8237 or visit our Web site at www.bbinslv.com.
John F. Ehresman, AAI
Senior Vice President
Insurance and Risk Management Advisor
Mr. John F. Ehresman is a Senior Insurance and Risk Management Advisor for Brown & Brown of Pennsylvania. After Graduating from the University of Scranton in 1990, John started his professional career at Brown & Brown, Inc. (Previously Henry S. Lehr, Inc.) as a commercial lines insurance producer. In 1991 John earned the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) designation from the Insurance Institute of America and began a specialty practice of working with Human Service/Behavioral Healthcare organizations.
After receiving extensive training by the St. Paul Companies in medical malpractice and related lines, John went on to be named the St. Paul Partnership Producer of the Year in 1993. As a result of his outstanding client service and account retention rate John was named the Henry S.Lehr, Inc. Account Executive of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
Over the last 26 years John has designed new property and casualty programs for over 150 commercial entities with a concentration in Non Profit/Human Service organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Brown & Brown is now the single largest insurance broker for community mental health centers and children’s residential facilities in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In recognition of his dedication to New Jersey human service accounts, in 2011 John received the “Community Partnership of the Year” award from the New Jersey Alliance of Children, Youth and Families. In 2013 he received the “Courage and Compassion” award from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies.
John enjoys participating in regional fund raising events and advocating on behalf of his clientele. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of The LifePath Foundation, Inc., the fundraising division one of Pennsylvania’s largest non-profit corporations serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
KAREN BRANNON, PhD
Dr. Karen Brannon recently joined Brown & Brown’s Risk Management team. She comes to us with 25 years of experience in the human services arena, where she most recently served as the Chief Research and Organizational Development Officer for Family Services of Western PA. This senior level position included responsibilities for the development and implementation of a structured Enterprise Risk Management program, overhaul of the Outcomes and Program Evaluation system, advancement of a comprehensive Compliance program, expansion of Quality Improvement initiatives, creation and implementation of a formal Staff Development program, and oversight of processes for exceeding the Council on Accreditation’s standards. In addition to the Council on Accreditation standards, Dr. Brannon has extensive knowledge of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities standards, HIPAA standards, and Pennsylvania regulatory standards for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, Mental Health Services, and Drug and Alcohol Services. She is accomplished in survey development, competency-based training, project management, and team leadership. Dr. Brannon has also focused her work on developing and implementing expansive succession plans, increasing staff leadership skills, humanizing and developing agency culture, and formalizing strategic planning with a risk management focus.
Dr. Brannon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, her Master’s degree in Education with an adult learning emphasis from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University. She is well-known nationally for her live presentations, webinars and articles; and is trained in Compression Planning™, Perfecting Patient Care™, the Organizational Culture Inventory™, and Incident Investigations.
Her ground-up construction of enterprise risk management structures with multiple human service agencies combined with data-based decision making and strong quality improvement initiatives has resulted in significantly decreased costs for worker’s compensation premiums, property and casualty premiums, vehicle and other property repair, overtime, and turnover. She is passionate about helping organizations improve their efficiency, effectiveness, and financial health through the utilization of an understandable, measurable, and attainable comprehensive enterprise level approach for preventing and mitigating multiple areas of risk. Dr. Brannon hopes to combine her expertise in human services and enterprise risk management to expand the Risk Management services available to Brown &Brown’s customers in order to enhance their clinical and financial outcomes.
If you have additional questions or would like to discuss your Risk Management needs with Dr. Brannon, please contact her at [email protected] or 610-694-1880.
LISA A. BELLIS, ARM, CSM, CIC, CRIS
Risk Manager & Insurance Consultant
Lisa comes to Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley with over 28 years’ experience in commercial property/casualty insurance. She maintains a deep commitment to reducing the effects of loss and increasing an organization’s overall profitability through effectively analyzing exposures and implementing sound risk management practices. Her enthusiasm to confront challenges with a positive and constructive attitude helps her to succeed in resolving difficult issues. She provides a multitude of resources to facilitate and implement effective best practices in organizations.
Her extensive knowledge in reviewing and modifying hold harmless & indemnification agreements, as well as insurance contracts, has helped to improve the financial and legal position of her clients with their subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors. She possesses thorough knowledge of commercial lines insurance products & coverages, as well as the ability to audit policies to ensure they do not contain any coverage gaps.
Lisa has a proven track record for effectively and aggressively negotiating the reduction/closing of claims. She is uncompromising when it comes to attacking fraudulent claims.
Lisa has extensive experience in working with insurance captives and regional purchasing groups. She successfully interviewed, negotiated, and coordinated third party claims and loss control services and held quarterly performance meetings on behalf of the captive’s members.
Lisa was awarded a Bachelor’s degree of science in Business Administration through Albright College, where is achieved “highest honors.” She also holds an Associate’s degree in Business Management through Lehigh Carbon Community College. In 2000, she earned the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor and went on to achieve the Associate in Risk Management designation from the Insurance Institute of America in 2003. In 2010, she received the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist designation from the International Risk Management Institute, Inc. Most recently, she was received the Certified Safety Manager designation from the National Association of Safety Professionals. Among her other qualifications, Lisa holds the following certifications and authorizations:
- 10 & 30 Hour (Construction) OSHA Certified
- Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor (10 & 30 Hour General Industry)
- Certified Forklift Instructor
- National Safety Council Certified Defensive Driver Trainer
- Certified Safety Manager Designation (CSM)
- Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
- Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
- Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS)
Patrick J. Vrabel, GBA
Patrick (PJ) Vrabel is the team leader of the Employee Benefits department of Brown & Brown of LV. He started with Brown & Brown 2011 as a producer where his focus is to achieve client satisfaction and trust. Currently he manages all of the comprehensive services, product offerings and customized solutions to employee benefits clients of Brown & Brown of LV. He and his team diligently work with each client to ensure outstanding results and lasting relationships.
PJ graduated from Mansfield University in 2002 with a Bachelor Science Degree in Business Administration. He has achieved the Group Benefits Associate designation from International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
PJ currently resides in Easton, PA with his wife Tiffany and three children Cole, Connor and Madeline. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, listening to music and is an avid sports fan.
Paul Pugielli, CIC
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Paul has been an Account Executive for Brown & Brown, (formerly Bowers Schumann and Welch) for over twenty five (25) years. His primary focus is in the administration of insurance programs for municipalities, municipal authorities and regional police departments. He currently administers the Pennsylvania Municipal Insurance Program (PAMIP) and the Keystone Municipal Insurance Trust (KMIT) for over 125 Brown & Brown clients. Prior to his Agency experience with Brown & Brown, Paul held various positions with insurance companies in New York City, Los Angeles and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In addition to assisting individual clients with their insurance and risk management needs, Paul has conducted seminars and presentations for local government associations as well as for the PLGSA (Pennsylvania Local Government Securities Association and PSATS (Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors). He has also published an article on Law Enforcement Liability for the Agent and Broker Magazine. Paul currently serves as a member of the Hanover Township (Northampton County) Planning Commission.
Paul is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and has earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
ROBERT L. MILLER, CIC
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Bob is a Senior Vice President for Brown & Brown Insurance of the Lehigh Valley. Bob brings a unique perspective to Brown & Brown accounts having been both on the company and agency sides of the business. He has been actively engaged in insurance marketing, sales and underwriting for over thirty (30) years.
Bob started his career with Aetna Casualty and Surety in their Marketing Department in 1973. He worked through the position and was on the Management Promotion list when, in 1980, he left to accept a position with an insurance agency, Henry S. Lehr, Inc. Bob held various positions with Lehr from account executive to Senior Vice President from 1980 through 2001. In October of 2001, Bob accepted a position with Brown & Brown as Sales Manager. In February, he took on the responsibilities of Marketing Manager as well. In June of 2002, he returned full-time to the position of Sales Manager. In 2006, Bob was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.
Bob has a CIC designation and has also successfully completed some CPCU coursework. He has attended numerous management, sales & marketing courses and currently handles a book of commercial business for Brown & Brown. This translates into the “best of class” understanding of risk and service of accounts through Brown & Brown, a world class broker.
Robert M. McCormick
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Mr. Robert McCormick currently serves as a Senior Vice President with Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, LP. He has more than 30 years of experience in insurance and risk management. Bob has been commended for his exceptional efforts in assuring the best insurance products, expedient claims resolution and insightful business advice.
His insurance career began in 1978 as an account executive at a small retail insurance agency. In 1981 Mr. McCormick joined Henry S. Lehr, Inc. He developed a clientele of larger commercial clients and was involved in the formation and growth of their national Health and Human Service practice. In 2001 Bob moved to Brown & Brown (BRO) when they acquired Henry S. Lehr, Inc. He was named a Vice President in 2006 and promoted to Senior Vice President in 2011.
Bob coordinates the development of insurance and risk management programs for members of associations, affinity groups, and larger commercial organizations primarily in the not-for-profit Health and Human Service sector. He specializes in programs that provide property and casualty, professional liability, workers’ compensation and health and related insurance coverage. He works with clients throughout the United States.
Mr. McCormick received his B.A. in Psychology from Moravian College. He holds both the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. He is married with three children.
Ryan Weiner CIC AAI
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Mr. Ryan Weiner is Senior Vice President of the Community Association Department at Brown & Brown Insurance of The Lehigh Valley. After graduating from the University of Richmond in 2001, Ryan began his professional career at Brown & Brown, Inc. as a member of the Internal Auditing team in Daytona Beach, Fl. He spent most of his time conducting financial audits throughout Brown & Brown’s 200 Nationwide offices. In 2004 Ryan earned the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) Designation from the Insurances Institute of America. With his newly earned designation he dovetailed his expertise in the industry to begin a specialty practice working with Community Associations. In addition, Ryan has since obtained his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation.
As a result of his efforts in providing the highest level of Insurance and Risk Management services for Community Associations, Ryan has developed and currently maintains a portfolio of over 300 Associations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is actively involved with The Community Associations Institute and has conducted several speaking engagements on topics related to association risks linked to insurance.
Brown & Brown Insurance has various local and national officers and is currently the 7th largest insurance broker in the United States. For more information contact Ryan 800-634-8237 or visit us on the web at www.bbinslv.com
Tiffany Vrabel, MBA, CIC, ARM
Tiffany is a Vice President and Risk Management Advisor for Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley. Tiffany joined Brown & Brown in 2009 and creates and adapts insurance and risk management programs for organizations across the Tri-State Area. Her responsibilities include strategic direction on insurance coverage design, negotiation, placement and implementation, with a focus on the highest quality protection at the lowest possible cost. She makes it a priority that her clients understand all new and existing risks that their organizations face and what they can do to protect themselves.
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University in Business Management, Finance. In 2011, she earned her Associate in Risk Management Designation and her Certified Insurance Counselor Designation in 2014. She also received her Master in Business Administration Degree from Moravian College in 2013.
Tiffany resides with her husband and three kids in Easton. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as staying active and participating in fundraising events with her clients.