Frank is a principal at Founders Insurance Agency where he oversees the IT department and building operations. He began his insurance career over 40 years ago at Buonocore Insurance Agency started by his grandfather in 1918. Frank's specialty is Commercial Property and Liability Insurance where he further specializes in managing insurance portfolios for financial institutions.
Dennis is a principal at Founders Insurance Agency where he oversees agency finances and serves as President. 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 designations of Certified Insurance Consultant (CIC) and 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.
Bill Willis is a principal at Founders Insurance Agency, he joined in 1984 as a producer in our Lakeville office - formerly Wagner McNeil Insurance and became an owner in 1999. Bill's expertise lies within our Platinum Accounts division where he oversees a large portion of our high value accounts, including Manhattan and international properties.
Outside of Founders, Bill is very involved in the community. He is Chairman of the Salisbury Board of Finance, member of the Board of Directors for the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, member of the Salisbury Rotary Club, member of the Board of Directors for the Salisbury Ambulance Service, and member of the Bissell Fund Investment Committee. Bill is a former member of the Salisbury Board of Education for 12 years, Co-Chair of the Region 1 Teacher Contract negotiating Committee for 6 years, and former President of the Bissell Fund. Prior to the insurance world, Bill was on the staff of US congressman Toby Moffett and served as his District Director and Campaign manager; he ran for US Congress and State Senate in the early 1980's and also taught at an Indian School in South Dakota in the early 1970's.
Mike began his insurance career in May of 1982 with Financial Management Associates of Hartford in group benefits sales and administration. He opened his own firm, MA Noddin Co. in 1987, a Group benefits brokerage firm offering: Medical, Dental, Life, STD and LTD. He joined Benefits Plus, Inc. in April of 1996 as an associate and joined Founders Insurance Agency as the group Benefits Manager in May of 2007.
Mike is currently a member of Anthem Blue cross and blue shield's Broker Advisory committee and is a past member of the United health Care Broker Advisory Committee.
Mike lives in Bristol Connecticut is married to Debra and has two great children Jessica and Kyle. Outside of Founders, Mike enjoys golf, baseball and fishing on his boat.
Bryan joined Founders in 2010 as a Commercial Lines Account Executive and was quickly promoted to Personal Lines Manager, preceding his current position as P&C Operations Manager. He oversees the personal and commercial lines service departments for both the Lakeville and Torrington offices. Bryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and began his insurance career in 2003 as a top producing sales executive for a nationally based life insurance carrier, followed by the transition to the Property & Casualty arena via a local agency in northwest Connecticut. He lives in the rolling hills of Litchfield County with his wife and three children.
Dianna previously supervised our Platinum Acounts Division in Lakeville, her current roll as Assistant Personal Lines Manager is focused on increasing Founders' level of customer satisfaction in our Personal Lines Department - including Platinum Accounts. Dianna brings a wealth of insurance knowledge and client development skills to the Founders team. Dianna lives in Colebrook with her husband Stephen.
Mark joined Founders in 2010 after selling Life Insurance with Northwest Mutual for several years. With strong ties in the local community, Mark is a member of the NW CT Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Organization, Torrington Rotary and the Torrington Country Club.
Outside of insurance Mark is an avid skier and is a member of the Mohawk Ski area Ski Patrol team.
Linda joined Founders Insurance Agency in August 2011 after working several years as an Allstate Agent in Naugatuck. Prior to her Allstate years, Linda worked in several departments at The Hartford, including their claims department.
She quickly became involved with the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce where she sits on the Membership Services Committee. Linda lives in Salisbury with her husband John, a local artist.
Nancy has 34 years of experience in commercial lines with 9 of those years working in agency automation for Travelers. For the last 25 years she has worked in agencies where it has been her pleasure to service a variety of clients. Nancy finds Commercial accounts interesting, challenging and highly rewarding.
Outside of Founders Nancy loves to spend time with her husband and their son Kevin. His stories of life on his own (he's 22 and new to being independent) are mostly funny and always entertaining. Being "empty nesters" provides more time for hiking, fishing (worms and all) and catching up on her reading.
Patty joined Founders in August of 2014 as a Personal Lines Account Manager and moved to a Commercial Lines Account Manager in 2016. Prior to joining us she spent 11 years on the Life Insurance side of the business as well as 16 yrs on the Property and Casualty side of the house.
Patty is very involved with her church St. Anthony's Parish in Bristol where she serves as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She lives in Harwinton with her husband and 2 sons and enjoys traveling when not immersed in the world of insurance!
Adam joined Founders in 2011 after working at USI Insurance Services in Meriden for several years. He has obtained his ACSR (Accredited Customer Service Representative) designation, showing his dedication to Commercial Service. Outside of insurance, Adam enjoys cooking, playing with his daughter Angelina and reading a good book.
Barbara started her insurance career 10 years ago and absolutely loves it. Previously she has held many office managerial positions including having worked as a Scheduling Secretary for a former United States Senator. Barbara is a cancer survivor and currently is very active in helping newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with reassurance and support.
Jemeli began working for Founders Insurance Agency over 17 yrs ago when it was just a small agency going by the name of Dressel Buonocore Insurance. She recently got married and enjoys traveling with her husband Ken & taking an occasional motorcycle ride. Jemeli has 2 grown sons & also has a Maltese dog named Mojo who's like her 3rd child. Outside of Founders she is an active member of the Torrington Elks Lodge.
Cherie joined Founders Insurance Agency in April 2013 after working in life insurance and financial services for several years. Outside of insurance, Cherie is involved in various community groups and organizations. Just recently, she returned from a trip serving the people and children in Haiti.
Cherie lives in Bristol with her husband. Together, they enjoy traveling and motorcycle bike riding.
Laurie joined the Founders Insurance Agency on March 17, 2014. Laurie previously worked in insurance claims for 15 years in Massachusetts, and moved to the Torrington area in September of 2013. Laurie has two grown children, a daughter living in Oregon; and a son living in Massachusetts. She also has a step son and step daughter who reside in Torrington.
Laurie loves travelling with her husband, enjoys hiking, renovating/decorating, and spending time with family.
Betty joined Founders Insurance Agency, formerly Wagner McNeil in 1976 under the mentorship of Walter Shannon, so she considers herself the "senior" member of the firm.
Betty is a member of the Canaan Northwest Lions Club where she served as Charter President, President, Secretary and currently on the Board of Directors. She is a member of St. Joseph's Church where she serves as a Eucharistic Minister. She enjoys baking and traveling with her friends.
In 2006 June joined the Platinum Unit of Founders Insurance Agency in our Lakeville, CT office. Previously, she worked as an Account Executive at Hickok & Boardman Insurance in Stowe, VT. During this time she obtained her CPIW designation. She is a proud graduate of the NW Leadership Program through the NW CT Chamber of Commerce. June currently resides in Goshen with her family.
Garma joined Founders Insurance Agency – formerly Wagner McNeil Insurance in 1983. Being a local native of Lakeville, she has knowledge of this area and the growing insurance needs of our Platinum Accounts Unit clientele. She lives with her family in Sharon, CT
Darlene joined Founders Insurance Agency in 2006 as an account manager in our Life & Health Department helping guide/advise clients with their health care needs and new Health Care Reform. She began her insurance career in 1984 and then moved to Communications for over 20 years as a sales representative and manager. She is a member of the NW CT Chamber of Commerce and sits on the chamber's Insurance Committee since 2006. Darlene is Partnership Long Term Care Certified and is also certified for the new Connecticut Health Exchange.
Darlene lives in Colebrook Connecticut with her husband Mike who has been competing in the professional lumber jack series for 30 years. She has two boys, Nicholas who will be starting his first year at Springfield College and Mitchell who will be a sophomore at Northwestern Regional High School. Outside of Founders Darlene is an avid Zumba participant. She is active with the Gilbert/Northwestern Football team raising funds for Breast Cancer Awareness and chaired the committee in 2011 and 2012.
Lisa joined Founders Insurance Agency, then Oligny Insurance, in 1982 as a Commercial Lines CSR and later moved on to Personal Lines. For the last 23 years, Lisa has been in charge of the agency accounting department.
Currently, Lisa is Treasurer for the board of the Harwinton Public Library. She is also co-owner of Rescue Electronics Surplus, an internet based business, with her husband Paul. They have three grown sons.