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Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Participating on the Big I NJ Board of Directors is a natural path for active, engaged members who are interested in influencing the future of our organization and the indepedent insurance industry. 

We are currently accepting nominations for the following board positions:

Regional Director - Atlantic/Burlington/Mercer Ocean
Regional Director - Union/Essex/Passaic
Member-at-Large (five open positions)

If you are ready to step into a leadership role, whether you're an industry veteran willing to share your years of experience or a young agent ready to take your career to the next level, we hope to hear from you. This is THE opportunity to shape policy, influence the future of the industry, and help build a stronger organization.

Nomination Form

Nominations must be received by May

2023-2024 Board of directors

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Chairman of the Board
Chris O'Neil, CRIS
Scirocco Financial Group - Associated Insurance Partners
515 E. Grove S., Suite 1c
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
Ph: 856-547-3900
Learn More About Chris >>

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Vice Chairman/Treasurer
Kristin Ryan
Hanson & Ryan
87 Lakawanna Ave.
Totowa, NJ 07511
Ph: 973-256-6600
Learn More About Kristin >>

National Director

Gerald F. Ford III, AAI, CPCU
Allen & Stults Co., Inc.
106 North Main St.
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Ph. 609-448-0110
Learn More About Jerry >>

Immediate Past Chairman

Hal W. Soden, Jr., AAI, CIC
Oliver L.E. Soden Agency
60 W. Railroad Ave.
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
Ph: 732-521-0001
Learn More About Hal >>

Regional Director - Atlantic/
Jeff Wyrsch
The Van Dyk Group
12800 Long Beach Blvd.
Beach Haven Terrace, NJ 08008
Ph: 609-492-1511

Regional Director - Bergen/

Open Seat
Regional Director - Camden/

Cape May/Cumberland/
David Strout
Cettei & Connell, Inc.
135 South Broad St., Suite B
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Ph: 856-848-8898
Learn More About Dave >>

Regional Director - Hunterdon/Morris/

Robert D. Hess, CRIS
Hess Group Inc.
95 Mount Bethal Rd.
Warren, NJ 07059
Ph: 908-561-0500

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Regional Director - Middlesex/Monmouth

Scott Stanford, AAI
Stanford Agency
788 Shrewsbury Ave., Suite 2200
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Ph: 732-924-6999

Regional Director - Union/Essex/Passaic

Open Seat


Scott Caughlan
Nelson-Patterson Agency
746 River Rd.
New Milford, NJ 07646
Ph: 201-262-1431
Learn More About Scott >>


Jacki Frank, ACSR, CPIW, AAI
Tri-County Agency of Brick
1875 Route 88 East
Brick, NJ 08724
Ph: 732-477-1010


Matthew Hill
R. Bruce Hill Agency Ltd.
335 Essex St.
Millburn, NJ 07041
Ph: 973-376-1514


Ramiro Martinez-Anillo, CRIS
Fiorentino Anillo Insurance and Financial
PO Box 706
Union City, NJ 07087
Ph: 201-223-2331

Jamie Nielsen
Hanson & Ryan Inc.
87 Lakawanna Ave.
Totowa, NJ 07512
Ph: 973-256-6000
Learn More About Jamie >>


Annmarie Westerfield, CRIS
Cupo Insurance Agency
50 Mt. Prospect Ave.
Clifton, NJ 07013
Ph: 973-778-7770
Learn More About Annmarie >>


George Zelhof
United Assurance, Inc.
16-00 Pollitt Dr.
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Ph: 201-254-1830
Associate Member-at-Large

Kevin Shannon
355 Maple Ave.
Harleysville, PA 19438
Ph: 856-237-7191
Learn More About Kevin >>
Associate Member-at-Large

Glenn Watkins
The Cumberland Insurance Group
633 Shiloh Pike, PO Box 566
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Ph 856-391-1233
Learn More About Glenn >>