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Board of Directors

Board of Director Nominations Are Now Open.
Any Big I New Jersey member or company partner may nominate an individual to the board of directors.
Self nominations are also welcome. 

We are currently accepting nominations for: 

  • One Agent Regional Director in each of the following regions (three year term):
    • Region 4 - (Essex/Passaic/Union)
    • Region 5 - (Hunterdon/Morris/Somerset/Sussex/Warren)
    • Region 6 - (Monmouth/Ocean) 

  • Agent Member-At-Large positions - statewide, not region-specific (three year term)

  • Two Associate Member-At-Large positions (two year term)



  • Be an owner, manager, or producer of a Big I New Jersey member agency or employed by a company that is an Associate Member of Big I New Jersey.
  • Hold a NJ producers license with a property/casualty authority or personal lines authority.
    (agency openings only)
  • Actively participate in the business of a member agency for a period of three or more years.
    (agency openings only)


  • Attend 4-5 board meetings per year.
  • Volunteer on a Big I NJ committee, task force, or special ad hoc committee.
  • Attend the Big I NJ Conference. 

Upcoming Board Meetings:  March 20, 2019; June 19, 2019; August 21, 2019. All board meetings will commence at 10 am and be held at the Make-A-Wish Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township.
 2018-2020 Officers 
Michael L. Razze, Jr. - Chairman
McMahon Agency Inc.
901 Simpson Avenue/Box 329
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Phone: 609-399-0060
Hal W. Soden, Jr. - Vice Chairman/Treasurer
Oliver L. E. Soden Agency
60 W. Railroad Avenue
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
Phone: 732-521-0001
Gerald F. Ford III, AAI, CPCU - Immediate Past Chairman
Allen & Stults Co., Inc.
106 North Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Phone: 609-448-0110

L. Scott Stanford, AAI - IIABA Director
Stanford Agency
788 Shrewsbury Ave, #2255
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Phone: 732-924-6999
Sheri A. Acconzo - BIg I New Jersey President & CEO
Big I New Jersey
Trenton, NJ  08619
Phone: 609-587-4333

Board of Directors

Jeff Wyrsch 
The Van Dyk Group
12800 Long Beach Blvd.
Beach Haven Terrace,NJ 08008
Phone: 609-492-1511

William J. Abbott 
Abbott Insurance Agency
705 Ridge Road
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Phone: 201-933-3333

Camden/Cape May/Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem
David J. Strout, Jr. 
Cettei & Connell, Inc
135 South Broad Street, Suite B
P.O. Box 657
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Phone: 856-848-8898

Robert D. Hess, CRIS
Hess Group Inc.
PO Box 4588
95 Mount Bethal Road
Warren, NJ  07059
Phone: 908-561-0500

Members at Large 
Scott Caughlan 
Nelson-Patterson Agency
746 River Road
New Milford, NJ 07646
Phone: 201-262-1431

Roberta Fallon 
Leigh Agency
10 E. Main Street
Freehold, NJ  07728
Phone: 732-780-8338

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

Stephen Gordon
Allied Insurance Agency, LLC
360 Rt. 24
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: 862-259-3300

Chris O'Neill, CRIS
Scirocco Financial Group-Associated Insurance Partners, Inc.
515 E. Grove St, Suite 1c
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
Phone: 856-547-3900

George Zelhof
United Assurance, Inc.
16-00 Pollitt Drive
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Phone: 201-254-1830

Associate Members at Large
Gary Capone
Franklin Mutual Insurance Company
PO Box 400, 5 Broad Street
Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-8810

Glenn Watkins
The Cumberland Insurance Group
633 Shiloh Pike, PO Box 556
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: 856-391-1233