ARC Excess & Surplus Headquarters

Phone: 516-747-4100

Fax: 516-747-3633

Jericho, New York is the home office of ARC Excess and Surplus, LLC. Since our founding in 1986, we have grown to be the largest wholesale brokerage organization in the United States specializing in Management / Professional Liability Insurance. Since opening our doors, we have spread to eight offices throughout the country, becoming the 6th largest wholesale broker ranked by business insurance, and a top five producer with all major Management & Professional Liability Insurance carriers. We attribute our impressive growth to the level of service our all-star team provides its clients. We are relentless in pursuing strategies and implementing solutions that meet and exceed our client’s needs. It is this determined desire to provide best-in-class service that has made us the choice of technology companies, financial institutions, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies.

Services Include

ARC Excess & Surplus is a wholesale insurance brokerage specializing in Professional Liability products and services including:

  • Directors and Officers Liability (D&O)
  • Errors and Omissions Insurance (E&O)
  • Employment Practices Liability (EPLI)
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Crime Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice (Med Mal)
  • Property & Casualty (P&C)
  • Miscellaneous Professional Liability (MPL)
  • Representations & Warranties (R&W)
  • & More

Our dedicated teams service clients with a wide array of Professional Liability Insurance solutions.

113 South Service Road, Jericho, NY 11753, USA

Team Bios

Christopher Cavallaro

Mr. Cavallaro graduated from Brooklyn Tech Aero Engineering in 1970, then earned a B.A. in Economics, from Queens College, in 1974. He then worked toward his Masters Degree in Business Administration at CUNY. He joined the American International Group in 1974 and left in 1986 as Senior Vice President. In April 1986, Mr. Cavallaro founded ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. He has been an underwriter throughout his illustrious forty-year career and a broker for 28 1/2 of those years. He has garnered many awards such as the PLUS Founder Award in 2002, for outstanding contributions to PLUS, the PLUS Award in 2006, for outstanding contributions to the Professional Liability Industry as a whole, and Insurance Statesman of the Year, in 2002. He is also an honored member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and has given numerous speeches at RIMS, PLUS and other Insurance Organizations. Mr. Cavallaro is also a published author, penning an article on Y2K and other pertinent insurance issues in the Management and Professional Liability world. Throughout his storied career, Mr. Cavallaro still claims nothing beats Experience! Experience! Experience!

Michael Cavallaro

Mr. Cavallaro became an Officer and Partner at ARC Excess & Surplus in 2002. Today he is the Co-Chief Operating Officer of the company. His duties include managing a book of business with 4 brokers and 8 administrative people that service accounts he is directly involved in producing, manages a team of other brokers at ARC who handle their own respective books of business, works with John Semeraro in dealing with relationships with brokers and insurance companies and other business partners and setting the direction for the company in terms of marketing and operations. He has been brokering Management and Professional Liability for 22 years at ARC and worked at AIG from 1985 to 1990 and then Gulf Insurance Company from 1990 to1992.

The singular emphasis on Management and Professional Liability with a heavy focus on D&O Insurance has allowed him to gain substantial experience and expertise in placing Management and Professional Liability Insurance and providing clients with valuable advice when making decisions regarding these lines of coverage. He has written various articles during his career including the following white papers: Directors and Officers Liability – What to Know, From a Broker’s Perspective. A D&O Broker’s Dilemma: Who Do We Represent? Summary of the State of the Directors & Officers Insurance Marketplace.

From 2001 through 2004, he was the co-chair to the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) D&O Liability and Insurance Issues Symposium, one of the most well-known and attended conferences regarding Directors and Officers Liability Insurance. Currently, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Eastern Chapter of PLUS.

John Semeraro

Prior to joining ARC, John held various managerial positions in both Brokering and Underwriting, the latest of which was Senior Vice President with Marsh/FINPRO Division. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1976 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree and also attended Hofstra for graduate level courses and to obtain his RPLU designation. He is now Co-Chief Operating Officer of the company, as well as, involved with relationship building with both carriers and retail brokers. John is keen at listening to what clients have to say, and then implementing solutions, accordingly. He is an avid reader and into the restoration of a late model Porsche 911 Carrera.

Heather Fox

Heather manages the claims advocacy group, working with clients to obtain favorable settlements of complex claims.  She serves as a national resource to all ARC Brokers to support client placements, including assisting clients in interactions with carriers to develop manuscript policy wording.  Heather also serves as General Counsel to ARC Excess and Surplus, LLC. She graduated St. John’s University with a B.S. degree in Economics, cum laude; New England School of Law JD cum laude. Before teaming up with ARC, she was SVP & Chief Underwriting Officer of the AIG Executive Liability Unit, also serving as General Counsel there, responsible for the drafting of all AIG Management and Professional Liability policies and endorsements; liaised with the claims department to assist with policy interpretation; and assisted underwriters in analyzing risks. Heather previously practiced law in Massachusetts, primarily focused on civil litigation, including employment-related litigation. She is a member, Trustee of the Board of Trustees and President-Elect of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (“PLUS”).  Heather is also a frequent speaker at seminars, including PLUS and RIMS, on a wide range of management liability and insurance coverage topics.

Joan Brunjes

Joan Brunjes has been working at ARC Excess & Surplus since it opened its doors in 1986. Joan is a Certified Public Accountant who started her career as an intern at age 18 at JK Lasser and Company and remained there for 3 years. JK Lasser and Company merged with Touche Ross & Company where she stayed for 4 years working her way to manager. She then became a Partner in a Public Accounting firm where she stayed until joining Arc Excess & Surplus in 1986.

Joan is a graduate with highest honors of Northeastern University with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. She has had an NYS insurance brokers license for twenty years and became a certified public accountant in August of 1978.

Robert D. Crocitto

Rob has close to three decades of experience designing and placing all types of Management and Professional Liability Programs throughout the world. Rob specializes in placing Directors & Officers, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, and all forms of Professional Liability Coverage, including but not limited to Cyber, Privacy and Security Liability. Rob has placed some of the most complex Global Management and ProfessionalLiability Programs for many of the Fortune 500. Prior to joining ARC as a Partner in 2001, Rob spent twelve years at Frenkel & Co., Inc., a large International Insurance Brokerage firm headquartered in NYC, where he oversaw the Management and Professional Liability Practice.

Rob has a very strong following of Corporate CEOs, CFOs, Risk Managers, Insurance Attorneys, and Retail Insurance Brokers; many of whom he has worked with for decades and have relied on his technical expertise, market clout and reputation as an aggressive client advocate. Throughout his career, Rob has been a trusted partner with his clients having designed and placed the Management & Professional Liability Insurance Programs for some of the largest global firms in the world.

Rob frequently speaks at various Risk Management Forums on topics relating to Management & Professional Liability Insurance. Rob also serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Liability Underwriters Society Foundation, and is an active board member for three other Non-Profit Organizations on Staten Island, NY.

Rob is also an active fund raiser for The NYU Children Cancer Fund, The NYU Child/Life Center, The Eden II School for Autistic Children, The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Fund, Mary’s Place by the Sea, Wish to Fish USA, and the Staten Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Rob received his B.S. from St. John’s University, NY with Cum Laude honors in 1990. Rob also holds a 100 GRT Masters Captains License with the United States Coast Guard.

Ryan Ascenzo

Ryan is a Broker at ARC focusing on management and professional liability and fidelity/crime insurance for all industries with a specialization in financial institutions. Ryan’s specialization in financial institutions is the product of more than 10 years of underwriting while at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, now Chubb Limited where he most recently served as Vice President and Underwriting Manager. His credentialed experience includes crafting insurance coverage for hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds, mutual funds, real estate funds/trusts, family offices, investment advisers, broker/dealers, banks and insurance companies.

Ryan earned a B.A. in History from Western New England University after attending the Berkshire School and Saint Paul Catholic High School. He is a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) and a licensed insurance producer. Outside of ARC Ryan actively participates as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and athlete and spends his free time with his wife and two sons.

Michael Bencivenga

Michael joined ARC in 2011 after earning a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Quinnipiac  University and a Masters of Science in Accounting from Hofstra University. He is a member of the PLUS Organization, Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU+), and participates in Police Athletic League Football. As a Broker, at ARC, Michael excels at all Management and Professional Liability lines of Insurance including, but limited to Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Investment Advisors/Hedge Fund/Private Equity Liability, Crime, Kidnap & Ransom, Media/Film Producers Liability. In his spare time, Michael enjoys baseball, football, hockey, and mountain biking.

Mark Campson

Mark is an experienced Broker working with ARC for 24 Years now. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree and an RPLU, he began his career at AIG, in 1985 in the Lawyers Professional Liability Division. He joined ARC in 1991 handling LPL, D&O, MPL, Lawyers Errors & Omissions, after gaining a lot of valuable experience at AIG. He has continued honing his skills and perfecting ways to service clients while at ARC, and this day stands, as a go-to guy for various clients needs. Mark is an avid golfer and can be found in the woods looking for balls on many weekends.

Joanna Cardillo

Joanna joined the ARC team in October 2019. Prior to joining ARC, Joanna attended Queens College where she graduated with a Bachelors of English Education. In 2016 she secured her Property & Casualty Brokers license.

Joanna began her career in 2016 where she was an assistant account executive at Program Brokerage servicing commercial wholesale accounts. Today Joanna is now working alongside Robert D. Crocitto and Lynn Mirabella placing small and large complex management (D&O, EPL, Fiduciary and Crime) and professional liability including Cyber liability insurance programs for non-profits, private and public company clients.

In her off time, Joanna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, attending concerts and traveling.

Dana Cavallaro

Dana works as Claims Counsel for ARC, specializing in Management and Professional Lines. After earning a B.A. from Georgetown University, she attended Columbia University School of Law, earning a designation as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  Before joining ARC, Dana worked as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County, and as an Associate at Mendes & Mount, where she specialized in Employment Practices Liability and E&O insurance law. Today, Dana is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and works with clients and brokers on claims advocacy and draft policy language. With a background in law, she also assists brokers in the critical role of policy interpretation.

Robert Cavallaro

Robert Cavallaro is a member of New York Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and Professional Liability Underwriting Association. He has been with ARC for more than eight years now as Senior Broker working on the placement of all management and professional liability accounts for financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, technology, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. He works specifically with financial Institutions including private equity companies, hedge funds, investment advisers, insurance companies, real estate investment trusts, broker-dealer, investment banking. Before that he studied at St. John’s University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in May 1995, Summa Cum Laude, with an impressive 3.95 GPA. He attended Hofstra University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor in May, 1998 as member of the Hofstra Law Review. He graduated Top 12% of the Class. Robert authored Corporate Buyer Beware: Deficiencies in Directors & Officers Coverage for Employment Practices Liability, for the Hofstra Law Review.

John D'Alessandro

John D’Alessandro is a licensed insurance broker who started at ARC in June of 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a B.B.A. in Communication and Marketing. John has banking experience which includes; Accounting, Internal controls, and social media marketing. John also has extensive Sarbanes Oxley Compliance experience having worked in the SOX Department at New York Community Bank for 3 years. This experience should prove a valuable asset to John’s clients as he helps provide them with Public D&O Coverage.

John is an up and coming Specialty Wholesale Insurance Broker who is very determined and dedicated to become an expert in Directors & Officers Liability Insurance, Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Fiduciary Liability Insurance, Miscellaneous Professional Liability Insurance, Cyber Liability insurance, and Crime Insurance.

Maria D'Angelis

Maria has flourished with ARC for more than ten years. As a Management and Professional Liability Insurance Broker she specializes in all Management and Professional Liability lines including Directors & Officers Liability, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Fidelity for Public, Private, Non-Profit Companies and Financial Institutions. She is a valued member of ARC, working on Michael Cavallaro’s team. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the State University of New York, The College at Old Westbury and is an active member of PLUS.

Danielle Daloia

Danielle Daloia joined Maria Treglia’s team at ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC in April 2020.

Danielle graduated from SUNY New Paltz, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Media. In 2009, she began her insurance career at Program Brokerage Corporation (PBC), where she started as an Assistant Account Executive. There she obtained her Property & Casualty Brokers license, and while gaining valuable experience, was promoted to an Account Executive. In that role, she managed and serviced accounts for various lines of coverage including but not limited to D&O, E&O, EPLI, Fiduciary, Crime, and Medical Malpractice. During her time at PBC, Danielle also obtained her RPLU designation.

In 2015, Danielle began working at Sterling Risk, where she was a Program Underwriter, servicing renewals and placing new business in a successful Umbrella program for lessor risk real estate exposures.

Danielle has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years and is excited to be back working in the Professional Liability sector. She joins ARC where she will again, be specializing in the placement of new and renewal business for various kinds of risks in need of Management and Professional Liability Coverage. Danielle’s decade of Insurance Brokerage experience coupled with her specialization in D&O, E&O, EPL, Fiduciary, Crime and Medical Malpractice will most certainly make her a valued addition to Maria Treglia’s team at ARC.

On her down time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, reading and going to the beach.

Matt Dignam

Matthew joined ARC in 2015 as a broker specializing in Management Liability, Professional Liability and Transactional Risk insurance for all industries and classes of business. In addition to placing insurance on behalf of clients, Matthew has extensive experience working on complex claims alongside ARC’s Claim Advocacy team.

After graduating from Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Information Systems from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York.

Matthew started his career in 2002 as an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service working in the Municipal Bond Group. In 2007, he moved to Moody’s Analytics, which is the sales and marketing arm of Moody’s Corporation, working as a relationship manager in the Content Licensing Group, which licenses the internal and external use of Moody’s ratings and research.

Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, son and two daughters, cooking and is an avid golfer.

Robert DiRico

After earning his B.A. at Hofstra University, with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Mathematics, Robert acquired a Property and Casualty Brokers License from Poh’s Institute. Currently, he is seeking RPLU designation. Before joining ARC, Robert worked for 2 years at Transworld Facilities, Inc., a wholesale insurance agent specializing in General Liability and Property Insurance. Today he is a Broker on team Robert Crocitto, where he provides formal policy coverage comparisons, proprietary and non-proprietary limits, retention and premium benchmarking, public company securities stock drop exhibits and detailed marketplace studies for our clients. His specialties include Security and Privacy Liability (Cyber Liability), Technology and Professional Liability, Public and Private Company Directors and Officers Liability including the integration and placement of locally Admitted Directors and Officers Policies, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability and Fidelity Bonds, to name a few. Okay, more than a few. He collects comic books, enjoys music, and is a great cook.

Janet Dreifuss

Janet is Associate General Counsel/Senior Claims Counsel for ARC Excess and Surplus, LLC.  She is part of the Claims advocacy group and works with clients to obtain favorable resolutions of complex claims. Janet specializes in executive risk liability exposures including Directors and Officers Liability, Financial Institutions Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability and Fidelity coverages.   Janet serves as a resource to all ARC Brokers and  works with them and the carriers to draft and manuscript  policy wordings and coverage modifications on client placements.  She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany (Cum Laude) with a B.A. in Public Affairs and a minor in Criminal Justice and received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was on the Law Review.   Before joining ARC, Janet held the position of Senior Vice President and Claims Manager of the Executive Risk Claims Practice at Alliant Insurance. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President and headed the National Executive Risk Claims team at Hilb Rogal and Hobbs.  Janet’s career in the insurance industry started at AIG where she managed a claim staff in the Financial Institutions Department, and she began her legal career in private practice where she was a commercial litigator.  She is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (“PLUS”), and serves as a Trustees for the Eastern Division of PLUS.   Janet is admitted to practice law in both New York and Connecticut, and has a New York Brokers License.  Janet is also a frequent speaker at industry seminars that address a range of management liability, claims and coverage topics, including PLUS, ACI and Execusummit.

Diana Gillette

Diana joined ARC in 2016 and is a broker on John McKenna’s team. Diana earned a Bachelor’s Degree with cum laude honors in Business Administration, with a minor in English from Mount Saint Mary College. Currently, Diana works on all lines of Management and Professional Liability Insurance, with a particular concentration in D&O and Cyber Liability. Diana’s attention to detail, relentless work ethic and strong relationships with underwriters help her tailor state-of-the-art coverage programs for her clients. Diana is currently pursuing the RPLU designation and is an active member of Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). In her time off, Diana enjoys her family, music, football, and volunteering with Military veterans.

Joseph Gravier

Joseph is a twenty-year ARC veteran, Principal Broker and Partner. His distinguished career also includes an RPLU designation and he is a member of the PLUS Organization. After graduating from St. Anselm’s College, Joseph was a D&O underwriter for AIG from 1992 to 1994. Now he handles all Management and Professional Liability lines of Insurance (including but limited to Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Investment Advisors/Hedge Fund/Private Equity Liability, Crime, Kidnap & Ransom, Media/Film Producers Liability) If that’s not enough activity, Joseph also enjoys endurance sports and is an avid runner, cyclist, and triathlete. He is passionate about many things, but nothing pleases him more than providing best in class service to his clients.

Terry is a Management and Professional Liability Insurance Broker at ARC for more than twenty years now, specializing in Management and Professional Liability lines of insurance, including D&O, E&O, and Fiduciary, for private companies and non-profit organizations, to name just a few. Terry stays current with industry trends and products to service clients and is very involved in industry organizations and events.  Terry is a current member of PLUS and has garnered an RPLU designation.

Christopher Karcz

Christopher attended Seton Hall University prior to joining ARC in June 2000 and regularly attended classes and seminars held by PLUS, as well as other industry leading organizations to help hone his skill set and stay current on industry trends. He is now an ARC Broker handling all lines of Management and Professional Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Fiduciary Liability and Fidelity Insurance. He began his career at ARC working closely with Chris Cavallaro, John Semeraro and Jeff Karcz prior to taking on own book of business. He is currently in pursuit of his RPLU designation and when he has some time between work, training and industry commitments, he coaches his children, reads, hikes, travels and enjoys going to Broadway shows with his wife.

Jeffrey Karcz

Jeffrey is a Partner and twenty-year veteran at ARC. He handles a wide range of Executive Protection Products such as Employment Practices Liability, Professional Liability and Privacy and Security. He started his career at AIG, as a professional liability underwriter focusing on Miscellaneous Professional, Cyber, Employed Lawyers, Public Officials and Patent Infringement. He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a degree in Psychology.  He is a current member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and has earned the RPLU designation.  He gladly participates in various Employment Practices Liability, Privacy and Security Liability and other Professional Seminars.

Matthew Kerman

Matt is a Broker at ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC since 2019. Prior to joining ARC, Matt spent 5 years at Zurich North America (Zurich is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets.) As team lead of Zurich’s Financial Institutions Group, Matt specialized in Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, and Errors and Omissions coverage for Insurance Companies, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Community Banks, Large Banks, Asset Managers, Mutual/Hedge funds, and Private Equity firms.

Matt is recognized as a dynamic industry leader known for his prudent underwriting acumen and development of customer centric solutions efficiently to a broad range of customers. Matt has deep financial lines experience and proven expertise in Management Liability and Professional Liability.

Matt attended American University (DC), graduating with Cum Laude honors.

Joseph McCartan

Joseph McCartan has been at ARC for more than fifteen years. He is a Senior Broker, focused on all disciplines of D&O and E&O insurance. He is a graduate of St. John’s University, with a Bachelor of Science, Finance, earned in1995. After school, Joseph joined AIG, and worked there as Senior Underwriter from 1995-1999. He is a current member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU).

John McKenna, Jr.

John is a Senior Broker responsible for policy review and placement services with claim advocacy. He’s been with ARC for more than 13 years. John graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY followed by Loyola College in Maryland, where he received a B.A. in History and Political Science. Prior to working at ARC, John spent four years at Professional Risk Facilities, a managing general agent specializing in the underwriting of Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability and Miscellaneous Professional Liability. John began his brokerage career at ARC working alongside Chris Cavallaro on many of ARC’s largest accounts. Since then, John has developed a specialty in the areas of Directors and Officers Liability for both public and private companies; Errors and Omissions Liability, with a focus on financial institutions, including broker dealers, banks, investment managers; and other complex miscellaneous professional risks. He is a current member of Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and speaks regularly at broker dealer compliance conferences.

Patrick McKenna

Patrick graduated Siena College, Cum Laude, with a B.A. degree in History and Minor in Computer Science. Incredibly, he was first hired by ARC while in high school to send out mail after school hours. Since then he climbed through the ranks to data input and intern broker during college breaks. And immediately upon graduation from college, was hired as a full time broker working directly for Principal Broker, Joe Vaccaro. Patrick is now a team member sustaining and growing a book of business by negotiating and determining the most competitive and competent coverage terms for clients. His focus is Management and Professional Liability, specializing primarily in Privacy and Security Liability. He took full advantage of the opportunity to build a career under the direct guidance of industry- respected and long-standing professionals and has grown into a valued member of the ARC family. Patrick actively participates in a Crossfit program as an athlete and trainer, but also depends on morning coffee and afternoon espressos to keep him running at full capacity.

Lynn C. Mirabella

Lynn is a Broker on team Robert Crocitto, specializing in Public, Private and Non-Profit company’s Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices, Workplace Violence Coverage, Punitive Damage Wraps, Fiduciary, Crime, Privacy and Security Liability (Cyber), K&R (Special Crime Coverage), Professional Liability/Error & Omissions. She also has working knowledge and experience in placing locally admitted D&O policies worldwide. As an expect in the field, Lynn can provide formal policy coverage comparisons, proprietary and non-proprietary limits, retention and premium benchmarking, public company securities stock drop exhibits and detailed marketplace analysis for our clients. She has been with ARC for a combined 12 years, and received her Insurance Brokers license from Hofstra University and graduated with honors from The State University of New York at Farmingdale with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Communications.  Lynn is currently pursuing the RPLU designation and is an active member of Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). Nothing makes Lynn happier than spending time with her family, boating/fishing, exercising and watching Sunday football.

Noelle Orlando

Prior to joining ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC in 1990, Noelle graduated the College of Insurance and worked in the Financial Services Department at both Gulf Insurance Company and American International Group. She has been brokering since 1997 and her focus and specialties lie on all size accounts within the arenas of Directors & Officers Liability including Non-Profit D&O, Employment Practices Liability and Miscellaneous Professional Liability.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is with ARC for eleven years now. His responsibilities include supporting Mike Cavallaro in the placement of Professional and Management Liability products as well as preparation of various analytic matrix for presentations, which are prepared for various client meetings. In addition to these duties he is also charged with the task of arranging meetings between numerous carriers and ARC Brokers. Anthony began his insurance career in 1991 with the Management Liability Division of Gulf Insurance Company. Anthony spent five years working at Gulf on all aspects of Directors and Officers Liability and Miscellaneous Errors and Omissions Insurance. From 1995 through 2000 Anthony was an underwriter for Professional Liability, Fiduciary, Directors and Officers Liability and Fidelity coverage at CNA, Great American Insurance Companies & Arch Insurance Company. Anthony began his brokerage career with Arden Financial Services in September of 2000 specializing in the placement of all aspects of Management and Professional Liability Insurance. He joined ARC in September of 2004 as a Broker and is currently pursuing the RPLU designation. Anthony is passionate about music and is a DJ on the weekends for fun.

Christopher Ruecker

Christopher Ruecker

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Christopher has been with ARC as a Broker for 2 years after starting his career at Arthur J. Gallagher, where he worked for 4 years. Christopher set the stage for his career in the insurance industry by earning a B.S. in Finance at St. Johns University. When not at work Christopher spends a lot of time at the beach, playing softball, on the links playing golf and whipping up some extraordinary meals in the kitchen. Cooking is one of his passions.

Matthew Sabino

Matthew is a Broker at ARC specializing in Directors & Officers as well as Professional Liability for all industries with a concentration in Financial Institutions. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Maryland with a concentration in Finance after graduating from Chaminade High School in Mineola. Before working at ARC, he was a Financial Institutions Underwriter at Zurich, N.A., and Relationship Manager and Bond Trustee at BNY Mellon. Matthew is an accomplished author and wrote an article for, “Helping protect your personal assets as a Bank Director or Officer.” He enjoys going to movies and participating in outdoor activities including golf and fishing.

Dan Sarrantonio

Dan Sarrantonio has worked at ARC since 2000 and was promoted as a Broker to work along side John Semeraro in 2006. Dan’s area of expertise is Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Professional Liability, including Cyber Liability. He has vast knowledge of the market, along with well-developed relationships within the underwriting community. In 2009, Dan had inherited the now retired Bob Drew’s book of business. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and has since obtained his Property and Casualty Brokers License from Hofstra University.

Robin Schmitt

Robin has been working with ARC for more than 13 years now. His specialized area of work is primarily in D&O, EPLI, Fiduciary, Fidelity and E&O product lines as well as Reinsurance Underwriting. Before joining ARC he worked at Everest Re., Transatlantic Re., CIGNA, and N.U.F.I.C./AIG. He earned his MBA from Adelphi University and a BA from Oneonta after starting his education at Suffolk Community College and acquiring his Associates degree. Robin is a current member of PLUS, so he stays on top of the industry to help service he clients better. He loves spending time with his four kids and is an active participant of boating, jogging and golfing.

Ed Talarico

After spending 27 years on the insurance carrier side, Ed Talarico joined ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC as a Senior Broker. In this new role Ed works closely with Chris Cavallaro, founder of ARC, and his team of talented brokers in ARC’s Jericho, New York headquarters. Ed specializes in placing all lines of professional liability insurance.

Prior to joining ARC, Ed was SVP of Management Liability at RSUI, based in Atlanta, GA from June 2016 to May 2019. He managed a team of underwriters who offered primary and excess products to public, private and not-for-profit entities exclusively from appointed wholesale brokers.

Before this role, Ed spent 13 years at AXIS Capital where he led AXIS Commercial Management Solutions. He specialized in providing Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, Fiduciary, Crime, Private Equity/Venture Capital and other customized insurance coverages for public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to this Ed held Professional Lines home office and regional management positions at AXIS.

Preceding AXIS, from 2000-2003 Ed served as Senior Vice President and New York Regional Manager for Kemper Financial Insurance Solutions. From 1992-2000 he held various underwriting and management positions within the New York Region of Chubb’s Executive Protection Department.

Ed is currently a D&O Trend Advisor for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). He was a Director of the PLUS Foundation from 2007-2015 and a Trustee of the PLUS Board from 2009-2014. Ed graduated from Syracuse University in 1992.

Craig P. Thorsen

After graduating from Queens College and then earning an MBA at Fordham University, Craig worked for AIG as Senior Underwriter, CNA as Vice President, Underwriting, for Financial Institutions, and now is enmeshed as Senior Wholesale Broker with ARC Excess and Surplus. He is responsible for brokering all product lines (D&O, Employment Practices, Fiduciary Liability, Professional Liability) across a broad spectrum of industries. He specializes in Financial institutions and Lawyers Professional Liability insurance. Craig loves to ski and golf.

Maria Treglia

In 2014, Maria was hired to lead a new team at ARC focusing on D&O and E&O lines. She graduated from the College of Insurance (now known as The School of Risk Management at St. John’s University) and she also holds both a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation. Maria previously developed and ran the Management and Professional Liability wholesale division of Program Brokerage Corporation since 2003. She was their Chief Sales Officer for all their product lines. She also spent ten years as an underwriter for Professional Liability, Directors & Officers (D&O), Employment Practices Liability (EPL), Fiduciary and Crime/Fidelity coverage for all business types. She is currently on the Executive Committee and will be President of The PLUS Foundation for the upcoming 2016-2017 term as well as a member of PLUS.

As one of the Top 50 Women Professionals on Long Island in 2013 by Long Island Business News, Maria has spoken at numerous conferences including the International PLUS conference on Insurance Agents E&O; PLUS D&O Symposium on Private Company D&O; Family Office Exchange regarding Hedge Funds and Investment Advisor E&O; AM Best on Non-Profit D&O and American Conference Institute regarding Cyber Liability Dodd Frank Regulatory Environment: New risks & Requirements; Jumping Ship in Rough Lawyer E&O Waters; Lawyer’s Professional Liability: A Thinning Market; Hack Attacks Help Boost Insurance Business-; Real Estate Brokers Beware- E&O Premiums Headed Up; Chinese reverse mergers pushing up D&O liability prices; Guard against Wage & Hour Lawsuits. Maria is very involved in the industry and is a valuable asset to us at ARC and therefore our clients.

Joseph Vaccaro

Joe earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College and began his professional career with Mass Mutual Group Life and Health from 1988-1990. He attended graduate school and earned his MBA from Hofstra University in 1992 and returned to the insurance sector joining Chubb’s Executive Protection Department from 1993-1994 and AIG Financial Institutions Division 1994-2001.  Joe has been with ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC since September 2001. He has written on topics concerning financial institutions (ABA Banking Journal White Paper “What to Know Before you Buy” regarding All-Risk Bankers Professional Liability Policies), spoken at executive protection conferences and is a current member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. He operates as a Senior/Principal Broker specializing in Directors & Officer Liability, Union Liability, Labor Management Trust Liability, Financial Institutions Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Crime (Commercial & Financial Institution) and Cyber Liability. Joe has earned multiple producer awards for outstanding production from various carriers.  When not at work, Joe can be found participating in triathlons, boating, biking, hiking, fishing, camping and enjoying all things outdoors. Joe is also an early riser who wakes at 4:30 AM and is regularly in the office by 7 AM following his early morning workouts.

Colleen Waldeck

Colleen graduated cum laude from Farmingdale State University, acquiring a B.S. Degree in Business Management. While still in college Colleen began her insurance career as an intern at CBS Coverage Group. During the 2 years she was there, she helped develop marketing materials in the law division for various E&O products including Lawyers Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability, and Cyber Security Liability. She also researched prospective client data to help implement strategies to develop new broker relations.

Right out of college, Colleen was hired at Program Brokerage Corporation (PBC). There she began as an Account Executive, acting as a liaison between clients and underwriters facilitating solutions for hard to place accounts in the marketplace. She worked with various kinds of risks which included Medical practices, Law firms, Architects, Engineers, and Financial institutions. Her focus being D&O, E&O, EPLI, Fiduciary, Crime, and Medical Malpractice.

Collen Waldeck has been in the insurance industry over 5 years now, working in the professional liability space. Currently she is “very happy” to be at ARC on Maria Treglia’s team, with whom she previously worked with at PBC. Colleen’s focuses at ARC include all D&O and E&O lines of business, specializing in the placement of new and renewal business for various kinds of risks.  Colleen is a noteworthy resource to retail brokers with her ability to evaluate policy language, by providing coverage comparisons, and giving detailed marketplace analysis to service and manage accounts.

On her down time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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