President & Founder
After graduating with a BA in Economics from McMaster University in 1975, I accepted a career management position with Continental Insurance ( Northbridge Ins.) in Toronto, at that time. After a year of training in the various departments, including Underwriting, Claims, Actuarial and
Marketing, I decided to work in the Claims department in Hamilton.
From Inside Adjuster, I progressed to Senior Claims Examiner, while having completing my CIP at the same time. I also taught several Insurance courses at Mohawk College while working in Claims. In 1983, I decided to move to the Broker side and opened up a small office in downtown Hamilton under Bagazzoli Insurance. After several purchases of smaller Insurance offices, I amalgamated them all into our current corporation, Acumen Insurance Group Inc. Our Brokerage began writing Auto and Home Insurance with small commercial.
Currently we are full service Brokerage including Life & Group Insurance and a close to even split with Commercial and Personal Insurance. Today some of our specialty Insurance products are geared toward the Construction Industry, Beauty Spas, Apartment Buildings, Student Dwellings and the ever growing Cannabis Industry.
In 2006, I was honored to receive the David McLauchlan Memorial Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to our Insurance Community. In my long career, I have found the Insurance field fascinating, as it deals with managing risk at a very high level. Our Brokerage has been effectively advising our clients since our start as evidenced by the large number of respected global Insurers that we deal with. In particular, our Insurer partners include some of the oldest Insurers, such as Lloyds of London, who originated in London UK, over 300 hundreds years ago. With their guidance, we continue today to be able to offer solutions to the various global risk challenges, including climate risks and our current COVID-19 virus risk.
Our clients know that we will continue to work hard for them as their trusted risk advisors. They can be assured that we take our role seriously and will do what we can, to help them deal with these current challenging risks, as well as the traditional risks if fire and water.
Our motto says it all , “We are more than just Insurance”.