Representing Farm Family Insurance Company gives us exceptional recognition in the insurance industry. The employees and agents of Farm Family Insurance Company have been helping people and businesses protect their assets since 1954. Our commitment is to uphold and maintain great ethical standards, customer service, and credibility with our clients and the public. We take a personal interest in protecting what you value most!
Our agency prides itself on being your local, full service Insurance Agency. Having over 30 + years combined in the insurance industry gives us a leading edge over our competitors. Our knowledge and expertise goes hand in hand with our great customer service. We put core values like commitment, integrity, responsiveness, and quality at the heart of everything we do.
Richard started as an insurance agent for Farm Family Insurance Company in 1999 and became a general agent in 2005. He actively manages Farm Family’s Northeast Region as well as servicing clients in Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Sullivan and Westchester Counties for life insurance and property casualty needs. Richard is married with 3 children. He has lived in Monroe, NY since 1994, and enjoys fishing and traveling with his family.
Member of GAMA, NAIFA
Howard began his insurance career in 2003, working for two Farm Family agents right here in Orange County. Working many JOBS (shop foreman, help desk support, software support for a health insurance company, manager for a major movie theater chain and an office manager) and not finding a career, Howard found a career in the insurance business and he has not looked back.
Howard’s 15 plus years of experience has given him the knowledge of the Farm Family products—from life insurance and disability to business owners and workers compensation to homeowners & auto insurance. Howard has been married since 1999 to his wife Dana and they have two great boys Alex and Tyler and they have lived in Cornwall since 2002. Howard and Dana are very active with local organizations, Cornwall Little League, Cub Scouts, Cornwall Youth Football and the PTO, just to name a few. Howard is a NAIFA member (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) since 2010 and a BNI member since 2007. Howard works with his clients to develop the best possible solution for their insurance needs by providing clients with cost effective coverage solutions.
Thomas started his career with Farm Family in 2011. Prior to Farm Family, Thomas was an Operations Manager for FedEx Ground and a uniform sales rep for Cintas Corp. After spending 4 years with Cintas, he realized that his relationship building and interpersonal skills would better serve him as an insurance agent for Farm Family. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Mount Saint Mary College.
As a Farm Family multi-line agent, Thomas strives to exceed expectations and looks to provide a world class service. His personal attention to each and every client allows him to stand above the competition, while his industry knowledge enables him to provide a product that fits the needs of individuals, families, and business owners.
Christopher began his career in the insurance industry in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the AACSB accredited School of Business at the State University of New York at Oneonta. While working out of Woodbury NY, Christopher is licensed in and easily able to serve the following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Aside from offering some of the most competitive, cost-effective products in the industry, Christopher has a desire to always be accessible to his clients. Treating each client like they are his only client, and giving business owners, families, and individuals peace of mind is what Christopher strives for. Christopher has lived in New York his whole life. He enjoys fishing, playing darts, baseball, traveling, and spending time with family. In a world filled with automated voice calls and robotic e-mail messages, Christopher just wants to provide the personal touch that so much of the industry has lost over the years.
Brandi began her career in the insurance industry in 1999, working first as a Customer Service Representative for four years, then as a company underwriter for nearly 13 years. Of which, the last three years were with Farm Family before transitioning to her current role as an agent. Brandi was appointed as an agent with Farm Family on June 1, 2016. She holds a Masters in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and Management; she is also a veteran of the United States Army having served overseas in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Brandi is married to her husband C.T. and together they live in Kingston with their two children Zachary and Sydney. Brandi is an active member of the Junior League of Kingston, serves as the committee chairperson and as a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 103, is the President of the Home and School Association at her children’s school, sits on the Boys Lacrosse Board with the Port Ewen Athletic Association as a team liaison, and is a member and past President of the Spring Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Brandi’s dedicated to providing excellent service to all clients, new or current, and ensuring you have the best products selected for your unique needs.
Paige started her career in the insurance industry at a young age. Throughout her last year of high school, she pursued the training and education needed to become licensed in NY State. She has not looked back since. Paige started working as a sub-producer for an outside agency in August 2013, specializing strictly in property/casualty insurance for the first three years of her career. This set her off on a great path and furthermore solidified her want and aspirations to be an independent agent. Fast forward 3 years to September 2016, Paige has completed her three month internship and is now a multiple-line, captive agent with American National & Farm Family Insurance. Her past experience, mixed with extensive new training and mentoring from senior agents has put her in a great position to handle all client needs from life insurance, annuities, commercial insurance (general liability, workers compensation, commercial automobile, umbrellas), or home & auto insurance just to name a few.
Paige grew up on a farm in Chester, so working in Woodbury has been a great way for her to stay local and serve the community she grew up in. She is also licensed in the states of Connecticut and New Jersey. She has successfully completed all courses and now holds the Financial Services Certified Professional (FSCP®) designation as of 2018. This gives her a more in depth understanding of client’s financial needs and how to create a suitable plan. Paige works with all clients on an individual level to put together affordable coverage plans that help protect businesses, families, and individuals alike.
Joseph Forest, Jr.
Joseph Forest, Jr. started his career in the insurance industry with American National and Farm Family Insurance in 2020, as a Multiline Insurance Agent in Highland Mills, New York. Prior to joining American National, he graduated from Sacred Heart University with Bachelors Degree in Marketing. After graduating from Sacred Heart he found that he had a passion for working with people, thus the insurance industry was a perfect match. His young ambition and great relationship making skills have allowed him to become a great asset to the American National team. As an American National multi-line agent, licensed in both New York and Massachusetts, Joseph specializes in commercial, personal and life.
Joe is originally from Massachusetts, where he was born and raised in East Longmeadow. He is passionate about being outdoors, and enjoys hiking, boating and fishing. More importantly his favorite sports teams are the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox.
Michele recently started her career at American National as a multi-line agent in the summer of 2020. She may be new, but don’t let that dissuade you. What she lacks in experience, she makes up for in dedication, organization, and tenacity. Prior to working in the insurance industry, Michele worked as a project and data manager for a national parts distributor, and most recently worked in sales for The Hershey Company. With a great attention to detail, Michele wants to make sure that her clients don’t just have insurance, but also truly understand their policies and know that they can always rely on her for all of their insurance needs.
With the exception of her time in college, Michele has lived in the Hudson Valley her entire life. She went to SUNY Binghamton, where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychobiology. She is married to her college sweetheart and they have two amazing boys. In their spare time, they love being outdoors; hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping. Michele also enjoys spending time volunteering and serving her community. She is PTA Treasurer, Assistant Cub Master for her sons’ cub scout pack, and a committee member for local St. Baldrick’s fundraising events, raising money for pediatric cancer research.
Michele believes the quality of an insurance company or agent shouldn’t be gauged based on a cute mascot or catchy jingle. It should be based on service, attention, competitive products, and great communication. These are all things Michele strives to bring to the table and provide for all of her clients, new and old