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Meet the Aegis General Team

Aegis General’s team is comprised of seasoned and talented insurance veterans committed to effectively serving our agency partners and customers.  With diverse backgrounds and deep specialty insurance knowledge, our team is well positioned to expand Agency General’s product and geographic footprint.

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Dick Dowd

Senior Vice President of Personal Property

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Dick Dowd is the senior vice president of personal property for Aegis General Insurance Agency. He has over 35 years of experience in the property and casualty industry with the last 15 years focused in the specialty personal lines segment. Dick’s role with Aegis General includes the management of current programs, new product development and oversight of Aegis General’s distribution.

Prior to joining Aegis General in 2015, Dowd was senior vice president of sales at American Modern Insurance where he was responsible for similar specialty insurance nationally. Dick was also senior vice president of personal lines for Harleysville Insurance Company where also served as regional vice president. He also worked for General Accident where he held various regional and home office managerial roles.

Dick is a graduate of Hobart College and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Jeremy J. Gluck

Senior Vice President Marketing

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Jeremy has over 20 years of Specialty Insurance and Reinsurance/Capacity Syndication experience. To help further expand AGIA’s Specialty market position, Jeremy’s attention is focused on the identification and development of strategic partnerships with both insurance carriers and specialty distribution partners.

Jeremy began his career at E.W. Blanch Company as a Reinsurance trainee. He quickly rose to become Senior Vice President of Business Origination and was integrally involved in several high-profile reinsurance account placements. In 2008, Jeremy transitioned to the Primary Insurance sector as a growth consultant, specializing in the under-served residential property market.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Western State University of Colorado.

Steve Cutforth

Vice President of Property Products

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Steve joined Aegis General Insurance Agency as Vice President of Property Products in July of 2015. He is responsible for the AGIA “core” property product portfolio, and leads our product development and testing teams.

Steve has nearly 30 years of personal lines experience in a number of specialty personal lines leadership roles. Steve has a broad industry perspective- besides designing and implementing new product offerings, he has managed large strategic relationships, led underwriting functions, and managed field sales teams.

Steve came to us from American Modern Insurance Group, where he had top and bottom line responsibility 18 state region that achieved double digit growth and profitability. During his time with American Modern, Steve also developed several very successful national programs and strategic alliance relationships, led expansion state and program expansion efforts, and was the business stakeholder for several large systems initiatives. Previously, Steve was an officer with Infinity Insurance Company and Great American Insurance Group, where he worked nearly twenty years in a variety of product, sales, and underwriting management roles.

Steve is a past United Way Campaign chair for American Modern Insurance, which achieved top 20 donor status in the Cincinnati region.

Steve graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management / Information Systems emphasis. Steve, along with his wife and three children, lives in Cincinnati, OH.

Joseph Harner

Director of Inside Sales

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After graduating college in 2003, Joe began his career in the insurance industry as a member of the Aegis marketing staff.  He has held positions in both carrier and MGA capacities with Aegis. Since joining the Aegis Group, his role has expanded from Territory Manager to Regional Director, eventually leading our Inside Sales Team. While at Aegis, Joe has coordinated internal marketing efforts, served as a member of the AegisFirst portal design team, and has developed a highly profitable line of business for Aegis – insuring vacant dwellings.

Joe holds insurance licenses in both Property & Casualty (CISR) and Surplus Lines in all 50 states.  He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Philosophy from Gettysburg College and currently resides in Central Pennsylvania with his wife and their two lovely daughters.

Steven Graham

Southern Region Marketing Director

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Steve has over six years of experience in the Property and Casualty insurance industry. He was hired as a Regional Marketing Manager for Aegis, responsible for growing revenue with MGA partners in the south and southeastern United States.

Prior to joining the Aegis team, Steve was in the finance industry for 27 years. He spent time with First National Bank of Maryland, The Associates, Citi Group, and Origen Financial. While there, Steve was responsible for retail and inventory growth within the manufactured housing sector in North and South Carolina. He has held various positions on the board of the South Carolina MHI throughout his career. Prior to his career in finance, Steve was a retail marketing manager for Fleetwood Enterprises. He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.

Steve studied at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Bill Ramsey

Western Region Marketing Director

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Bill started his insurance career in 1989 as a marketing representative for Arrowhead General Insurance Agency in San Diego, California and remained at Arrowhead through December 2007. While at Arrowhead, Bill worked within the personal lines marketing division during his entire tenure and assisted in developing independent agency distribution across many of the western states eventually becoming Vice President of Marketing for the Western Region.

In March of 2008, Bill joined Cabrillo General Insurance Agency, which later became Cabrillo Pacific Insurance Services LLC, also in San Diego, California. He performed similar duties to those at Arrowhead as Cabrillo’s Senior Vice President of Sales. Bill remained at Cabrillo through most of 2013 and has now joined Aegis Group to perform similar duties in his area of experience, developing relationships with the independent agencies – the core distribution source for the Aegis Group’s programs in California and select western states.

Mark Gatto

Northern Region Marketing Director

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Mark joins Aegis with a wealth of specialty company and agency knowledge and experience. Prior to Aegis, he held company positions in product, sales, marketing and management with Foremost, Northland, Markel American, and most recently, American Modern Insurance. He has successfully managed business growth and profitability in all distribution channels including independent agents, general agents and strategic carrier alliances. Early on in his career, Mark also ran a general agency on the East coast of the United States. Mark’s unique carrier experience and significant relationships, especially in manufactured housing and specialty dwelling products, will translate immediately to his new role with Aegis. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently resides with his wife in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lena Battraw Peters, MBA, CIC

Southwest Marketing Director

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Lena has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. She began her career as an agency owner in the Pacific Northwest, carefully building her book one policy at a time. In addition to running a successful agency; she has spent several years as a district manager on the carrier side, helping to steer agents through the daily demands of agency operations. Lena’s passion for the insurance industry continued as her career shifted focus onto the specialty marketplace, having recently worked for two of Aegis’ competitors. Lena and her husband are active property investors and are members of a local REIA chapter. Their focus lies in single family properties, with a goal of creating more energy efficient housing opportunities with every purchase. Lena is extremely proud of both of her children, who have chosen to attend the University of Arizona…Bear Down Wildcats!

Kendall Dewing

Product Manager

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Kendall has over 20 years of Specialty Insurance experience in Product Management and Underwriting.  Kendall joined Aegis in 2016 as Product Manager for Aegis’s personal lines property products.  His focus is on expanding the product lines, systems and market share for the manufactured housing and dwelling fire/homeowners lines of business.

Kendall came to Aegis from Great American Insurance where he was responsible for product management and underwriting audits for the Property and Inland Marine Division.  Prior to Great American Kendall worked at American Modern Insurance Group for over 16 years as a Product Manager and Underwriter where he oversaw the profitable growth in American Modern’s manufactured home, dwelling fire/homeowners and financial institution products.  Kendall is experienced in building relationships within multiple channels of distribution including general agent, independent agent, specialty agent, dealer, manufacturers and lenders.

Kendall holds a Property and Casualty insurance license from the state of Ohio.  He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Advertising from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.  Kendall resides in Cincinnati with his wife and two children.

Pamela Locke

Marketing Services Coordinator

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Attracted by a rewarding career in Marketing, Pamela Locke joined Aegis General Insurance Agency in June, 2014. Within two months of her employment at Aegis, Pam successfully obtained her Pennsylvania Property & Casualty license. She has a strong record of outstanding customer service and is determined to make every customer’s experience as pleasant as possible. Her work experience at a local Life & Health Insurance General Agency has given her an enormous depth of customer service experience to draw upon.

Prior to reentering the corporate world, Pam was a stay-at-home mother for nine years, raising two beautiful daughters.

Brandon Greiner

Marketing Representative (NY, OH, PA)

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Brandon joined Aegis General Insurance Agency in October, 2014. Shortly thereafter, Brandon successfully obtained his Property & Casualty license in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Aegis, Brandon worked in customer service and later as a Trade Show Coordinator with Woodstream, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturing company.

With his background in customer service and extensive knowledge on conducting successful trade shows, Brandon is a valuable addition to the Aegis Marketing team. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.

Andrew Dowd

Marketing Representative (IL, MO, WV)

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Andrew joined the Aegis General Insurance Agency Marketing Team in early 2017, shortly after earning his Property and Casualty producer’s license. Prior to graduating from the University of Cincinnati in Spring ’16, Andrew worked with the AGIA marketing team as an intern. In this role, Andrew connected with agents both over the phone and in person; onboarding, appointing, and activating them with Aegis. Andrew’s passion for networking and relationship building makes him a great asset to the marketing team.

Andrew has previous experience in the insurance industry working as an intern in Customer Operations at American Modern Insurance Group. He managed to balance his workload with his studies all while playing collegiate lacrosse for two years. Andrew currently resides in Cincinnati, OH.

Grow your book of business with Aegis General.

We invite you to learn more about our insurance programs and becoming a producer with Aegis General. We can help you expand your footprint in the market segments we serve. Contact us at (855) 399-0966 or complete the form on the top of this page.