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PIACT elects nine to board of directors

HARTFORD, Conn.–Nine Connecticut independent insurance agents were elected to serve on the board of directors of the Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut Inc. today at the associations Annual Convention held at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

The following individuals were re-elected to serve for a two-year term:

Marissa Barbera of Westport, Conn. of Westport, Conn. Barbera is president of Charter Oak Agency in Darien, Conn.

An active member of PIACT, Barbera was re-elected vice president for 2016-17. She has served as vice president of the association from 2013-16 and secretary from 2012-13. She is vice president of the Association Programs Committee and is a member of the Executive/Budget & Finance Committee and the National Flood Insurance Program subcommittee.

Mark Connelly, CIC, of Fairfield, Conn. Connelly is president and chief executive officer of Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services LLC in Ridgefield, Conn.

An active member of PIACT, Connelly will serve as secretary of the association for 2016-17. He also serves as member/consumer relations vice chairperson of the Association Programs Committee.

William Malloy Jr., CIC, of Stamford, Conn. Malloy is president of Wm. F. Malloy Agency Inc., in Stamford.

An active member of PIACT, Malloy serves as the legislative chairperson of the Legislative/Business Issues Committee.

John McGuire, CIC, of Branford, Conn. McGuire is president of Ferguson & McGuire Inc. in Wallingford, Conn.

Active in the association, McGuire is a member of the Legislative/Business Issues Committee.

Kevin McKiernan, CIC, CPIA, of Wilton, Conn. McKiernan is president of Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Co., in Darien, Conn.

Active in PIACT, McKiernan is conference chair of the Association Programs Committee. He also is a member of the Glenmont National Alliance Committee and an ex-officio member of the Western Advisory Council.

Loretta Lesko, CIC, of Shelton, Conn. Lesko is vice president of operations for The DiMatteo Group in Shelton.

An active member of PIACT, Lesko will serve as president for 2016-17. She served as president-elect in 2015-16; vice president in 2014-15; treasurer in 2013-14 and is the vice president of the Administrative/Nominations Committee. She also is a member of the Executive/Budget & Finance Committee and is an ex officio member of the Association Programs and the Legislative/Business Issues Committees. Lesko also is chair of PIAs Western Connecticut Advisory Council.

Shannon Rabbett, CIC, of Windsor, Conn. Rabbett is principal of Rabbett Insurance Agency in Windsor.

Active in the association, Rabbett is conference vice chairperson of PIACT's Association Programs Committee. She also is immediate past president of the Connecticut Young Insurance Professionals, an organization dedicated to the professional and personal growth of newcomers to the insurance industry. It is an affiliate of PIACT.

The following individuals were newly elected to serve a two-year term:

David Coyle of West Haven, Conn. Coyle is vice president of Sachs Walsh Insurance in Westport, Conn. Coyle joined Sachs Walsh in 2013 after retiring from Travelers ending 31 years of service with the company.

Active in PIACT, Coyle is a member of the associations Legislative/Business Issues Committee. He also is a member of the Western Advisory Council.

Allison Gagliardi, AAI, of Stamford, Conn. Gagliardi is principal of Troy Insurance Inc., in Stamford.

Active in the association, Gagliardi is member of the Association Programs Committee and the Western Advisory Council.

PIACT is a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies and their employees throughout the state.

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