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About Us

You have reached the Suffolk County Independent Insurance Agents Association’s Homepage.

This site is designed as a source for information for independent agents and their staff. We hope you like what you see. If you have any comments please, go to the contact area of this site and let us know.

The fundamental purpose and objective of the association is to promote and represent the common business interests of independent insurance agents within the industry. The association promotes high standards of conduct in the transaction of the insurance business as well as the promotion of education among it’s members. We communicate and promote the benefits of purchasing insurance from independent agents and generally encourage understanding, cooperation and good relations among its members, the insurance industry, government and the public. We also produce a bi-monthly publication appropriately named The Suffolk Big Eye which provides local association news and advertising.

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We Are Here For You!

As independent insurance agents & brokers we know how important your business is.


Each year your board takes time away from their business and heads to Albany and Washington D.C.to speak with legislators about what affects your business in Suffolk County.

Support Your PACs

Big I Suffolk members are called upon to invest in their future by contributing to two funds, one for New York state and one for federal action. Click the icon to support your PACs.

Informational Events

Each year we host meetings for our members. Many are round table events that allow you to learn how to better dissect a contract or find new business. Think about joining us for one this year.

Networking Events

There is truly no better way to network than in person. Consider joining us for one of our many networking events to meet others in the industry. Consider joining us at our beer tasting event, installation dinner or holiday party.

Annual Golf Outing

Join us for our annual golf outing and do more than just golf. Your support of this event helps us raise money for the IAB-Foundation. The goal of which is to raise money to obtain an insurance program at Stony Brook University, ensuring a future work force for the industry.

Become A Member

You are a member of BIG I SUFFOLK if you are a member of BIG I New York and you work in Suffolk County. We are the local association of the state association. To join or find out more information please click the icon above.

Hard At Work For You


Created by statute in 1988 and began business in 1989. It is a non profit industry advisory association. ELANY is charged with the duty to facilitate and encourage compliance with the excess line law.

Your Resource for E&S

ELANY is a warehouse of solid information on the E&S marketplace. When you have questions, particularly on New York E&S laws and regulations and interpretations by the Department of Financial Services, consider ELANY to be one of your resources.

ELANY Education Sponsor

Big I Suffolk appreciates the support of ELANY. The education sponsorship assists Big I Suffolk in educating, informing, and enhancing professionalism in the Suffolk County Agent & Broker community.

Our Board

Your local board is comprises of independent agents working to serve you so you can best serve your clients.

David H. Borg

President 2018 -2020

Steve Testa, CPCU

Vice President

Joanne Bentivegna, CIC, CRM


Jim Cotgreave


Marian Farese, CPCU, ARM


Ryan Gillies


Joanie LaFemina


Ava Locascio, NcAM, CAPI


Ted Mageau


Ashley Smit


Eric Keiffert, CPCU

Immediate Past President

BIG I SUFFOLK is the local association for the BIG I New York. We represent independent insurance agents who work in Suffolk County.


Monday-Friday: 09:00AM - 05:00PM

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Contact Us

  • 150 Dartmouth Dr., Hicksville, NY 11801
  • 516-681-6265
  • info@bigisuffolk.org
  • https://bigisuffolk.org