Mike is Founder and President of Axis Insurance Services, LLC and PLRisk Advisors, Inc., both nationally recognized Professional and Management Liability insurance firms. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Mike is a valuable market resource, invited as a frequent speaker, panelist and writer on professional and management liability risk and insurance issues. His clients value his wealth of knowledge and unique ability to create innovative coverage solutions.
Mike formed Axis Insurance Services, LLC in 1999 to provide customized Professional Liability solutions for business and later in 2014 formed PLRisk Advisors, Inc. to create a presence in the wholesale E&O market. Today, both companies enjoy success in delivering E&O Liability, Privacy & Network Security Liability, D&O Liability, EPLI, Commercial Crime, and Fiduciary insurance products to a broad spectrum of professionals.
Formerly a CPA audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), Mike managed audit and consulting services for insurance and healthcare clients, including some of the nation’s most well-known Fortune 500 companies. He specialized in mergers and acquisitions and insurance company liquidations. Dealing with hundreds of insurance companies, agencies, reinsurers, and alternative risk companies provided him with valuable insight into the needs of his clients.
At Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange (MIIX), a medical malpractice carrier, Mike was responsible for assisting the company in mergers and acquisitions and development of numerous insurance programs. Later, as the Chief Financial and Operations Officer of a related company, he built a physician-owned insurance carrier from the ground up, including all hiring, systems development, licensing and marketing.
Mike lives in Wayne, NJ with his wife and son. He volunteers with many civic and charity organizations including CUMAC Echo, Autism Speaks and many others. He also enjoys scuba diving, fishing and attending sporting events.
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Javier has worked for Axis Insurance Services, LLC since early 2005 as a Professional and Management Liability insurance broker. As Executive Vice President of Sales, he is responsible for the overall direction and supervision of the company’s sales force. Under his guidance, the company has achieved in excess of 30% annual growth.
Over the years, Javier has consistently demonstrated his ability to provide solutions for complex and hard-to-place risks. Clients trust him to dive head-on into their business operations, assess the potential risks and make appropriate changes to their insurance policies so they are well-protected. He also provides risk management and loss control seminars/webinars on many Professional and Management Liability insurance-related topics for his clients.
He was awarded the honor of being named a 40 Under 40 Broker Leader in the U.S. by Business Insurance in 2013. Reactions Magazine’s December 2013/January 2014 edition listed Javier as one of the top 50 rising stars in the insurance industry. Axis Management Group Holdings, Inc. announced Javier as a partner in 2013.
Prior to joining the company, Javier worked for a financial services firm in Northern New Jersey administering private placements/IPO filings and related materials to be filed with the SEC.
Heather provides account management, support and service for clients – handling the company’s new business and renewal accounts as our Vice President of Operations. She is a dependable company resource for customer inquiries, offering them access to valuable information and guidance.
Heather joined the company in 2007 and worked her way up through the organization to develop the Account Management structure within the organization. She is instrumental in building a specific customer service team and operational procedures.
Having grown from an entry-level position within the company, she’s mastered the art of providing comprehensive solutions to our most valuable clients. In addition, Heather also is a part of the company’s Business Development team, building strategic relationships within the market.
Prior to working for the company, Heather ran her own small business and, these days, in her spare time she is an unabashed cyber geek.
As Vice President of Finance, Mike oversees our accounting department and is responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, tax, and budgeting operations.
He comes to Axis Insurance Services, LLC from the manufacturing world where he served as controller for several midsized companies, such as elevator cabs, infrared cameras, and lasers.
Mike has a long and successful track record of developing and nurturing the accounting functions for growing companies. His passion is communicating the story behind financial data. He enjoys working with people and is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie program.
Mike graduated from the University of Dayton and has his MBA degree from Seton Hall University.
Outside of work Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters, and their three rescue dogs. His hobbies are playing golf and his 90-gallon saltwater aquarium.
Upon graduating from Marywood University, Matt joined Axis Insurance Services, LLC as an Associate Broker. He is a bright individual with a high level of enthusiasm and superior client service skills. He has a unique position within the company that reaches across sales, account management, and policy review.
Matt is currently working towards his Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation and continues to be a knowledgeable risk management resource for his clients.
He enjoys playing golf and being outdoors in his spare time.
Joan provides overall sales support and is responsible for managing compliance for all producer licensing. She also acts as our IT systems administrator, overseeing the performance and maintenance of the company’s operational/administrative tools.
Joan’s diverse skillset and friendly personality make her an excellent resource and a valued team member.
Prior to joining the company, Joan worked as an IT professional for Ernst & Young where she was responsible for the development, support, and management of various financial reporting and budgeting applications.
She enjoys golf, reading and needlework in her spare time and volunteers in many outreach missions in her church.
Dylan is a Specialty Lines Broker specializing in hard-to-place Professional and Management Liability insurance. He works with large corporations to design E&O, D&O, and Privacy solutions that are creative and cost effective.
A graduate of Kings College with a bachelor’s degree in Management, Dylan played college football, and is an avid runner today. Currently, he is a licensed property and casualty insurance producer and is working towards his RPLU designation.
Dylan is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) as part of their Future Plus program. As such, he works with other younger professional liability brokers in networking and public service projects.
Outside of work, he is an avid sports fan, enjoys the outdoors, and staying active. He currently lives in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Paul Hacker is a specialty lines broker specializing in hard to place professional and management liability. He brings 28 years of experience working as a seasoned insurance professional specializing primarily in the healthcare marketplace. He brings expertise to our company in dealing with the myriad of complexities in the ever-changing healthcare area in such areas as accountable care organizations, third party administrators and other medical related organizations.
Paul has been working on building our insurance agents and brokers E&O book with brokers, agents, MGUs, program managers and all complicated insurance needs.
Most recently, prior to joining Axis, he worked as a consultant and regional manager in the health care industry. His primary focus was to help clients find affordable pricing for their health care. Before that, he was the Vice President of Sales at Medwatch, LLC, where he worked with unions and other groups in providing cost containment solutions.
Paul graduated from Siena College with a BA in Psychology, while minoring in Marketing and Management. He currently resides in Gardner, New York. In his spare time, he likes to cook as well as mountain biking and hiking. Paul is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society.
Mary has more than 20 years in the insurance industry with an extensive background in Professional Liability insurance. She is able to provide insurance and risk management guidance for all types of businesses and is exceptional at cultivating strong relationships with her customers.
Her specific expertise includes Lawyers Professional Liability, Insurance Agents & Brokers E&O, Executive Liability, as well as all other professional lines. She has an outstanding work ethic and is able to put her extensive knowledge to use in developing creative and innovative solutions for her clients.
Prior to working for the company, Mary operated her own commercial lines insurance agency where she built upon her previous experience developing a Professional Liability department, making her uniquely qualified to work with attorneys and other professionals. While attending Rutgers University, Mary worked as a paralegal and legal research assistant, which laid the foundation for her career.
Patti has over 30 years of experience in all areas of Commercial Property & Casualty Insurance. She spent the past 6 years working exclusively in Professional & Management Liability. Her years of experience and expertise allow her to support clients from application all the way through to contract. She has built close working relationships with her colleagues and customers – earning their trust and establishing credibility.
Patti’s unique ability to anticipate hurdles and provide quick solutions makes her a valuable asset to the company.
In Patti’s previous roles, she was responsible for account reviews and the preparation of applications/proposals for commercial real estate, manufacturing, retailers, wholesalers and many other businesses.
Marianna joined our team in 2008 as an Account Manager and Customer Service Representative. She has become a valuable team member by supporting her customers with the right combination of resources they need to make their purchase decisions. She is a Professional Liability specialist in Errors and Omissions insurance for larger corporations, including insurance agents and brokers, commercial real estate firms and financial institutions.
Her easygoing demeanor, combined with her can-do attitude and her attention to detail ensures an outstanding customer service experience. Marianna is willing to go the extra mile to support her clients and the company’s overall goals.
Prior to working for Axis Insurance Services, LLC, Marianna began her insurance career at Capitol Special Risks in Atlanta, GA.
As the company’s Account Manager, Jami is responsible for Axis Insurance Services’ small business accounts, handling renewals and client support.
She brings over 20 years of experience in commercial insurance to Axis. Jami has worked as both a retail and wholesale account manager, as well as a company underwriter.
Jami is from Pittsburgh, PA and currently lives in Florida. She enjoys watching football and hockey, in addition to spending time with her family.
With 20 years of diverse experience in accounting and taxation, Tim has become quite an asset to the company. As the company’s Accounting Manager, Tim is not only responsible for Surplus Lines Taxation Filing in every state in which the brokerage operates, he also handles the income taxes in each of those states.
He has been instrumental in providing filing consistency for the company and has provided valuable financial guidance.
Before joining Axis, Tim worked for various CPA firms in NY & NJ as well as a 12-year assignment working for a large New Jersey Heavy Construction Company that also concentrated in Commercial Real Estate.
As the company’s Accounting Manager, Kelly is responsible for overseeing all accounts receivable, account payables, and collections.
She comes to Axis Insurance Services, LLC after spending most of her career in the insurance industry. Kelly’s insurance experience began with an agency specializing in temporary insurance for car dealerships. Starting as a data entry clerk, she worked her way up, received an insurance license, and ended up as the Finance Director.
Kelly spent a few years as a Claims Manager for an agency but sought to return to finances. This brought her to Axis, along with her years of experience in finance and the insurance industry.
Outside of work, Kelly enjoys camping, hiking, and anything outdoors where she can spend time with her husband and energetic 3 year old son.
As Vice President of HR & Finance, Justina is responsible for the recruitment, hiring and retention of all company employees. As part of this role, she supports company employees by helping them meet performance review standards and work more efficiently in their day-to-day roles.
Justina also assists with guidance on health plan management, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and other employee benefits listed in our employee handbook. As our corporate Finance Manager, she ensures the company’s cash flow remains positive and oversees the Accounting Manager.
Justina previously worked for Axis Insurance Services, LLC in 1999. She then returned in 2008 as a consultant and worked on special projects. Since then, she has worked her way up through the company to her current position.
Justina lives in South Carolina with her husband, Tim and her son, Alec. Her older son, Chris Davis, is also on staff at Axis Insurance Services, LLC. She is actively involved in her community and enjoys watching her son Alec play football. Justina is the Treasurer and the Food Manager for the Byrnes High School Touchdown Club. She also volunteers at Impact Church.
Drew’s focus is on assisting the marketing and sales team in developing strategies and campaigns to enhance the company’s image. He researches topics and writes timely articles for the company’s newsletters and social media sites.
Drew has worked part-time for Axis Insurance Services, LLC for several years. Prior to joining the company full time, he attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and graduated in April 2014 with a BA in History and a minor in International Studies.
He also spent two summers as a Counselor In Training (CIT) and then Junior Counselor for the SOAR program, a special program created by the West Bergen Mental Health Center as a summer camp for those on the Autistic Spectrum in Northern New Jersey. He worked with autistic children to guide them in various developmental activities and trips. The program has given him great experience and he hopes to use it to help him in the future.
Drew is an avid sports fan. In his spare time he likes to write creative stories and is currently working on several projects that reflect his personal interests.
Chris handles projects related to the marketing of Axis Insurance Services, LLC. He works with the online presence, contact database, and anything else related to growing the brand of the company. Also, he works with the staff to create marketing materials that will benefit their relationship with our clients.
Chris attended Pennsylvania College of Technology for Mass Media Communications studying news and media writing, as well as television and radio broadcast. In his senior year of High School, he worked his way up the yearbook team to Managing Editor which received awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and National Scholastic Press Association for that year’s book.
Managing people and projects is where Chris has spent most of his work experience. In high school, he worked as both a shift leader and manager of the customer service desk at a local grocery chain. In the years following, he continued as a retail manager gaining experience in opening/closing stores, inventory management, and managing staff for multiple Fortune 500 companies until joining Axis in 2013.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, writing and playing music, and traveling around the country.
Our mission is to help customers identify and prioritize their Professional Liability & Management Liability insurance needs, provide the most competitive coverage options available, and offer superior customer service. Each and every business has a distinctly unique set of products or services. We are committed to offering flexible and intelligent coverage solutions tailored to meet our customers’ needs. Put our experience and expertise to work for you. Give us a call at (201) 847-9175.