Joshua Trager is the CEO and principal agent of Trager Reznitsky Insurance Group. He started his insurance journey in 2008 and after six years in the insurance industry, Joshua decided to open his own firm where he could truly put his clients first. This led to the mantra of Trager Insurance Group: Family First. In this way, Joshua can put his clients’ needs ahead of any corporate desires, finding solutions to their unique situations and crafting solutions that can grow with them throughout their lives.
Joshua graduated from UCONN in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Before Trager Reznitsky, Joshua worked for three of the top ten insurance companies in the world. Charity and volunteering are very important to Joshua. He gives his time to a variety of charities, notably, the Frank Frumento Foundation, of which he is a board member. The FFF helps to raise money for families hit hard by the high costs of medical care for sick parents or children. He is also involved in the Elm City BNI as their Property and Casualty Insurance representative.
In his free time, Joshua enjoys playing kickball. He lives in Wallingford with his wife Jaime, son JJ and daughter Harper. You can probably catch him most nights of the week at one of JJ’s baseball games.
Joshua is licensed in Property & Casualty; Life, Accident & Health Insurance. He further holds the designations of LUTCF (Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow) and CIC (Certified Insurance Councilor) which require annual updated training.
Jonathon Cawley joins the team as our Senior Partner and VP of Brand Development. As a lifelong resident of Hamden, Jon graduated Nichols College with a degree in General Business with concentrations in Marketing, Management, and International Business. Jon’s graduation is an achievement in its own because he is the first in his family to do so. He could not have done so without the love and support of his tight knit family. That love and support of family is what led him to Trager Reznitsky Insurance Group, and our motto, Family First.
Jon has over 9 years of Marketing experience, working as both a Marketing Distributer and Marketing Specialist in previous employments. As you can see, Jon isn’t afraid to show his personal brand in being different. One thing he strives to do is leave a lasting impression everywhere he goes with everyone he meets. His unique persona brings an extra added flair to the Trager Reznitsky family.
Currently, Jon is involved with the Greater Milford BNI Chapter and is also in a business development group to further help him grow as an individual. He is always eager to learn, especially from others.
When he’s not playing softball and kickball in the warmer months, he’s enjoying other sports such as flag football and snowboarding in the winter months. In his spare time he likes to hike, cook, travel, and build websites. He’s also a big fan of singing and dancing.
Jon is currently licensed in Auto and Home in Personal lines. He also holds three different Foremost Insurance Specialist Designations.
Mike is in his 6th year at our agency serving as our Director of Agency Sales for the North Haven location. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Mike currently resides in Shelton with his wife Jessica and their dog Tyce. Mike embraces our mantra: Family First. A graduate of The Gunnery, Mike then attended Dickinson College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a certificate in Health Studies. Mike was a Defensive Back for the Red Devils football team during the four years he attended Dickinson. He served on the Student Senate where he was influential in decisions affecting better student life on campus. To that end, he was a member of The Liberty Cap Society where he guided prospective students around the campus, sharing the rich history and knowledge with them. This led Mike to pursue a career in the Insurance Industry. He uses his experience to guide clients through all of their insurance needs, helping us further our dedication to create portfolios that develop and change with our clients’ lives.
Mike is licensed in Property & Casualty; and Life and Accident & Health.
Paul Higgins joined the Trager Reznitsky family as our Business Insurance Analyst in 2018. A native of New Haven, Paul got his start in insurance with his family owned independent claims adjusting business. Eventually, he became more interested in the sales and service side of the insurance business obtained an opportunity as an account executive with a major insurance brokerage.
At various stages of his insurance career he’s worked in Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington, DC, and New York insurance markets. Almost all of his over thirty years of experience has been with major insurance brokerages including, Frank B. Hall (now, part of Aon Risk Services), Johnson & Higgins (now, part of Marsh & McLennan), and eventually returning to Connecticut and retiring from Aon Risk Services.
Paul has handled a diverse collection of commercial accounts in his career as an account executive, middle market and commercial lines manager. His involvement in servicing commercial accounts, from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies, at its peak, amounted to over $300 million in annual premium volume.
Paul likes to give back to his community and is a member of his condo board’s Finance Committee, responsible for negotiating their insurance needs and serving as a resource when insurance questions or concerns arise. Two years ago he was appointed to the Branford Planning & Zoning Commission. In his spare time, he enjoys playing hit and giggle tennis.
Having found retirement a challenge, an opportunity to join the Trager Reznitsky Family was accepted and he, as well as we, are looking forward to adding his commercial insurance knowledge and experience to the TIG team.
Kyle is our Agency Sales Director in Branford.
He was born and raised in New Haven, CT and currently resides in Hamden, CT. Kyle Graduated from Southern CT State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and has 18+ years of experience in Customer Service, Sales, and Insurance.
Always striving for greatness, his proudest career moment was ending one of his calendar years in the top 5 for New England for marketing/sales which shows he’s always working hard and trying to do better for his clients.
Kyle loves to network with other professionals and be involved with the local charities.
Our Motto “Family First” fits right in line with his motto for life, “Treat others how you would want to be treated.”
Geri is our agency Client Service specialist with more than 11 years of experience working in the BPO industry. Handled a wide range of programs and services from Direct TV operator, credit card application, to billing/technical/retention telecom specialist. Then she was promoted as Workforce Support Specialist assisting remotely for Alorica Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her previous work was in Logistics and Purchasing as well as basic Accounting. She is trained for Auto and Home Insurance.
Geri is a self sufficient person, fast learner and experience in agile and goal-driven environment. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Banking Finance. She is married with a 3yr old daughter and lives in Caloocan City, Philippines. Outside of work, she likes to read, binge Netflix and travel with family.
Motto in life: Be a reason someone smiles today!
Amy’s drive and caring personality is the perfect addition to the Trager Reznitsky Family, she joins us as Senior Operations Manager.
Amy has an extensive background working with people. She originally graduated in Graphic design and started her family at a young age. Married with 3 children, she then put herself through school to become a Medical Assistant. She worked in Dermatology assisting in surgeries for 15 years. In addition to working and raising her family, she has also run a business in women’s health and education for the last 15 years.
In her free time Amy lives a very active lifestyle. She loves to travel to see new places. One of her personal goals is to experience the history of the world in person, rather than reading in books or seeing it on tv. She started running obstacle course races in 2014. Originally starting with small 5K races and working her way up to her largest distance, at 14 miles. Her greatest achievement was in 2019 when she completed 3 Spartan Trifectas including a Trifecta Weekend. A Spartan Trifecta is a series of 3 obstacle course races- Sprint 5 miles, Super 9 miles and Beast 13+ miles.
Paul Hollinger has always put people first.
From being an Eagle Scout in his youth to being a devoted customer-focused employee for companies like Verizon & Sears over the last 20 years, Paul has served his community with the intention of solving problems & improving lives.
Equipped with an MBA from the University of New Haven, Paul has now turned his focus to helping the valued clients of Trager Reznitsky Insurance. As Customer Service Coordinator, he can apply his vast experience to helping policy holders navigate the ever-changing insurance landscape. In 2020, Paul officially became a licensed agent to improve his understanding of the insurance industry, their products, & the various situations that may present themselves to clients.
In his spare time, Paul is an avid sports fan with die-hard rooting interests in all 4 major sports: Yankees, Rangers, Giants, & Knicks. He also plays softball for multiple teams, dances his heart out at Dave Matthews & ska music concerts, and studies military history.
Bryan returns to us as Eugene's Customer Service Coordinator. Born and raised in Fairfield County, Bryan is now a Wallingford Resident with 20+ years of customer service experience and 10 years of insurance experience. Bryan is currently licensed in Property and Casualty, and Life insurance.
When not servicing insurance policies, Bryan enjoys axe throwing, brewery tours, and visiting Disney Theme Parks.