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.
Eugene Reznitsky’s primary role within the agency is to grow the agency’s commercial department and help guide the agency’s marketing strategies.
Eugene graduated from UCONN with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business. With seven years of experience, he is involved in the Elm City BNI as their Commercial Insurance representative.
Eugene was born in Kiev, Ukraine and is fluent in Russian. He currently lives in Meriden with his wife, Melissa and their two sons, Jacen and Jakob. Eugene is a member of the Elm City BNI, serving and the organizations commercial insurance representative and Eugene is also an active member of the North Haven Rotary.
Eugene is licensed in Property & Casualty; Life, Accident & Health Insurance.
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.
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.”
Kyle is currently licensed in Property & Casualty; and Life Insurance.
Shane is in his first year at our agency as a sales agent for the North Haven location. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Shane currently resides in Washington, CT with his girlfriend Emily and their dogs Marty and Harry. Shane attended Norwich University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. He served as an Assistant Captain and played 4 years of NCAA DIII ice hockey at Norwich University where he was part of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA DIII Frozen Four appearances, two ECAC East Tournament titles and four ECAC East regular season titles.
Shane joins the team with an extensive background in Independent Schools, most recently The Frederick Gunn School. In his free time, he coaches High School and Youth Hockey. He is a people person who lives by “family and community first”. He is licensed in Property & Casualty.
Elina Petrashkevich is one of our newer hires at Trager Reznitsky Insurance. She is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent.
Originally born in Belarus, she moved to North Haven at the age of ten. Being exposed to two different cultures cultivated her love for people and her understanding of the importance for people to feel heard. Using that knowledge, she entered the Insurance field with one big goal; to instill trust and build lasting connections. One of her proudest achievements is taking a leap of faith and changing her career path in the middle of a pandemic.
In her free time, Elina enjoys going hiking, camping and hanging out with her puppy Coco. She loves to travel and explore new cultures. Her biggest dream is to one day visit every country in the world. On her downtime she plays competitive video games and reads books especially those written by Kurt Vonnegut and Jane Austen.
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.
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.
Ty Merced is welcomed to the Trager Reznitsky team as the office Receptionist. She is a proud Florida state raised mother of 4 with over 20+ years of customer care and data entry experience. She graduated from Remington College in 2005 with an Associates degree in Business and Medical Management.
Fun fact about Ty, she is also a published Author and Artist. Giving back to the community is a big part of her life, and you can find her volunteering at local food pantries across Connecticut. Her love for food continues into her own kitchen and one day hopes to own her own non-profit organization focused on educating, supporting, and feeding families of domestic violence.
Ty enjoys working with people and supporting her team every day. She likes to consider herself the Ray of Sunshine an office needs to help each client feel appreciated and important. She is the first face you see when stepping into the office, and holds herself responsible for a great first impression greeting everyone with a big smile and understanding heart. She prides herself in giving each client a great experience at Trager Reznitsky Insurance.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Connecticut, I currently reside in West Haven with my husband and two teenage sons. Having worked in the service industry for many years, I took a chance and changed career paths. I am looking forward to putting my customer skills to use to help clients with their needs here at Trager and Reznitsky. For me, there is nothing better than helping put a smile on someone's face.
In my spare time, I love to travel with my family and hang out at the beach. I also love being active and really enjoy playing pickleball, cornhole and anything that involves some friendly competition. My favorite hobby of all is to watch my sons play baseball.