Specialty Insurance Programs

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What We Do

We are a managing general agent (MGA) that intentionally creates long-lasting partnerships with insurance carriers and retail brokers. We do this by applying our program management acumen and leading-edge technologies to provide superior insurance solutions for underserved markets and niche industries. Our products will be delivered, serviced and managed efficiently to remove communication barriers and better serve our partners.

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Meet Jeremy

Jeremy R. Hitzig | Founder
Email Jeremy(914) 556-3241

Jeremy began his insurance career in 1995 as a principal at Capital Risk Strategies where he focused on emerging risk transfer tools.

In 1997 he joined Distinguished Programs and held multiple executive positions before being named Chief Executive Officer in 2006, serving in that role until the end of 2018. During Jeremy’s tenure at Distinguished Programs the company grew dramatically in size and profitability, generating nearly $150 million in annual revenue in 2018. 

A graduate of McGill University, Jeremy also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designations.

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Margret McBurney
Co-Founder

Email Margret
(914) 556-3196

Brooks Chase
Co-Founder

Email Brooks
(914) 556-3238

Michael Thabet
Co-Founder

Email Michael
(914) 556-3242

Prior to joining Starfish, Michael held executive positions for Distinguished Programs, including his most recent position as Head of New Product Development. In this role, Michael was responsible for creating and driving organizational strategy, developing carrier relationships, and ultimately bringing new and differentiated products to the marketplace. Previously, Michael also served as Program Executive for Distinguished’s Express division and Head of Analytics.  Michael’s prior experience gives him unique insight and perspective on launching profitable new programs in the market.
Tom Lane
Co-Founder

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(914) 556-3243

James Flynn
Co-Founder

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(914) 266-2131

A former Naval Officer, James served as a Surface Warfare officer, completing three deployments during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  Prior to co-founding Starfish, James served in several executive management positions including President and COO of Distinguished Programs where he was responsible for strategic planning, key carrier relationships, and management of the portfolio of programs.  James is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned his MBA from the School of Management at Yale University.
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