We take pride in delivering specialty insurance solutions powered by cutting-edge technology and human-centered service.

Why Work With
Starfish Specialty Insurance?

Unwavering Integrity

Our goal is to protect the bottom line for carriers and provide the right solutions for brokers by listening closely, responding quickly and putting the needs of our partners first.

Unparalleled Service

We've combine leading technology applications with a distinctly human approach to ensure efficiency, dependability and quality in every aspect of service delivery.

Unmatched Expertise

Our team brings depth of experience from a wide range of industries and specialties, allowing us to serve providers and partners throughout the carrier ecosystem.

What Our Customers Say

“The guys I’ve worked with at Starfish have been extremely attentive and helpful at a moment’s notice. I really appreciate their attention to detail and they’ve been so pleasant to work with! I have no hesitations and feel confident giving them my business.”

Meagan Hockett
Account Executive, Scarbrough, Medlin & Associates, Inc
“Working with Starfish Specialty has been such a smooth experience. Their technology platform is incredibly user friendly, and their team is so eager for feedback to continue to enhance the broker experience. Looking forward to our continued partnership with Starfish Specialty.“

Brad Henderson
CLCSNetwork Insurance Services
“I can’t recommend using Starfish enough. They are truly an incredible resource for your Community Association D&O, Crime, and Excess Liability needs. Aside from the competitive product offerings they have for a wide range of Community Associations, they have an easy-to-use platform with an incredible team of people. If I have questions on the platform or need quotes that were referred to underwriting expedited, the Starfish Team always provides outstanding service. It has been a pleasure and I am looking forward to a longstanding partnership to serve our clients.“

Kevin Halverson
Equity Partner, Sihle Insurance Group

Our Leadership

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.

Margret McBurney

Email Margret
(914) 556-3196

Brooks Chase

Email Brooks
(914) 556-3238

Michael Thabet

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

Email Tom
(914) 556-3243

James Flynn

Email James
(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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