Scirocco Group, headquartered in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, has been named the 2017 Agent of the Year by Merchants Insurance Group.
The Agent of the Year award recognizes one of Merchants’ more than 1,000 independent agencies for achieving success through outstanding customer service. Award recipients must embrace Merchants’ core values of integrity, respect, loyalty, teamwork and the aspiration to improve.
“The Scirocco Group embodies many of the same qualities to which Merchants aspires – a commitment to providing proper insurance coverage for its clients, a challenging and engaging workplace for its employees, and actions to give back to the communities in which it operates. For these and many other reasons, we are proud to have the Scirocco Group as Merchants’ 2017 Agent of the Year,” said Bob Zak, Merchants Insurance Group president and CEO.
Scirocco Group was founded in 1950 as Auf Der Heide Agency in West New York, New Jersey by John Scirocco, Sr. After a 1987 relocation to North Bergen, New Jersey, Scirocco Associates was formed. In 1980, John Scirocco, Jr. joined the firm, and the agency was renamed as Scirocco Group. Scirocco Group was named as a partner with Merchants on January 1, 1991. Now employing 130 insurance professionals, the agency operates eight offices.
The agency is helmed by John Scirocco, Jr., agency principal/president and CEO; Rick Loschiavo, director of marketing; and Spiro Backos, chief financial officer.
“We are so proud to be chosen as the Merchants’ ‘Agent of the Year’,” said Mr. Loschiavo. “We have been Merchants’ agents for over 25 years. Over that time we have developed such a deep and rewarding partnership. Moreover, the relationship with the Merchants staff is like no other. Their commitment to their product and service has made us a better agency. Thank you to everyone.”
Scirocco Group has qualified five times for the prestigious Merchants Insurance Group President’s Club, composed of an elite group of independent insurance agents who have demonstrated a commitment to Merchants and that have achieved excellence in the insurance industry.
In addition to their exceptional business record, agency representatives are involved with Merchants’ activities. Mr. Loschiavo serves on the New Jersey Agency Council with Merchants, and staff have attended Merchants’ ideation sessions.
The agency also plays an active role in local charities. John Scirocco, Jr. is a Director for the ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties, and during 2017, the agency staff has been involved in various activities and fundraising for the American Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Easter Seals of New Jersey, the Special Olympics, North Shore Animal League and many others.
Charlie Makey, Senior Vice President for Insurance Operations at Merchants, said, “We are thrilled to deliver this prestigious award to Scirocco Group. Scirocco Group aligns perfectly with Merchants on delivering quality service, building long-term relationships, and giving back to their communities. We are proud to work with such a talented team of insurance professionals.”
About Scirocco Group
Named as one of the Top 100 Independent Property/ Casualty Agencies in the United States, Scirocco Group credits their success to their commitment to establishing, and nurturing, long-standing relationships with both clients and carriers. Headquartered in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Scirocco Group has nine locations throughout New Jersey and South Florida. Advanced technology enables Principals and Producers across all locations to share knowledge in their specific areas of expertise — bringing clients unparalleled service in managing their specific risk. For more information, visit www.sciroccogroup.com.