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From left: Tom Gatz (Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc.), Andy Meehan (Merchants Insurance Group), Dan Bierbrauer (Merchants Insurance Group), Tom Dickerson (Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc.), Jim Murphy (Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc.), and Charles Makey, III (Merchants Insurance Group)

Merchants Insurance Group has named Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc., of Mattituck, New York, the company’s 2023 Agent of the Year!

Since 2009, Merchants has presented this esteemed award to one outstanding agency each year, recognizing its consistent growth and profitability, strong relationship with Merchants, commitment to customer service, and demonstration of Merchants’ core values of integrity, respect, loyalty, teamwork, and the aspiration to improve. Merchants Insurance Group partners with more than 1,000 independent insurance agents.

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“We are excited to present the prestigious 2023 Agent of the Year Award to the Roy H. Reeve Agency,” said Charles E. Makey, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Merchants Insurance Group.

The Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc., has been appointed with Merchants since 2015. The agency has qualified for President’s Club, comprised of an elite group of Merchants’ top performing agents, for three consecutive years.

“Our partnership with the Roy H. Reeve Agency has been so successful together because of our teamwork, integrity, loyalty, respect, commitment to service excellence, and dedication to giving back in our communities every day,” said Mr. Makey. “We are so proud to work with such a talented team of insurance professionals, and we are truly honored to count them as one of our elite agents.”

Founded in 1926 by local farmer Roy Reeve, the Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc., has served clients on the North Fork of Long Island’s East End for nearly a century.

Today, Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc., is licensed in 15 states and employs a staff of 40 people. The agency writes personal and commercial lines property/casualty insurance, as well as life & health coverages. While the agency has exhibited impressive, consistent growth and profitability, it remains steadfast in its original customer-first mission. Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc., maintains its “local feel,” ensuring each client feels valued and that their needs are properly addressed.

“Roy Reeve Agency has been a Merchants agent/partner since 2015,” said Andy Meehan, Regional Vice President of Merchants’ Eastern Strategic Business Center. “The agency staff has always displayed a high level of professionalism and their actions and superior results reflect a true partnership between the agency & Merchants!”

Like Merchants, Roy Reeve Agency values philanthropy and playing an active role in the organization’s local community. The agency proudly supports a number of philanthropic causes, both through financial contributions and volunteerism. The agency and its staff consistently give back to organizations such as: the Fire Department, Library, Ambulance Squad, Wounded Warriors, Lions Club, Kait’s Angels, North Fork Breast Cancer Coalition, Red Cross Blood Drive(s), Community Awareness Southold Town, Maureen’s Haven, No Dogs Left Behind, and the North Fork Animal Welfare League.



“We are so appreciative and humbled by this award. Merchants Mutual is a great organization. They are solid, growing, and so well liked among their staff as shown by being named in the Best Places To Work in Western New York the last two years in a row. Thanks to Charlie and the Merchants team, we here at the Roy Reeve Agency are able to provide solid insurance solutions to so many of our valued clients during an extremely difficult period in the insurance industry. Thanks, Merchants. Keep up the good work!”

– Thomas A. Dickerson, President of Roy H. Reeve Agency Inc.


Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc., is dedicated to the continuous development of its staff, funding licensing, continuing education, and education towards industry designations. Employees achieve work/life balance through a hybrid work model, while still providing premier customer service to all clients.

This year’s Agent of the Year was nominated by Merchants’ Eastern Strategic Business Center, located in Hauppauge, New York.

“The Roy Reeve Agency is a successful and cooperative partner with ESBC,” said Joe Swiderski, Regional Underwriting Manager at Merchants Insurance Group. “2023 was a phenomenal year, and we look forward to another successful year in 2024.”


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About Roy H. Reeve Agency, Inc.

The Roy Reeve Agency began on the North Fork of Long Island NY in 1926 when a local potato farmer left the farm to start his namesake agency. It has grown consistently over its nearly 100 years by focusing on organic growth along with eight acquisitions. Our mix of business is nearly an even split between personal and commercial insurance. Currently the Reeve team is 40 strong and led by its President Tom Dickerson, along with Vice Presidents Tom Gatz and Jim Murphy.

Katherine Trautwein

Merchants Insurance Group

Merchants Insurance Group sells its products through a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agents in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. We sell our products through independent insurance agents because we believe they provide value to policyholders through their broad range of products and their insurance expertise.