Gregory W. WheelerPresident
Greg is originally from Cumberland, RI and Harwich Port, MA and is a graduate of St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH) and Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT). Following brief stints with secondary school development and ship chandlery sales, his insurance career began in 1981 with a mid-sized brokerage firm in NYC, Craig M. Ferguson & Co., where he became partner in 1987, shortly after moving the company with the other principals to Stamford, CT. In 1992, Greg joined Duble & O’Hearn Insurance, a division of Fred C. Church, Inc., becoming a principal in 1995, and sole owner in 1998.
His extensive sales and account management expertise transcends both Commercial and Personal Lines. Greg is an avid and active sportsman, enjoying golf, paddle tennis, skiing, fishing, “old man” lacrosse, adventure travel, and numerous other outdoor activities. He resides in Fairfield County with his wife, Carolyn, and their two dogs.
Joyce L. AgiusExecutive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer, and Commercial Manager
Joyce is originally from Miller Place, NY, beginning her insurance career in 1974 with a large independent insurance agency in Smithtown, NY. She later moved to Connecticut in 1991, joining Duble & O’Hearn Insurance, a division of Fred C. Church, Inc. in 1995 as a Senior Commercial Account Executive.
During her many years in the insurance business, she has enjoyed a variety of positions within the independent agency network, and is currently seen by many with knowledge of the insurance business as one of the top female executives in the industry. She has a wide array of product knowledge, and highly developed technical expertise and operational capabilities. Although Joyce manages the Firm’s Commercial Lines division and handles its largest accounts, her primary role is COO and Agency Manager, with responsibility for contracts, personnel, efficiency, budgeting, and solution remedy. Joyce is an integral part of the core management team of Duble & O’Hearn Insurance, a division of Fred C. Church, Inc., and runs the Firm day-to-day.
Sharon M. DowningSenior Vice-President, Personal Lines Customer Service Manager
Sharon has been with the Firm since 1979, and, as part of a staff comprising over 300 years of aggregate insurance expertise between 16 people, holds the distinction of being the employee with the longest tenure at the Company, and the one most epitomizing the fine reputation for service excellence which Duble & O’Hearn Insurance, a division of Fred C. Church, Inc. enjoys with clients, insurers, and advisors. A life long resident of shoreline Connecticut, she is highly knowledgeable about coastal property insurance, and the intricacies of insuring older homes and the assets of significant, multi-state property owners.
As Customer Service Manager for Personal Lines, Sharon is called upon every day to solve with creativity and advisory skill the particularly challenging insurance issues faced by the Firm’s high net worth clients, which comprise its principal personal lines niche. She also assists all personal lines staff with developing new service delivery strategies, so as to bring exceptional customer service and value to the Firm’s clientele, in a consistent and timely manner.
Patrick W. GillottiSenior Vice-President, Personal Lines Producer
Patrick has led the Firm’s personal lines production efforts since 2001, following his departure from Marsh, where he ran their Private Client Group in Greenwich for 9 years. His unique specialty and expertise is in the provision of personal lines counsel and service to affluent individual and families.
One of the keys to his success is his outstanding talent for developing strong relationships with financial advisors across many disciplines, including: financial planners, investment bankers, accountants, wealth managers, lawyers, and other professionals. Now in the insurance business for over 30 years, Patrick has spoken extensively on the subject of personal property & casualty insurance to audiences at large multi-national financial institutions, as well as to smaller boutique firms and associations around the Country.
He is well-known throughout the northeast corridor for his well-developed empathy, knowledge, humor, and specific expertise in high end personal lines, and is a proven leader and mentor to many at the Firm. Patrick lives in Danbury with his wife, Coleen, and their two children.
Ronald L. SchumitzSenior Vice-President, Commercial Lines
Account Executive and Producer
New to the firm in 2014, Ron previously worked with Duble & O’Hearn Insurance, a division of Fred C. Church, Inc.’s owner, Greg Wheeler, from 1986-1992 at Craig M. Ferguson & Co. in Stamford, and is well-acquainted with the philosophies that are the hallmark of our company’s high quality service platform. Ron’s more than 35 years in the insurance business have allowed him to become one of the industry’s most highly knowledgeable and recognized ocean and inland marine insurance experts, and his thoughtful approach, in combination with his deep commercial insurance knowledge, make him a highly-sought after broker and advisor by businesses throughout the Country.
Ron is an excellent athlete, and a former 2-year captain of his college baseball team at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he was recently inducted into their sports hall of fame, and from which he graduated in 1979. An avid Boston sports fan, Ron is a longtime resident of Milford, CT, where he lives with his wife, Mary, and is now an “empty nester,” with two grown kids.