About the Remco Agency

About our Insurance Agency

Remco Agency, a JPS Inc. Company is a full service insurance agency with more than 30 years’ experience protecting the assets of Tri-State Area families and businesses. We are committed to providing around the clock service and attention to each and every one of our clients.

Our proactive, intuitive approach gives our clients the reassurance that they are taken care of at all times. Whether you are a family, business or individual, Remco Agency is ready to deliver on our promise of exceptional service at competitive rates. We leverage our industry relationships to provide you with maximum coverage at minimum expense.

Our staff of more than 30 insurance specialists are ready to provide a thorough insurance review examining your coverages and costs today.

Reach Out to us Today for All of your Insurance Needs


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Meet the Remco Agency Insurance Specialists


Steve Diamond - Remco Agency President

Steve Diamond


Steve is a Licensed Insurance Broker in property-casualty, and life and health.  As President, he brings over 35 years of experience to the company in property-casualty as well as areas of financial planning, life insurance, and estate conservation. Steve heads up our private client group that helps our high net worth clients protect their income and assets. He graduated Bryant University in Business Administration and received his CLU degree from the American College. He currently serves on the boards of several organizations and has been recognized as the Businessman of the year from the City of Long Beach. He has served as President of his religious organization, President of the Long Beach Little League, Board member of the Long Beach Hospital, and is currently the honoree of the Insurance division of the UJA. With his free time he enjoys playing softball and spending time with his family.


Carl DeBarbrie - Executive Vice President

Carl DeBarbrie

Executive Vice President

Carl is a Principal of Remco Agency and leads the business insurance practice. His thirty five year insurance career spans extensive experience in sales, marketing and underwriting at Royal Insurance, Aon Corporation, Applied Underwriters, Y.A. Tittle and Associates, and Asero Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University with Insurance and Risk Management coursework at Golden Gate University. Carl serves on the Board of a Property Casualty insurance company and supports the PIA and IIAA trade organizations. He is a member of St. Ignatius and St. Damien parishes and participates in Church Stewardship initiatives. Carl spends his personal time enjoying family, traveling and the Jersey Shore.


Benjamin Markan

Benjamin Markan

Vice President

Benjamin is a key producer with Remco Agency and has been with the company since 2010. His primary responsibilities include building new and existing client relationships. Benjamin’s ten year insurance career is significant in that its sole focus has been in the insurance agency and brokerage segments with heralded achievements in building long standing successful relationships with private clients and businesses. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and has earned the Personal Lines Coverage Specialist designation. Benjamin enjoys travel and spending personal time hiking and cycling in the tri state area.

Insurance Producers

Matthew Salerno - Principal/Insurance Producer

Matthew Salerno

Principal/Insurance Producer

Matthew  focuses on both personal and business insurances. He prides himself on client responsiveness, efficiency, and extensive insurance coverage knowledge.  His honest and comprehensive approach assures clients quality professional service for their insurance program.  Matthew graduated with a double major in Marketing Management and Communications from The State University of New York at Albany.  Matthew spends his personal time with his wife and two daughters.


Michael Salerno - Principal/Insurance Producer

Michael Salerno

Principal/Insurance Producer

Michael has been in the insurance industry for nearly fifteen years following graduation from the University of Albany. His industry experience includes sales leadership at both captive and independent insurance agent and brokerage firms. Michael’s client relationships span generations and his goal is to serve customers’ insurance and risk management needs for life. His personal time is spent with his wife and son and he enjoys bike riding. Mike is a proud sponsor of Walk MS, the charity devoted to ending Multiple Sclerosis.

Shawn J. Diamond - Insurance Producer

Shawn J. Diamond

Insurance Producer

Shawn provides industry-leading insurance services and risk management solutions to corporations and individuals. He was an Equity Trader prior to joining the executive team at Remco. Shawn has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and has held some senior positions at Credit Lyonnais and Kepler Equities. He holds both a Property and Casualty license along with the Life and Health license. Shawn is also a Series 7, 55, 63, and 65 licensed Investment Advisor Representative and uses these credentials to support client’s strategic insurance objectives.


Paul Wickel - Insurance Producer

Paul Wickel

Insurance Producer

Paul is a key producer specializing in Business Insurance program design.  His 32 year career has evolved with current emphasis in advanced Property Casualty risk reduction strategies and services. Paul’s commitment is delivering clients some of the most robust insurance products available in today’s market with the highest level of customer support.  Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Stony Brook, and holds several industry designations. Paul spends his personal time with his wife and family, is an avid outdoorsman, and loves riding his Harley Davidson with brothers and friends.


Regina M. Nooney - Insurance Producer

Regina M. Nooney

Insurance Producer

Regina’s primary responsibilities include new client business development and client service accountability for the Remco portfolio. Regina is committed to providing responsive service and accurate risk assessment for clients to assure integrity in their coverage and insurance program. She is a graduate of State University of New York at Old Westbury with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Regina enjoys outdoor activities and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Robert Falkowitz

Robert Falkowitz

Insurance Producer

Bob a former Hospital Administrator has both his Property and Casualty, and Life and Health Insurance Licenses.  For the past 12 years he has taken his knowledge from the health care industry and applied it to the insurance industry. He has grown his career by truly understanding the needs of his clients; helping them not only with their commercial and personal insurances, and also with the ever growing complexities of health insurance. He is well versed in the Senior Market needs with regards to Medicare, Supplemental, Part D Prescription Drug coverage, and Long Term Care Insurance. Bob enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Shannon Mulcahy - Sales Assistant

Shannon Mulcahy

Sales Assistant

Shannon’s main responsibilities include assisting our top producers in their day to day duties. Her focus is to build strong relationships with current clients while providing top service in order to honor their insurance policy. Shannon’s main goal is to keep clients satisfied with the best possible coverage. She is a graduate of Farmingdale State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. On her free time, she enjoys spending valuable time with her family and friends and loves the outdoors.

Geeta Budhu

Geeta Budhu

Sales Assistant

Geeta started working at Remco Agency off as a front desk receptionist in 2018. With her growing interest and good workmanship in the company, she was promoted to sales assistant. Her main duties include but not limited to assisting our producers with their day to day tasks, assisting our clients to the best of her ability while providing the best service from our agency. She is a Licensed Insurance Broker as of 2019.

She is a graduate of Nassau Community College with an Associate in Biology.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling and spending time with family and friends.



Norma I. Ortiz - Personal Lines Manager

Norma I. Ortiz

Personal Lines Manager

Norma has been with Remco Agency for over ten years. Her responsibilities include managing client service relationships and client support staff for private client services. She is also involved in key aspects of Remco service operations and administrative functions. Norma began her insurance career with Liberty Mutual and has maintained a New York State Property Casualty Insurance Broker License for nearly fifteen years. Norma enjoys spending quality time with her family.


Cynthia Ahmad - Personal Lines Customer Service Representative

Cynthia Ahmad

Personal Lines Customer Service Representative

Cynthia has been a part of Remco team since May 2014. She performs essential tasks in supporting the needs of clients meeting the quality standards of Remco. Cynthia looks forward to a challenge and likes to learn new things. In her personal time she also enjoys cooking and spending time with her family

Kelsey Ordway

Kelsey Ordway

Personal Lines Customer Service Representative

Kelsey is an expert at creative problem-solving and her skill set helps her with conflict resolution.

She understands our client’s needs and is eager to assist them on any complications they may have. Kelsey is a very positive and uplifting person, so she enjoys working directly with our clients.

In her personal life she loves the world of the culinary arts and sees herself as an epicure. Kelsey also enjoys traveling and educating herself on history from around the globe.


Raquelle Kabatsky

Raquelle Kabatsky

Customer Service Representative

Raquelle serves as a customer service representative processing daily tasks for our clients. She answers consumer questions as well as expedites requests between clients and our insurance carriers. She demonstrates strong knowledge of insurance principles after being in the insurance business since 2010. She loves to connect with her clients and is committed to providing her expertise to help clients find the best solution to any matter. Raquelle is looking forward to growing with the Remco Agency, and continuing to learn each day. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and travelling to new places around the world.


Frances Gonzalez - Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative

Frances Gonzalez

Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative

Frances’ responsibilities include handling daily client inquiries, assisting bilingual clients with Spanish translation and supporting the Underwriting Manager to ensure efficient procedures in the Business Insurance department.   Frances graduated from the Instituto De Banco y Comercio in Puerto Rico. She enjoys spending time with her family, the kids from the Special Needs Unit in PAL & Little League, the kids from church, and the missionary areas of Dominican Republic & Honduras.

Paula Klein Coppola - Sales and Client Service Representative

Paula Klein Coppola

Sales and Client Service Representative

Paula, a licensed insurance broker, is a sales and client service representative at Remco Agency. Her over 30 year insurance career includes extensive experience in private client and business insurance. Paula’s industry experience includes managing a Brooklyn insurance brokerage which was acquired by a Remco predecessor company in 2009. She attended Brooklyn College at the beginning of her insurance career and enjoys traveling in her spare time.


Desiree Corea - Certificate Administrator

Desiree Corea

Quality Manager

Desiree has been part of the Remco team since 2011. She is a licensed broker with primary responsibilities for certificate administration and service support for business insurance clients. Desiree is also involved with technical issues that affect client’s casualty insurance provisions. Desiree enjoys reading and spending her personal time with family especially her son, Drew.

Rick Merge

Rick Mege

Commercial Insurance Manager

Rick serves as the commercial insurance manager at Remco Agency. He is a licensed broker whose main responsibilities include managing the commercial lines staff while being proactive in the day to day operations of the commercial insurance department’s growth. Rick began his insurance carrier over 30 years ago working with an MGA in the construction and woodworking related industries. He continued in the workers compensation field managing one of the largest workers compensation safety groups in NYS and moved on to manage the commercial insurance department for an insurance agency owned by a large financial institution. Rick enjoys spending time with his family and taking cruises.


Rebeccah Earlie

Rebeccah Earlie

Assistant Quality Manager

I joined Remco Agency in May 2017 as an assistant quality manager. My primary responsibilities are to assist the producers and quality managers in their daily tasks such as quoting, renewals, billing, certificates of insurance and administrative work. I am a graduate of Nassau Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. I am in the process of getting my P&C License and I am looking forward to learning more of the insurance industry and growing with Remco. During my personal time, I love spending time with my family & friends and enjoy traveling.

Samantha Cotugna

Samantha Cotugna

Business Development Associate

Samantha Cotugna is a Business Development Associate, and is the primary administrator for the Certificate Department at Remco Agency. Samantha issues certificates of insurance regularly, supports producers in the research and development of new business production, and provides exceptional customer service to new and existing clients at Remco Agency. She graduated from Hofstra University with honors, and has a great deal of experience in customer service. In her personal time, she enjoys cooking, staying active, and spending time with her friends, her family, and her dog Jack.

Frank Damiani - Policy Services

Frank Damiani

Policy Services

Frank handles Remco’s Policy Services function and has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years. His insurance experience includes both intermediary and agency operations and is well suited to support insurance producers in the achievement of their professional goals. Frank also participates in supporting administrative operations at Remco which assists the Company’s overall strategic objectives. Frank is a graduate of Nassau Community College and he enjoys traveling to different countries and classic rock music.


Pearl Persad - Bookkeeper

Pearl Persad


Pearl graduated from CUNY with a degree in Health Science and an Undergraduate of the Nursing Program. Her passion and love for numbers along with 20+ years of experience has driven her into fulfilling her duties here at Remco. Her duties involve a variety of administrative settings stemming from Accounts Payable to Accounts Receivable ensuring that all day-to day financial transactions of the business is recorded and brought to trial balance stage. Her desire is to positively impact the lives around her through the vessel of leadership and integrity. On her free time, Pearl enjoys reading, spending time with family and volunteering to different organization.


Austin Carbone

Austin Carbone

Marketing Representative

Austin’s primary responsibilities include working with our key producers to acquire new commercial business, as well as servicing current clients and accounts with whatever needs they may have. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and demonstrates diligence and dedication to his work on a daily basis. In his personal time Austin enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, making glass art, and playing darts

Office: 516-393-9373
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