Kevin P. Daly, CPCU
I guess I was destined to be in the insurance business. My grandfather was in on the ground floor of New Ireland Assurance in Dublin, in 1918. But it almost didn’t happen.
I played golf in college and planned on a career in the golf industry. I was working at a club when a member offered me a position with his agency, just for the off season. Twenty-six years later insurance remains my life’s work.
In 2001, I completed the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter program, earning the CPCU® professional designation. Along the way I’ve worked for a few national and regional brokers. One, a subsidiary of Chubb, is where I gained invaluable experience advising successful individuals and families on a wide range of insurance needs.
In 2010, after many years working for and with some of the best in the business, I established my own agency – with one part-time employee, Irene Brauninger. Now, Daly Insurance is a team of six dedicated and experienced professionals.
I’ve surrounded myself with great people. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’m thankful for the dedication of my team. I’m humbled that so many advisors entrust us with their clients’ personal risk management. I’m pleased that many of the best insurance companies want to work with us. And I’m grateful for the tremendous clients who allow us to advise them and serve their insurance needs.
My passion for golf persists and I’ve been known to hit the links on occasion. I’m honored that Salem State University has asked me to be the next Head Coach of the golf program. I’m happy to circle back with Vikings Golf. I live in Beverly with my wife and two children.
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Irene Brauninger, CIC
I have the unique distinction of being employee number one at Daly Insurance. Prior to the agency’s inception in 2010, I met with Kevin and signed up to join him on this adventure.
I am a Licensed Insurance Broker and Certified Insurance Counselor who has served as a successful account executive for several leading insurance companies and agencies in the Boston area. After graduating from Merrimack College in 1991, I began my career in the insurance industry, offering rating expertise, underwriting analysis and account management services to several major insurance carriers, including Fireman’s Fund, Crum & Forster and Chubb. In addition, I’ve worked for two large, regional brokerage firms providing coverage placement for mid to large size clients, proposal creation and customer service management. Over the years, I’ve applied my extensive product knowledge and insurance expertise in working with both personal and commercial lines clients.
In my spare time I enjoy all Boston sports teams, cooking and baking, and occasionally relaxing on my deck.
Not long after graduating from the University of Hartford, I began working for Electric Insurance in Beverly. I spent 4 years learning the complexities of the industry. I also gained valuable insight on how companies create, manage, and offer their insurance products.
In 2006, I made the switch from company to agency. Since then I’ve helped hundreds of clients, both personal and commercial, find the best coverage plans to meet their needs. I became acquainted with Kevin in 2011, while at an agency in Topsfield. Daly Insurance was still in its early days, and we occasionally worked with Kevin to help place his clients with the right company.
I’ve seen Daly Insurance grow steadily and establish partnerships with the most reputable and sound companies in the industry. The timing was right in 2016, and I was happy to join Team Daly as an Account Manager – back in my home town of Beverly, where I’m raising my 2 fantastic kids, daughter Reese, and son Cooper.
Patty Fortin, AIAM, CISR
Not long after graduating from Salem State, I was offered a position at a local agency. At the time I didn’t realize I was embarking on a serious career path.
Over the last 24 years I’ve worked at agencies large and small, and in various positions, gaining valuable experience and continually sharpening my skills and expertise. My focus has primarily been in personal lines, helping clients with broad spectrums of insurance needs, find the right protections for the things that matter most.
In September 2015, I joined Daly Insurance as an Account Manager and have enjoyed seeing the team, and the business, thrive and grow. When not at work, I enjoy watching our Boston hockey and football teams, and relaxing with family and friends.
I began my insurance career in 1998 as a case manager with John Hancock in Boston. In 2001, I accepted a workers’ compensation position with AIG in Boston, and in 2004, transferred to its Berkeley Heights, NJ office to take on the role of regional service coordinator and to manage relationships with Fortune 500 companies.
By 2006, I was mentally drained from hearing how wonderful all the New York sports teams were. I moved back to Massachusetts and joined a regional broker as an account manager in its commercial lines department. In 2009, my curiosity got the best of me; I made the switch to personal lines, continuing my career with both Marsh & McLennan and Hub International.
In January 2018, I arrived at Daly Insurance. My colleagues are extraordinarily friendly, and each brings a plethora of insurance knowledge and experience to the table. I am an avid sports fan, and in my spare time, I enjoy reading, attending Broadway plays, and going to the gym. I currently reside in Haverhill, MA.
Marketing and Client Communications Manager
Maria Cook, AINS, AIS
Marketing and Client Communications Manager
After graduating from Stonehill College – long before they became the Skyhawks – I started my sales and marketing career with a division of Pfizer, in product management and international marketing. When the group was consolidated, I left the medical industry for publishing. I spent the next 15 years in sales and marketing management with a financial writing company, providing print and electronic communications for the insurance services, financial services, and tax services industries.
The exposure to insurance helped lead me to an opportunity with MiddleOak in Salem, in 2010. I completed several insurance courses and for the next few years was immersed in personal lines customer care and underwriting. In October of 2015, the stars aligned, and I joined Daly Insurance, where I have enjoyed contributing in various roles and working alongside this dedicated team of professionals.
When not at work, I appreciate time with family and friends, staying active, and (most) home improvement projects.