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Michael OrlandoMichael A. Orlando

Chairman of the Board - NIF Group, Inc.
President - North Island Facilities, LTD
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Michael has over 35 years underwriting experience, starting with the Sun Indemnity Company as an underwriting trainee, moving to Whitehill Agency, Inc. as a Casualty Underwriter, and then to Fred S. James (Rathbone Division) as a Commercial Accounts Representative. In 1969, he entered the Special Risk Insurance field with The Facultative Group of Great Neck, an affiliate of Foremost Insurance Company. In 1976, he established NIF Group when he purchased from Foremost Insurance Co the agency he was managing. Mr. Orlando has served on the Board of New York Surplus Lines Association and the Board of the Hermitage Insurance Company and Queensway Corporation. Mr. Orlando attended The St. Johns University School of Risk Management (The College of Insurance)


Mark MaherMark P. Maher

President & Chief Operating Officer - NIF Group, Inc.

Mark attended the College of Insurance Work-Study Program from 1978 to 1981. In 1981, he took a full-time position as a Property Facultative Broker at Willcox Baringer Inc. and continued college at night. In 1982, he became a Property Facultative Underwriter at Kaler, Carney, and Liffler, underwriting managers for Allstate Insurance Company. In 1983, he was hired as an Underwriter for both facultative and treaty reinsurance on the New York Insurance Exchange. In 1985, he joined Danmar Associates as an Excess Lines Broker/Underwriter for both property and casualty business, which was subsequently purchased in 1990 by NIF Group and later merged into what is now the NIF Service of New York. Mark became President of NIF Services of New York in 1999. In 2006, Mark became President and Chief Operating Officer of NIF Group, Inc.


Michael Paul OrlandoMichael OrlandO JR.

Senior Vice President - NIF Group, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer
- NIF Group, Inc.

Michael joined NIF Group as an underwriting trainee in 1998 after graduating from New York University with a degree in Mathematics and an Engineering degree from Stevens Institute. He is currently the IT Manager in charge of all automation functions of the NIF Group and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Group in June of 2006.

 

David VicariDavid L. Vicari

President - NIF PRO
Executive Vice President – NIF Group, Inc.
Senior Vice President - North Island Facilities, Ltd.

David is a wholesale brokerage expert for all Management Liability (D&O), Professional Liability (E&O) and Employment Practices Liability (EPLI) related products.  He is the President and creator of NIF PRO, a division of NIF Group, Inc. that was established in February 1994.  David was named Partner and Executive Vice President of NIF Group, Inc. in June 2001.  Prior to joining NIF, David brokered these specialty products on a retail basis with Frank Crystal & Co., Inc. Prior to that, he held various underwriting and management positions at AIG/National Union where he began his Insurance career in 1984. David is a graduate of St. John’s University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  


John Buckley John A. Buckley

President - NIF Services of New York
Executive Vice President - NIF Group, Inc.


John graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH in 1982. In 1983 John joined Moore Excess, a surplus lines wholesaler. He eventually purchased the firm in 1991. Moore Excess was purchased by NIF Group in 1995 and John was named Sr. Vice President and part-owner in NIF Services of New York. In June of 2006 he was named President of NIF Services of New York. John served as president of the Professional Insurance Wholesalers Association (PIWA) 1991 to 1993. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Excess Lines Association of New York (ELANY).


John G. Orlando

Executive Vice President - NIF Group, Inc.
Executive Vice President, Claims

John started in the insurance business over 30 years ago as a Claims Trainee for the Aetna Casualty and Surety Insurance Company and advanced to Claims Manager. In 1977, he joined North Island as Assistant to its Operating Officer in underwriting and administration. His current responsibilities for the Group are automation claims, administration, and underwriting. Mr. Orlando graduated from Queens College.


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NIF Group is a national program manager and regional wholesale broker. Based in NY with offices nationwide, NIF underwrites programs for nonprofits, social service agencies, bowling centers, and contractors; as well as offering access to specialty property casualty, such as contractors, difficult products, environmental, property and management/professional liability.

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