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Roanoke Insurance Group Welcomes Grant E. Goldsmith to Business Development Team

by Roanoke Trade

We are pleased to announce the addition of Grant E. Goldsmith to our team as Vice President of Business Development for Roanoke Insurance Group Inc. Grant’s career in the insurance industry spans more than 17 years as a commercial Property and Casualty broker, beginning in 2001 when the Graham Company, a large regional broker, hired Grant to manage and place U.S. and multinational business. In 2004, he joined newly formed McIntyre Group where he was also responsible for large U.S. and multinational accounts. In 2005, Agility became a client of McIntyre Group and, in 2006 at Agility’s request, Grant moved to Kuwait with his family to head the new Agility Global Risk Management Department. He managed the firm’s Marine, Specialty and Property and Casualty concerns.

Upon his return to the U.S. in 2010, Grant started a specialty government-contracting company called Overwatch, Inc., which was later acquired in mid-2012 by Avalon Risk Management. He served as Divisional Vice President of the Southern Division for Avalon until becoming part of the Roanoke team.

Grant brings a wealth of insurance expertise to Roanoke as a licensed Insurance Broker and Consultant and with his Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Insurance from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the University of Swansea in Wales. He is a marine arbitrator and former President of the Houston Maritime Arbitration Association and holds the designations of Certified Risk Manager International (CRM) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Grant was recently honored by the CRM, a member of the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, for leadership and professionalism in the field of risk management.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership (MASCL) from Seton Hall University in the United States, and a Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineer from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is also a graduate of several elite military educational institutions including the Combined Arms Services Staff School, US Army Airborne and Air Assault schools. Grant served on active duty and reserve duty for more than 25 years with other patriots in the defense of our nation.

For over 80 years Roanoke Insurance Group has served the insurance, bonds and ATA Carnet needs of the transportation and trade industry. We invite you to learn more about us, our experienced talent in this highly specialized area, our creative solutions and the value we will bring to transportation and logistics providers.

The Foreign Trade Association Presents the Marjorie M. Shostak Distinguished Service Award to Bill Sterrett

by Roanoke Trade

Bill Sterrett, Richard Shostak, Glenn Patton.

It is with great privilege to announce that Bill Sterrett, former President and now Chairman of Roanoke Insurance Group Inc., has been presented with The Marjorie M. Shostak award. This honor is bestowed upon an individual who the Foreign Trade Association’s (FTA) board of directors feels has distinguished him or herself through outstanding service and contributions to the international trade community of Southern California. In receiving the award, Mr. Sterrett, expressed his gratitude to the FTA and honor in being awarded this recognition and in being included in such a distinguished group as the prior recipients. Past recipients include: Marjorie M. Shostak, Robert D. Kleist, Sam Orr, Judge R. Kenton Musgrave, Lew Coppersmith, Enrico Salvo, Lanie Denslow, Richard D. Steinke, Cecilia Castellanos, Dennis Heck, Dan Meylor and Fredrick (Rick) Lorenzen. It is the mission of the FTA to promote, foster and encourage international commerce and economical growth in Southern California worldwide.

Mr. Sterrett accepted the role of Chairman and President of Roanoke in 1985, and under his successful leadership the 83-year-old company expanded its national footprint with offices across the country, servicing thousands of customers. In 2008, Roanoke became a subsidiary of Munich Re, one of the top 10 commercial insurers and one of the 100 largest companies worldwide, and part of Munich Re Specialty Group.

Bill’s support and commitment as an advocate of the international trade and shipping community throughout his career are reflected in his involvement in several organizations, including as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) from the mid-1990s to 2010, as an active member of the AAEI’s Audit Committee, and as an active board member of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) since 2008. He is also an active member of World Presidents Organization and the Chief Executives Organization, and has been a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society since 1971. Please join us in congratulating Bill on receiving this prestigious award.

Roanoke Insurance Group enables global commerce by providing insurance, surety and risk management solutions for trade and transportation. Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, Roanoke has sales, service and underwriting locations throughout the United States and a network of sister service companies in Asia and Europe.

NCBFAA 2018 Roanoke Sponsored Scholarship Winner

by Roanoke Trade

And The Winner is….. Ashley Mosier.

University of Georgia, Terry School of Business student, Ashley Mosier is 2018’s NCBFAA Scholarship winner. Ashley is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship that will be used towards her undergraduate tuition with intent to pursue a career in customs brokerage, freight forwarding or a related field.

Ms. Mosier wrote a detailed essay with the objective to develop a fundamental understanding of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to address the major changes that should be made to this agreement to benefit American consumers and businesses.

“I would love to thank Roanoke Insurance Group! This money will do wonders for me! I was so happy to win. I’d worked really hard, but I’ve never won anything so I wasn’t expecting the call. I was really speechless when I’d heard I won. The money will definitely help me with the costs of school, as well as helping me prepare for taking the brokerage exam in the fall. Again, I was so thankful for the opportunity and for everything I’ve won. Thanks to everyone at Roanoke!” – Ashley Mosier

The NCBFAA Scholarship Program is available to any employee (or employee children) of an NCBFAA Regular member firm. The applicant must either be a High School senior or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university who intend to follow a career path in this related field.

Congratulations Ashley!

Introducing New Account Manager Zoi Fanourgiakis in New York

by Roanoke Trade

Roanoke Trade is pleased to announce that insurance professional Zoi Fanourgiakis is the new Account Manager in our New York office located in lower Manhattan.

We are excited to add Zoi Fanourgiakis to our staff of surety bond, insurance, ATA Carnet and sales professionals. Zoi is a graduate of the City University of New York, Hunter College. She began her insurance journey while an undergraduate and now has over 10 years of experience in Property & Casualty Insurance. She enjoys the insurance industry, where each client brings a unique set of coverage and needs and she learns something new everyday.  Zoi is eager to share her passion about insurance with Roanoke Trade and our customers. Most recently, Zoi worked for an insurance broker in Long Island City, NY. She has an extensive Commercial Lines background and is a licensed insurance sales representative.

Zoi will be reaching out to insurance clients and proactively addressing any insurance needs, questions or concerns our customers might have.  If you have any pressing insurance-related concerns you would like to discuss with a Roanoke Trade insurance professional, please do not hesitate to contact Zoi via email at or call her directly at +1 212.412.2224. Zoi will be happy to answer any of your questions.   

With Zoi’s experience, enthusiasm and knowledge, we are sure that she will be of tremendous value to Roanoke Trade and, more importantly, for our customers.

For any other transportation bond, insurance, or ATA Carnet questions, please reach out to your local Roanoke Trade professional at 1-800-ROANOKE (800-762-6653).

President’s Day 2018

by Kim Colby

The Foreign Trade Association Names Glenn Patton of Roanoke as 2018 President!

by Roanoke Trade

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has named Roanoke Insurance Group Inc.’s Glenn Patton as their 2018 FTA President. Mr. Patton has been on the Executive Board of Directors for the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California since 2011 and has been an active member of the organization since 2002. Prior to earning his presidential seat, he served as Treasurer, 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President. The Foreign Trade Association’s mission is to promote, foster and encourage international commerce and economic growth. The FTA wants to educate and conduct high quality and timely meetings, seminars and conferences for the purpose of encouraging and developing international trade, hallmarks that Mr. Patton is devoted to maintaining. Per Mr. Patton, “I am very honored to be President of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in 2018, which will be our 99th year as an organization dedicated to promoting international trade. As global trade is constantly evolving, I’m looking forward to working with the FTA members to help continue our efforts as the FTA moves forward to a new century in 2019! ”

Mr. Patton has been with Roanoke since 1998, and is currently Vice President, Business Development. His technical expertise is concentrated in Cargo Insurance, Errors & Omissions, Property/Casualty and Bonds for transportation specialists. We believe that Glenn has the experience, determination and attention to detail to thrive in his new role as FTA President. Congratulations, Glenn, on this tremendous honor.

Roanoke Insurance Group Inc., enables global commerce by providing insurance, surety and risk management solutions for trade and transportation. Roanoke has sales, service and underwriting locations throughout the U.S. Call us today at 1.800.ROANOKE to speak with a representative.

2017 Holiday Hours

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Thanksgiving Hours 2017

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Leadership Transition at Roanoke – Karen Groff to Assume Role of President

by Roanoke Trade

Last updated on September 28th, 2017

Roanoke Insurance Group is pleased to announce that Karen Groff, Executive Vice President of Operations, will assume the role of President as of October 1. Current President, Bill Sterrett will remain as Chairman. Karen will be responsible for the ongoing leadership, management and directional planning of the organization; Bill will assume various strategic assignments and remain on Roanoke’s Board of Directors as Chairman.

Sterrett commented, “Karen is a strong leader, results-oriented and constantly seeks ways to improve our products, services and ways of working. I am both confident and excited about the future of the organization with Karen as my successor. I have worked closely with Karen for most of her career and she cares deeply about our employees, customers and partners. She is whole-heartedly dedicated to our industry.”

Karen has more than 24 years of experience with Roanoke working in the specialty insurance areas of marine cargo, liability, transportation-related bonds and ATA Carnets. Karen has held various management positions in Roanoke’s regional sales and corporate offices, and is a champion of automation and creative client solutions throughout.

Without question, Bill Sterrett will be a tough act to follow after 32 years as President,” Groff stated, “but I am looking forward to the opportunity knowing I have his full support.” Groff also remarked, “I am energized by knowing the talent in our organization runs deep, and grateful that our clients are the beneficiaries. By empowering employees we unleash the best solutions for our clients. The key is to focus in and really listen to our clients in order to help them achieve their objectives, then execute!”

We appreciate your business, and look forward to supporting you and your industry now and for many years to come!

Miami Office Reopened

by Roanoke Trade

Last updated on September 27th, 2017

We’re thrilled to be able to announce that the Miami office has reopened! All of our employees are safe and sound and have regained electricity in their homes.

The city and its surrounding areas will not be the same for years to come. We send our thoughts to those that have not fared as well as we have and are still dealing with the effects of the storm.