Meet the Team

Rick Trapani

Rick Trapani

Chief Executive Officer

Commercial Lines, Health, Life Insurance

Rick is the Chief Executive Officer of Brooks-Waterburn Corporation. He attended Pace University to pursue a career in advertising but soon after graduation, found the job market to be very bleak. Rick’s first position out of school was a mail room clerk for a brokerage firm across the street from his university and from there his career became over 50 years of history in the making.

Rick founded Brooks-Waterburn in 1960 as a small two person company and it has grown to be a two generation, family-owned and operated corporation and it continues to grow.

When Rick is not working along-side his son, Larry, he spends time with his wife of 50 years, two children and two grandchildren, he’s a big family man. Rick's hobbies? He enjoys wine making, travel and using his season tickets to see his favorite team - GO METS!

Larry Trapani

Larry Trapani

President

Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Life Insurance, Laundromat Insurance

Larry is a seasoned veteran of the Insurance industry since 1985. He received his degree in Marketing from Pace University. Post graduation and following in the family tradition, Larry began his career as an Underwriter for Travelers Insurance and later as a Marketing Representative for CNA. In 1989 Larry attained his Insurance license and joined Brooks-Waterburn. Over the next 8 years, Larry worked and managed in each division of the company until becoming a VP in 1997 and President in 2001. In 2003, Larry, with Joel Blitzer, developed and launched the Laundromat Success Program - a program created to educate and completely protect Laundromat business owners.

When he's not working, Larry enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include golf, cooking, and Hot Yoga!

Joel Blitzer

Joel Blitzer

Vice President

Commercial Lines

Joel has been working in the Insurance industry since 1989. He holds a B.S. degree in business from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. Upon graduating, he held the positions of underwriter for Aetna Life and Casualty, Senior Multi-National Underwriter for A.I.G. and later became an Independent Insurance Agent. Joel joined Brooks-Waterburn in 2001 as Commercial Lines Manager and became Vice President in 2004. Joel is co-creator of the “Laundromat Success Program”, Brooks-Waterburn’s premier industry program for Laundromat owners nationwide. He is also the current president and founder of a local BNI chapter. Joel is a strong believer in continuing education programs and has mastered agency management systems of which he teaches and mentors his employees to enhance the customer service experience at Brooks-Waterburn.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, dining out and entertaining with his wife, two children and friends. He is an active board member of a local youth soccer league, a member of his community chamber of commerce and attends many local civic meetings to address topics within the community.

Miriam Herrera-Almonte

Miriam Herrera-Almonte

Bookkeeping

Miriam joined Brooks- Waterburn in September 2007 bringing 20 years of corporate experience in Systems, Finance, and Human Resources. Miriam speaks fluent Spanish and her friendly disposition allows her to provide outstanding services to our clientele; and as co-owner of a Laundromat Business with her husband since 1995, Miriam is well versed in the needs of our clients.

Outside of work, Miriam loves to travel. When she’s home, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crocheting and snuggling up with a good book.

Kathy Iacono

Kathy Iacono

Personal Lines Manager

Personal Lines

Kathy joined us in May 2009 with over 10 years of business experience under her belt. Kathy is well versed in all facets of Personal Accounts specializing in High Net Worth Individuals. Kathy thoroughly enjoys providing outstanding service to all of her clientele.

Outside of work, Kathy spends time enjoying her family (she has six kids!).

Debbie Matzen

Debbie Matzen

Account Manager

Commercial Lines

Debbie joined Brooks Waterburn in 2011, but has been in the insurance industry since 2005. Debbie is married to Tom for over 24 years and have 2 children. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys reading, watching Pro Football and spending time in the mountains.

Barbara Ossenfort

Barbara Ossenfort

Account Manager/ Personal LinesClaims

Personal Lines

Barbara began her insurance career in 1986 with Royal Insurance Company. After taking time off to raise 4 children, Barbara joined Brooks Waterburn in 2014. She takes pride in providing excellent service to all of her clients. Outside of work, Barbara enjoys spending time at the beach, watching beautiful sunsets, gardening, and taking road trips to the mountains.

Anthony Cataldo

Anthony Cataldo

Commercial Lines Account Executive

Commercial LInes Claims

Anthony joined Brooks Waterburn in 2016. Prior to joining us, he worked in the Auto Body industry. Anthony provided all phases of customer service including claims handling. He is now a licensed insurance broker assisting in Commercial Accounts and claims. In his downtime, Anthony enjoys performing in his church choir, cooking and spending time with his family.