James P. Stanek - Joins Firm as Sales Manager

James A. Connors Associates is pleased to announce the addition of James P. Stanek to its team.  Mr. Stanek’s title is Senior Vice President, New Business Development.  Mr. Stanek is an insurance industry veteran with significant experience in many facets of the insurance industry including: operational and general management; sales management; sales; marketing; client services; risk management; and, mergers and acquisitions.  His background includes working with a very diverse client base that has ranged from general business accounts to large public entities including school boards and municipalities.

Jim Connors, president of the agency said “We are so pleased to have James joining our team.  Our agency has grown - and we felt now was the time to bring on someone with James’ talent to help us manage our growth and to continue to grow the agency for the benefit of our clients.”

Prior to joining James A. Connors Associates, Inc., as, Mr. Stanek served as Senior Vice President of Commerce National Insurance Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Commerce Bancorp, Inc., where he developed relationships between the insurance division and banking lenders as part of a business-building strategy as well as managing a staff of 20 commercial lines account executives.  Prior to that Mr. Stanek was Chief Operating Officer of Traber and Vreeland - managing a staff of 135 employees in six branches, including account executives, customer service representatives and support staff.

Mr. Stanek began his insurance career with Cornwall Agency, Inc. in 1972 after attending Jersey City State College in Jersey City, New Jersey and Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Throughout his career Mr. Stanek has served on numerous insurance carriers’ agency boards as well as being a Director of the Motor Club of America Companies (MCA). Thrifty-Rent-A-Car acquired MCA and Mr. Stanek was appointed to the Thrifty Rent-A-Car/MCA Board of Directors. He also served as President of the Motor Club of America Regional General Agents Association from and was President of the New Jersey Independent Agents Association for Morris and Sussex Counties.  Mr. Stanek was the recipient of the Lou Donegal and William Peason Insurance Person of the Year Award in 1989 and 1990.

Mr. Connors continued “Between the vast industry experience James brings, as well as a complete alignment of his values and those of our agency we know that his joining our team is going help us continue our growth and help us better serve the needs of our clients.