BNC Insurance - Executive Team
Brian M. Colby, Principal
Brian is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a B.A. in economics and business. Prior to insurance, Brian worked for an international chemical distributor in sales and finance.
He began his insurance career in 1992 as an agent for a captive insurance carrier, later to become a founding principal of BNC Insurance Agency, an independent brokerage firm directly representing most of the top national and regional insurance carriers in the U.S.
In addition to sales and client relations, Brian's responsibilities include overseeing agency operations and finance, working with the firms production staff, and developing risk management tools and client resources.
Brian is an active member of the insurance and risk management industry as he serves as the Vice Chairman of the Professional Insurance Agents Westchester-Rockland Advisory Council as well as a Board Member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County. Additionally, Brian serves on the advisory council for several insurance carriers.
John Cofini, Principal
John has 30 years of experience in business insurance and risk management. He began his career working on the carrier side of the business as a premium auditor and commercial underwriter for large construction risks. He then moved to the agency side, first as a sales professional, and later as an executive vice president for Milbrandt Insurance.
Over the years, John has helped countless business owners anticipate and manage emerging exposures. He has developed niche expertise in the construction and real estate segments, and as a LEED Green Associate, he is uniquely suited to help companies anticipate and manage emerging green risks.
In 2014 Milbrandt became part of BNC Insurance. As a member of the BNC team, John works closely with the sales and marketing teams.
John is a graduate of Iona College and is active in the Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester (IIAWC), for which he served as President in 2009-2010. In 2015, IIAWC recognized John with the prestigious Frederick H. Dayton Award. John presently serves as Chair of the Board for the Independent Agents and Brokers of New York (Big I). He lives in Nanuet with his wife and three children.
R. Todd Rockefeller, Principal
Todd Rockefeller is a principal with BNC Insurance & Risk Advisors, with expertise in business and high net worth personal insurance planning. Acting as a trusted advisor for successful individuals and families, Todd delivers a high level of protection and attention to detail with his 28 years of industry experience.
After graduating from Gettysburg College with a BA in Political Science, Todd began his insurance career with Aetna Life & Casualty, Hanover Insurance, and ManagedComp, in underwriting and sales capacities before joining DeRosa, Rockefeller, Sohigian & Werdal, Inc. (DRSW) Insurance in 1998. He joined BNC in 2017, following the firm’s merger with DRSW.
Recognized as an industry leader, Todd has served on carrier National Advisory Councils, is a Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (IIAWC), and past Chair for the Independent Agents and Brokers of New York (IIABNY) at the state level. He is the 2012 recipient of the Frederick H. Dayton Award for distinguished service to the Independent Agents of Westchester and to his community, and the 2012 recipient of the Father of Year Award, presented by the American Diabetes Association.
Paul G Sohigian, CIC, Principal
Paul is a graduate of Iona College with a BBA in Marketing, and an MBA in Organizational Behavior. He is also a Colorado Outward Bound graduate.
With over 30 years of experience in insurance agency ownership, management and sales, his business was built both organically and through a series of mergers and acquisitions. As a former principal with DeRosa, Rockefeller, Sohigian & Werdal, Inc., Paul was thrilled to join BNC in 2017.
At BNC, Paul works closely coordinating customer service, office efficiencies and sales. He is first and foremost an advocate and an advisor for clients, with a simple goal of helping BNC's clients to protect what’s important to them.
Paul serves or has served on a number of regional and national insurance company advisory boards, is active with the Pleasantville Lions, and is a former town Planning Commission member. The SPCA of Briarcliff Manor and the local food banks are important to him and his family. Paul and his wife, Beth live in Pleasantville, NY and have two grown children.
IN MEMORY OF ...
Onofrio A. Colabella, CIC, Founding Partner
Onofrio “Noff” Colabella passed away in January 2018. He was not only a founding partner at BNC Insurance Agency, but also a dear friend, colleague and mentor to many. Since BNC’s inception in 1997, Noff was an instrumental part of our growth and success.
He was a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Business Administration. Prior to entering the insurance field Noff owned and operated his own construction firm in Westchester County, NY. He began his insurance career in 1992 as a captive agent with Nationwide Insurance focusing on commercial insurance in the construction industry. In 1997 along with his partner, Brian Colby, he formed BNC Insurance Agency.
Noff will be dearly missed but never forgotten. BNC will continue to carry on with its vision, as Noff would have wanted.