Leadership

Get to know the leadership of Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group.

James L. Johnston
President / Senior Partner

James L. Johnston

Jim is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and began his insurance career as a claims adjuster with Sentry Insurance. After a move into sales, Jim became one of the company’s top producers. Following his six-year tenure at Sentry Insurance, Jim and his wife Marilyn purchased Braunsdorf Associates in Westfield, NJ. From that modest beginning, Jim has been the architect of Couch Braunsdorf’s spectacular growth. He is actively engaged in the daily activities of the agency, and specializes in developing and implementing special programs.

Richard C. VanCleave III
Chairman

Richard C. VanCleave III

Dick is a graduate of Colgate University, where he enjoyed both academic and athletic success during his college years. Over the course of his 5-decade long career in the insurance industry, he has led a number of large and well-respected firms. He brings a depth of knowledge and experience that is both rare and unique.

Joseph S. Mignon
Chief Executive Officer / CLU, ChFC, CEBS, RHU, REBC

Joseph S. Mignon

Joe is a graduate of Lafayette College, and has spent the bulk of his 30-year career with a large regional agency where he was a top producer in both the wholesale and retail marketplaces. In addition to his sales responsibilities, he was active in both underwriting and management of specialty lines of coverage. His extensive experience and leadership abilities allow Joe to lead the Agency.

Jake Schlenker
CIC / Vice-Chairman

Jake Schlenker

Jake is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and currently serves as the agency’s Vice-Chairman. In this role, Jake is responsible for coordinating the activities of the executive committee. In addition to his administrative duties, he manages a number of the agency’s key accounts.

James P. Buccini
Chief Financial Officer

James P. Buccini

Prior to joining the team in 2011, Jim enjoyed a long and prosperous career as a management consultant. During that time, he provided guidance to some of our nation’s largest and most successful companies. Jim is responsible for all aspects of the agency’s day to day accounting and finance operations.

James Fitzpatrick
Executive Vice President / Corporate Counsel / Director of Title Insurance Operations

James Fitzpatrick

Jim joined CBIG in June of 1997, and was instrumental in the formation of our title insurance operation. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Seton Hall School of Law. Jim oversees the agency’s title services, and provides counsel on a great variety of matters related to the conduct of business. His insight and legal knowledge are an integral part of agency operations.

Felix Ganz
Executive Vice President / CIC, CNE, CRM, CLCS, CRIS, PLCS, RWCS / Chief Underwriting Officer / Director of CBIG’s Lloyds Program

Felix Ganz

Felix is a graduate of LaSalle University, after which he served in the US Army as an elite Airborne Ranger. Following his military career, he entered the insurance industry, and started at Couch Braunsdorf in 1998. Felix is responsible for all major underwriting and risk placement decisions. Additionally, he oversees the daily operations of the agency’s Lloyd’s property insurance program.

William J. Walbroel
Agency Sales Manager / CIC, CNE, CRM, CLCS, CRIS, PLCS, RWCS

William J. Walbroel

Bill joined CBIG in April of 2011 and began his insurance career as a regional sales manager with Pacific Specialty Insurance Company. He is responsible for leading national sales efforts, strategic partnership development, key carrier relationships and program distribution.