Mark Edward Partners is a full-service, national insurance brokerage comprised of dedicated professionals who have been hand selected based on talent, commitment to outstanding client service, and years of experience in the insurance industry. The firm is licensed in all 50 states and brokes all lines of business across a wide variety of industries.
Our professionals have distinguished themselves in all aspects of risk management and the insurance brokerage industry and have been particularly successful at meeting the insurance needs of high-net-worth individuals and family offices, performing due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings, and innovating unique insurance products and programs for complex risks. We have substantial, longstanding relationships with the leadership of the underwriting community, and these relationships enable us to create products and services to address clients' specific, complex exposures. The firm is built upon the core values of innovation, service, and trust and is committed to providing the highest quality client service in the insurance brokerage industry.
MARK FREITAS - President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Freitas's career has spanned over 30 years, including 25 years at Frank Crystal & Company, a full-service national insurance brokerage firm that ranks among the top 20 insurance brokerage firms in the United States. Under his leadership as President & Chief Operating Officer, the company experienced an increase of over 300% in revenues from 2000 to 2007. This dramatic growth was a purely organic achievement, accomplished without acquisitions or assumption of debt.
Mr. Freitas joined Frank Crystal & Company in 1985 and subsequently formed the firm's Financial Services unit. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and appointed President the following year. During his tenure at Frank Crystal & Company, Mr. Freitas developed and implemented an array of insurance products for various industry groups, most notably in the financial services community. His intelligence and integrity have made him a leader in the industry and a sought-out authority on complex risk transfer issues.
Considered an industry expert, Mr. Freitas has provided testimony to the United States Department of Labor in Washington, DC on fiduciary liability insurance and bonding related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. He is a regular speaker at industry forums and is frequently cited in published articles. Mr. Freitas began his career in 1981 as an underwriter in the Banking Division of American International Group, where he went on to become manager of Financial Institution Products.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Freitas holds a Bachelor of Science from its School of Business. He has also completed various programs sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Working closely with his alma mater, Mr. Freitas is a director of the UConn Foundation, a member of the Leadership Cabinet of the School of Business, and an inductee of the School of Business Hall of Fame. He established the Mark E. Freitas Endowment Fund at the School of Business and the Mark E. Freitas Athletic Scholarship Fund. UConn's Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum was dedicated and named in his honor in February 2005.
A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Freitas established the Mark Edward Freitas Foundation in 2005 to advance a number of causes, especially those that support children and adolescents who are physically, intellectually, and financially challenged. In the past several years, the foundation has provided generous assistance to numerous religious, educational, and cultural institutions.
Mr. Freitas sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, where he chairs the Development Committee. In 2008, Sacred Heart awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his exceptional record of success in business and in the larger community.
ANDREW GUERIN - Executive Vice President
Mr. Guerin is a 20-year industry veteran who has a proven track record of establishing multimillion-dollar business units at multinational brokerage firms. Mr. Guerin created two separate start-up merger and acquisition business units for both Willis and Lockton that are substantial revenue-producing operations for these organizations. Mr. Guerin has personally worked on thousands of transactions in the private equity community and is considered one of the most experienced transactional professionals in the industry.
Mr. Guerin joined Frank Crystal & Company in 2006 as a senior officer. His responsibilities included growing its commercial insurance services business through the acquisition of large, complex middle market and risk management accounts, assisting with the resolution of complex client claims and aiding in the recruitment of professionals to the company.
Mr. Guerin has also been in various risk management positions at both Pall Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and Lehman Brothers. A graduate of the University of Scranton, Mr. Guerin has a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Finance and is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.