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Darin Burniske

Vice President
After graduating from Umass Amherst in 2005, Darin began his career in the insurance industry working for Safety Insurance Company in the claims department.  Darin them moved into a commercial and personal lines account manager role with Wheeler & Taylor, Inc. Darin joined Berkshire Insurance Group in 2009 as an account executive and has enjoyed working in various departments within the bank including the MyBanker and Business Banking divisions.  He now handles commercial insurance accounts for both profit and nonprofit clients.  Darin excels in a trusted advisor role helping his clients identify risk and create a tailored insurance program.  Darin resides in Southwick MA with his wife and 3 children and on most days you can find him at local hockey rink cheering on or coaching his kids as he is an active member in the Westfield Youth Hockey program.   
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Vincent Higuera, CIC

Producer
Vin Higuera has been providing personal and business clients protection since 1987. Today, his main focus is helping business owners with all of their insurance needs. His customer base runs the gamut from the one person shops to the 100+ employee ventures while his clientele extends from Berkshire County to the Boston area. He is a reliable, professional insurance agent that has a wealth of experience and takes great pride in building rapport with his clients to help them achieve their goals and objectives in a full service insurance program. Vinnie is always looking to work with new clients while maintaining a customer-oriented approach to his existing clientele. Vin’s education includes a B.A. from Brandeis University. He also is a graduate of the Aetna Life & Casualty Home Office Sales School and he attained the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1994. He is very active in the community as he coaches soccer for the Pittsfield Soccer Club and basketball at the local Boys & Girls Club. He and his wife, Robyn, live in Pittsfield with their three sons.
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Robert Proulx

Producer
For the last 29 years, Bob has had the privilege of serving both commercial and personal lines clients. His main area of concentration is Commercial Insurance with a focus on the closely held family business. He truly enjoys meeting and developing a strong friendship with his clients, which translates into long term business relationships centered around excellent service. Understanding how a business works and knowing the product they make goes a long way in understanding their needs relating to insurance. This is what drives him each day, and why he enjoys what does. Helping people in the process of succeeding in their business.     
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Mike Smith, CPCU, CIC, CSRM

Producer
Mike Smith brings 25 years of insurance experience to Berkshire Insurance Group. He holds several insurance designations including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM). Mike specializes in large commercial property & casualty insurance. His customers include private schools, nonprofit institutions, and manufacturers. Mike graduated from Deerfield Academy and Saint John's University. He works out of the Westfield and Greenfield offices. He and his wife, Mary Pat have three boys and live in Westfield, MA where Mike is active coaching youth sports.

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