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Darin Burniske

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 then 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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Benjamin Beauchaine

While attending UMass and studying Economics, Ben started his insurance career in sales and marketing working for Professional Marketing Associates in Amherst. After making a short-term change into Telecommunications Consulting Sales, Ben returned to the Insurance Industry in multiple different roles including Marketing, Commercial Sales, and Sales Management. In early 2014 Ben accepted an offer at Liberty Mutual in their Northampton office as a Personal Lines Sales Executive. He focused on offering his clients personalized risk evaluations and outstanding customer service. After almost five years at Liberty Mutual, Ben felt it was time for a change and accepted a Property Casualty Specialist role at MetLife. Early on at MetLife Ben was asked to be the On-Campus Carrier Representative for UMass, Amherst (the largest MetLife Group Account in Massachusetts), continuing to offer personalized risk evaluations and outstanding customer service to UMass faculty, staff, and on-campus employees. Ben brings 15 years of local agency experience to Berkshire Insurance Group and is excited to be working for such a highly rated national independent agency. In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his son traveling through the backroads of New England. Ben is also an avid Seiko watch collector\!
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Nicholas Robare

After graduating from UMASS Amherst in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics Nick started his career working in the banking industry. In 2017 Nick made the switch from Banking over to Berkshire Insurance Group starting his insurance career in the Personal Lines Marketing department. After gaining much insurance knowledge, obtaining his P&C License, combined with his customer service background Nick moved into a new business sales role where he has had much success. He is currently extending his sales career into commercial lines. Nick grew up locally in Westfield MA and still resides there providing local knowledge and relationships in the area.   In his free time, Nick likes to travel, spending time with his friends, reading a good book when time allows and has a great passion for his love for sports.
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Timothy Minkler

Tim is a well-known respected agent and local resident of Stockbridge MA/Berkshire County. Tim has been in the insurance industry since 1973 starting his insurance career within his family-owned agency, Minkler Insurance. Tim earned his CPCU degree in 1982 and his LIA license in 1989. Tim became the President of Minkler Insurance Agency in 1983 which became a part of Berkshire Insurance Group in 2007. He specializes in High Value Home markets and works with both commercial and personal lines clients. Tim takes part in many committees and local town events, but one of his biggest passions is being outdoors. He has completed 11 marathons and enjoys canoe racing, speed walking and fishing derbies.
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Ty Hollens

Ty graduated from Springfield College in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Business. Later in 2020 he furthered his education by receiving his MBA from American International College. He started his sales career in personal lines specializing in property and casualty and life insurance. Ty excelled early is his career as one of the top sales agents in Massachusetts. Ty has many outside interests including spending time with family and friends, traveling, and attending sporting events. Ty also enjoys being active such as hiking, working out, and golfing.
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Robert Proulx

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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