About Us

About Our Mission & History

Our team is committed to maintaining the highest standard of excellence in all that we do and to establish a firm relationship of mutual trust and service with each of our clients.

The Mills & Mills Agency was established in 1953 by Robert J. Mills and William C. Mills, Jr.  By 1981 Robert (Bob) Mills Jr. also joined the agency and ultimately took over in 1991. Under Bob’s management the agency grew into a full service insurance agency providing support for both Personal Insurance and Commercial Insurance needs.  In January of 2017 Bob merged Mills & Mills with the Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency (Darien CT) to provide even greater value for his clients by leveraging the additional carrier choices, policy options and robust service team.

Our agency serves clients throughout Connecticut and Metropolitan New York City.  We are also licensed in 25 other states including all of New England, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, Texas and the Carolinas. The Mills & Mills Agency is a division of Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency, LLC.

Please call us if you have any questions about our agency or the services we provide.

Meet Our Team

Partners

Peter Daigle
Agency Principal and Managing Partner

Specializes in the personal lines side of the agency, which ranges from homeowners and auto insurance, umbrella liability and fine art collections coverage. An agency owner since 1983, Peter enjoys assisting clients in making informed, responsible choices and fitting the insurance program to the individual characteristics of the account. The proper coverage at the best price is his formula for value. Most of Peter’s original clients are still with him because they value the individualized service and commitment to their needs.

Walt Travers
Partner and Producer for Commercial Lines Accounts

Began his career as a commercial underwriter with Aetna Life and Casualty Company, and was an Executive Officer with two other local agencies before joining Peter in 2004. His dual background spanning over 35 years in both company and agency operations gives him an in-depth understanding of the underwriting process, a broad knowledge of commercial products and markets, and a balanced perspective with regard to risk assessment.  Walt is a firm believer in continuing direct contact with all areas of the business, including teaching classes, to stay sharp on the continuous changes in the industry and providing the professional recommendations based on individual risk characteristics for business clients.

Eli Zimmer
Partner and Producer for both Personal and Commercial Lines

He has received recognition as one of Fairfield County Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” for business professionals under 40 years of age, and was named Five-Star Home / Auto Insurance Person of the Year by Connecticut Magazine. Eli graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor concentration in Environmental Science.  Licensed in both Property & Casualty and Life & Health, he joined Daigle & Travers in 2006 and became partner in 2012.

Tom Ayres
Partner and Producer for both Personal and Commercial Lines

He spent the first 16 years of his insurance career at the Russell Agency (Southport, CT) after relocating to CT from Pittsburgh, PA in 1998. Tom earned his Connecticut Property & Casualty license in late 2000, and later earned his Connecticut Life and Health license in 2004. In 2002 Tom earned his Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation and graduated from The Hartford School of Insurance at the top of his class.  In 1997 Tom earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Westminster College.  Tom has also been a member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary since 2002.

Robert Mills Jr.
Partner and Producer for Both Personal and Commercial Lines

Bob has been the President and Owner of Mills and Mills Insurance since 1994.  He took over the agency from his father after working as a personal lines producer and manager. With over 35 years of property and casualty experience Bob attributes his success to the focus that he places on complete customer satisfaction.  Bob has been an active member in many organizations in the Town of Wilton. The organizations include, Wilton Rotary, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Youth Football, Wilton Little League, Wilton Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Nursery School. The Wilton YMCA has recognized Bob as a Distinguished Citizen for his exemplary and longstanding volunteer service to the community. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Insurance from the University of Rhode Island.

Managers

Bonnie Piazza, AAI
Commercial Lines Manager

Started her business insurance career in 1972. As a former Vice-President at Webster Insurance, she managed the select business department for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York & Rhode Island.  She is a past member of both the Hartford Insurance Connecticut Select Business Agency Council and the National Business Council.

Janice Sweet
Personal Lines Manager

Joined Daigle & Travers in 2002 as one of Peter’s first hired employees. Since joining the industry in 1987 at the Norwalk Agency, she has developed expertise of Personal Lines Underwriting Guidelines & insurance coverage solutions. She strives to educate her clients so they can make informed decisions about protecting their assets.

Jessica Vasquez
Human Resources/Office Manager

Previously worked as Health Care Administrative Coordinator in New York City before joining our team. She holds an Associate Degree in Science and is working towards her Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science. She joined Daigle & Travers in 2015.

Commercial Lines

Larry Giannitti
Commercial Lines Account Executive

Admired by clients for his experienced counsel and his expert execution of policies, Larry gained his knowledge and reputation through working as a licensed agent and account representative since 1977 and joined Daigle & Travers in 2004.

Dana Drugo
Commercial & Personal Lines Producer

Has been working in sales for over 15 years for Fortune 500 companies in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Originally from Pittsburgh, she moved to Rowayton in 2004.  Dana joined Daigle & Travers in 2015

Peter Dell’Olio
Commercial & Personal Lines Producer

Peter comes to Daigle & Travers having spent 10+ years in the financial sector as an analyst of mortgage backed securities. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional work ethic from the demands of the investment banking industry.  His keen eye for detail and financial acumen ensure an accurate and meticulous process for his clients.  Being resourceful, diligent, ahead of the curve, and finding customized solutions are hallmarks of Peter’s risk management assessment.

Peter graduated with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an All-ACC honors student, and a face-off midfielder for the Tarheel Lacrosse team.

Elizabeth Lyons
Commercial Lines Account Executive

Began her insurance career over 16 years ago and has in-depth knowledge of and specialization in small to large accounts for real estate, nonprofit, technology, and contractors.  Liz enjoys performing reviews of client’s policies while offering insurance products to cover their specific needs.   Previously, Liz was with James P. Murphy & Associates, Inc.  Liz is an active member of the International Association of Insurance Professionals, on a local and regional level, which allows her to keep current on insurance education and issues. She joined Daigle and Travers in 2017.

Michelle Paul
Commercial Lines Account Executive

Licensed for property & casualty, life & health insurance with 12 years of insurance industry experience focusing on select, mid-size & large commercial accounts. Previously Michelle was with Mathog & Moniello and Webster Insurance / USI Connecticut.

Shawn Samson
Commercial Lines Account Executive

Began her career as a Facultative Casualty Underwriter with Swiss Reinsurance in New York. After spending 15 years with Swiss Reinsurance, she took time to raise her two sons.  She re-entered the insurance industry with USI Northeast as a Commercial Account Executive for Construction and National Accounts. Later, she joined NFP Financial Partners and coordinated and serviced the group’s first commercial acquisition. She joined Daigle and Travers in 2016. Her experience as both underwriter and agency account manager for over 25 years brings a unique understanding of the specific needs of our clients.

Personal Lines

Lauren Hernandez
Personal Lines Account Executive

Lauren graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Marketing in 2005 and started working for Electric Insurance Company in direct sales. She then moved into the Agency Services department where she partnered with agents countrywide to write business & underwrite risks for the company. She joined Daigle & Travers in 2010. Lauren provides a unique perspective on company guidelines & risk placement having worked directly with both customers and carriers. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs and volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Brittany Kochiss
Personal & Commercial Lines Producer

Specializing in horse farms, equine mortality, and major medical coverage. Brittany is an avid equestrian and has been riding and showing hunters & equitation since 2001. Brittany graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2011 with a Business Administration Degree and minor concentration in marketing. Brittany joined Daigle & Travers in 2014 and has been licensed since 2012.

Olivia Murrle
Personal Lines Account Executive

Olivia is from the San Francisco Bay Area. While attending Las Positas College, she began working in the field of Home Warranties, first in Customer Service and then as a Claim Authorizer.  In 2005, she began her career in Insurance with AAA-California State Automobile Association where she worked as a CSR II with the Insurance Help Desk.  In 2007, she moved to Connecticut, remaining with AAA Northeast where she received her CT Producer License in Property & Casualty. Then in 2014, she earned an additional Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation.  Olivia joined the Daigle & Travers team in August 2016. She enjoys customer interaction and offering personalized service.  She also enjoys Boxing, Buster Keaton movies and living in a State that has more than two Seasons.

Marisa Rivera
Personal Lines Account Executive

Received her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Writing from University of New Haven in 2013 then continued on to earn her Masters of Fine Art’s in Creative Writing in 2015. Marisa has held a Property & Casualty license since 2013. In her spare time, Marisa writes for non-profits whether it be biographies, press releases, or testimonials, her most recent work being for a not-for-profit focusing on Veteran’s suffering from PTSD and mild to traumatic brain injuries.

Cheryl Muniz
Personal Lines Account Executive

Graduated from Berkeley College in 1989 with an Associates Degree in Fashion Marketing and Management.  In 1994 she made a big decision to switch careers and began working for Mills & Mills Insurance as their Receptionist and Administrative Secretary.  After many years of gaining Insurance Industry Knowledge, she decided to pursue obtaining her Insurance License.   She achieved that goal in 2012.  Cheryl was born, raised and still lives in Wilton with her Family.  She truly enjoys servicing her clients.

Marla Martello
Personal Lines Account Executive

Marla began her Insurance career in 2000 where she worked as an Office/Accounting Manager. She received her CT Producer License in 2002 and her Certified Insurance Service Representative ( CISR) Designation in 2016. She loves developing long lasting relationships with her clients. Marla was born and raised in Greenwich. She also would love to assist you with your Boat Insurance as she has enjoyed boating on Long Island Sound most of her life.

Administration

Lisa Smith
Billing & Claims Specialist

Since 2007 Lisa Smith has been the kind voice on the other end of the phone when you call, but as of August 2017 she has moved into a broader role. Serving as our dedicated billing and claims specialist, Lisa will handle all billing inquiries, and policy payments, as well as the processing of ID cards and binders. Additionally, and more importantly, she will serve as our claims concierge. She will file claims, track them, and be available to assist with client questions or concerns when they arise. Lisa has worked in the insurance business since 2005.

Terri Falkner
Claims Representative & Administrative Assistant

Upon graduating from business school in 1978, Terri worked for Aetna Life & Casualty as an administrative assistant.  After the birth of her daughter in 1981, she was a stay at home mom until 1996 when she made the decision to get back into the workforce.  Terri was hired by Robert Mills, Jr. and has been an administrative assistant and claims representative with the Mills & Mills Insurance Agency for the past 20 years and is very happy to be a part of the merger with Mills & Mills and the Daigle & Travers Insurance team.

Nina Josko
Reception/Administration

Nina Josko joined Daigle and Travers in August of 2017. She has a degree in English and Religious Studies from Fairfield University and has spent her career in various market research and accounting roles. Nina is happy to be the friendly voice you hear when you call our office and she will be a contributor to the writing and editing of our blog. In her free time, Nina enjoys relaxing with her family, cats, and volunteering with programs that combat hunger and homelessness; her latest endeavor is mentoring a weekly theology seminar.

Business Coverage

Commercial Property, Commercial General Liability, Worker’s Compensation, Business Automobile and Commercial Excess Liability

Personal Coverage

Homeowners, Automobile, Umbrella Liability, Boats, Yachts, Recreational Vehicles, Valuable Articles and Instruments.

Financial Planning

Group & Individual Health Policies, Universal Life Insurance, Mortgage Life Insurance, IRA, Pensions & Profit Sharing Plans.