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.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Partners

Peter Daigle
Agency Principal and Managing Partner

Peter 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. To read more, visit Peter on LinkedIn.

Eli Zimmer
Partner

Eli is a partner at Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency and Mills & Mills Agency. He specializes in property & casualty insurance with a focus on providing high-end products and concierge-like service. Eli holds a degree in Business Administration and Environmental Science from Skidmore College. He was featured in Fairfield County Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” and was recognized by Connecticut Magazine as Five-Star Home/Auto Insurance Person of the Year for four years. Eli is always on the move; whether he is out in the community, in with clients or meeting with insurance companies, he is continually finding ways to optimize his clients’ experience and provide competitive products. To read more, visit Eli on LinkedIn.

Tom Ayres, CPIA
Partner

Tom is a partner and producer who works with commercial and personal lines clients to provide tailored insurance packages that are both comprehensive and competitive within the mid to high-end market. After 20 years of working in insurance in Fairfield County, Tom knows what his clients expect and anticipates their needs. He graduated from the Hartford School of Insurance at the top of his class and was recognized for 6 years by Connecticut Magazine as the Five-Star Home/Auto Insurance Person of the Year. He earned his CPIA designation and holds a license in both CT Property & Casualty and Life & Health Insurance. Tom has been a member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary since 2002 and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his years of contributions and service. Tom holds a degree in History from Westminster College. To read more, visit Tom on LinkedIn.

Robert Mills Jr.
Partner and Producer

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

Elizabeth Lyons, CLP, CIIP, CLCS
Commercial Lines Manager

Liz 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. She 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. Liz joined Mills & Mills in 2017 and became a manager in 2018. To read more, visit Liz on LinkedIn.

Lauren Hernandez
Personal Lines Manager

Lauren graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Marketing. She worked for Electric Insurance Company in direct sales and agency services where she partnered with agents countrywide to write business & underwrite risks. Lauren joined Mills & Mills in 2010. She brings a unique perspective on company guidelines & risk placement having worked directly with both customers and carriers. In 2019, Lauren was promoted to Personal Lines Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog and volunteering at a local animal shelter. To read more, visit Lauren on LinkedIn.

Jessica Vasquez
Human Resources/Office Manager

Jessica previously worked as Health Care Administrative Coordinator in New York City before joining our team. She holds an Associate Degree in Science. Jessica joined Mills & Mills in 2015 and currently serves as our Human Resource and Office Manager. To read more, visit Jessica on LinkedIn.

Producers

Peter Dell’Olio, CPIA
Commercial & Personal Lines

Peter comes to Mills & Mills 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. To read more, visit Peter on LinkedIn.

Brittany Kochiss, CPIA
Commercial & Personal Lines

Brittany is in charge of our farm and equine division, specializing in horse farms, equine mortality and major medical coverage. She has been an avid equestrian since 2001 which drives her desire to see that horses, owners and barns are properly insured. She brings this same dedication to all clients as she writes policies for both personal and commercial lines. Brittany is a member of FWPHA, CHJA, USEF, USHJA and BNI. She graduated on the dean’s list from Sacred Heart University with a Business Administration Degree and minor in marketing and has been working in insurance since 2011. When she isn’t working, you will find Brittany toting around her Pomskies Ellie and Bear or riding and showing her horse, Honor, in the hunters and equitation. To read more, visit Brittany on LinkedIn.

Mark Wilhelm
Commercial & Personal Lines

Mark joined Mills & Mills in 2018 with 10 years of risk management experience in Fairfield. As a lifelong Fairfield County resident, he understands the lifestyle and unique needs of area residents. Mark prides himself on being an advocate for his clients and fully accessible when they need him. He is an active member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and the Westport Rotary Club. When Mark isn’t working, he is coaching ice hockey or spending time with his son and daughter. Mark has been involved with Darien Youth Hockey Association for the past decade and currently coaches U10 and U18. To read more, visit Mark on LinkedIn.

Commercial Lines

Larry Giannitti
Placement Specialist

Larry joined our team in 2004 after having been in the insurance industry since 1977. He has procured an exhaustive knowledge and highly regarded reputation through working as a licensed agent and account representative for four decades. Larry is admired by clients for his experienced counsel and his expert execution of policies. He currently serves as our company Marketer. When he is not at the office, Larry can be found working out at the gym or hiking with his wife and their dog.

Marisol Santiago
Account Executive

Marisol began her career in personal lines specializing in auto and homeowners insurance at a brick and mortar office in 1995. She worked for Florida Insurance Specialist, one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the state of Florida. Marisol joined our team in 2016, transitioning to commercial lines as a Technical Assistant and then promoted to Account Executive. She is licensed in Property and Casualty insurance. As one of our bilingual team members, Marisol is able to provide exceptional service to both our Spanish and English speaking clients.

Kathryn Ruscoe, ASLI
Placement Specialist

Kathryn is a seasoned insurance professional who joined Mills & Mills in 2018 with twenty years of experience. During the span of her career, Kathryn worked in wholesale brokerage, personal lines, commercial lines and underwriting. Kathryn is a lifelong Fairfield County resident and graduate of Western Connecticut State University. When she is not in the office, you can find Kathryn enjoying the outdoors, hiking or spending time with family and her dogs. To read more, visit Kathryn on LinkedIn.

Thomas Velazquez
Account Executive

Tom began his career in insurance through a High School internship program.  After completing his Bachelor of Science in Business and Technology at UConn, he furthered his insurance knowledge by becoming licensed in Property & Casualty as well as Life & Health in 2005.  As a passionate “people person”, Tom enjoys working with his clients and building relationships.  In his free time, he is the youngest board member of the Stamford Symphony, a volunteer at a local Stamford animal shelter, and avid traveler.  He also enjoys participating in local road running races, triathlons, and assists in mentoring runners for half-marathons.  If you want to read more about Tom, visit him on LinkedIn.

Lauren Rosa, CLCS, SBCS
Account Executive

Lauren has worked in the insurance industry for 18 years. She began her career in personal lines and then transitioned to commercial lines 12 years ago, joining Mills & Mills in 2019. She is licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance. Lauren enjoys building relationships with her clients and helping them with their insurance needs. In order to keep current and provide excellent service, she continues to educate herself and has obtained two designations through The Hartford School of Insurance. Her current designations are Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist and Small Business Coverage Specialist. Lauren is a member of Southern CT Insurance Professionals. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, daughter and dog.

Stacey Schluback, CIC, CPIW
Account Executive

Stacey began her insurance carrier at an early age, spending over 20 years working and being mentored by her father at his agency, Murphy & Murphy. Always striving to stay ahead of the curve, she obtained her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1995 and is committed to annual education updates at intensive 16 hour seminars. Stacey joined Mills & Mills in 2019 and loves to help clients with their insurance needs. She has been a member of the International Association of Insurance Professionals since 1985, where she has participated in many charitable events. In her free time, Stacey loves to travel, Broadway, arts and sports as well as spending time with her family, dog and grandkids.

Personal Lines

Janice Sweet, CPIA
Account Executive

Janice joined Daigle & Travers in 2002 as one of Peter’s first hired employees. Since joining the insurance industry in 1987 at the Norwalk Agency, she has developed the 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. To read more, visit Janice on LinkedIn.

Olivia Murrle, CISR
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 Mills & Mills 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.

Cheryl Muniz
Account Executive

Cheryl graduated from Berkeley College with an Associates Degree in Fashion Marketing and Management. In 1994 she switched 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 an insurance license which she earned in 2012. Cheryl was born, raised and still lives in Wilton with her family. She truly enjoys servicing her clients. To read more, visit Cheryl on LinkedIn.

Marla Martello, CISR
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. To read more, visit Marla on LinkedIn.

Stephanie Sabella
Account Technician

Stephanie comes to Mills & Mills with a career spanning two decades and two continents. She grew up in Germany, studied economics and foreign languages at University in France and then specialized in international facultative liability reinsurance for ten years before moving to the US. Stephanie raised her 3 kids while in the States, dabbling in teaching language part time. She is trilingual, speaking German, French and English as well as some Spanish and Italian. Stephanie got back into insurance six years ago working for a local independent agency. When not working, she enjoys traveling, gardening, hiking, reading, playing with her Bengal cat Milo. Stephanie joined us in 2018 and is thrilled to take care of clients and their insurance needs and working a great team of people in Wilton. To read more, visit Stephanie on LinkedIn.

Support Staff

Lisa Smith
Billing & Claims Specialist

Lisa has been with us since 2007 and currently serves as our dedicated Billing and Claims Specialist. She handles all billing inquiries and policy payments. Lisa is also our claims concierge. She files claims, tracks them and is available to assist with client questions or concerns as they arise. In her free time, Lisa loves to visit with her family and take motorcycle drives in the country.

Administration

Michelle Paul, CPIA
Agency Automation Coordinator

Michelle has worked in the insurance industry since 1998, working at Mathog & Moniello, Webster Insurance and USI Connecticut before joining us in 2010. She is licensed for property & casualty, life & health insurance with 20 years of insurance industry experience focusing on select, mid-size & large commercial accounts. Michelle’s experience in insurance lends her well to managing our insurance tailored software, including overseeing, training and streamlining our processes within Applied EPIC to ensure expedience, cohesion and efficiency.

Nina Josko
Accounting Manager & Website Contributor

Nina joined Mills & Mills in 2017. She graduated from Fairfield University and spent her career in various research and accounting roles. In her free time, Nina enjoys relaxing with her family and volunteering with programs that combat hunger and homelessness; her latest endeavor is mentoring a weekly theology seminar. To read more, visit Nina on LinkedIn.

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.