About Kuzneski Insurance Group
We offer services that are structured to provide value at any stage business.
In 50 years, you can learn a lot about business and not just your own. At Kuzneski Insurance Group (KIG), we have had the good fortune to work with many different kinds of companies all over Western and Central Pennsylvania. From the century-old, established company to the startup armed with only a business plan, we have found that their primary goal is pretty much the same, to grow.
We help our clients grow by using insurance to manage their risk when they need to take steps to get to the next level. We help them attract and retain the talent they need to be leaders in their industry by providing robust and competitive employee benefits packages. We also help them more efficiently manage their human capital with our HR Solutions so they can quit pushing paper and focus on what’s important – growing their business.
We are a long-established, family-owned firm, but don’t take that to mean we aren’t a nimble organization of forward-thinking entrepreneurs. We pride ourselves in being just that. Beyond insurance and employee benefits, our team has a wide breadth of knowledge, experience and diverse networks in many different areas including banking, angel investing, corporate governance, startups, software development, and non-profits. It is this experience that helps us best advise our clients and that is what makes us so much more than the products we offer. How can we help you?
Our Leadership Team
Andy Kuzneski is President of Kuzneski Insurance Group (KIG), a privately-held insurance brokerage in western Pennsylvania and is President of Berkshire Securities, a private investment company that has invested in Pennsylvania-based banks for over 30 years. In addition to KIG and Berkshire, he is Founder and President of Greyhawk Capital, a provider of equity capital and advice to seed and early stage growth companies. Since its inception in 1999, he has provided equity capital and/or consulting services to dozens of companies throughout the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia.
In his “spare time”, Andy has served on boards of directors of both publicly-traded and privately-held banks and is Chairman of the Board for FastFreight Expeditors, a specialty trucking and logistics firm he co-founded in 2006. He has also served on many non-profit boards that support the start-up eco-system including Pennsylvania Angel Network and Indiana County Angel Network both of which he was a co-founder and most recently Andy was named Advisor to the Coulter Translational Research Partners II (TPII) at the University of Pittsburgh. More personally, Andy discovered in 2007 that he is at increased risk for developing multiple myeloma, a currently incurable blood cancer. Since 2008, Andy has studied the science and business of myeloma and formed Myeloma Angels –an angel investment group dedicated to myeloma-related deals and opportunities. Andy also joined the board of directors of the International Myeloma Foundation where he is a member of their Research Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, and chairs their Development Advisory Committee.
As a member of Angel Capital Association, Life Science Angels, Inc. (LSA), Keiretsu Forum, BlueTree Allied Angels, The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh, and TiE Pittsburgh, Andy not only enjoys looking for investment opportunities but acting as a connector of promising entrepreneurs and business ideas with sources of capital or industry thought leaders.
Andy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology Program, simultaneously earning a finance degree from Wharton and a computer science degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. After graduation, he was a software developer for a Philadelphia-based startup, Reality Technologies/Online. He then formed his own startup, ArtWatch International, which grew to become one of the largest manufacturers of character watches in the U.S.A., with popular lines such as Dr. Seuss, The Simpsons, Rugrats, and Marvel Comics.
After successfully exiting ArtWatch International in 1991, Andy joined KIG in Indiana, PA, where he continues to live with his wife, Laurie, and their three children.
Director of Marketing & Wellness
Laurie Kuzneski began her career in advertising and marketing after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations. After a year of writing, producing and selling radio advertising in Indiana, Laurie took on an opportunity at KIG to create Long Term Care and Estate Planning programs for First Commonwealth Financial Corporation and its subsidiaries. Shortly thereafter, First Commonwealth hired her away from KIG to head up marketing initiatives in their corporate headquarters.
As Marketing Coordinator, she was responsible for shareholder relations, including earnings and press releases and the production of quarterly and annual reports. She was also charged with corporate public relations and event planning. After four months, Laurie was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Marketing and was responsible for not only corporate marketing, but retail marketing for First Commonwealth’s banking subsidiaries and their wealth management division.
In 1997, she was hired as AVP/Senior Products Specialist at First Commonwealth Insurance Agency (FCIA). In that role she was responsible not only for the overall marketing of FCIA, but training and supporting platform personnel in the branches to sell annuities. She also traveled to the organization’s 19-county footprint delivering Long Term Care seminars to members of the Bank’s Senior Accent Program. While performing these duties, Laurie also continued to handle the marketing for First Commonwealth and its Trust Company.
In 2000, Laurie left to be a stay-at-home mom - which lasted for about 20 minutes. In 2002, she announced that she was starting her own business and shortly after having her second child, Miss Laurie’s Gourmet Kitchen was born. Miss Laurie’s started with a family recipe for peanut brittle and transitioned into a cooking school for adults and kids that focuses on healthy cooking and eating.
Laurie is a self-taught chef and has used both traditional and social media to build her business, brand and reputation as the approachable, just-like-you mom/cook, who makes it fun and usually funny to be in the kitchen. Miss Laurie has also taken her show out of the kitchen and on the road, doing cooking demonstrations at Yarnick’s Farm, Giant Eagle, and Le Creuset to name a few. She has also appeared on Central PA Live on the Altoona-based CBS affiliate WTAJ, produced videos for a “tween” girl’s website and has performed in front of over 1000 people for the Indiana’s Cooking Chefs Challenge – which she won. Miss Laurie has also used this notoriety to raise awareness and support for local food pantries, and various women’s and children’s organizations.
In 2013, Laurie re-joined KIG in a more formal sense as Director of Marketing and Wellness. In this role she utilizes her marketing and social media skills to help our employees and clients better understand the ins and outs of the ever-changing Affordable Care Act as well as the benefits of working with KIG. Best of all, while wearing her marketing hat, she can wear her Miss Laurie apron and tie her passion for healthy cooking into wellness initiatives for the staff and clients of KIG. When not at the office, running her 3 children to their activities, teaching cooking classes or at the grocery store, Laurie is on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Indiana County and a member of Quota International. She is an avid supporter of the arts and a big fan of wine.
Anthony R. Kuzneski
Tony Kuzneski joined KIG as a co-owner after a career in Physical Therapy. Tony has 37 years of experience in the insurance industry, holds licenses in Property and Casualty, as well as Life, Accident and Health, and has received many industry honors and awards throughout his career. Because of his experience and expertise in the industry, Tony was named a charter member of the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Agents Advisory Council in 2000. As one of a dozen or so agents on this exclusive council, Tony met quarterly with the top management at Highmark to discuss new developments within Highmark and the status of the health insurance industry. Tony was also able to act as an advocate for both brokers and his health insurance clients on healthcare delivery systems issues, products, and broker and consumer relations.
Outside of KIG, Tony served as a board member of the Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 6 years. During his term, he chaired the Development Committee, was the board secretary, a division leader of the President’s Council, and a member of the Executive Committee.
An athlete himself, Tony helped promote all sports in the Indiana, PA area. From coaching little league and softball teams, to serving 3 years on the development committee of the Charlie Hogan Memorial Hockey Tournament – which is now in its 19th year, raising money to help pay fees and equipment costs for kids who otherwise couldn’t afford to play hockey. And as the co-chair of the development committee for the White Township Recreation Complex, Tony helped raise $800,000 in donations and grants to build the 50-acre White Township Recreation Complex that consists of four full-sized baseball fields, two soccer fields, a playground, walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, a picnic area and a seniors area. Thus creating an area for Indiana and the surrounding communities where everyone can be active and play sports.
More recently, Tony served on the fundraising committee that raised $300,000 to renovate the Indiana Senior High School Football Field which was then dedicated as the Andy Kuzneski Field in honor of his late brother and business partner.
Tony is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received a scholarship to play Center for the Pitt Panthers football team in 1970-72. Tony resides in Indiana with his wife Jodell and has two grown children. While Tony has held many committee and board positions and has had many titles over the years, he is currently relishing his role and title of “Gramps” to his first grandchild.