True & Associates

Meet The Team

Our nearly fifty employees are dedicated to bringing our clients the industry’s best services and competitive products through our unprecedented product knowledge and differentiated industry expertise.

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Executive Leadership

Thomas True, CEO

Tom is the CEO, President and founder of True & Associates. After graduating Villanova with a B.S. in Business Administration, Tom spent six years on the insurance carrier side of the industry underwriting contract surety, middle market property and casualty and national account insurance programs. He held positions from underwriter to regional manager. One year was spent in Marsh & McLennan’s National Accounts Division as an Executive Risk Planner.

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In 1984 True & Associates opened its doors employing four people and $600,000 in premiums. Today the agency employs forty five insurance professionals and writes in excess of $60 million in premiums. Tom’s broad experience and skill sets are reflected in the values and technical capabilities of True & Associates, the agency’s personnel, its structure and their valued clientele.

Tom is a past Board of Director of the Professional Insurance Agents. He held a seat on the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioners Advisory Board and the New Jersey Workers Compensation Bureau’s Advisory Board. He has chaired numerous Insurance Carrier Advisory Boards.

Currently, Tom is on the Board of Trustees of a Montessori School and on the National Board of a minor league Baseball Franchise.

Frank Purdue

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Marc Michalewsky, Senior Vice President – Surety

Marc is currently the Senior Vice President of the Surety Division of True & Associates and manages the agency’s over 130 clients. Prior to joining the firm, Marc was an underwriting supervisor at a division of Kemper Insurance Co. and was responsible for handling the New York and New Jersey territory. Marc’s team of six underwriters dealt with over 40 agents, supported over 200 construction companies ranging from heavy highway contractors to general contractors and specialty trade contractors which generated $20,000,000 in premium revenue.

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Right out of college Marc spent five years working for a medium sized public accounting firm where he gained extensive experience in preparing corporate financial statements, corporate tax returns, personal tax returns and field auditing experience. This unique financial insight gives True & Associates’ clients a huge advantage when dealing with CPA firms and surety carriers.

Marc maintains a close pulse of the construction industry by participating in a number of construction trade associations such as UTCA, CFMA, BCA, & NJSA. Marc’s education includes a BS degree in both accounting and finance from LaSalle University.

Vinny Smith, Vice President, CIC

Vinny Marie Smith is a Vice President and Commercial Lines Manager at True & Associates. In addition to managing teams in both Westfield and Clinton, she personally handles a large book of Commercial Lines accounts and acts as a liaison with brokers and carriers involved in the agency operations.

Twenty-five (25) of her forty (40) years in the industry have been spent with True & Associates, which only encouraged the continuation of her involvement in associations and education. This extends to several Insurance Company Agency Councils, the Society of Insurance Counselors Academy, the Professional Insurance Agents and Independent Insurance Agents of NJ. Educationally, Vinny has earned and held the prestigious designation of CIC, Certified Insurance Counselor, for over 20 years. In this ever-evolving industry continuing education remains an important element of her career.

Vinny recognizes client relationships are key to successful account handling. Listening to what “keeps a client up at night” is not taken lightly, and so meeting with clients during the year is an integral part of her responsibilities. These meetings allow her to review client operations and prepare and present an insurance program that will provide the necessary protection for their business(es).

“Being able to provide insurance coverage that will enable a client to maintain their operations and provide the financial security they need in event of a claim is one of the most rewarding things about this career.”

She credits her early career mentors who opened the door to education and provided direction in the industry. She appreciates the mentoring and opportunities of current agency responsibilities and management that have been provided by True & Associates.

Outside the office, Vinny enjoys time spent with close friends attending concerts (Bruce Springsteen!) and shows – her favorite being Wizard of Oz! The greatest love is of family and being close to her daughter, son in law and best of all her two grandchildren.

Mary D’Amato, Claims Manager

Bio Pending

Wes Anderson, Vice President – Benefits 

Wes Anderson manages True Group Benefits and Life LLC, the division of True & Associates that specializes in employee benefit plans and individual products.

After graduating from Lynchburg College with a degree in Business Administration, Wes began his career as a Group Account Executive with the New York Life Insurance Company. Following many years working within the corporate domain – Wes became an independent broker who specializes in the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit plans.

In October 2007 Wes joined True and Associates where he manages the daily activities of the group department while maintaining close contact with all of True and Associates valued group clients.

Wes has a passion for all sports (NY Rangers, Giants , and Yankees all the way!) and especially enjoys playing golf with friends and clients.

Logan True

Bio Pending

Agents

Frank Purdue

Executive Vice President

fjpurdue@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2306
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Carissa Clements

Sales Associate

cclements@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2325
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Doug Aronson

Sales Associate

daronson@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2348
Cell: (862) 226-2832
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Suzanne Martino Casuscelli

Sales Associate

smartino@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2351
Cell: (732) 239-8770
6 Leigh Street
Clinton, NJ 08809

Logan True

Sales Associate

ltrue@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2334
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Evan Zak

Sales Associate, Marketing

ezak@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2315
Cell: (908) 642-1553
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Erin True

Senior Vice President

etrue@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2319
6 Leigh Street
Clinton, NJ 08809

David Grossbaum

Senior Vice President - New York

dwg@trueassoc.com
Direct: (212) 766-0933
Cell: (212) 937-2339
30 Wall Street 8th Floor
New York, NY 10005

James Ciotta

Sales Associate

jciotta@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2303
Cell: (908) 419-0412
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

William Dougherty

Sales Associate

wdougherty@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2313
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Emily Williams

Sales Associate

ewilliams@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2322
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

Wes Anderson

Vice President - Benefits

wanderson@trueassoc.com
Direct: (908) 379-2327
325 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090

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