Meet Our Team

Anton Reed
Managing Principal

Email : Areed@AdionFG.com

I was born in Indiana but raised in Connecticut for most of my life. I attended Western International University for a short amount of time before I embarked on a professional career in sales which eventually led me to the Insurance Industry. I started my career working for a great company, Liberty Mutual. That experience provided me with a strong education and foundation which enabled me to leave the captive world and find success in the IA world, and I opened my own agency. My ability to form deep long-lasting relationships, educate, and truly help my clients really means a lot to me because I’m very passionate about what I do daily. I enjoy training, traveling, and I’m a huge sports fan. I bleed blue as I’m a UConn Huskies men’s basketball fan. In the past 2 years, I have really started getting into cooking – it’s become a therapy for me and allows me to serve others. On the weekends, I am either doing some kind of community service, trying a great farm to table restaurant, attending a sports event, spending time with friends enjoy, or hopping on a plane and enjoying a new city!

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Lizbeth Vega
Client Account Manager

Email : lvega@adionfg.com

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I moved to Connecticut when I was 16. I have worked in the Insurance Industry for 6 years now. One thing I really love about this career is meeting new people and building lasting relationships. I enjoy educating people on the importance of proper coverage while also striving to save them money. I love to make our clients happy and make sure they know they are a priority to us. They can trust me to provide them with the best experience they have had with an agency! On the weekends you can usually find me at a book store, a winery, or visiting a new restaurant. In the summer, I volunteer with my church, help with back to school events. On Thanksgiving, I volunteer at the Feeding Hartford Neighborhood event, and during Christmas the Toy Drive! I love to be involved in my community and help others!

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Dorothy Lesperance
Finance & Administration Manager

Email : Dlesp@adionfg.com

I was born and raised in Port Au Prince, Haiti, and moved to the US at the age of 7. I graduated from CCSU with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. I’ve been in the insurance industry for the past 2 years. What excites me the most about my job is being able to help our clients protect themselves and educating them on insurance and how it works. I personally enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family. So any activities that are outside under the warm sun, I’m all for it! A weird talent that I have is being able to memorize a sequence of numbers for a long period of time. For example, I still remember my high school locker combination. If I’m not running errands, I’m most likely somewhere having some well deserved “me time”. Whether that’s walking on my favorite hiking trail or getting a massage at the spa!

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Tara Reed
Customer Relations Manager

Email : TaraR@Adionfg.com

I grew up in the Midwest, and attended Indiana State University. I was first introduced to the world of insurance in Florida, where I used to live. The insurance industry challenges you to care for people, to hear their stories and assist in finding products that will best suit the insured. I try to make everyone I speak with smile joy to the world! My job experience has made me a sort of life coach. In life we assist each other to achieve the best and be the best by sharing our experiences. Incorporating that wisdom in how you treat people and in how you live your life.  My experiences allow me the privilege to encourage people to be happy and continue to grow and achieve. I love to cook, trying new and exotic dishes is my favorite weekend thing to do. Cooking builds self pride. I am a volunteer life coach as well, I get to share in building lives, assisting people to lead productive and happy lives, on the real path to success.

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Anya Reed
Marketing Manager

Email : Anyar@AdionFG.com

I grew up in Connecticut. I used to be an admin for an insurance company 20 years ago but for the past 2 to 3 years, I have been fully working in the insurance industry. I love creating new business partnerships that help us expand the business and also be able to provide insurance needs for many.

I am a huge fan of the New England Patriots and I love cooking and trying out new recipes that I’ve found on Pinterest. I try to recreate a new recipe every week! Other than that, I love playing detective and watching crime shows on the ID channel. I am also a certified Life Coach for women.

On the weekends, I usually like to hang out with friends by exploring new restaurants or you can catch me just relaxing at home catching up on crime shows.

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Wania Tanveer
Project Development Coordinator

Email : WTanveer@AdionFG.com

I grew up in Islamabad and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering. I have just started out in insurance but I am mostly working with the software on the back-end. I’m very excited about the different challenges I face every day and being able to tick off the tasks on my list and make sure that they all get sorted!

I speak un pue francais and in my spare time, you can usually find me nose deep in the french version of Harry Potter, trying to make sense of all of the complicated grammar that the language has. I loved reading Harry Potter the first hundred times in English so I thought, hey, why not learn french with it too! Other than that, I also love video games (like Assasin’s Creed or Far Cry), learning to work with new software, biology, and reading about evolution. In addition to that, I read a lot of interesting books and love meeting new people and having more things to discuss with them.
I also like doing embroidery! It’s the most calming thing, really. I love working on a pattern while watching a TV series – it goes together like peanut butter and jelly!

I am passionate about a greener earth. I believe that we need to cut down on pollution so that we can give our planet time to heal itself.

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Dahlia Gulinao
Client Advisor

Email : dahliag@adionfg.com

I was born in the Philippines and you can call me Dolly! After graduating from high school, I worked as an Account Specialist for ATT/DirectTV, and then I became a Travel Consultant for Viator.

I recently joined AFG and I essentially handle the servicing tasks which often include:

– Handling quote requests, endorsements, and cancellations

– Sending out documents and answering inquiries via phone, email, fax, or SMS

– Handling billing and underwriting issues

– Helping the company generate cross-sales and referrals

The insurance industry is a somewhat new world for me but I embrace the challenge because customer service is really my thing! My passion is going above and beyond to keep our customers happy and by doing that, I hope to create loyal, returning customers – that is extremely rewarding for me!

Outside of work, I make sure to spend quality time with my son. When he’s asleep, I take advantage of my “me time” which includes working out, binge-watching my favorite lifetime movies, or jammin’ with my favorite playlist while sipping my HUGE cup of coffee. I’m also a big, big fan of swimming, the beach, and the summertime…I’m starting to believe I was a mermaid in my past life!

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Marius Nicolaou
Producer
Phone: (860) 977-1718

I grew up in London, England where I attended Quinton Kynaston Grammar school and then Westminster University.

I am fairly new to the insurance industry specifically, but, I have 25 years of prior business experience as an owner. The insurance industry that has vast potential, especially in the commercial side, also I hope to bring some relative peace to those who want to keep there family’s, property and businesses safe and secure knowing they are covered from every potential interruption in their lives.

I love all kinds of music, reading historical books, being with my wife and my family, eating, a little vino or scotch, and my wonderful friends. I can’t stop talking about comedy and things that make me laugh. My only guilty pleasure is watching my childhood soccer team Tottenham Hotspurs. Other than that, you can usually find me by the beach, come rain or shine. A fun fact about me is that I used to DJ in underground Reggae clubs in London when I was 18!

I help the needy with food and financial help if needed, mostly to family’s in Connecticut, also a soup kitchen in Middletown.

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Umm-e-Saleet Akhter
Client Advisor
Phone: 860-516-3136

I grew up in Pakistan, and during my time in school, I worked as a freelancer and was also the editor of my university newsletter. I highly respect the insurance industry because covering for someone’s risks in life is a noble cause. We’re also helping people make better financial decisions that significantly affect their future. I love it here at Adion!

The things that bring me joy outside of work are always the little things, such as food (especially pizza!), an intellectual conversation, an exciting book, and time spent with my friends. People may not know that I’ve been making pizzas since I was 11, and today I own a pizzeria. When I have time, I enjoy long drives, stopping only for food and coffee, with the company of friends and our favorite music. I also started a non-profit when I was 18, and it’s still operating. We help underprivileged kids find food, shelter, and education.

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Brenda De La Cruz
Social Media & Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 860-516-3136

I grew up in Lima, Peru. After graduating from high school, I started working in sales until I had the chance to travel the world while working onboard cruise ships. This experience allowed me to visit over 50 countries where I developed management and marketing skills, which eventually led me to work with brands from all over the world. I recently started working in the insurance industry, which I admire because insurance serves an incredibly useful purpose and allows you to help others.

I love building relationships, whether in creating content to engage with our clients through our social media channels or forging new partnerships with other professionals. The fact that I’m able to contribute to the growth of the business is gratifying.

I enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures. Ever since I was young, I’ve been fascinated by the history of our beautiful world, and luckily, I’ve been fortunate enough to discover new destinations and meet incredible people on the way. However, I also appreciate being home, spending quality time with my family and friends. I’m passionate about art and design, and I consider myself a crafty person. During the weekends or in my spare time, I enjoy writing, drawing, painting, sewing, making collages, or working on some project on my laptop. Whenever I’m creating, I always listen to one of the many playlists I’ve put together over time. I grew up in church, and one of my closest relatives serves as a pastor in my local church, so my family and I always try to support the charities in our community.

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Faaiz Rehman
Client Advisor
Phone: (860) 516-3136

I was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates and spent 26 years of my life there. I studied law at the Paris Sorbonne University. I am a newcomer to the insurance industry making it an entirely new experience for me, however, I am excited to learn the ropes!

Archery and animals are my two main passions though I also enjoy collecting feathers. In my downtime, you can find me either in a museum or exploring a historical site, trying out a new restaurant, trekking in the hills, or in my backyard playing with my geese and chickens! I also actively volunteer at animal shelters, and occasionally volunteer at a foundation that helps the underprivileged.

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Mawra Abbasi
Client Advisor
Phone: (860) 516-3136

As I belong to a military background, I grew up in different cities in Pakistan and I have experienced different cultures. I later went to the U.S. for my high school education and then to China to complete my degree in Medicine. It was a roller coaster ride for me as I grew up in different cultures and learned so much about them.

I now work as a client advisor at AFG and I play the role of being a bridge between our clients and their carriers. I maintain the client’s accounts and resolve their issues regarding their existing policies. My experience has been really good and I really look forward to growing in the same industry. The most interesting thing about my work is that I have to deal with different people every day so it really gives me exposure to deal with different kinds of situations. It feels really good when I am able to help someone out – their appreciation means everything!

I’m a foodie and I cannot stop talking about food. I just love Japanese and Chinese cuisine and am always up for more. I really enjoy trying new restaurants and cuisines every time I get a chance. One of my guilty pleasures is that I shop a lot just to kill time and end up getting stuff that I really don’t plan to buy and never use it. During the weekends, you will probably find me at some new restaurant…as I already mentioned that food is life!

It has always been my dream to work as a volunteer at a children’s foundation. I would love to contribute in this beautiful way and I do whenever I can.

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Ujala Feroze
Client Advisor

I grew up in Islamabad the capital of city of Pakistan and it also happens to be my favorite city in the world because it has the hustle and bustle of a city but also happens to be surrounded by mountains that just make it peaceful and calm. My experience in the insurance industry has been very interesting, I have always been very into numbers and what they represent so finding amazing coverages at the best rates really excites me. I love that I get to help people and make sure that they have nothing to worry about because they are covered whether they are driving their car or cruising in their boat or even just chilling at home.

Aside from work, I love traveling and I’m always researching places to explore and what they can offer. I take planning trips very seriously and take pride in all the traveling plans I come up with.

My dad has always worked in non-profit organizations fighting for women and children rights in Pakistan so I always try and and volunteer as much I can at these projects.

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Rabiha Younis

I was born and raised in England and I’m now living in Pakistan. I have worked in the corporate world for 12 years, out of which I spent around two in finance/insurance. As a highly social person, I love that my job allows me to network, speak to new people all the time and form great relationships. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends. Currently, most of this time is taken up by my two little boys, and watching/helping them learn and grow has become my favorite pastime. I also enjoy long drives to the countryside for some fresh air and scenic walks.

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