Meet Our Team

Anton Reed
Managing Principal

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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!

Lizbeth Vega
Client Account Manager

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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!

Dorothy Lesperance
Finance & Administration Manager

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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!

Tara Reed
Customer Relations Manager

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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.

Anya Reed
Marketing Manager

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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.

Wania Tanveer
Project Development Coordinator

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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.

Dahlia Gulinao
Client Advisor

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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!

Marius Nicolaou
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.

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.