We are Renaissance Alliance

The gold standard for independent insurance agency aggregations

Renaissance Alliance is a network of New England independent insurance agencies, insurers and service providers that leverage their collective strengths to create advantages well beyond their individual reach.  It is the gold standard by which insurance industry aggregations have come to be judged. Renaissance Alliance enables agencies with the market differentiation, tools and time to maximize their sales, profits and equity. Member agencies enjoy unprecedented growth, increased operational efficiencies and higher commission and profit sharing revenues than they could generate as stand-alone agencies, while maintaining complete independence. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

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Meet Our Agents

Meet our New England independent agency members – forward-looking, progressive and a cut-above! Learn More

Meet Our Partners

While we work with 100+ insurers, we’ve designated an  elite group of companies as our core insurance partners. Learn More

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Leadership Team

J. Bruce Cochrane, CIC

J. Bruce Cochrane, CIC


Pioneer. Visionary. A leader in every sense of the word.

Janet H. Cochrane

Janet H. Cochrane

Chief Operating Officer

Creative. Efficient. Keeper of the mission. Standards bearer.

Heather Cochrane Russo

Heather Cochrane Russo

Vice President, Change Management

Dedicated. Innovator. Insurance is in her DNA.

F. Michael Cooney, CIC

F. Michael Cooney, CIC

Vice President, Business Development

Relationship builder. Trusted advisor.

Amy DiBari

Amy DiBari

Director, Commercial Lines Marketing & Account Placement

Diligent. Service focused. Gets it done.

Robert Gruhl

Robert Gruhl

Chief Financial Officer

Astute. Vigilant. Money guru. Financial strategist.

Lisa Johnson, LIA

Lisa Johnson, LIA

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Progressive. Strategic. Entrepreneurial spirit.

John M. Noone CIC

John M. Noone CIC

Vice President Business Development

Integrity. Deal maker. Delivers on promises.

Ronald L. Peters, CPCU

Ronald L. Peters, CPCU

Senior Vice President of Renaissance Insurance Group

Connected. Relationships. Clout builder.

Michael L. Rosen

Michael L. Rosen

Chief Information Officer

Insightful. Deliberate. Technology evangelist.

Mike Sabbagh

Mike Sabbagh

Director Commercial Lines Markets & Placement Strategies

Commercial Marketing Go To Guy

Robert R. Schackner

Robert R. Schackner

Senior Vice President of Operations

Management maestro. Keeper of the culture.

David Siekman

David Siekman

Executive Vice President, Cochrane & Porter

Agency entrepreneur

"Times of change offer tangible opportunities for those who can recognize and capitalize on them."



Insurance Agent Blog

Valentine’s Day, Donor Day, African American History and more February events for your agency’s social media

February is focused on the heart. In addition to Valentine’s Day, it’s also American Heart Month. And to show just how much heart you have, why not sign up to be a heart or organ donor on February 14th? There’s always a long list of people waiting for the gift of life. We offer these and an eclectic list of events and observances for your agency’s social media in February.

One really helpful communication alert you could do for your insureds this month is to remind them to begin preparation for tax season, and to factor in any losses for last year – many folks had significant property damage in the 2015 winter storms. Plus, remind people that while they’re doing tax prep and handling records, it’s a good time to update beneficiaries on any important policies or accounts.

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Calculate the cost of agency meetings

How much of your time is wasted on unproductive tasks each week? OK, worse still, how much time does your agency cumulatively waste? Just the cost of agency meetings alone can add up, but that’s not all. An interesting article in The Atlantic looks at the Wasted Workday and what tasks consume our time, noting that only about 45% of the average employee’s time is spent on core job responsibilities.

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mousetrap with money as bait

Work Comp Scam

When we think of workers comp fraud, we usually focus on the actions of a primary stakeholder: employers (under-reporting payroll, misclassifying employees), doctors (billing for phantom or unnecessary treatments), lawyers (pocketing settlement dollars) and, last but not least, workers (faking injuries). When it comes to fraud, workers comp offers opportunities for just about everyone.

Today we examine a different approach to fraud, one that does not impact the comp system at all.

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Social Media Marketing: What’s new; Best times to post; Achieving marketing goals

Social media marketing channels never stay static – it can be a full-time job to keep up with the changes. Here are a few big ones you may have missed. In late 2015, Facebook added mobile lead ads; also in the last quarter of 2015, LinkedIn Groups all were made private; and early in the new year, the rumor mill is buzzing with the news that Twitter may morph into a more robust publishing platform, going from 140 characters per tweet to 10,000 – a massive increase.

And here’s a roundup of anticipated 2016 changes on prominent social channels…

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Challenge of change: facing different roads

Agency Focus – The Challenge of Change: Disruptive Success

To be an insurance agent is to face the curious fact that change is the only constant. Never was that more true than today, when threats and challenges abound. Markets shift at lightning speed. The technology-enabled customer is in the driver’s seat. Rapidly changing lifestyles require rapid response and rapidly changing products. New and emerging technologies such as self driving cars and the Internet of Things (IoT) reshape our industry.

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Focus on Comp: Pot for Pain?

Let’s begin the new year with a contemporary conundrum: the potential role of medical marijuana in the management of workplace injuries.

New Mexico is the first state to link medical marijuana to the workplace: a three judge Court of Appeals has ruled that employers must pay for pot when it is medically prescribed by an injured worker’s doctor. The state is beginning to develop policies to implement this program. Minnesota is on the verge of approving the use of medical pot for chronic pain. As the legalization of pot rolls from state to state, workers comp insurers, employers and interested by-standers (count me in!) will witness a fascinating and unprecedented spectacle.

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Insurance trends: A look back, a look ahead

It can be a fun and useful exercise to contemplate major stories from the year we just experienced and to take a look at predicted insurance trends for the coming year.

Here’s a roundup of stories that focus on trends and events that occurred in 2015. While we focus on insurance stories, these retrospective lists also encompass business, general news and social media:

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Fighting insurance myths, mistakes & misconceptions

Insurance myths and misconceptions – you’ve no doubt heard them all and corrected them a million times. But even if you could “write the book,” it can always be helpful to  hear how other professionals might respond to the myths. It can also be beneficial to share that wisdom with younger, less-experienced agents and producers. We’ve gathered a collection of some that we’ve found helpful.

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FIRST Insurance Funding Corp. provides premium finance services to the Commercial P&C marketplace, Life Insurance financing for high net-worth individuals, customized billing solutions, and lending for perpetuation and expansion. With our unmatched technology, flexibility and service, our agents are able to grow and increase their profitability.







About Merchants Insurance Group

Since 1918, Merchants Insurance Group has been providing property and casualty insurance throughout the Northeast and North Central United States. With our regional office located in Bedford, NH we are able to work closely with agents to provide expertise and service to address policyholder needs. Please visit us at www.merchantsgroup.com











About AmTrust North America

AmTrust North America provides a broad suite of business insurance products for small- and medium-sized businesses, including workers’ compensation and niche commercial lines coverage such as BOP, Property, Employers’ Practices Liability, Commercial Auto General Liability, Garage and Inland Marine. These lines have also been customized to fit the Lumber, Restaurant, Auto Service Repair, Financial Institution and Transportation sectors. AmTrust is rated “A” (Excellent) FSC XI by A.M. Best.













Since 1978, XS Brokers has been creatively solving hard-to-place insurance risks. With unmatched product availability, powerful market knowledge and unparalleled underwriting expertise – there’s virtually no class of business we cannot write. And with more than 35 years in the industry, the strength of our carrier relationships ensures unrivaled market access.

Our goal is simple: to better understand our clients’ needs in order to provide customized solutions that help you achieve your business goals.











ReSource Pro specializes in insurance business process management and outsourcing solutions. We increase productivity, attract new business, all while improving market and customer relationships. This means you keep more money in your pocket while helping your business grow. We’re not just thinkers, we’re doers.  Do what counts and we’ll take care of the rest.  Interested?  Stop by for a chat.










Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) designs, markets, and underwrites commercial property/casualty and professional liability insurance products, incorporating value-added coverages and services for select industries. By maintaining a disciplined approach to business, we provide greater security for our policyholders and superior value for our shareholder.









Founded in 1810, The Hartford Group (NYSE: HIG) is a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services for millions of businesses and consumers worldwide. The Hartford is consistently recognized for delivering innovative solutions and extraordinary service focused on our customers’ needs.








Learn how Corporate IT Solutions and Dell can protect your organization with highly effective intrusion prevention, anti-malware, content/URL filtering and application control with business-grade Unified Threat Management firewall appliances. Security, efficiency and increased productivity for small businesses, remote and branch offices give you high threat prevention — without sacrificing performance.







COGDA connects an unconnected insurance industry.  COGDA links agents, wholesalers and carriers on the same interactive software platform, delivering a seamless flow of information, carrier appetite, and market intelligence from agent prospecting to individual carrier sales, so you can write more business.  Manage your entire sales process, not just the sales department!





Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country’s seventh largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company. CNA’s insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA’s services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation.






For more than 130 years, the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies has been delivering exceptional property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses and individuals around the world. We build lasting relationships with customers, agents and brokers through unparalleled service and innovative, scalable and specialized products backed by financial strength.






At A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies, we are committed to setting the standard in service excellence.

We are guided by our founding principles to stabilize workers compensation costs and make them predictable for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut employers.






We are a mutual insurance company existing to serve our member policyholders, not Wall Street.  With over 25 years consecutively rated as “A” by A. M. Best, an independent financial services rating company, you’ll be confident knowing you are insured with a financially strong company concerned about you and your family.

With over 500 independent agencies representing Concord Group, you can count on professional service when you insure with Concord Group.




Vertafore delivers software and services that transform the business of insurance. Unique to the industry, more than 20,000 customers rely on Vertafore to provide integrated technology that connects the entire industry with the most complete source of solutions—agency management, rating and connectivity, content management and workflow, research solutions and producer lifecycle management—so their businesses run better and are more profitable. For more information about Vertafore, please visit vertafore.com.





Safety is the preferred provider of property and casualty insurance within our selected markets. We are focused on the special needs of independent agents and their customers. Our success is built on a philosophy of offering the highest quality insurance products at competitive rates and providing the best service at all costs.
Safety is “A” rated by A.M. Best.



Preferred Mutual is a property and casualty insurance provider that helps more than 235,000 customers and 450 independent agent partners Live Assured every day through superior products and unsurpassed customer service.

In business since 1896, Preferred has been recognized for years of award-winning performance and financial strength by top industry groups, including an “A” for excellent by A.M. Best. The Company is headquartered in New Berlin, NY, and its 270 employees service Preferred’s products throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Preferred Mutual is the confident choice for agents and policyholders in the Northeast. Learn more at www.preferredmutual.com.



For over 30 years, Plymouth Rock Assurance has provided its customers with more than just insurance. Headquartered in Boston, Plymouth Rock offers auto insurance to drivers in Massachusetts and Connecticut through a network of more than 400 local independent agents. Plymouth Rock has an “A-/Excellent” rating from A.M. Best, the insurance industry’s premier independent rating service. It is a member of the Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in personal and commercial auto, and homeowner’s insurance.  




Over the course of its 163-year history, The Hanover has established one of the longest and proudest records in the industry, inspiring confidence among agents and the customers they serve. Today, we are a Fortune 1000® company, one of the largest property and casualty insurers, financially strong, and enjoy an “A” (Excellent) rating from key industry analysts. We offer a wide range of Property and Casualty insurance products and services to individuals, families, and businesses through an exclusive network of some of the best Independent Agents in the country.


ARS Restoration Specialists, with 7 locations and over 150 full-time employees, is one of the largest and most respected professional Restoration Companies in New England, and has been for over 29 years. ARS specializes in full-service 24-Hour Emergency Disaster Mitigation, Restoration, and Reconstruction services for both Commercial and Residential properties that have suffered all types of losses including water, sewage, fire, smoke , mold & BIO/TRAUMA losses. A staff of licensed and experienced builders and engineers lead our Commercial and Residential Construction Division. Seamless transition from disaster to pre-loss condition is an ARS specialty. Proudly Serving ALL of New England.
877-461-1111 | www.ARSServe.com




Safeco has been protecting individuals and families with personal insurance coverage since 1923. When it comes to some of your biggest investments, like your home, car or maybe even your boat, we know that trust matters. From the smallest fender-bender to a storm-damaged home, we’re standing ready at life’s trying moments. Safeco is here for you at any time and any day of the week.

With a comprehensive range of insurance coverage and expert advice from local independent agents, we make it simple to protect what’s important to you and easy to get the best mix of coverage and pricing.

At Safeco Insurance, we promise to make it easy for you, to provide the coverage you need, to connect you with local agents who offer personal advice, and – most of all – to be there for you.



Since 1851 the Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company has been providing insurance protection throughout the Northeast to hundreds of thousands of policyholders. We offer a full array of personal and commercial property and casualty products solely through independent agents including private passenger and commercial auto, homeowners, business owners, umbrella liability, workers compensation and more. Assessing an insurance company’s ability to provide superior products and services can be a challenge, especially in this environment. Quincy Mutual has been rated A+ by the A.M. Best Company for more than 75 consecutive years, one of a dozen companies in the country to attain that distinction. Together with our partner agencies we have attained a strong position in multiple markets and we look forward to having Quincy Mutual be your carrier of choice. The agencies within the Renaissance Alliance are among the best in the business and we’re pleased to have them represent Quincy Mutual.




With roots dating back to 1923, The Main Street America Group is a super-regional insurance company that writes business through its nine property/casualty insurance carriers, including our largest carrier, NGM Insurance Company. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Main Street America offers a wide range of commercial and personal insurance, and fidelity and surety bond products to individuals, families and businesses throughout the United States.

With nearly $1 billion in premium written exclusively by more than 3,000 independent insurance agents, the 92-year-old company insures over 650,000 policyholders in 36 states and writes bonds in 46 states and the District of Columbia. A.M. Best Company rates The Main Street America Group with an “A” (Excellent) financial strength rating. The company has $1.04 billion in surplus and over $2.4 billion in total assets. Main Street America is the founding company partner of Trusted Choice® and one of six initial investors which seeded development of the TrustedChoice.com consumer agent portal. It also a founding company partner of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center. For more information about Main Street America, please click here or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MainStreetAmerica.



Liberty Mutual Insurance helps preserve and protect the things people earn and own and build and cherish.  Keeping this promise means we are there when our policyholders throughout the world need us most.

In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today Liberty Mutual is a diversified global insurer with operations in 30 countries around the world.  The company is the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premium written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Liberty Mutual is ranked 76th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2013 revenue.  As of December 31, 2013, Liberty Mutual Insurance had $121.2 billion in consolidated assets, $102.2 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $38.5 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

Liberty employs more than 50,000 people in approximately 900 offices throughout the world, and offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, accident & health, commercial automobile, general liability, property, surety, workers compensation, group disability, group life, specialty lines, reinsurance, individual life and annuity products.

You can learn more by visiting www.libertymutualinsurance.com.



Over the course of its 163-year history, The Hanover has established one of the longest and proudest records in the industry, inspiring confidence among agents and the customers they serve. Today, we are a Fortune 1000® company, one of the largest property and casualty insurers, financially strong, and enjoy an “A” (Excellent) rating from key industry analysts. We offer a wide range of Property and Casualty insurance products and services to individuals, families, and businesses through an exclusive network of some of the best Independent Agents in the country.