Matthew J. Potter, President of The Advisor Network & Valor Insurance
Matthew Potter is a Lehigh Valley native from Nazareth, PA where he currently resides with his lovely wife Erica Potter and his two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Abigail Potter. Matt is a Lafayette College alumni and former Division 1 athlete. Matt loves spending his free time with his family and his church where he serves on the board as the Chairman/Elder.
Matt holds property, casualty, life, accident and health insurance licenses and has a proven track record with over a decade of service in both the public and private business sectors of the insurance industry. Matt has held leadership positions in Performance & Sales Management and Recruiting within Fortune 500 insurance companies and has also been the co-founder of multiple successful and award-winning start-up companies.
Matt currently serves in the role(s) of President of the privately held insurance agency and brokerage, Valor Independent Group dba Valor Insurance, as well as President of the privately held management services company, Valor Group Limited dba The Advisor Network. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of these respective companies, Matthew works directly with clients in need of business consulting services that include but are not limited to state and federal filings for the formation of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), talent acquisition, business development, sales training, cash flow management and marketing strategy.
Hannah Millen,Management Coordinator, The Advisor Network
Hannah Millen grew up in Whitehall, PA and attended Whitehall Coplay school district and is a Lehigh Valley resident. Hannah graduated from Lafayette College in 2016 and played Division 1 field hockey, representing the Leopards all four years. She was named captain her senior year, first team All-Patriot Tournament Team, 2nd Team All-Patriot League, and 2nd Team All-Mideast Region. During her 14’,15’ season she was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Hannah is also in her third season coaching varsity high school field hockey within the Parkland School District. She enjoys teaching youth girls about the sport and seeing them transform as a player which she finds very rewarding. In her free time, she likes to spend quality time with her family and friends. Hannah also enjoys cooking different types of cuisines.
Hannah has her license in property and casualty insurance. She has been in the industry since graduating from Lafayette College. She has background as an Account Manager where her responsibilities were mostly servicing commercial clients. Presently, Hannah is the Management Coordinator for the management company, Valor Group Limited. In her role, Hannah maintains the various team schedules, oversees the benefit plans for the companies, tracks critical client data and monitors Independent Contractors relationships.
Joseph Ricker, Client Experience Manager, The Advisor Network
Joe Ricker was born and raised in Ridley Township, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The oldest child of four, Joe attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help grades one through eight. He continued his Catholic education at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania, graduating in 2011. Joe would later attend West Chester University, earning his B.A. and graduating in 2015.
In his professional career, Joe has been in the insurance industry since graduating from West Chester University. Joe is licensed in both Property and Casualty Insurance as well as Life, Accident and Health in the state of Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey. He moved to the Lehigh Valley in January of 2017 and currently resides in Bethlehem Township. Since his move, Joe has worked at Valor, primarily as the Client Experience Advocate and Manager for Valor Insurance. While having a variety of different responsibilities, Joe handles the Valor Insurance service phone line, the primary point of contact for all your insurance service related needs or questions. He serves our client’s as your in-office advocate to the insurance companies. His past endeavors and positions have allowed him to gain knowledge and experience necessary to provide complete customer satisfaction.
Having a job since the age of 16, Joe had worked part time through high school and college, both in the food industry and as a contract painter. He played a variety of sports, all his life, but his true sport was always hockey. Joe is an avid Philadelphia Sports fan, proudly representing the colors for his Phillies, Sixers, Eagles and Flyers. Growing up twenty minutes away from the sports complexes in South Philadelphia, Joe was able to attend multiple games throughout his life. Whenever the opportunity arises, he enjoys catching a game with his family and friends either on TV or at the stadiums. In his leisure time, Joe enjoys watching both Hulu and Netflix series', listening to his vinyl records, and reading his favorite epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Joe remains physically active in sports and exercise, whether it be playing pickup hockey or his weekly gym schedule.
Danielle LaBelle, Financial Analyst, The Advisor Network
Danielle LaBelle grew up in Hunterdon County New Jersey and currently resides in Bethlehem Township Pennsylvania with her husband Rich, their son Luke, and step-children, Mikayla and Shaun. Danielle graduated from Kean University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After college, Danielle interned and worked for Chubb Insurance Company for eighteen years in various accounting and finance departments until the birth of her son Luke in 2017.
Some of Danielle’s job responsibilities at Chubb included preparing annual and quarterly statutory financial statements for Chubb’s insurance subsidiaries, analytical review of underwriting data, preparation and review of annual and quarterly U.S. GAAP financial statements and financial analyst for international subsidiaries within the Strategic Planning and Budgeting department.
Danielle started working part time at Valor Group in January 2018 as a Financial Analyst. In addition to day to day bookkeeping responsibilities, Danielle is responsible for the monthly Commission Statements, payments to independent contractors and various projects. Danielle attends Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church and has been active with the youth group program. Danielle enjoys reading, games, puzzles and traveling.
Steve Karba, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA, NJ, NY, and FL)
Steve Karba lives in Bethlehem Township with his wife, Rachel, their son, Cayden, and their daughter Camryn. In Steve’s free time, he loves to hunt, fish, golf and be outside with his family. Steve grew up in Nazareth, PA and graduated from Bloomsburg University with degrees in Business Management and Marketing.
Steve started in the insurance industry in 2014, and is currently licensed in property, casualty, life, accident, and health in 10 different states. Steve started in the insurance industry as a personal lines specialist and serving high-net worth clientele. As he continues to serve his personal lines clients, Steve has since transitioned to specialize in commercial insurance and investment property portfolios. He is very detailed oriented and is great communicator, which helps him find solutions for complex risks for his clients.
Steve is the President and Owner of The Karba Group and is one of the founding Broker Partners of Valor Insurance. As a Broker Partner and Wholesaler, Steve continues to develop his own profitable book of business, while helping other agencies and producers who lack in depth access to the markets, as a Wholesaler.
Ryan Nelson, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA, NJ)
Ryan currently resides in Nazareth, PA with his wife Laurie Nelson. Ryan and his wife are both Nazareth Area High School graduates. Ryan attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA where he received a degree in both communications and marketing. While at King’s Ryan was a 4-year letter winner on the king’s College football team and was voted team captain his senior season. Ryan has worked in the insurance industry for several years on both the corporate and agency level.
Ryan started his career working for a Fortune 500 insurance company in Cleveland, OH where he worked as a Marketing Specialist providing agent support in the Cleveland Area. Ryan then transitioned into a field-based sales role as an Insurance Agent in PA, NJ and NY. Ryan was also responsible for recruiting and developing new hires.
Ryan joined Valor Insurance in December of 2016 as a Sr. Insurance Consultant. At Valor Independent Group, Ryan specializes in commercial insurance, advising specifically on general liability and property coverage for small to mid-size businesses.
James R. Rauen (JR), Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA, NJ)
James Rauen, a Senior Insurance Consultant, joined Valor Insurance in December of 2016. He graduated from Notre Dame-Green Pond, then went on to East Stroudsburg University where he earned a bachelors in communications. When the opportunity to work in the insurance industry presented itself, he did not hesitate to jump on board. He started in 2013 with a Fortune 500 financial firm with a focus in life insurance. He has since transitioned his efforts and now specializes in commercial insurance and is licensed in property, casualty, life, accident health and fixed annuities. James is and excellent communicator and is primarily focused on serving commercial insurance clients where he looks to help find risk management solutions for mid-size to large businesses.
As an active participant in the community, James serves as a Nazareth Blue Eagle Education Foundation Board Member and is a participant within the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber. He resides in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his wife, Megan, and two Rottweilers, Bo and Eve. He is a sports fanatic, and dedicated Eagles fan!
Robert Stroble, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA, DE, MD, NJ, NY, TN)
Bob Stroble was born and raised in Easton, PA. After graduating from Easton Area High School, he attended Lafayette College. At Lafayette, Bob played center on the football team where the team won the Patriot League Championship his Junior and Senior seasons. Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Bob would later attend Liberty University to get his Master of Education degree in School Counseling.
Bob entered the Financial Services industry immediately following his graduation from Lafayette in 2006. He obtained his Series 7, Series 66, Life, Accident, and Health licenses where he became an Investment Advisor Representative. Bob made a transition to the Property and Casualty side of the business in 2013. As a Senior Insurance Consultant at Valor Insurance, Bob specializes in Personal Lines and Specialty Insurance (Auto, Homeowners, Rental Properties, and Umbrella insurance) and works with several Mortgage Lenders in the area.
In Bob’s free time, he is a volunteer Easton Football coach. Bob began coaching football at his alma mater in 2009. In addition of coaching the offensive and defensive line for Easton Area Middle School, he is also the team’s Offensive Coordinator.
Bob currently resides in Palmer Township with his wife, Andrea. Andrea is a math teacher at Easton Area High School.
Michael Gervasio, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (NY, NJ, PA)
Michael Gervasio was born and raised in Lindenhurst (Long Island), New York. Michael is a Lafayette College alumnus, where he was a member of the football team. Michael currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Catherine and their three kids; EJ, Ariana and Sophia. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, working out and playing golf.
Prior to joining Valor, Michael spent 10 years in various roles throughout the industry, most recently as a District Sales Manager for one of the largest private insurance carriers in the country. He currently holds professional licenses in Property and Casualty, Life and Health as well as his FINRA series 6, 63 and 26 licenses. Michael is the President and Owner of The Gervasio Group and is an official Broker Partner of Valor.
Marvin D. Snipes II, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA, CT, DE, FL, MD, NC, NJ, NY, SC)
Marvin D. Snipes II is an insurance enthusiast who serves as a Partner and Sr. Insurance Consultant with Valor Insurance. Marvin is licensed in Property & Casualty, Life, Annuity, and Health Insurance in various state throughout the East Coast. His professional focus has been to engage in the emerging day-to-day activities of the growing company, to work with existing clients, and to earn the privilege to work with new clients.
Born in California and raised in the City of Philadelphia, Marvin now resides in the Montclair, New Jersey with his lovely wife Stephanie Danielle. Both graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where Marvin shined as a star player on the football team and later as a co-captain his senior year. They often go back to campus to support and give back to the current students on campus.
In his leisure time, Marvin enjoys reading, expanding his knowledge in many areas with continuous learning, and spending time with his family including his two fur babies – Xyno (German Shepherd) and Sheadaux (Pomeranian).
Tadas Brusokas, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA & NJ)
Tadas Brusokas was born and Lithuania and moved to the United States well over a decade ago. He is the blessed husband of his lovely wife Irina and he has two beautiful children. Tadas is a 9-year award winning veteran of the insurance industry. Tadas holds property, casualty, life, accident, health, Series 6, and Series 63 licenses and he is licensed to operate in PA and NJ. Tadas’ office is located at 2811 Philmont Ave, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006, where he owns the strip mall that his retail store front is inside of and he takes great pride in its presentation. Tadas also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance as well as a Masters of Science in Financial Engineering from Temple University’s Fox Business School. He also speaks four languages and has a very loyal client following in the Russian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian communities throughout the region. In his free time Tadas enjoys cross fit workouts, spending time with his family and the people of his community as well as leading conversations on Russian radio.
Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA)
Greg is a Lehigh Valley native and was born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania. Greg currently resides in Palmer Township with his lovely wife Audra and their two fur children, Moose and Otis. Greg began his insurance career with a Fortune 100 firm specializing in life insurance and retirement planning. At Valor Insurance, Greg provides the same critically important services to his clients but has also expanded his offering to include the personal and commercial lines of property and casualty insurance. Simply put, Greg is here to help you with all your auto, home, umbrella, business and life insurance needs! In his spare time, Greg enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen or checking out restaurants in the area. As an avid outdoorsman, Greg enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping. Greg is known for putting others first and has served the greater Easton community well as a firefighter and EMT for many years.
Broker Representative, Valor Insurance (PA, NJ)
Kateryna was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States with her family when she was 9 years old. She was introduced to the insurance industry about 5 years ago and obtained her Property, Casualty, Life, Health and Fixed Annuity license. Kateryna has a strong following of commercial businesses that she works with to ensure they have strong coverages and affordable pricing on their insurance. Although, she also enjoys providing protection for her personal insurance clients and investment property portfolios. Kateryna is fluent in two other languages such as Russian and Ukrainian. Kateryna is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at Temple University hoping to graduate in Spring 2021. In her free time Kateryna enjoys serving in her church, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Also, Kateryna loves playing volleyball, singing and drawing.
Anna Hlushko, Broker Representative, Valor Insurance (PA)
Anna was born, raised and worked in Ukraine but later moved to Philadelphia in 2017. In early 2019, she received Property and Casualty license and started working in an insurance field. She really enjoys serving her clients and protecting their families. Prior to her insurance career, Anna already had a lot of experience and education under her belt. In 2008, she graduated from the National Law University of Kharkov where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Financial Science. A year later in 2009 she followed up to receive her Master's degree. In 2012 she graduated from the Law University of Dnipropetrovsk receiving her second Master's degree in Judicial and Criminal Justice. While living in Ukraine Anna worked as an economical lawyer for 8 years. In her free time and most of all, Anna loves going horse riding and traveling.
Jimmy Torres, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA, FL)
Jimmy Torres is an award-winning and bi-lingual Insurance Broker with over 8 years of experience in the insurance industry running his own agency for a Fortune 500 company. Jimmy has a degree in management and marketing and is licensed in Property & Casualty, Life & Health Insurance and also holds his Series 6 & 63 Securities licenses. Jimmy is a Lehigh Valley, PA native born in Allentown, PA and raised in Puerto Rico until the age of 9. Jimmy is the oldest of 8 brothers, and a natural born leader which is why he took the leap in 2011 from a corporate banking to entrepreneurship. Jimmy is well known in the Hispanic community for taking the time to explain to his clients what they are purchasing and how their policies work. In 2009 he started investing in real estate and has done asset protection presentations at local real estate investors meetings which can be found on YouTube. In his spare time Jimmy enjoys traveling, playing basketball and running obstacle course races like the Warrior Dash.
Michalyn Mooney, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance (PA, TN)
Michalyn is an operator for Valor Insurance and holds licenses in property and casualty lines of insurance. Michalyn specializes in working with business owners, homeowners and families to find the most comprehensive and affordable coverage and brings a wealth of knowledge from her ongoing transactions in residential real estate as a licensed affiliate broker. She believes finding the right insurance when purchasing a home, driving a car, or running a business should be streamlined and stress free and works hard to make the process as smooth as possible for her clients
Michalyn has a background dedicated to helping families. Working as the Non-profit manager of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Michalyn oversaw development of the program to ensure 33,000 children in Middle Tennessee received free books each month. Subsequently, Michalyn became a licensed Realtor® where she holds the LeadingRE designation of relocation specialist. Michalyn grew up in Pennsylvania and is an honors graduate of Pennsylvania State University, holding degrees in both Public Relations and Psychology. Michalyn is a wife and mother and resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband Collin and daughter Clairyn. Michalyn and her husband are actively involved with YoungLife and volunteer weekly as career leaders.
Augustinas Satas, Broker Representative, Valor Insurance (PA, NJ)
Augustinas (aka August) was born in Lithuania and moved to the United States in 2001. He currently lives in Phoenixville, PA with his lovely wife Inga and beautiful daughter Ella. August has recently joined Valor Insurance as a Broker Representative for the Tadas Insurance Group and holds his property and casualty insurance license in PA.
Previously, August worked at the Vanguard Group for 15 years as a Senior Fund Financial Analyst in Global Fund Accounting and as Investment Product Owner for the Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company.
August has received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a major in Economics and Finance in 2006. In addition to English and Lithuanian, August is also fluent in Russian.
During his free time, August enjoys grilling and smoking meats on his smoker, home improvement projects, running and playing basketball.
Kim Dawson-Hall, Financial Analyst
Kim was born in Harlem, NY and raised on Staten Island, NY. Kim currently lives in Bethlehem Township with her husband Gerald, son Elliott and daughter Karrington. Her oldest son Gerald has flown the nest.
As a Sr. Financial Analyst at Valor, Kim generates the commission detail for our Valor Insurance Broker Partners and Agents. Kim also oversees key brokerage reports and works closely with Valor’s in-house Accountant and Financial Manager.
Prior to joining the Valor Family, Kim worked at Chubb Insurance for 34 years. While having several different positions at Chubb, her most recent position before her departure was as a Financial Analyst. This included responsibility for mailing out the commission payments for Chubb Insurance Solutions Agency (CISA), answering agents calls and emails and doing the research if they had questions about their commission. In addition, Kim paid all the agency bills and managed licensing for the entire CISA team as well as the agency.
Kim enjoys playing board games, crossword puzzles, reading thrillers and mysteries. Kim is a season ticket holder to Freedom High School football where Kim was the Football Booster Club president for 10 years. Kim enjoys the Friday Night Lights with a host of friends who are known as the 30 Yard Line Crew. In addition to following Freedom Football, Kim is a Philadelphia Eagles fan! This is a household rivalry as her husband and oldest son are New York Giants fans. The neighbors love hearing the sounds coming out of the house when The Eagles play The Giants.
Kim is thrilled to be part of the Valor Family!
Marissa LiCausi, Brokers, Valor Insurance (PA, NJ, & FL)
Marissa LiCausi is a New Jersey Native and proud Floridan. She was born and raised in Sussex County, New Jersey and eventually moved to Palm Coast, Florida with her family when she was a teenager where she graduated from Flagler Palm Coast High School. She then moved on to graduate from Daytona State College in 2016. In her professional career, Marissa worked part time as a financial advising assistant in Daytona Beach and as a Preschool Teacher in Palm Coast around the same time. With these jobs she was able to hone in on her analytical and organizational skills as well as her patience and people-oriented skills. She eventually chose to pursue a career in insurance after a few years in her part time duties.
Marissa originally started her insurance career as a Customer Service Representative at a small independent firm in Daytona Beach before deciding to move on to get her own license in Property and Casualty in 2020. She currently holds a Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania producer license and joined the Valor Family in February 2021.
Leidys Cantillo, Brokers, Valor Insurance (NJ)
Leidys was born and raised in Santa Marta, Colombia City where she graduated high school and completed a 2-year Psychology degree at the University of Magdalena. In 2016 Leidys moved to the USA and has been residing in New Jersey since. Before becoming a licensed Property and Casualty producer, Leidys has worked multiple different jobs including a position as a cashier in a money transfer institution, as a call center agent in the e-commerce department of a Taiwanese hardware and electronics corporation which specialized in advanced electronic technology, and finally as a Customer Service Representative in an office that worked with health, property, and casualty insurance. After developing communication skills and knowledge throughout the years, Leidys decided to take a leadership role and obtain her Property and Casualty license to work as a full-time broker. She believes in the importance of being of service to the community as well as being committed to learning new dialects, cultures, and languages as she is currently learning French as her 3rd language on top of Spanish and English in order to extend her reachability. Leidys became a part of the Valor Family in March of 2021. She is a music lover and enjoys listening to and discovering new music in her spare time.
Lidiia Boronina, Customer Service Representative
Lidiia was born and grew up in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. In 2019 she moved to Philadelphia with her husband Andrii. Lidiia is a customer service representative at Tadas Brusokas Insurance Group. She started working in an insurance field in 2020 and enjoys serving her clients and protecting their families. Prior to her insurance career, Lidiia already had a lot of experience. In 2017, she graduated from the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Records Information Management. The following year, 2018, she received her Master's degree in Educational program: Documentation Science and information activities. While living in Ukraine Lidiia worked as an engineer in the study department in Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas. In her free time Lidiia loves baking and making different delicious cakes and desserts.
Dina Sinelnikov, Marketing Specialist
Dina was born in Baku and moved to Ukraine with her family when she was 8 years old. She grew up in Ukraine , there she graduated from Pedagogical University and obtained Bachelors and Masters degree in Education. At the beginning of 2007 Dina moved to United States. Here, in USA she continued her education and obtained all required PA teaching certifications to teach elementary education. Dina has great communication skills, responsible , likes working with people and help them . Dina was introduced to Insurance Industry not long ago , she truly enjoying serving her clients in order to meet their needs and to protect them. In her free time she likes to spend time with her Family and Friends, dance , and travel.
Kyle Simmons, Broker Partner, Valor Insurance(PA)
Kyle Simmons, a Pittsburgh native, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Lafayette College in 2012. Kyle balanced his studies, including a double minor in Engineering and Architectural Studies, with a stint as a three-year starter and leader on the football team. Upon graduation, Kyle returned to his hometown and opened and grew one of the most successful exclusive insurance agencies in Western Pennsylvania over the course of eight years. Recently, Kyle has made the transition to Valor Insurance as a Broker/Partner and purchased his own office building to house his agency. Through nearly a decade of insurance experience, Kyle has mastered the ability to help ensure all of his personal and commercial clients’ needs are properly met. As an independent broker, he is thrilled to have a wide variety of personal lines, commercial lines, and life insurance carriers to ensure every individual client is put in the best position.
Kyle currently resides in his hometown of Plum, PA with his wife Silviane Torres. In their spare time, Kyle and Si enjoy traveling, cooking, playing sports and being outdoors with their dog Pork Chop.