Cook, Hall & Hyde is a leading regional provider of commercial insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits, and risk management services. With over 100 employees, Cook, Hall & Hyde operates out of three offices: Melville, New York; East Hampton, New York; and Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
The agency differentiates itself by providing a unique level of personal service and expertise in identifying, evaluating and solving risk and insurance problems. Having trained, seasoned professionals who specialize in each major area of the business, Cook, Hall & Hyde utilizes a team concept to handle the varied needs of its customers. This philosophy has resulted in consistent growth since the organization was founded in 1894. Today, Cook, Hall & Hyde enjoys relationships with nearly 13,000 clients and is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing insurance brokerage firms.
A privately held ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Program) company, Cook, Hall & Hyde is approximately 30 percent employee-owned. With low employee turnover, high levels of longevity, and consistency in both ownership and management; the agency is able to provide outstanding customer service.
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In today’s insurance marketplace, risks and exposures to loss are more complex than ever. Standard policy language is being used less frequently in favor of customized wording which may broaden coverage, definitions and conditions to specifically meet a client’s needs. Non-traditional risk transfers other than insurance are also becoming more prevalent and viable.
Cook, Hall & Hyde prides itself on the longstanding relationships it has developed with major carriers in diverse insurance markets. The size and strength of these relationships uniquely position the agency to negotiate with carriers on behalf of its clients. Cook, Hall & Hyde’s major carrier relationships include: Hartford, CNA, Travelers, Liberty Mutual, Peerless, Chubb, Chartis, Farmers, Ace, Pure, Harleysville, Hanover, Crum & Forster, Fireman’s Fund, MetLife Auto & Home, Encompass, Zurich, Safeco, Merchants Mutual, General Casualty, Lexington, Utica, Empire BlueCross and BlueShield, Aetna, United HealthCare, Cigna, Emblem Health, Guardian, Mutual of Omaha, The Principal, Lincoln Financial as well as dozens of other specialty relationships.
Professional skills also differentiate Cook, Hall & Hyde’s staff. The agency encourages its employees to pursue professional insurance designations such as: CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor), CRA (Certified Risk Architect); and promotes continuing education. The current insurance marketplace demands this type of commitment to professional education. Cook, Hall & Hyde employees also have access to extensive electronic reference library, which helps them stay abreast of trends in the insurance industry.