DeCotis Specialty Insurance Welcomes Tracy Lyons, to its underwriting team.

DeCotis Specialty Insurance continues expanding the team, welcoming its newest hire, Tracy Lyons, to its underwriting team.

Despite the national hiring crisis, DeCotis Specialty Insurance has continued to grow its organization and has nearly doubled the size of its brokerage department in 2020.

In response to the organization's continued growth, Thomas DeCotis, CEO, stated:

"As an independently owned surplus lines broker, our ability to continue to attract top-quality and experienced team members is essential to our organization's efforts to uphold the stand of customer service and quality relationships agents expect from Decotis."

Tracy has spent nearly two decades cultivating her insurance knowledge and brings with her extensive experience in Commercial and E&S lines on the agency side of the industry.

Rob Jones, Director of Marketing, shared his thoughts on Tracy's arrival:

"Tracy's involvement working within the insurance agency structure provides a firsthand understanding of the responsiveness that agents covet. We anticipate her services skills and knowledge will continue to reinforce strong relationships with our agency distribution and that her underwriting acumen, customer-centric work ethic, and leadership will meld nicely with our underwriting team."

Rounding out her insurance expertise, Tracy also worked on the carrier side, enhancing her familiarity with underwriting rating metrics and guidelines, operational strategy, affinity program development, and return on equity objectives while managing a national book of business.

DeCotis Specialty Insurance Hires Bergstrom as a Broker Based in Rhode Island

DeCotis Specialty Insurance has hired Jessica Bergstrom as a broker based in its Providence, R.I., office.

Bergstrom has more than 20 years of experience as an underwriter in both standard and surplus lines markets. In her new role as a broker, she will focus on maintaining and developing her relationships within DeCotis Specialty Insurance’s network of agents and carriers.

DeCotis Specialty Insurance is an independently owned excess, surplus and specialty lines insurance wholesaler that acts both as a wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent for independent agents. The agency was founded in 1989 with its first office in Providence, R.I. The company has since expanded, opening branches in the greater Boston and Baltimore areas.

Rob Jones

DeCotis Specialty Insurance Hires Jones as Director of Marketing

DeCotis Specialty Insurance has hired Robert Jones as director of Marketing.

In this position, Jones is responsible for expanding awareness of the company’s services and value beyond its existing footprint in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Jones brings more than 20 years of experience working with insurance corporations to his new role. Before joining DeCotis, Jones served as a client relations manager with Risk Replacement Services Inc., and earlier in his career, as vice president of Sales and Marketing for The Distel Group.

DeCotis Specialty Insurance is an independently owned excess, surplus, and specialty lines insurance wholesaler that acts both as a wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent (MGA) for independent agents. The agency was founded in 1989, with its first office in Providence, R.I In response to continued growth, the company has since expanded, opening branches in the greater Boston, Mass., and Baltimore, Md., areas.

DeCotis Specialty Insurance Introduces PRIZM online portal.

Making Your Life Easier.

Today, we’re proud to offer our agency partners a new tool designed with their needs in mind. PRIZM is our new online portal providing direct access to our Commercial and Personal lines binder programs. PRIZM provides registered users with online access to our in-house quote facilities, allowing them to quote and bind acceptable accounts from their own workstation or laptop.

Incorporating a comparison quote function, instant ratings, full referral support, and credit card payment options, Prizm will help users quickly respond to their clients’ needs. Additional features will be added over time, increasing PRIZM’s functionality and value.


PRIZM is available now.

Registered users can begin using PRIZM immediately by visiting to try PRIZM for themselves. For agents not yet registered, setup is easy; email DeCotis at to begin the process. Once a username and password are created and sent to them, newly registered users will be ready to see what PRIZM can do for them. We think they’ll like what we’ve built for them.

Need more information? Still have questions? Contact us or call one of our agents for answers.

Tom DeCotis Appointed as President of New England Surplus Lines Association

DeCotis Specialty Insurance announces that Tom DeCotis, CEO, has been appointed as the new president of the New England Surplus Lines Association.

With this appointment, Tom now leads a group of wholesale surplus line brokers/agents and supporting affiliates who specialize in providing service and support to these brokers and agents. The association’s main goals are:

  • To improve business conditions in the specialty risk insurance industry and support the insurance agency system
  • To distribute educational information for the betterment of the specialty risk insurance industry
  • To promote professionalism among members
  • To maintain liaison with other segments of the insurance industry, particularly insurance commissioners, regulatory authorities, insurers, and insurance producer groups

Please take a moment and congratulate Tom along with us.

Jocelyn Dewey Receives CPCU Designation

We would like to congratulate Jocelyn Dewey, COO at DeCotis Specialty Insurance, on receiving her CPCU designation.

As those in the insurance industry already know, receiving the CPCU designation is a grand achievement. The process can take years to complete and requires the individual to have comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of property-casualty insurance. This knowledge is reinforced by rigorous exams on insurance laws, accounting, risk management, and ethics. It is not an exaggeration to say that the CPCU designation is considered the “CPA of the insurance industry” and reflects Jocelyn’s continued devotion to the industry.

We’re extremely proud of Jocelyn’s achievement and all that it represents. This is just another sign that when clients work with Jocelyn or DeCotis Specialty Insurance, they’re working with people in the industry who are devoted to providing outstanding customer service.

Meet our new team member Carissa Olink

DeCotis Insurance Associates welcomes the recent addition of Carissa Olink to their Providence office. As a Sales Producer, Carissa adds her extensive 10 years of insurance experience to the organization, further strengthening its services and consistent focus on customer satisfaction. Her background as an underwriter and retail agent provides the perfect foundation to help other retail agents place specialty risks in the Excess and Surplus lines arena at DeCotis Insurance, focusing on the Rhode Island and Connecticut territory.

Carissa previously worked at Amica Insurance as an underwriter while attending Rhode Island College, later earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She then worked for USI Insurance as a Commercial Lines Account Manager, specializing in Middle Market Construction Accounts and Manufacturers.

A native Rhode Islander, Carissa has a passion for helping people. She is a member of the Young Leaders Circle through United Way of Rhode Island; volunteers on local farms; volunteers with the Providence Rescue Mission which feeds, clothes, and houses the homeless; and cooks for families in need through The Bread of Life ministry. In her free time, Carissa enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and traveling, and lives with her husband and son in the East Side, Providence.