5th Annual Golden Gala Awards Night

CTYIP honored the top industry executives with its CTYIP and PIACT awards on Sept. 27, 2018. Rolling out the red carpet this year at the New Haven Country Club in Hamden, attendees enjoyed a fun-filled evening of networking, dinner, drinking, raffles and awards.

Katie Bailey, CPIA, ACSR, CLCS, president of CTYIP; CTYIP past presidents, Nick Ruickoldt, CPIA, and Nick Khamarji; and PIACT Director Howard Olderman, delivered the welcome presentations and the speeches for the recognition of awards.  

Congratulations to all of our award winners.

Lifetime Achievement

Jim Benson, CPCU, Merit Insurance

PIA Agent of the Year

Gary Stearns, Bertha McCollam Inc.

YIP Agent of the Year

Nick Khamarji, ronoco and Paradiso Insurance

YIP Director of the Year

Ryan Kelly, Merit Insurance

Community Service

Crystal Cathcart, MarketStance

Carrier Representative of the Year

Nate Shippee, Workers' Compensation Trust

MGA of the Year

RT Specialty

Digital Innovator of the Year

Insurance Agency Owners Alliance

Insurtech Company of the Year


Network/Alliance of the Year

Renaissance Alliance

Excellence in Diversity


CTYIP would like to thank all of our generous sponsors:

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. These organizations support CTYIP and believe in its mission. The 5th Annual Golden Gala Awards night was sponsored by:

Event sponsor


Renaissance Alliance



Cocktail Reception

Workers' Compensation Trust

Open bar

Berliner-Gelfand & Co.
Bouvier Insurance
Georgetown Financial Group
Greenberg, Rhein & Margolis Inc.
Imperial Premium Financing Specialists
Iroquois Group
Olderman & Hallihan
The Russell Insurance Agency

Gift Bags

Hanover Insurance

Cigar bar

Insurance Provider Group
MJ Keating
Quincy Mutual


Arrow Auto Glass
DiMatteo Group Insurance
The Stone Agency
XS Brokers


2018 PIACT Community Service Awardee: Crystal Cathcart


Scenes from the gala

Scenes from the step and repeat