Harford Mutual Insurance Group Promotes New Directors


Harford Mutual Insurance Group has announced the promotions of Christopher (C.J.)  D’Alessio, CPCU, ARM, AINS to Director of Underwriting, and Steve Zickefoose, AIC, SCLA to Director of Claims.

D’Alessio joined Harford Mutual in 2012 as a Commercial Lines Assistant Underwriter. He was promoted to Underwriter in 2014 and became a Field Underwriting Specialist focusing on Large Accounts in 2015. In 2018, he was named Underwriting Manager of the Middle Market and Large Account Units. D’Alessio earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Stevenson University. 

As Director of Underwriting, D’Alessio is responsible for overseeing and managing the books of business for the Foundation, Middle Market, and Large Account Units, as well as overseeing underwriting support teams.

“C.J.’s energy and focus have helped drive profitable growth at Harford Mutual,” said David Curtin, Vice President of Underwriting. “C.J. has helped lead a number of underwriting initiatives in recent years ranging from underwriter training to process improvement and book management. I look forward to CJ taking on new challenges and responsibilities in his new role.”

Zickefoose joined Harford Mutual in 2020 as a Claims Property Manager. Prior to joining Harford Mutual, Zickefoose spent 26 years at Westfield Insurance Group, where he held various claims and claims leadership roles. Zickefoose is also a retired veteran, serving 23 years in the United States Army as an aviator.

As Director of Claims, Zickefoose is responsible for ensuring timely claims resolution, quality customer service, and professional employee development.

“In a short period of time, Steve successfully modernized the Harford Mutual Insurance Group property claims capabilities to ensure we continually provide quality claim service,” said Wayne Gearhart, Vice President of Claims.  “Steve’s exceptional leadership and technical skills will be an asset to the entire claims department as the Director of Claims.” 

Both D’Alessio and Zickefoose completed the Institutes’ Executive Education program in May 2022.

About Harford Mutual Insurance Group

Harford Mutual Insurance Group, founded in 1842 in Harford County, Maryland, provides commercial property and casualty insurance products and services to a regional market. The company ended 2021 with $290 million in direct written premium sold through nearly 450 independent agents in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington DC. Harford Mutual contributed more than $625,000 in community support in 2021. Harford Mutual is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the leading credit rating organization dedicated to serving the global insurance industry. For more information, visit www.HarfordMutual.com.

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