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Andy Harris has over forty-two years of experience in Insurance Sales and Agency Management, including more than thirty-five years as the CEO of Liberty Insurance Associates, appointing his son, Andrew C. Harris, Jr. as President on December 2017. As the majority partner in Liberty Insurance Associates, Mr. Harris has directed the growth of the organization from a small agency handling mostly personal insurance to a multi-lines agency with over forty employees. Today, Liberty’s growth is primarily driven by meeting the property and casualty insurance needs of commercial clients.
Mr. Harris strongly believes in life-long learning and had demonstrated his commitment to continuing education by earning many insurance designations: Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM).
Mr. Harris strives for excellence in all aspects of his business. Liberty Insurance Associates became a MarshBerry APPEX agent in 2001. APPEX is comprised of the industry’s top-performing insurance agencies that have come together to exchange operating strategies, to share strengths and opportunities, and to hold each other accountable for success. Liberty was recognized for three consecutive years as one of the ten top APPEX agencies in the country. In addition, Liberty has been awarded a Bachelor’s, a Master’s and the highest degree, a PhD from MarshBerry. The degrees recognize achievement is Agency Profitability, Agency Growth and Agency Management and Operations. In 2005, Mr. Harris was asked to join the APPEX Advisory Council, and in 2007 he became the Chair of the APPEX Advisory Council.
Mr. Harris also dedicates himself to improving his local community. He has served on the Financial Committee for the Board of Directors for CentraState Medical Center, leaving that position in 2016 after more than seven years. In 2006, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross and served more than a decade in that capacity. In addition, he was involved with Brookdale Community College (BCC) where he was named Trustee Emeritus for the Brookdale Foundation. He has served as the BCC Insurance Education coordinator with Community Services. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Monmouth-Ocean County Development Council and has served on their Executive Committee. He is also a charter member of the Jersey Shore Chapter of Legatus, an international organization of Catholic business owners and their spouses.
At the state level, Mr. Harris continues to be recognized for his professionalism and his leadership abilities. He was nominated for and graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy Newark Division. He was also elected and served on the FBI Citizens Academy Board of Directors. He was appointed by Governor Corzine to the Department of Banking and Insurance Disaster Response Plan Development Group. Previously, he was appointed by Governor Whitman as a member of the Department of Banking and Insurance Study Commission and to the New Jersey Insurance Commissioner’s Insurance Education Advisory Committee and continues to be an active member of those committees. He also served on the Commissioner’s Producer’s Advisory Council for over ten years. He was also on the Board of Governors of the Windstorm Marketing Assistance Plan.
Within the Insurance community, Mr. Harris is active in the Professional Insurance Agents at both the National and the State level (PIA-NJ). Mr. Harris served as the President of the National PIA from 2013- 2014. Mr. Harris was recognized by the New Jersey Senate and Assembly with a joint resolution for his achievement. Mr. Harris has also received many honors from PIA-NJ. He was selected as “Agent of the Year” in 1996 by PIA-NJ and he served as President of PIA-NJ during 1998-1999. In June of 2006, Mr. Harris was awarded PIA-NJ’s Distinguished Insurance Service Award. Insurance companies have recognized his leadership skills as well. Mr. Harris has chaired the Regional Agents Advisory Boards of many Insurance companies: CNA Pacer, Crum & Forster, Hanover, One Beacon and Harleysville Producers Councils. Nationally, he has served on the Crum & Forster National Agency Council and Harleysville Insurance Company National Board. From 2003 to 2008 he served as the President of the Proformance Insurance Company.
Prior to forming Liberty Insurance Associates, Mr. Harris earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Marietta College. Early in his insurance career, he worked for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies, attaining the designation of “Liberty Leader” and was a frequent member of their Top Producer’s Club.