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About Rampart Agency/Hilb Group

What sets Rampart apart from other insurance brokerages is our unparalleled commitment to our clients and our strong sense of history. Our 50 years of cultivating exceptional relationships with the insurance companies we represent, allows us to deliver the finest, most competitive products to our diverse client base.

Founded in 1963, Rampart America, LLC is a Premier Insurance Brokerage Agency. Each principal has over 45 years of experience in brokerage sales. The organization was founded by Howard J. Blatt, CLU, President and CEO more than 50 years ago. 

Flexibility, Experience, Service, and Quality Products Have Always Been Our Hallmarks

About Rampart Old Bios

Marc Blatt, CEO, Rampart Agency, Inc.

Marc graduated from Boston University in Massachusetts with a BA. After college, he entered the insurance business and is a principal with The Rampart Group, a national life, and property and casualty insurance agency. Mark is a member of AALU and NAILBA and has received numerous industry awards and served on advisory panels for several insurance companies that he represents. He co-chaired the life insurance division for the UJA in NYC and has been honored in the past.

Currently, Marc serves on the board of Englewood Hospital and Jewish Home at Rockleigh. He lives in Tenafly with his wife Lindsey and three beautiful daughters, Alexis, Eliza Jayne & Hadley.

About Rampart Old Bios

Howard Blatt, President of Rampart Agency, Inc.

Howard entered the life insurance business in 1963 and founded the Rampart Agency, Inc. in 1965. He received the CLU designation 1971 and has served on numerous General Agent and Advisory counsels and received several insurance company awards over 40 years in business. Howard is a member of AALU, NALU, and the American Society of Financial Service Professionals.

Howard is a principal of Rampart Brokerage, Corp., a national Property and Casualty insurance agency, which is now an independent life insurance brokerage agency with corporate offices in Fort Lee and satellite offices in Lake Success and Doylestown, PA.

Howard Blatt has served on the board of a number of civic and charitable organizations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. He has Co-Chaired Life Insurance divisions for Israel Bonds, UJA and ADL in New York City and is an organizer and Member of the Board of Community National Bank in Great Neck, NY.

Howard J. Blatt, and his wife, Anita, live in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. They have two children and five grandchildren.

About Rampart Old Bios

Howard Simon, Account Exec., Rampart Agency, Inc., CLTC

Howard has a Bachelor in Science from Syracuse University and is a graduate of New House School of Communication at Syracuse. He has been employed with Rampart Agency, Inc. since 1989 and is currently a Long Term Care Manager. He holds the CLTC designation. He is licensed in Long Term Care, Disability, Life, Health, Property & Casualty

Howard has been an industry leader, advising brokers and individual clients how to protect against Long Term Care exposure and has been a Long Term Care Insurance Educator more than 30 years.

Howard currently resides in Bergen County, New Jersey with his wife, Judy, and two children, Samantha and Matthew. 

About Rampart Old Bios

Michael Smith, MBA, CLU

Michael graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in History  in 1977 and earned an MBA as a Research Fellow in Risk and Insurance at Temple University in 1979. He also attended The American College to earn a C.L.U. in 1984.

He is a member of NYCSFSP, NYCAIFA, and NAILBA, and holds licenses in Life, Accident & Health, Property & Casualty, and FINRA Series 6 with expertise in Life Insurance, Annuities, Long Term Care Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Business Continuation Planning, Estate Planning, and Retirement Income Planning.

Michael was President of The Smith Agencies from 1979 to 1993 and has been President of The Rampart-Agency since 1993.

His experience, honors and awards include:

  • President—The New York Chapter Society of Financial Service Professionals 6/98-6/99
  • President & Chairman—The New York Center For Financial Studies—6/00-6/03
  • President—Life Supervisors Association of New York—6/84-6/85
  • 35 Year Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table
  • 2 Time Qualifier for the Top of the Table
  • 6 Time Qualifier for the Court of the Table
  • 2010 Paul Goodman Award Winner—William Penn Life Insurance Co. of NY
  • William Penn Life Ins. Co. of NY Hall of Fame–1999
  • 2012 UJA Federation of New York’s Stephen A. Kramer Humanitarian Award
  • State of Israel Bonds’ 1992 Israel Peace Medal
  • Member of Who’s Who of American Entrepreneurs
  • Member of Metropolitan Who’s Who Registry
About Rampart Old Bios

David Whitney

David graduated Northeastern University Business School Summa Cum Laude 1973 and worked in the Disability Brokerage business leading Paul Revere, Provident and Unum agencies. He started as a Brokerage Rep with Paul Revere in June 1973. 

David is licensed in Life and Health and is a member SFSP, NAIFA, and Round Table of NY. He has served on many company advisory counsels and is past president of NYC SFSP, GAMA, and Round Table of NY. David has been honored by UJA, Israel Bonds, and ADL. He is currently a Director on the Board for the NY Center for Financial Services.

David and his wife, Susan, reside in Pleasantville NY. They have 2 children Ashley and Justin, and 2 grandchildren Jonah and Sophia.

About Rampart Old Bios

Boyd Varghese, Account Exec., Rampart Agency, Inc.

Boyd graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Business Computer Information Systems, He began working in the insurance business in 1998. Boyd is licensed in Life and Property & Casualty Insurance and is also works part time for the POHS Institute of Insurance. 

When not at work, Boyd enjoys volleyball and is a volleyball coach and trainer.

Frank Branca Sr. CLU

Frank began his career in 1970 as an agent for Penn Mutual Life. He has held a number of Corporate positions during his 47 years. He twice won the Prestigious President’s Award as the Leading Brokerage Agency for the Prudential Insurance Company.

In 1995, he partnered with Howard Blatt and Stanley Morris to form the Branca Rampart Agency. Together with the Rampart Agency, the Branca Rampart Agency , forms one of the largest Life, Disability, Long Term Care and Annuity Agencies in the USA.

Frank has been President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Financial Service Professions, A Member of AALU, a Member of NAIFA, and Past Chairman of the Board of Insurance Designers of America. He currently is the Chair of the Development Committee of the West Chester University Foundation.

Frank has dedicated his career to helping agents and their clients achieve their financial goals.

Frank Branca Jr

Frank Branca Jr. is Sr. Vice President of the Rampart-Hilb Life Agency. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years. Frank works extensively with our brokers on the life underwriting side of our business and dedicates time to help grow our annuity platform. Frank’s experience has allowed him to build strong relationships with the carriers we represent and enabled him to make his own footprint in the business as a second-generation successor.

He is a graduate of West Chester University. He’s currently the Junior Golf Chairman at his club and is an avid golfer. Frank and his wife Annette live in Warrington, PA with their two children Frankie and Sophia.

Victoria Branca Beerer

Victoria graduated from West Chester University with a BA in Communication Studies. She joined the family business of insurance 11 years ago and is now Sr. Vice President at the Rampart-Hilb Agency. She leads the Long Term Care Insurance Division within Rampart-Hilb and has earned the CLTC and CSA designations. 

Victoria is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council for The Insurance Designers of America IMO. She presents at agent events on the importance of Long Term Care Planning and provides educational
seminars on Long Term Care products.

Victoria lives in Blue Bell, PA with her husband Matt and 2 children, Brooklyn and Jack.