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R. Joseph Knudsen, President & Founder, CT Agent/Producer

R. Joseph Knudsen, President & Founder, CT Agent/Producer

jk@hiqsgroup.com

I have been a licensed agent since 1973. Through the mid-70’s I worked full-time selling insurance. Following that time I worked as software engineer, all the while selling insurance on a very limited basis. In 1996 I decided to go back to the insurance business and this time start my own agency. I specialize in Health (Individual and Group), Life, and Medicare insurance. Also I assist clients with Long Term Care, Disability, and Annuity insurances and have chosen not to sell property, casualty, or mutual funds.

In order to be successful I have to be aware of the constant changes in the field and get certified regularly to sell new products in demand.
I have lived in Danbury for over twenty years now with my wife and children. I am a member in good standing of both the Bethel and New Milford Chamber of Commerce, also an active member of The Stony Hill Four Corners Association.

Charles Anderson, CT Agent/ Producer

Charles Anderson, CT Agent/ Producer

ca@hiqsgroup.com

A licensed agent for 15 years, I grew up in Ridgefield and have lived in Danbury for 30 years. I specialize in Health, Medicare, and Mortgage Protection Life, where I currently represent all companies for these insurances. I am also trained in Financial/Retirement planning, Buy-Sell, Disability, and Long Term Care.

Suzanne Candee, CT Agent/ Producer

Suzanne Candee, CT Agent/ Producer

SC@hiqsgroup.com

I am a Licensed Broker/Producer with HIQS Group, and have been with the agency since 2001. My professional and sales experience also includes over 12 years as a Certified Personnel Consultant, and longtime membership in Actor’s Equity Association. My practice includes a broad spectrum of commercial and personal clients, though I specialize in Health (Individual and Group), Life, and Medicare insurance. Also I assist clients with Long Term Care, Disability, and Annuity insurances.

I am a proud graduate of Russell Sage College, and live with my husband Ernie Tartaglia and our daughters Nicolette and Johanna in Newtown, CT. I volunteer for Newtown Girl Scouts, particularly as “Cookie Mom”. As an active member of the Family of Women, (an international women’s mentorship organization), I lead workshops and programs, specializing in Leadership Training.

Linda Kitching, CT Agent/Producer, Office Manager

Linda Kitching, CT Agent/Producer, Office Manager

LK@hiqsgroup.com

I have been employed with HIQS for 9 years, and have been a licensed agent since 2007. I am well experienced and certified in the Medicare and Individual fields of health insurance. I oversee the daily activities and application processing of the office staff for individual and Medicare business. I enjoy assisting people with the decisions that they have to make in regards to getting insurance for themselves.

Lynn Leavey, CT Agent/Producer

Lynn Leavey, CT Agent/Producer

LL@hiqsgroup.com

A licensed Health/Life insurance agent since 1999, I have been with the HIQS Group for 12 years. I have enjoyed working with individuals and small businesses to navigate the sometimes difficult and frustrating path to finding affordable health insurance.

After studying at the University of Connecticut and living abroad in Scandinavia, I began my first career in the travel industry as a Professional Tour Planner. Recently I re-entered that career as Owner of Meeting at Sea Cruises and Tours, an independent affiliate of a large internet based travel organization. I specialize in Escorted Tours and Premium/Luxury Cruises.

I continue to work with my valued insurance clients to manage current health plans and transition them to the appropriate healthcare plans as needed, as an agent for HIQS Group, and will specialize in select individual health products as well as travel insurance.
I have lived in Bethel, CT for 19 years with my husband and we are the proud parents of two college students.

 Kevin Murray, CT Agent/ Producer

Kevin Murray, CT Agent/ Producer

KM@hiqsgroup.com

After narrowly averting my own individual health insurance nightmare, I entered the insurance industry in 2004 in order to help others avoid the out of pocket surprises that almost destroyed my financial well-being. In addition to health coverage which includes all things Medicare, I assist clients also with Life, Disability, Income Replacement, and Long term Care Insurances.

I live in Redding CT with my wife Nina, and two children Sean & Kendall. I am an active member of the Wilton Congregational Church, and have served on the mission board there as Chairman. I serve also as the Chairman of the Redding Republican Town Committee, and am active in local Government activities.

Ellie Parzuchowski, CT Agent/ Producer

Ellie Parzuchowski, CT Agent/ Producer

EP@hiqsgroup.com

I have been employed with HIQS for over ten years, and a licensed Connecticut health agent and producer since 2006. I specialize in group sales, service and retention.

During the 1970′s I became a licensed LPN and worked in hospitals and nursing homes in Connecticut and New York. I am married and have two children. During the “stay at home years” I was a CT certified day care provider, exploring the world of sign language in the very young. In 1999, I transitioned from nursing and childcare to my current career in insurance with HIQS.