Public Entity Advocates, LLC is a team of insurance professionals who have each worked in this area for over 25 years. While our company may be new, dealing with the public sector is not new to us. We formed the company in April 2012 to focus exclusively on municipalities, school boards and related government organizations. Public Entity Advocates brought together Sharon Cooper and Glen Welch who shared a long career together at Bowers, Schumann Welch (BS&W). BS&W had a strong presence in public entity insurance in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Together they are bringing that expertise back to the municipal and school clients in northern New Jersey.
Glen R. Welch
Glen is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Risk Management and has been in insurance and risk management career for almost 30 years. In addition to being a partner in Public Entity Advocates, he is a founding partner in Charter Partners which has a focus on alterative market insurance for commercial business.
Charter Partners currently manages a group captive with responsibility for program management which includes the oversight of Third Party Administrators, Actuaries, Auditors and Reinsurers.
Glen’s background includes his experience with BS&W which was one of the largest insurance agencies insuring public entity risks including municipal and school clients, including the County of Warren. The combination of municipal experience and large self-insured programs including joint insurance funds makes Glen an excellent candidate to provide you with the assistance you need in reaching your risk management goals.
Sharon C. Cooper
Sharon has specialized in public entity insurance since the 1980’s when BS&W formed the Warren Hunterdon Insurance Program (WHIP), a non-assessable group purchasing program for schools. It was the first program of its kind in NJ and was the catalyst of joint insurance funds (otherwise known as JIFs). At the same time, she worked with professionals to develop an insurance fund for POL and PPL coverages, the Community Alliance Pool (CAP), for which she became administrator.
Sharon was one of a team of agents who formed the School Alliance Insurance Fund (SAIF) in 1996 and the Public Alliance Insurance Coverage Fund (PAIC) in 1997. For many years, she was the Risk Management Consultant for the County of Warren. Before her retirement from a large national brokerage, she was responsible for the protenction of fifty plus schools throughout Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex & Essex Counties and approximately twenty plus municipalities in various counties.