Our Staff

Our staff consists of professionals with personal and commercial insurance experience. Each employee is highly dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible customer service and account management in the industry. Rest assured, our team will effectively and efficiently assist clients in a timely manner.


Jim Gentile – Owner & Manager: Jim is the owner and manager of LaSalle Insurance Specialists. Jim has over 25 years of combined experience as a licensed insurance agent and broker of financial services. After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1983 Jim competed as a touring golf professional for three years before starting his financial services career in 1986 with Dean Witter Reynolds. Jim also worked for E.F. Hutton & Advest. In 1998 Jim joined R.C. Knox & Company in Hartford, Connecticut as a commercial property and casualty producer. In 2001 Jim ventured with PBI so he could link his securities, and commercial insurance experience with an employee benefit specialist. As the owner and manager of LaSalle Insurance Specialists, Jim advises clients concerning risk, benefits and investments.  Jim’s hobbies include playing golf and rating golf courses  for Golfweek Magazine. Jim is a contributor and member of numerous local and national charities.


Krista Kennedy – Account ManagerKrista Kennedy – Account Executive:  Krista is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health. Krista has over 20 years of experience in the field of employee benefits. She is responsible for new business sales as well as account management. Krista provides her clients with personal ongoing customer service as well as careful analysis of issues relating to renewals, contribution strategies and total employee benefit integration. She started her career with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as an account service representative. At Anthem, she worked with the broker community and organized enrollment meetings for small employers. Krista assisted brokers with employee benefit presentations, renewals and education. Krista also worked as a small group sales representative with ConnectiCare, Inc., whereby she was solely responsible for increasing ConnectiCare’s market share through the broker community.


Lori Ray – Office Manager/Account Manager Lori Ray – Office Manager/Account Executive: Lori is licensed in Property and Casualty and has worked with the OMSNIC program since May of 2011. Lori has over 20 years of administrative experience including being the CT Office Administrator for Duck Creek Technologies as a liaison between 3 nationwide offices for Insurance Internet Technology. Lori also worked for Executive Network & Research Associates where her experience as an Executive Management Recruiter was invaluable in developing her executive-relations skill set. Lori is a service oriented individual and served with Hartford City Mission for 3 years. She also served on a short-term medical mission trip to Constanza, Dominican Republic.


Jill Fitzgerald – Bookkeeper Jill Fitzgerald  – Bookkeeper: Jill is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor. She has a background in Office Administration and works as an independent contractor providing bookkeeping services and assistance with office operations.


Dorothy McKeon - Account ManagerDorothy McKeon – Account Manager:  Dorothy is licensed in Property and Casualty. Dorothy  has a diverse background that has taken her across the country and back again. Her administrative experience has roots in advertising, marketing, recruiting, and insurance. Dorothy is diligent with detail and follow through. Besides being a very proud mother of two daughters, she is an avid supporter of the theater and Performing Arts, both on and off stage, professional and amateur.


Lisa Yarum – Account Manager: Lisa is licensed in Property and Casualty. Lisa has years of experience working for both The Aetna and The Hartford Insurance. Lisa also worked as Office Manager for Jim Gentile in the nineties when Jim was developing a golf course in central Connecticut. Lisa’s professional work ethic and positive attitude are a perfect fit for servicing our oral surgeons in the tri-state area.