Company Leadership

Who We Are

Herbert H. LandyHerbert H. Landy
CPCU, CIC, Chairman Herbert H. Landy Insurance Agency

Herb attended Bentley College of Accounting and Finance in Waltham, Massachusetts. World War II interrupted his higher education, and he spent three years flying B-24s over Europe. After the war, he finished college and attended Northeastern University for his B.B.A., graduating in 1947. He worked as an Accountant while earning his MBA in accounting and finance, with a minor in insurance, from Boston University in 1950.

Entering the insurance industry in 1949, Herb initially built his agency writing general lines. He then spent time developing niche insurance programs for professionals including optometrists, medical testing labs and drug stores, etc.

In 1962, Herb developed the Accountants Professional Liability Program, the first of its kind in the Nation, for the National Society of Public Accountants, which became the basis for The CPA Advantage Accountants Professional Liability Insurance program.

Herbert Landy was named in Who’s Who in Executive and Professionals and received the first national award given by the National Society of Public Accountants in 1987.

Betsy Magnuson

Betsy A. Magnuson

President

Betsy Magnuson, Herb’s daughter, brings a second generation of management to the firm, maintaining the Landy heritage of honoring commitments to customers and employees. Betsy is a graduate of Syracuse University and joined the firm in 1985. Betsy was appointed President in 2001. In addition to the responsibilities of the Presidency, Betsy supervises the underwriting process, is involved in product enhancement, IT development, marketing and the daily operations of the office.

"During these past 5 decades, we have responded to the many changes in the professional liability insurance industry. These include the "hard market" of the early 80's, the SEC crisis, Y2K speculation, and the extended market fluctuations we constantly face.

We pride ourselves on our integrity, ethical service, and solid degree of professionalism. This formula guarantees not only success for our firm, but also for our distribution network, insurance company business partners, and customers. We are committed to maintaining these characteristics for the next 50 years."

Gail Bellefontaine

Gail Bellefontaine

Vice President of Finance and Operations
Gail Bellefontaine manages the Accounting and Processing departments for the Landy Agency. Her responsibilities are varied and include all the financial and human resource obligations of the company. Gail joined Landy in 1987 following her position with Sun Financial Group.
John Torvi

John Torvi

Vice President of Marketing
and Sales
John Torvi joined the Landy Agency in 2006. John has worked in the Insurance industry in sales and marketing for over 22 years. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Providence College and a Masters of Science Degree from Springfield College. John is responsible for sales and marketing of all the Landy products nationally, including developing professional affiliations and client service standards.