Meet the team
Construction Insurance & Surety Experts
All of our team members possess strong technical abilities and meaningful industry relationships to assist with all your construction needs and help advance your business.
Al Marquis Partner
Al Marquis is one of the most influential leaders of the construction surety and risk management industry. He is a key advisor to many of the top contractors in the United States. Al provides strong leadership, guiding the growth and vision at Construction Risk Partners.
In 1984, Al founded Marquis and Associates. By 1987, the company grew to be the largest provider of construction insurance and surety brokerage services in New Jersey. Attracting strong interest, during 1997, Al and his partners sold to Willis. Al held the position of CEO of the New Jersey construction practice from 1997 through 2000 and was subsequently appointed the Northeast regional construction practice leader in 2000.
The shared vision was always to build a business that constantly delivered long-term value to customers. So, in 2006, Al and his partners founded Construction Risk Partners, built on foundations of true partnership with both clients and carriers.
Joe Charczenko Partner
Joe Charczenko joined Construction Risk Partners in 2010 as a partner to lead the company’s expansion. Joe designs some of the most creative and complex insurance solutions, including wrap ups, captive programs, Subguard®, collateral and other unique programs. His experience in understanding construction risk, cultivating client relationships and developing teams are all significant assets.
Prior to joining Construction Risk Partners, Joe was an assistant vice president and Northeast regional construction manager for Zurich, overseeing the region’s $350M+ construction book of business. His responsibilities included the management of customer and broker relationships, new business growth, underwriting quality, operational improvement, and talent development.
Joe previously worked for Peter Kiewit Construction Company on the Boston Central Artery Project (“Big Dig”) as an estimator, project engineer and superintendent. The experience gained working with a large contractor on large projects has been invaluable.
In recognition of his accomplishments to date, Joe was named by Business Insurance as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Brokers” in the United States of America in October of 2015.
Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering (structural design and construction project management) with honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Rob Rapp Partner
Rob Rapp is one of the leading national product technicians for subcontractor default insurance (SDI). He is responsible for expanding and managing Construction Risk Partners’ SDI practice, cultivating and servicing surety clients and providing technical and strategic leadership to the overall company.
In 2011, Rob joined the team at Construction Risk Partners from Aon Construction Services Group where he was co-director of contractor default insurance and surety. His responsibilities included developing and managing the national default insurance operations along with management and business development of regional surety business. Prior to this, Rob held the position of senior surety underwriting officer at Chubb Surety.
Rob is an active member of numerous local and national industry associations and is the former New Jersey Chapter president of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA).
Pete Forenza Partner
Pete Forenza is a leader in the field of construction risk management and is known for his excellent technical knowledge and great people skills. Pete has the unique ability to create a strong sense of team between clients, carriers and internal stakeholders.
He has designed and managed some of the largest and most complex wrap-ups in the industry for school districts with billion-dollar construction budgets, global pharmaceuticals companies, and some of the most prominent developers and contractors in the country.
Pete joined Marquis and Associates in 1988, and was chief operating officer when Willis purchased the company in 1997. He was rapidly promoted to CEO of the newly-formed Metro Construction office, comprised of the New Jersey operation, the New York operation and the commercial and contract surety teams.
Pete had previously held various positions at Aetna Casualty and Surety including casualty underwriter, marketing representative, and underwriting supervisor. This experience was the foundation for Pete’s understanding of how to properly interact with insurance carriers and how to represent clients in the marketplace.
Bill Linney Partner
Bill is responsible for new business production, existing account management, and assisting in the management of the day-to-day operation of Construction Risk Partners. Bill’s combination of excellent relationship building skills and strong technical capabilities has made him a leader in the area of construction risk management. He is active in numerous associations and is a hands-on solutions provider to some of the more complex risks in our industry.
A seasoned professional in the insurance intermediary business, Bill was director of business development at Willis from 1997 to 2006, where he was responsible for new business production and existing account management. Bill worked in both the New York and New Jersey offices focusing on complex construction risks and designing and implementing wrap-up insurance programs for both owners of construction projects and large contractors.
As Construction Risk Partners continues to grow, Bill will be counted on to provide strong leadership and continued advancement of the company’s business development activities.
Joe Kent Partner
Joseph J. Kent joined our firm in 2012 and is focused on building the Greater Philadelphia presence for Construction Risk Partners and delivering exceptional service and solutions to our clients.
Joe joined the insurance brokerage community working for both Aon and Willis. He has held various roles for those firms, including Executive VP and director of Mid-Atlantic construction.
He started his career as a risk manager for Marker, a steel erection company near State College, PA, in the late 1980s. From his early years managing claims, environmental and safety solutions for Marker, Joe was promoted to risk manager, which gave him the unique experience of designing a risk management program for a contractor in an extremely high hazard industry.
Gary Rispoli Partner & Director of Surety
Gary Rispoli is a partner and the director of surety at Construction Risk Partners, and is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of our surety business. With over 20 years of surety experience, Gary brings clients unparalleled technical expertise and consultative services. He has vast experience maximizing surety programs that support contractors’ business plans. His expertise in credit analysis, P3 projects and technical understanding of the surety business is a competitive advantage to clients.
Prior to joining the team at Construction Risk Partners, Gary was U.S. field operations officer for Chubb Surety. In this role he was responsible for U.S. surety operations, portfolio underwriting risk management and establishing strategic direction. He has also enjoyed various management roles across the country, including vice president of the Greater Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Gary is an active member of numerous local and national industry associations. He holds the Associates in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB) designation, which is widely recognized as the premier designation within the industry and is a graduate of Villanova University.
Fred Nicholson Partner
Fred Nicholson joined Construction Risk Partners in January of 2011. He has almost a quarter century of construction surety brokering and consultation experience, working for two of the largest construction brokers in the tri-state area.
Fred cultivates and builds strong relationships by integrating his experience with construction, credit and surety and forming long-term relationships with his clients and business partners.
His strong relationships with contractors, accountants and lawyers are based upon mutual respect and admiration. Fred has built his career on hard work, passion and a tremendous appreciation for his role in the business.
Jay Sciortino Partner
Jay entered the insurance profession in 1978 with Aetna Casualty & Surety in the claim department. Throughout his 14 years with Aetna, he gained a wealth of experience in multi-line claim handling, from personal lines to the most complex issues such as contractual claims, products and latent health issues. He was promoted through the ranks and achieved a manager's position in 1991.
Jay joined Marquis & Associates in 1992 as vice president of claims, then moved to Willis in 1997, as senior vice president and New Jersey construction practice leader.
At Construction Risk Partners, Jay is at the forefront of addressing client needs. He has established a working claim department designed to address the unique claim, coverage and contractual issues inherent in the construction industry. He has also played a large part in the development of the entire CRP client service platform.
Recognizing the importance of industry involvement, Jay is very active in key contractor associations. He previously served as an associate member on the Board of the Associated General Contractors of NJ, and continues to be very active in the Associated Construction Contractors of NJ as part of the newly created associate board. He also sits on the safety committees of both the ACC and the UTCA and is called upon regularly to provide advice on insurance issues to both associations.
Jay is regularly invited to share his knowledge with various groups. He has been a guest speaker and presenter at NYU, Rutgers and the Port Authority mentor/protégé program, to name a few.
Jay graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics & finance. He earned his CPCU designation in 1991.
Rob Pitts Partner
Rob Pitts has led the surety practice at Construction Risk Partners since inception and has developed many deep and long-term business relationships with our surety clients.
Previously, Rob was senior vice president and practice leader of the New Jersey surety operation at Willis, where he managed, developed and mentored surety practice team members and assisted in the new business development effort of the overall construction practice.
Rob joined Marquis and Associates in 1987 as vice president of surety operations, where he expanded the surety bonding operation and responded to the myriad financial and business issues unique to the construction industry. For over a decade, Rob managed and assisted in the development and growth of a corporate surety revenue stream. Prior to this, Rob gained broad industry experience serving several underwriting companies in the Illinois/Indiana region as well as the New York Metropolitan area before becoming regional surety manager of the Cigna Corporation.
Mary Bishop Associate Partner
Mary leads the wrap up practice group and is a managing account executive on a number of large contractor accounts. Her role involves providing a sophisticated level of risk management services to the company’s largest clients from both traditional insurance placements and controlled insurance program perspectives.
Prior to joining Construction Risk Partners, Mary managed numerous insurance programs for various OCIP and CCIP projects during her fifteen-year tenure at a large international brokerage firm. Her experience in insurance spans over three decades, with the past two decades committed to the service of the construction industry. Mary attended County of College of Morris and Caldwell University majoring in business administration.
Richard Nocella Associate Partner
Rich joined Construction Risk Partners in November of 2010 as director of New York operations, and has been an associate partner since 2014. With over three decades of experience, Rich brings strong management skill and thoroughness in all construction insurance lines.
At Construction Risk Partners, Rich remains paramount in the servicing and managing of clients and is an integral part of operations in the New York office. He continues to masterfully cultivate and maintain strong relationships with current and former clients, as well as in the marketplace.
Rich began his career in the insurance industry as a claim representative for Connecticut General Insurance Company and entered the broker arena in 1981. Rich continued his path as a broker and joined Contractors Planning Group in 1986 before moving to Willis and Aon as vice president. Rich has managed some of the largest and complex property & casualty programs throughout the country. His clients include general contractors, developers, heavy/highway, environmental and trade contractors of all sizes and types.
Rich works closely with the partners at Construction Risk Partners in the development of our business. He is a graduate of St. John’s University.
Bill Harrison Partner
Bill Harrison joined Construction Risk Partners in August 2013 as a partner and has over thirty years of experience specializing in construction and related industry groups. His experience in program structures ranges from guaranteed cost to large deductible, which in some cases are supported by captive insurance companies. His project types experience ranges from shafts and water tunnels to boiler biomass conversions and skyscrapers.
Prior to joining Construction Risk Partners, Bill spent almost 20 years as a senior vice president with Aon Risk Solutions Construction Services Group overseeing the NJ construction insurance operations and the coordination of claims, loss control and day-to-day client services.
In the late 90s, in addition to the coordination of services of a construction book of business, he was also a program manager for a number of wrap-up projects in the Northeast region.
Andy O’Brien, CPCU Partner
Andy joined Construction Risk Partners as a partner in August 2017 and is primarily responsible for leading the development and growth of the Boston office. In this role, he oversees a team of colleagues seeking to grow and cultivate a meaningful book of business with strategic clients that value CRP’s unique value proposition.
Andy’s experience managing large complex casualty risks strengthens the firm’s existing customer relationships and advances insurance market partnerships. Andy’s extensive background in major account management, brokerage, and underwriting enterprise and project risk makes him a key contributor and unique resource within CRP’s ever-expanding platform.
Prior to joining Construction Risk Partners, Andy spent 11 years at Aon Risk Solutions in Boston where he held various positions. His most recent position was as a member of Aon Construction’s national brokerage team and the brokerage leader for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Within that role, Andy was responsible for developing and implementing broking strategies and key initiatives on all insurance placements within his geographic region. Prior to joining Aon in 2006, Andy was a senior underwriter at Liberty Mutual where he managed a $40M book of construction business consisting of ENR top 250 contractors and wrap-up programs.
Andy graduated from Bentley University in 2002 with a Bachelors’ Degree in Finance. He earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2006. Andy currently resides in Mansfield, MA with his wife, Kristin, and dog, Ali.
Jeff Burns Partner
Jeff joined Construction Risk Partners in 2018 as a partner in the Denver, Colorado office. He brings over thirty years of risk management and construction brokerage expertise. Jeff was the previous Global head of Innovation Construction and Head of P3 U.S. for Willis Towers Watson (WTW).
Before his time at WTW, Jeff was the global risk manager for HOCHTIEF/Flatiron, one of the world’s largest multinational contractors.
Jeff also previously held the role of senior director of product development for St. Paul Global Construction (which is now Travelers). There he developed specialized coverage forms for construction projects, including EPC and energy. Additionally, Jeff worked in product development for Caterpillar where he oversaw performance service guarantees of their products, including power quality backed by reinsurance and warranty analytics.
Jeff has a degree in economics from Davidson College and he is a frequent speaker on public-private partnerships.