Our Core Values
With decades of expertise in the Real Estate, Construction, and Maritime Industries, Core Assurance Partners is committed to meeting the unique needs of your business with today’s most innovative, customized assurance solutions.
Our power comes from our people. Rich in the intellectual capital necessary to support the industries we serve, they are at the core of everything we do. We put their extensive industry knowledge to your advantage, digging deep to understand your business, your challenges, and your exposure risks. Then, we work with today’s leading insurers to find you the best solutions in the marketplace.
For us, the business of assurance is a “why” not a “what.” We believe that when businesses are properly protected, the communities in which they operate work better.
As a privately held company, we’re untethered to the needs of shareholders. That gives us the freedom to do business differently, challenge the status quo, be good corporate citizens, and ultimately make the communities in which we operate in as strong as the businesses we protect.
The Difference Makers
Client Associate Assistant
Ashley, a native of Virginia Beach, VA, serves as Communications Coordinator and Client Associate for Core Assurance Partners. In her role as Communications Coordinator, Ashley oversees the firm’s public relations and external marketing efforts. As a Client Associate, she assists in the daily servicing of commercial P&C clients.
Ashley recently earned her Bachelors of Science in Media Studies from Radford University. While at Radford, she played Division 1 soccer and also held manager, editor, and writer positions for the school newspaper. Ashley applies the skills that she developed from her marketing education to the insurance industry. Prior to assuming her role at Core Assurance Partners, Ashley worked in the hospitality industry, most recently at the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club. There, she formed strong and meaningful relationships with the members, which helped her transition to Core Assurance’s client relationship-focused-business. Ashley enjoys giving back to her community through various efforts, including her role as a volunteer at the VBSPCA. She engages in industry organizations, most recently becoming a member of The Future Leaders of the Virginia Maritime Association.
In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Ashley enjoys playing soccer and tennis in her free time.
Brian Giblin is a resident of Virginia Beach. As an Associate at Core Assurance Partners, Brian is charged with developing strategic commercial Property and Casualty relationships. He began his career serving the Government IT Services Industry in Washington, D.C. where he helped procure, manage, and retain multiyear contracts.
Brian entered the insurance industry in 2011 focusing primarily on Construction and Real Estate. He has been involved in underwriting and placing all forms of Marine related coverage and has worked with many of the top contractors and projects throughout the Mid Atlantic of the U.S.
Brian is a graduate of George Mason University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Minor in Business. He currently serves on the board at Associated General Contractors of Virginia and is involved in various other Construction and Real Estate organizations and associations.
Client Relationship Manager
Christie, a resident of Virginia Beach VA, serves as a Client Relationship Manager at Core Assurance Partners. Christie is responsible for ensuring all client expectations are met and exceeded, transitioning and training of colleagues, and also serves as a point of contact for several clients of her own.
Christie has been in the insurance business for more than 19 years. Having started as a part-time filing assistant at a local independent agency, she navigated her way through the agency-side of the business, with a focus on commercial insurance and agency leadership. Christie is committed to providing unparalleled client service and creative risk management solutions.
Christie earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University. While attending ODU, her Capstone Project Research on Women’s Development gained notable attention from her peers and was nominated for publication. Christie is a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and an Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR). She also serves as a Certified Public Notary and is certified by FEMA to serve citizens in the event of a crisis. She is an advocate of regular exercise and supports the local initiatives of locally grown and produced food. She is hopeful to find a new fur-baby soon.
Senior Client Executive/Vice-President
Cornel is a resident of Philadelphia, PA. He serves as a Client Executive/Vice-President of Core Assurance Partners. Cornel serves clients, throughout the US and globally, in the design and implementation of complex insurance and risk-management programs.
For more than 27 years, clients and insurance companies have trusted Cornel for his sound risk-management advice and advocacy. He is a consultative and trusted advisor committed to the creative insurance solutions that are most beneficial to his client’s business objectives. He has earned a reputation for being a solutions-oriented partner for all clients, employees, and insurance companies he is engaged with.
Prior to Core Assurance, Cornel was a Vice President with national firm in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for serving clients in a variety of industries including Construction, Real Estate, Public Entities, and Professional Service organizations. Cornel is an innovative and forward-thinking leader committed to service excellence, transparency, and advocacy for all Core Assurance clients.
Cornel is a graduate of Hunter College, where he majored in Economics. In addition to serving his clients, he has a passion for mentoring and training young professionals.
Security Risk Analyst
Emily Susman is a resident of Washington, DC, and serves as a Security Risk Analyst for Core Assurance International.
Emily graduated from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, with a Masters in Law and Diplomacy, and a focus on negotiation and international security. Her previous experience includes researching risk-reduction practices for the White Helmets in Amman, Jordan and working as a conflict analyst for The Carter Center’s Syria Conflict Mapping Project in Atlanta, GA.
Her love of travel led her to live and study in Morocco, Israel, Jordan and Turkey. Emily brings extensive international experience, complemented by her interest in data analysis and GIS technology, to her Security Risk Analyst position.
Melody, a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach VA, serves as a Client Associate at Core Assurance Partners. Melody is responsible for enhancing client relationships and interacting with clients to resolve day-to-day needs and perform account analysis.
Melody has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years, starting her career in the personal insurance sector at a local independent agency. She honed her skills and migrated over to commercial insurance in 2012. Melody is committed to fully understanding the businesses she serves and to building lasting professional relationships.
Barnes earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from George Mason University. In addition to spending valued time with her family and friends, Melody enjoys living an active lifestyle and serving the community in various philanthropic efforts.
Roxanne Sayre, a resident of Chesapeake, VA, serves as Controller and Finance Leader for Core Assurance Partners. Roxanne is responsible for all finance-related operations.
Roxanne has been in the insurance industry for 10 years. Prior to joining Core Assurance Partners, Roxanne lived in Florida and Michigan and led the regional financial operations team for a national insurance brokerage firm. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Roxanne received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Although she’s a proud Detroit native, she fully enjoys Virginia’s warmer weather and living near the beach. Roxanne and her husband like spending as much time as possible outdoors and traveling with their two dogs.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Sheri, a resident of Virginia Beach, VA, serves as Executive Administrative Assistant for Core Assurance Partners. Sheri is responsible for administration, communications, and information/technology systems throughout Core Assurance offices.
Sheri has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years, starting her career in claims and continuing in commercial insurance. Sheri serves as a Certified Public Notary. She is a California native and enjoys living near the beach. Sheri enjoys spending time with family and her two teenage daughters.
Solach, a resident of Suffolk VA, serves as a Client Associate at Core Assurance Partners. She is responsible for enhancing client relationships, interacting with clients to resolve day-to-day needs, and performing account analysis.
Solach has been in the insurance business for more than 23 years. Beginning with an independent agency in Hawaii, she learned about the industry eventually making her way to Hampton Roads. Solach has earned the respect and admiration of her peers, insurance companies, and her clients, for her integrity and dedication to service excellence.
Solach holds a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Information Systems from the University of Nebraska, and a Master’s of Science in Management from Florida Tech. She enjoys biking long distances, hiking in the mountains, and running to maintain her energetic personality.
W. Douglas Russell
Doug Russell is a resident of Virginia Beach, VA, and serves as President of Core Assurance Partners. Doug is responsible for the firm’s management and overall strategic growth initiatives.
For over 30 years, clients and carrier partners have trusted Doug for his sound risk management advice and advocacy. He is a consultative and trusted advisor committed to creative insurance solutions most beneficial to his client’s business objectives. Additionally, Doug has served on many insurance company national advisory boards. In this leadership capacity, Doug has participated in the evolution of product design and delivery, and has influenced client service models. He has earned a stellar reputation with clients, employees and insurance companies by being a solutions-oriented partner.
Doug is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Economics. He is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he has served on the Church vestry as Finance Chairman, Junior Warden, and Senior Warden. He has served on the Boards of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Access College Foundation, Town Point Club of Norfolk, the American Red Cross, Virginia Symphony, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic, Princess Anne Country Club, and the Hampton Roads Partnership.
Will Russell is a resident of Virginia Beach, VA, and serves as an Associate of Core Assurance Partners. Will is responsible for business development and strategic client relationships. He has worked in Italy and London, building key relationships and knowledge geared towards the future of the maritime insurance industry.
Will is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College, where he received his Bachelors of Science, Cum Laude, in Economics. He currently holds his CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist) and is currently working toward his CMIP (Certified Marine Insurance Professional) designation. Will completed the Cincinnati Insurance School New Producer Program as first in his class. He is a member of The Future Leaders of the Virginia Maritime Association, and AIWA (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association). He serves on the board of Parliament, a “leaders under 40” group in Richmond, VA. He serves on the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters Future Generations Board, and is also on the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic. He is involved in numerous local organizations and believes in giving back to the community he serves.
When he is not with his wife, Sarah, family, or friends, Will can be found enjoying the outdoors. His favorite pastimes include boating, surfing, hunting, and golf.
Zachary F. Brandau
Executive Vice President
Zack, a resident of Virginia Beach, VA, serves as Executive Vice President of Core Assurance Partners. Zack leads the daily operations and is also responsible for overseeing client relationships.
Zack has been in the insurance business for more than 10 years and is respected in the industry for his Real Estate related insurance and risk management expertise. He has served clients throughout the US and globally in the design and implementation of complex insurance and risk management programs. Prior to Core Assurance, Zack was a Senior Vice President with a national insurance brokerage firm where he co-chaired the company’s National Real Estate Practice. He has been recognized for his sales success and leadership and has earned local, regional, and national awards for new client growth and retention. Zack is an innovative and forward-thinking leader committed to service excellence, transparency, and advocacy for all Core Assurance clients.
Zack is a graduate of George Mason University, where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Marketing. He currently serves on the board of The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation and Junior Achievement of Hampton Roads.