It’s been quite a ride! We’re delighted to have celebrated our 25th anniversary March 2, 2017.
Gary Scalzo, Steve Zogby, and Red Wittig started SZW back in 1992. A few months later they purchased the Smith, Treiber, and Wittig agency and the rest is history. After a long and successful career, Red is now enjoying retirement in sunny Florida.
We have always been an independent agency, currently representing 22 carefully selected insurance companies. Gary and Steve have never been comfortable representing just one insurance carrier. They prefer to have multiple insurance companies compete for their clients’ business.
After 38 years as an agent, Gary says, “The thing I find our customers in the Mohawk Valley want most is protection. They want to buy it from people they can trust and they want to know what they’re getting.”
Then, as an independent agent, “Since we represent some of the largest, most respected A-rated companies in the industry, our clients know they’re getting the right insurance for the best price.”
Because Gary, Steve and the staff at SZW all live here in the Utica area, clients get to know them well. In fact, Gary and Steve have lived and worked in the Mohawk Valley all their lives. When people call SZW Insurance, they know who they’re talking to.
And we take full advantage of the internet to communicate regularly with our clients and community. As Steve says, “We like to keep in touch with up-to-date insurance advice, ideas, and money saving tips with our weekly blog and daily social media posts.”
The things they enjoy most as business owners here in the Utica area are the friends they’ve made and the community organizations they have been involved in over the years. To this day, SZW Insurance actively supports Upstate Cerebral Palsy, CABVI, Oneida-Lewis ARC, RCIL, ARC Herkimer and many more local non-profits.
Gary is on the boards of Resource Center for Independent Living, the Leatherstocking Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Workforce Investment Board. Steve is on the boards of the Stanley Theatre, Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, Mohawk Valley Community College Foundation, and the CNY Health Home Network.
Giving back to the community is a big part of what SZW Insurance is all about. Our agency loves our Casual Day Project. Coordinator and Claims Manager Cathy LeTray has everyone donate $5.00 each month for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays. With the help of the Utica Municipal Housing Authority, at the end of the year we use that big pot of money to buy furniture and household items for some very grateful local families.
This is also our 25th anniversary as a major sponsor of America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk at Utica College. This year the Expo was held a day after our anniversary, on Friday, March 3. The Heart Run and Walk was on Saturday, March 4. We got lots of visitors to our booth at the Expo and our team had a great time walking on Saturday to raise money for the American Heart Association.
All of us here at Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig want to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and friends who have helped us make our first twenty-five years such a success. We look forward to working with you for years to come.
Until next time,
Your SZW Team
SZW Insurance is your New Hartford area independent insurance agent. Call us for a quote on insurance for your home, car, business, or life at 315.792.0000. Or request a quote here.