Our Team

Meet Carl Puma

Carl Puma has spent most of his career in the insurance business, although he started his professional life as an accountant. His first job was as a CPA for a Madison Avenue firm, but he soon came to feel that the old corporate ladder wasn’t something he wanted to climb. After several years as a career agent with Prudential Insurance, he decided to go out on his own, and in 1987, founded The Carl Puma Agency.

His goal as a multi-licensed broker was to develop specialized, strategically aligned financial plans that would bring peace of mind to his clients. This meant offering individual, pension and group health insurance, and called for building a team of professionals who loved their work.

As president, Carl has direct oversight of all Carl Puma Agency operations, and is proud of the company’s record of innovation. Some of Carl Puma Agency’s carriers also engage Carl as a motivational speaker at their internal events, to tell the story of how a successful practice can be built by serving his clients well..

The Rest of the Team

At Carl Puma Agency, we pride ourselves on the team we’ve built. Our people are carefully chosen for their interpersonal skills, industry expertise and years of experience.

We listen to your needs, understand your requirements and knowing the industry well, we are able match you with the best coverage possible. We always stay on top of market trends and regulatory changes within each state where we do business.

We offer the best of both worlds - personalized, friendly service combined with the strength of the nation's leading insurance carriers. We work with nationally-recognized carriers to find the best and most competitive programs available.


Carl Puma
President & CEO

Chad Puma
Office Manager

Elisse Torchio
Account Manager for Life and Health

Josephine Paratore
Account Manager for Life and Health / Bookkeeper

Lisa Schiraldi
Health Account Manager

Karen Miller
Account Manager for Life and Health