Our Staff

Marvin A. Freedman - CEO

Marvin is the last of the original founders of anchor agency in 1960 and is still active in the business. He served as President & CEO for many years and oversaw the firm during its growth and development to becoming one of the larger insurance agencies in the Albany area.
Marvin is an Albany native, a graduate of Siena College where he also attended the graduate school prior to attending Albany Law School. After the sudden death of his father he left law school to continue his father’s insurance business until partnering to establish Anchor Agency, where he currently serves as chairman. He has served on various insurance company agents advisory committees over his career including three terms as chair of the Hartford Insurance Companies Agents Advisory Committee for New York State.

Mr. Freedman has been involved in many charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations, both locally and on a national basis. Among the organizations that he has been board chair or president are St. Peter’s Hospital, Community Foundation For The Capital Region, Congregation Beth Emeth, United Jewish Federation, Home Health Association Of Northeastern N.Y., Daughters Of Sarah Nursing Home as well as serving as a board member of various other community organizations.

He was a founding member of the board of directors of Capital Bank & Trust Company and has been honored by the Albany-Colonie Chamber Of Commerce with the lifetime achievement award, the third age achievement award by Senior Service Center Of Albany, the business achievement award by the Capital District Business Review and the covenant award given by B’nai Brith, among others.

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Fred Stemp – President

Fred Stemp is President of Anchor Agency, Inc. His experience ranges over 35 years in the insurance industry. Fred began his career as an underwriter for a national insurance carrier. He joined Anchor over 30 years ago and was instrumental in growing the agency to one of the top 10 independent agencies in the Capital Region (Business Review Book of Lists).
Fred has served on numerous insurance company advisory boards during his tenure with the Anchor Agency. His extensive community service includes membership of the Cohoes School Board for 5 years including President of the Board during the last 2 years of his service. Fred also served the last four years as a member of the Board of the Cohoes Community Center, the last two years as President.

Fred is currently serving on the Albany Advisory Council for the Professional Insurance Agents of NYS Inc.

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Marc S. Barach, CPIA – Personal Lines Manager

Marc began his insurance career in 1982 with Tucker-Lieberman, Inc., a family-owned an independent Insurance Agency started by his grandfather and continued on to this day by his father and him. In September of 1993, he joined Anchor Agency’s Personal Insurance Division. He brings over 28 years experience to his current position as Personal Lines Manager, directing Anchor Agency’s Personal Insurance, Flood and Bond Divisions.
His extensive knowledge and understanding of the insurance industry help facilitate his ability to manage the unit’s staff, work with a wide range of clients, and find innovative strategies to solve our client’s Personal Insurance, Flood and Bonding issues. Marc earned the designation of Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) in 2009.
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Steve Lobel - Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Steve Lobel joined Anchor Agency, Inc. as Director of Sales and Marketing in January of 1997, and in 2006 he was promoted to Vice President. He left his position, as assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs at the University at Albany to assume this opportunity in one of Albany’s most respected insurance and financial services firms.
Mr. Lobel established a technology division at Anchor to provide insurance services for emerging technology companies. Over the last ten years he has gained expertise and built a significant clientele in this growing market. Mr. Lobel has also developed specialties in Alternative Energy and Environmental Site Liability, Employment Practices Liability and Directors and Officers Liability, as well as Structured Settlements and Professional Liability. In 2005 he completed the requirements for the professional designation CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor).

Mr. Lobel’s Capital Region entrepreneurial activities span over three decades. He was the University’s Director of Marketing before assuming the Alumni position. However, he is best known as the founder of The Cheese Connection, which had its start in 1980 in Albany’s Robinson Square. In 1981, the business moved to Stuyvesant Plaza. In 1988 the business was expanded and renamed Cowan & Lobel. After selling his interest in this well-known and respected food emporium in 1991, Lobel purchased Impress Promotions in Saratoga, which he operated until 1993 when he joined UAlbany.

Lobel received a BA degree in English from the University at Albany in 1970. From 1993 to 1997 he served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching marketing in the Evening MBA Program at UAlbany’s School of Business. He also served as founding Chair of the Advisory Council for the MBA Program. Steve served as an Adjunct Professor at Union College, teaching two terms of Marketing Management for the MBA Program of the Graduate Management Institute.

Steve has been active in community affairs, serving as a director on the boards of the Albany Symphony Orchestra (chairman of the Marketing Committee 2006 - 2008) and currently Chairman of the Board, The Community Foundation (current), Albany Center Galleries, Albany Senior Services, Senior Services of Albany Foundation (current) United Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services of Northeastern NY (President, 1999-2001). He was the founding President of Tech Valley Healthy Kids, an organization formed to bring mobile dental care to needy children in the Capital Region. He has served on the United Way marketing and Hands On Capitaland committees in addition to his role as past President of Albany Rotary Club and founding co-chair of the Washington Park Lobster Festival which he co-chaired for 7 years. He has also served on the boards of the University at Albany Foundation, and Capital Chamber Artists. Steve is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the United Jewish Federation. In 2009 he was presented with the Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award (also known as “The Ebbie”) for “his exemplary commitment to improving the lives of individuals through community involvement” by the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce.

In 2004, 2005 and 2006 Steve followed his avocation and passion for socially conscious photojournalism and traveled to the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua documenting humanitarian health care missions with still photography and videography. His photography is featured in several short documentary films regarding those missions.

Published articles include "Insurance Coverage and Internet Risks", Capital District Business Review, August 14-20, 2000, "Business Interruption Insurance and the Protection of Prospective Earnings", Capital District Business Review, December 3-9, 2001, and "Structured Settlements", New York State Bar Association CLE "Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention and Litigation, March 2002. Mr. Lobel was featured in an article titled "Serial Entrepreneur" by Robin Wood, in the Capital District Business Review, April 5-11, 2002. On December 27, 2005 he was featured in an article by Paul Grondhal (“Through a Lens Lovingly”) in the Time Union. In May of 2006 Mr. Lobel Published his first book, “Recognition Beyond Burned, Portraits of Survival, Rebirth & Hope” featuring his photographic portraits of burn survivors. The book coincided with a nationally touring exhibit of those photographs.

Mr. Lobel is a long time member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. He lives in Slingerlands with his wife Vivian. They have two adult children: Mia and Joshua a grandson, Ezekiel, and a granddaughter, Lila.
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Patricia Ross, CLU – Vice President, Financial Services

Patricia “Pat” Ross came to Albany to attend SUNY majoring in business. Her insurance career began with a major life insurance company working her way to a sales consultant position. In 1992 Pat joined Anchor Agency Inc. to establish a Financial Services Dept. Under her guidance the department has grown and now has 5 employees. She was named VP of Financial Services several years ago. In addition to earning her CLU designation she is a member of several industry organizations including the Society of Financial Services Professionals.
In her free time Pat has been a mentor for Sponsor-a-Scholar, PTA President, Girl Scout leader, and is currently a Board Member for Schenectady ARC. She enjoys traveling, golf, theatre and the arts. Pat’s children and granddaughter keep her busy as well.
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Michelle Lyman - Associate

Michelle began her insurance career in 1998 and joined the Anchor Agency family in 2002 where she focuses on helping employers manage and provide employee benefits for their employees. She currently works with employers to compile their employee benefits package including Health insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance. Michelle is a New York State licensed agent for Life and Health. Michelle resides in Guilderland New York where she enjoys running, golfing and traveling with her family.

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Nancy Marr – Account Manager – Employee Benefits & Financial Strategies

Nancy began her career in Insurance in 1988 starting in the Commercial Lines Department and later moving to Financial Services. She is fully licensed for Life and Property & Casualty Insurance.
Nancy has lived in the Capital District since 1967. She has one son and enjoys reading, music and dancing.
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Beverly Gregory – Support – Business Insurance

Beverly came to the Anchor Agency in March of 2005 after working for a major carrier for 12 years. Beverly is the support person for the Business Insurance Department. She prides herself in being detailed oriented and has an excellent work ethic.
Beverly has lived in Delmar most of her life. She is married and has four children. She is excepting her 2nd grandchild in February.
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Marylyn Raleigh, CPIA – Account Manager – Personal Insurance

Marylyn began her insurance career in 1979 through another local agency in the area, as Personal Lines Manager. She has since worked for several agencies in the area and joined Anchor Agency in April of 1999 tending to the needs of clients in the Personal Insurance Division. Marylyn achieved the designation of Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) in 2010.

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Laurel Kidalowski – Account Manager – Personal Insurance

Laurel began her Insurance career in 1996 as a Personal Lines Insurance Representative for a local insurance agency. She was an Associate Agent for a national insurance carrier for the past 8 years. In August of 2010 she joined Anchor Agency’s Personal Insurance Division tending to client’s personal insurance needs.

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Kathy Boltz - Secretary

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Agnes Gagnon

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Angela Cannistraci

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Nancy A. King

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William Ennis

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Jack A. Barach

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Anchor Agency, Inc.
Pioneer Plaza
652 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

Phone - 518.730.3200
Fax - 518.730.3199
Email - info@anchoragency.com
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