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The Hotaling Group Team

The Hotaling Group, a NY Independent Insurance Firm

The Hotaling Group’s knowledgeable and experienced staff is well-equipped to create customized programs and strategies that perfectly fit the needs of each individual client or business.


The Hotaling Group Life Insurance Team

Bobby HotalingBobby Hotaling
President / CEO

As President & CEO, Hotaling has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of the Hotaling Group. Founded almost two decades ago, Hotaling is considered an industry leader in the world of insurance. His clients range from small business owners to fortune 500 members; professional athletes, entertainers and other high level professionals as he lends his expertise in all aspects of insuring clients professional and personal needs.

In addition to his work in insurance, Hotaling is an active philanthropist and supports such foundations such as Rush for Literacy, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) and Toys for Tots to name a few.

To contact Mr. Hotaling, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Eric WilsonEric Wilson

At the age of 21, Mr. Wilson began his career at the well-known talent agency Famous Artists Agency. He quickly worked his way up the ranks to become a partner at Famous Artists, which provided him with the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in contemporary music including: Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Run DMC, Nas, Destiny's Child and Boyz II Men.

After fifteen successful years in the music industry, Mr. Wilson displayed his versatility by teaming up with Robert Hotaling, and is currently a partner with The Hotaling Group. At The Hotaling Group, Mr. Wilson is committed to protecting his clients from any financial pitfalls, providing them with services ranging from life insurance and estate planning to disability insurance, long term care, corporate and group benefits. Mr. Wilson's roots are still in the entertainment industry, as he is now actively involved in assisting some of the biggest names in the sports and entertainment.

To contact Mr. Wilson, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Tanyon SturtzeTanyon Sturtze

Mr. Sturtze, born October 12, 1970 in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. After making his MLB debut in 1995, Mr. Sturtze played for several teams including the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees. Recently, he was invited to pitch and play right field at the New York Yankees’ annual “Old-Timers Day.” After retiring from Major League Baseball, Mr. Sturtze began his second career in the insurance world with The Hotaling Group.

To contact Mr. Sturtze, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Anthony MasonAnthony Mason

Mr. Mason graduated from Tennessee State University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a professional basketball player in the NBA from 1988 to 2003 with the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat. Mr. Mason won the NBA’s 6th Man of the Year Award for the 1994-1995 season as a member of the New York Knicks and represented the Miami Heat in 2001’s All Star Game. After his career in the NBA, Mr. Mason was inducted into the New York Basketball Hall of Fame and has been a proud member of The Hotaling Group’s Life Insurance Team since 2011.

To contact Mr. Mason, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Nicole PerrottaNicole Perrotta
Managing Director

Nicole Perrotta recently joined the team at The Hotaling Group and brings 14 years of experience in the capital markets with her. Nicole spent the last six years as an Advisor at UBS Financial Services, Inc. where she serviced the wealth planning needs for clients in the entertainment and oil industries, as well as those of female entrepreneurs and professionals. Prior to UBS, Nicole spent almost five years at Goldman Sachs trading NASDAQ-listed equities for institutional clients. She stresses the dire importance that her clients and their agents stay pro-active in all aspects of their planning, whether it be insurance, cash management, estate or tax planning.

Nicole graduated from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY with a B.S. in Finance. She has been a guest commentator on Fox Business News and has also been featured in the financial services periodical, Crain’s New York Business. Nicole is very active on the Advisory Board of Council for Unity, a powerful non-profit organization committed to decreasing the burgeoning violence that plagues our youth and empower them with the skills necessary to attain their full potential in life.

To contact Ms. Perrotta, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Alex JelenevskyAlex Jelenevsky
Managing Director

I believe that the traditional broker relationship has evolved into something that no longer meets the needs of today's complex marketplace. To that end, I focus on being the antithesis of that traditional relationship.

As an independent insurance broker and risk adviser, we focus on partnering with our clients and their organizations to achieve both cost efficiency and cost consistency to promote them in competing stronger in their marketplace. We accomplish this by implementing the strategies and protocols of risk management with the design and purchase of insurance.

I represent my clients to the insurance carriers, and not the other way around. By consistently reviewing my client's current insurance portfolio and understanding the relationships between their: Retirement Accounts, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Disability Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, State Unemployment Insurance, Worker's Compensation Insurance, Personal and professional Liability Insurances, my clients are achieving more objectives for less money and are working with strategic alliances to make themselves and their business even more profitable.

We utilize strategic tools and relationships, to step away from insurance as it is currently viewed and focus on the larger business perspective, and how it relates to profitability and the direct and indirect costs. We accomplish this by partnering with our clients and thoroughly understand their need and use of insurance, coupled with how our clients are positioned to handle their daily risk.

STOP buying insurance and START managing your risk, for a far better and predicable long term result.

To contact Mr. Jelenevsky, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Hunter SemelsHunter Semels
Sales Advisor

Mr. Semels graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he was a member of the golf team and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics. After graduation, he joined The Hotaling Group as one of the company’s life insurance agents. Mr. Semels is fully licensed and specializes in Life, Health and Accident Insurance.

To contact Mr. Semels, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Ross KirschRoss Kirsh
Managing Director

Mr. Kirsh graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Management and Technology. After graduation, he moved to China for four years to learn the manufacturing business and to expand his view of the world. Upon returning from China, Mr. Kirsh channeled his entrepreneurial interests and skills to start his own manufacturing and Import/Export business called Quark Distribution.

Mr. Kirsh joined The Hotaling Group in early 2011 as a recognized expert in advising professionals. He specializes in working with attorneys, physicians and small business owners, helping them in areas such as wealth accumulation and protection, insurance, retirement planning and estate planning. As the son of an accomplished estate planner, Mr. Kirsh grew up understanding the importance of financial planning and sound advice in order to secure a solid financial future. Now dedicated to his role as a financial advisor, he is able to understand the fiscal needs and challenges facing his clientele after years in business and managerial positions.

To contact Mr. Kirsh, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Brian FlanaganBrian Flanagan
Sales Advisor

After a successful fifteen year career in the golf industry, first as a touring professional and later as a golf tour innovator and renowned instructor, Mr Flanagan joined The Hotaling Group in 2011. As a fully licensed broker, Brian enjoys helping his clients to improve their financial position by better understanding life, health and disability insurance. Whether helping high net worth individuals with their estate planning or assisting a young family or new business with their insurance needs, Brian will always give honest and unbiased advice to his clients.

To contact Mr. Flanagan, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

The Hotaling Group Health & Benefits Team

Alonzo J. McCray
Director of Group Benefits

Alonzo J. McCrayAlonzo J. McCray of Queens, New York, has joined The Hotaling Group with more than 15 years experience in the health insurance industry.

Alonzo began his health insurance career working for one of the largest health insurance companies in the country. After four years, Alonzo left the carrier side of the health insurance business and moved into the brokerage and general agency realm. Over the past 11 years, Alonzo has worked with several insurance brokerages and general agencies.

Prior to pursuing a career in the insurance field Alonzo was a member of the United States Navy. He served in Desert Shield, as well as Desert Storm. Alonzo also served as a Navy recruiter. His contributions helped his recruiting station earn "Recruiting Station of the Year" for three consecutive years. These accomplishments also led to being awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.

Chris LabassoChris LoBasso
Managing Director

Chris Lo Basso graduated Pace University with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting. As a previous business owner, Chris brings his 25 years of experience to the Hotaling Group by helping other business owners implement innovative solutions that allow them to operate efficiently in a competitive market. Chris takes the time to uncover a client’s potential by creating options today that will allow them to make better decisions tomorrow.

Active in his community Chris is a Troop Leader with the Boys Scouts #325 New Rochelle, Coaches Eastchester Little League Baseball and Yonkers Flag Football. “It’s all about our kids”

The Hotaling Group Title Insurance Team

Gina FiniGina Fini
Sales and Service

Gina Fini has been a partner and creator of The Hotaling Group since inception in August 2001. Gina is no stranger to the service industry, for 20 years prior she owned, operated and built a top 200 salon in the country (voted by Modern Salon Magazine in 2005) in Scarsdale NY. Her mission statement during her dual careers has always been about servicing the client for they are the reason we are in business! The Hotaling Group Title Insurance Company, a solely owned female company, was designed to be added to the already impressive repertoire of The Hotaling Group Insurance Company. Gina understands that title insurance holds as great of value in protecting your home as life insurance does in protecting your family and your wealth. Here at The Hotaling Group Title Agency, her goal is to maintain the integrity and service levels she has come to be known for by her long term clients and advisors. Whether working with real estate attorneys or the directly with the clients themselves the end result has always been her goal: a very happy client.

To contact Mrs. Fini, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Thomas N. DeCaro

Thomas N. DeCaro
Title Company Head of Operations

Thirty year title veteran and Benchmark co-founder, Tom has extensive experience as an underwriter and as an agent. He is committed to excellent customer service. Tom is active in the community and has sponsored organizations including Westhab and the Westchester County Bar Association.

To contact Mr. DeCaro, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email

Ted Bowden, JrTed Bowden, Jr
Executive Director of Property & Casualty

Ted Bowden, Jr. has joined the Hotaling Group, with over 20 years of Property & Casualty Insurance Experience. Mr. Bowden’s specialty is providing insurance for restaurants and lounges in the New York metropolitan area. He also has extensive experience in working with high net-worth clientele.

Mr. Bowden began his career working as a personal lines underwriter, then became a commercial lines underwriter, with some of the largest insurance companies. In 1993, Mr. Bowden attended the College of Insurance, where he obtained his property and casualty license. Then, he went to work as a producer for an insurance agency that specializes in providing coverage for entertainers. He provided insurance and protperty coverage for fashion shows, special events, music tours, inland marine, and general liability. He also has experience providing coverage for homes, including condos and co-ops, fine art, and automobiles. He can also provide general liablity, property, workers compensation and disability coverage for small businesses, including apartment buildings, medical, law offices, and art galleries.

Mr. Bowden is from New Jersey, and currently resides in Harlem, New York.

To contact Mr. Bowden, please contact the office at (212) 655-3574 or email