Gene has been a Certified Insurance Counselor since 1980 as well as a licensed insurance agent and consultant. He has qualified as an expert witness in ocean marine insurance. Gene has also been a “subject matter expert” chosen by the State of Maine Insurance Department to help evaluate and write questions for the State insurance producer tests. He has done seminars annually for his ocean marine clients as well as for the US Coast Guard and the National Association of Marine Surveyors. Gene and the Allen Agency are officially endorsed as Tall Ships America’s insurance agents for vessel insurance, land based insurance, directors and officers coverage plus crew health insurance.
He is the chairman of his town’s harbor committee. Gene is also the in house educator for the AllenAgency’s 70 employees. In 2008 he was chosen by the Maine Marine Trades Association to present the inaugural course of the Owner operators College (OOC) as well as presenting a half day session in October of 2010 entitled “Insurance 101”at the Marine Systems Training Center. Gene is an instructor for The American Boatbuilders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) teaching emergency preparedness. Gene has also taught ocean marine insurance to staff of Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) and Acadia Insurance Company. He is a monthly contributor to the national industry publication WorkBoat Magazine with a column called “Insurance Watch”.
Born and raised on Long Island, NY to a family with deep roots in the marine business.
His first word was “boat”. Rob worked as a teenager at Greenport Yacht & Shipbuilding Co. in Greenport, LI as a welder/mechanic and subsequently at Richard Bertram & Co. in Miami, also later at Anderson & Cristofani Shipyard in South San Francisco before becoming a hull surveyor for Hull & Cargo Surveyors, Inc in New York.
He became an independent marine surveyor specializing in passenger vessels and commercial fishing vessels before becoming a marine insurance agent in 1983.
His formal education includes a degree in Mechanical Technology, another in Industrial Arts Education, and postgraduate work in counseling psychology, before again succumbing to the wonderful world of boats (lol).
Rob has owned and lived aboard a variety of vessels, most memorably the Thalassa, a 1946 wood schooner built by the Dauphinee Bros.
He was granted underwriting authority by a major insurance carrier in 1997 and now is underwriting Hull and P&I for United States Fire Insurance Company, founded 1824.