Wanted: Class Agent
A senior partner with Bacon and Wilson, P.C., Kenneth J. Albano was honored with the Esteemed Service Award
from Behavioral Health Network, Inc. in
recognition of his more than 20 years
of service on its board of directors.
Francis X Wright Jr. was re-elected to
a sixth term as alderman in Melrose, MA.
He also continues to serve as the City
Solicitor for the City of Somerville, MA.
Class Agent Judith Jones
Frank Riccardi was named vice president, chief compliance and privacy officer
for Cone Health in Greensboro, NC. Prior
to this, Frank was the chief compliance
and privacy officer for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Health System in
Class Agent Marc Gaffrey
Marc S. Gaffrey is a senior partner with
the New Brunswick, NJ based firm of
Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst &
Doukas. He is also an adjunct faculty
member at Rutgers University, teaching
Constitutional Law. We welcome Marc
as the new class agent for the Class of
1987. Send your latest news to him at
Class Agent Michael Borg
Drexel University appointed Cicely
Peterson-Magnum as the executive
director of the Dana and David Dornsife
Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.
Cicely will oversee the development of a
facility that has catalyzed Drexel’s civic
engagement with its surrounding community, encouraging innovative collaboration among students, faculty, and
Wanted: Class Agent
Brian D. Harrington was named a director of the board of Freedom Credit Union.
Brian is an attorney and deputy regional
director in the Springfield office of the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Class Agent Kathleen Porter
Edward P. Hourihan Jr. of Bond,
Schoeneck & King PLLC was selected
for the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers
Wanted: Class Agent
A former All-state lineman, Eugene
Edwards was inducted into the Danbury
(CT) High School Athletic Hall of Fame
in October. Eugene played both baseball
and football for Danbury High School.
You just recently took your position at CATIC, a title insur-
ance underwriting company. What has the transition
been like not only working for a new company, but also
as president and CEO?
“Joining CATIC has been very challenging and rewarding
at the same time. I've had a great deal to learn about the
company, the culture, and its operations. CATIC has a great
foundation and wonderful people, and I'm going to build
on that foundation. Right now, I am working with my senior
management team to learn as much as I can about the
company and align our strategies to our company goals.
I am working with each department on a daily basis (sales,
claims, underwriting, operations, etc.) to figure out ways
to better serve our customers, who are attorney agents.”
How has having both a law degree from Western New
England and a finance degree elevated and impacted
“Having a law degree from the School of Law has allowed
me to develop a way of addressing business issues with
logic and seeing both sides of an issue. Having a law degree
and working in business has a lot of upsides, as law school
teaches you to think critically and see all sides or an issue,
and to use available information to make a sound business
How has the industry changed since you first began?
“The title insurance industry has changed a great deal since
I joined the field in 1995. Back then we were still giving
attorney agents carbon forms to type up their title policies!
Technology has allowed the industry to deliver its products
and services in a more efficient manner and move to a
mostly paperless process. As a result of the passage of the
Dodd-Frank Act, the creation of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and the implementation of the TILA-RESPA
Integrated Disclosure rules, the industry has evolved into a
much bigger partnership with lenders, realtors, and agents.
In the past, the title industry more or less played a supporting role in the lending and conveyance world but over the
last few years, it's played a very important role in education
not only to its agents, but also realtors and lenders on the
new laws and processes shaping our industry. I have been
very proud at how we stepped up as an industry to educate
all stakeholders in this new environment. The American
Land Title Association (ALTA) has also played a key role by
passing a series of best practices.”
Jim Czapiga ’94
Rocky Hill, CT