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We’re in the Golf Business! VGM Insurance Acquires Club Industry Experts Affinity Club Underwriters!

Posted On: September 15, 2016

We’re in the Golf Business! VGM Insurance Acquires Club Industry Experts Affinity Club Underwriters!

VGM Insurance is excited to announce the addition of Affinity Club Underwriters (formerly Affinity Agency Group, LLC.) of Morristown, New Jersey, to our family of companies!

As leaders in the golf and hospitality industry for over 30 years, the Affinity Club Underwriters team brings to VGM Insurance a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in the club space and is significant addition to our existing platform of specialty programs. 

“The acquisition of Affinity Club Underwriters furthers our drive to diversify and expand into additional markets and increase our portfolio of insurance solutions,” said Mike Kloos, president of VGM Insurance Services.

Founded in 2006 by David Harnois, Affinity Club Underwriters is a managing general agency and leader in providing innovative risk management solutions for the club industry.

“We are extremely excited to partner with David and complement the growth he has built over the past decade,” said Kloos. “Having worked in the club industry for more than 30 years, David brings to VGM Insurance a vast background in the hospitality space.”

As a division of VGM Insurance Services and affiliate of VGM Club, Affinity Club Underwriters will offer additional solutions to VGM Club members looking for specialty insurance coverage

“The addition of Affinity Club Underwriters to the VGM family is a perfect complement to our VGM Club strategy,” said D Jay Ellis, president of VGM Club. “We are always striving for ways to bring additional benefits to our members and are excited to make insurance another value-added solution for our customer base.”

Join us in welcoming Affinity Club Underwriters to VGM Insurance! Read on to learn more about our newest team members.

Get to Know the Affinity Team!

David Harnois, CCM

David knows the club industry inside and out. He can't help it! He's had 30 years of experience in club and hospitality management. He's a certified and honor society member of CMAA and a member of NGCOA, HFTP, and the GCBC. He received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts in 1981 and currently holds authorities in life, variable, accident, health or sickness, personal lines, property, casualty and surplus lines insurance. 

Michael Welday, CPA, COO

Michael joined Affinity Club Underwriters in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer.  He began his financial career auditing, preparing financial statements and examining the internal controls of private golf and social clubs in the New York City area.

He's a Certified Public Accountant with extensive knowledge of group insurance benefits and the Affordable Care Act.  Michael received his BBA from Pace University NYC in 1997 and currently holds authorities in life, variable, accident, health or sickness, personal lines, property and casualty.

Brian Thiemer, Program Underwriting Manager

Brian joined Affinity in 2008 initially heading the wholesale services department. It wasn't long before he became the Affinity Club Program Manager.  He oversees the underwriting, claims and day to day administration. Brian has been in the insurance industry for 17 years, holding various positions in underwriting, marketing and claims. Brian has degrees in Political Science and History from Montclair State University.

Moria Price, Senior Program Underwriter

Moira Price joined Affinity Club Underwriters in 2012 as a Program Underwriter. Prior to working with Affinity she worked as an Account Executive, underwriting storage tank liability policies. Moira graduated from Springfield College in 2009. 

Matt Lindgren, CLCS, Program Sales Manager

Matt joined the Affinity Club Underwriters team in 2016 as Program Sales Manager. He has over nine years of experience in sales, including five years working with affiliated club industry leader, VGM Club, and an additional three years in the insurance industry. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Organizational Communications and Public Relations, and is a certified Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist.  

To learn more about Affinity Club Underwriters, visit .

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Matthew Doyle | Feb 6th 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Please send me information on your Golf Club Program as I have an opportunity that has a 4/1/17 effective date. Please call me to discuss. Thank you.