As with any business the most important asset we have is our people.
We strive to maintain a staff that is highly trained, motivated by
our philosophy, and ethical in their practices. Some of the people
we are proud to have in our office to help you are:
J. David Ferris Ph.D., CPCU, ARM, AAI-
Chief Executive Officer
Dave is a 40+ year veteran of the insurance industry, licensed for
Property & Casualty and Life & Health. He has been at The Wood
Office since 1977, purchasing the agency from Richard Hughes in 1979
to become only the 4th owner in the company’s 150 year history. He
has taught and lectured on the topics of risk management and
insurance for over 20 years for groups such as the Club Managers
Association of America and Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers
of America and has also been a visiting lecturer for Cornell
Dave has been a volunteer on numerous community
boards including the United Way and Tompkins County Area
Development. Most recently he has served as a member of the Board of
Trustees for Tompkins Cortland Community College.
He is strong supporter of the arts and an avid outdoorsman and
Jamie A. Ferris CIC, CPIA, AAI – President
Jamie is licensed for both Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance from New York State.
He has earned the following designations: Accredited Advisor in Insurance from The Institutes; Certified Insurance Counselor from The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research; and the Certified Professional Insurance Agent from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society. He is a member of the Ithaca Thumbs Up Chapter of Business Networking International.
Jamie volunteers his time for many organizations. He currently is on the boards of the Professional Insurance Agents of NY, Community Arts Partnership, the Corporate Development Committee of Lansing Central School District, and the Youth Ministries Committee of the Lansing United Methodist Church.
Jamie spends his leisure time with his wife Melissa and their three daughters.
Karen Supek-Ferris, AAI – Vice President
Karen is the longest active employee of The Wood
Office. Starting with the agency in 1976, she is licensed for
Property & Casualty and has been managing the Commercial Lines
Department for over 20 years. Her primary focus has been large or
complex commercial lines accounts.
Karen is a lifetime resident of Tompkins County. She enjoys spending
time with her two sons, travel, golf, and boating.
Jolene Brooker – Commercial Lines Account Executive
Jolene has been in the insurance industry since 1984 and The Wood
Office since 1997. She is licensed for Property & Casualty insurance
with a focus on small and mid-sized commercial lines accounts.
When she is not working for The Wood Office, she helps run her
husband Gary’s plumbing and heating business. She also enjoys
camping, boating, and wine-making. Jolene and her family live in
Sara Rose, PLCS – Personal Lines Account Executive
Sara joined The Wood Office in 2003 as a newcomer to the insurance
industry. She learned the insurance business very quickly and in
2004 became licensed for Property & Casualty. She has also completed
the Hartford School of Insurance’s Personal Lines Training Program
and successfully earned her PLCS designation.
Sara spends her free time outdoors. She enjoys boating,
snowmobiling, and horseback riding. She lives with her husband
Ronnie and their son in Freeville.