Getting to know Donard Reilly!photo

Official Title: Inland Marine Program Underwriter

Mini Bio:

Inland Marine Specialist Donard Reilly joined New Empire Group as a Senior Vice President in February 2013 and heads the Inland Marine Department. Donard brings over 25 years of Inland Marine experience to New Empire Group. Most recently as owner of Mainland Specialty Insurance, an MGA using The Chubb Insurance Group as the underwriting carrier for his Inland Marine program. Donard began his insurance career in1986 and has worked for numerous carriers honing his trade including Aetna, St. Paul, Royal Insurance Company and the Royal & SunAlliance, where he managed the Inland Marine Department. Donard built the department tenfold before leaving to open his own managing general agency Mainland Marine Specialty which he merged into New Empire Group. He has been a member of the Inland Marine Underwriters Association of New York (IMUA) where he also served on the Northeast Committee. Donard is a 27 year member of the New York Mariners Club of New York, and has served as the Skipper in addition to duties on the Board of Directors. In addition Donard is a manager and coach of youth programs in his Long Island community where he lives with his wife and two children.

What is your favorite part about working for New Empire Group?

Interacting with so many great people on a daily basis and working for a company so heavily involved within the community.

Before working at New Empire Group, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Working for an auto financing company and dealing with repossessions.

What is your favorite quote?

“Never put off tomorrow what you can do today”  (Thomas Jefferson)

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

My Dad who passed away over 10 years ago. He was my best friend, my Little League coach, and my Cub Scout leader. He served in the Navy in WWII (The Greatest Generation), and worked for an Insurance Company for 41 years in downtown Manhattan and was married for 56 years. He was such a great inspiration to me. There are still a lot of things I could learn from him.

Are you interested in learning more about our Commercial Inland Marine Program?   Feel free to email Donard Reilly at


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