Our Leadership Team

Cross Current Insurance Group was formed in 2018 to blend our partners professional expertise with our passion for fly fishing and the outdoors. 

Rollin Schuster

Managing Principal, Cross Current Insurance

135 South Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Office: 1-833-553-2244
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Rollin has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. In addition to Cross Current Insurance Group, Rollin is the managing principal of The Schuster Group and a partner of Insurance Provider Group, two leading insurance brokerage firms. Rollin supports the insurance industry through serving on the NFP Benefits Partner Broker Advisory Board as well as two industry advocacy organizations; Connecticut Benefit Brokers and National Association of Health Underwriters and is a frequent speaker on industry related topics.

Rollin’s desire to support the greater good inspired him to create his own nonprofit organization called The Alliance for Nonprofit Growth and Opportunity Inc., commonly referred to as TANGO; which he now serves as President. This organization provides resources to over 1200 nonprofits helping them build capacity through business oriented education, preferred services and mission support. Rollin’s nonprofit involvement also includes serving as Treasurer of CW Resources, one of Connecticut’s largest nonprofit organizations and past Chairman of the Board of Qualidigm, a national healthcare consulting company.

Rollin is a graduate of Franklin Pierce University, holds numerous insurance and security licenses and is an Investment Advisor Representative with Kestra Financial.

When not working, Rollin can be found fishing his home waters of the Farmington River and Martha’s Vineyard. He lives in Simsbury, Connecticut with his wife Amy and is proud to have raised three kids who all cast like Bohemian Guides

Augusto Russell

Partner, Cross Current Insurance

135 South Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Office: 1-833-553-2244
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Augusto is a Certified Insurance Counselor with over 30 years experience in the insurance industry.

In 2000, Augusto left his insurance career to work as the Director of Development for HOPE worldwide New England, a faith‐based NGO in Andover, Massachusetts. He raised money to support orphaned and abandoned children in Romania and other Eastern European countries. In 2003, Augusto and his family relocated to Farmington, CT where he resumed his insurance career.

Augusto regularly participates in data breach symposiums and webinars designed to heighten awareness of cyber liability exposures and to offer practical solutions on how to deal with the burgeoning problem of data breach to businesses and organizations. He was a regular presenter for Lawyers Clearinghouse, founded by the Boston Bar and Massachusetts Bar Associations, on the topic: Navigating the Waters of Insurance and Risk Management for Nonprofits. He has developed exclusive insurance programs for industries including Nonprofits and Human Service Organizations, Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors. Augusto works with clients ranging from startups to nationally recognized companies. He was the president of the Professional Insurance Agents of CT (PIACT) Association in 2013‐2014. Augusto received the CT Agent of the Year award in 2015 and later received the 2016 National Agent of the Year. He chaired the Economic Development Commission for the Town of Farmington and has been appointed to the Insurance Task Force created by the CT Senate. He helped established the insurance certificate program at Goodwin College in E. Hartford, CT. He holds a BA from Tufts University (cum laude).

Augusto loves outdoor activities of fishing, camping and hiking.

Angela Ziogas

ADVISOR, CROSS CURRENT INSURANCE

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Angela has been working in the insurance and financial services industry for over 6 years. In addition to working at Cross Current Insurance, Angela is also a Retirement Account Manager with The Schuster Group and holds her life insurance license, Series 6, and Series 63.

Angela holds a Business degree from Central Connecticut State University and is an AmeriCorps NCCC alum. During her year long service with AmeriCorps NCCC, Angela worked with numerous nonprofits on the West Coast to complete projects in Environmental Stewardship and Conservation, Energy Conservation, Urban and Rural Development, Infrastructure Improvement, and Natural and Other Disasters. Angela received the President’s Volunteer Service Award Gold Level and The Congressional Award Bronze Medal at the completion of her service.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys euro nymphing around the Farmington River, hiking with her rescue dog, working towards her black belt in kickboxing, and traveling outdoors.

Dan Phelan, Sales Manager, Cross Current Insurance

Dan Phelan

Sales Manager, CROSS CURRENT INSURANCE

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Dan has been in love with water his whole life; whether it’s a slow stream, a glassy lake, or frozen and flying over his shoulder on a powder day. His first job was at a local outfitter in CT, and he’s had a hard time paying full retail for outdoor gear ever since. After college, he headed West to ski, fish, and postpone becoming an adult for a few years; doing the typical ski bum things like working in a bar in the summer and managing a ski shop in the winter.

But living in a house in Bozeman with four guys, two dogs, and skiing 100 days a year couldn’t last forever, and Dan headed East after accepting a sales job with a Commercial Property & Casualty insurance broker. During his 9 years in the insurance industry, he earned the designations of CLCS (commercial lines coverage specialist), CWCA (certified workers’ comp advisor), CRIS (construction risk insurance specialist), ACRA (accredited cyber risk advisor), and was a 3-time champion in the telemark ski division on CT’s Tuesday night beer league circuit. During a brief hiatus from insurance, Dan was a Dealer Sales Rep at Thule, where he supported their dealers and reps throughout WA, OR, CA, NV, HI, and TX.

Dan’s role at Cross Current is in sales development where he designs and implements customized risk reduction plans that protect his client’s livelihood, employees, and guests from the unexpected. His experience in commercial insurance, outdoor retail, manufacturing, and of course fishing, uniquely position him to understand the needs of his clients.

When he’s not at work, you can almost always find Dan pestering trout on his home waters of the Farmington River or helping new anglers learn how to fly fish through his guiding company www.fishthefarm.com. He’s also an avid fly tier, skier, hack golfer, and has finally gotten over his guilt about fishing mops and squirmies.

Joe Philippon, Cross Current Insurance, Director of Marketing

Joe Philippon

Director of Marketing, Cross Current Insurance

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Joe has been in the marketing and design fields for over 25 years. Working with large and small for-profit and non-profit organizations have helped him become skilled in many areas of the industry including; digital marketing, design, print production, web design and development, project management, and more. He will use this experience to help guide Cross Current Insurance in its marketing efforts as they continue to grow.

Outside of the office he enjoys doing anything outdoors. He has hiked, fished, and camped all around New England since he was a kid. Coaching youth soccer and Little League baseball along with helping out with his son’s Scout troop keeps him outside often.

Ambassadors

We rely on the guidance of outdoor enthusiasts to help us navigate where and how Cross Current can support the outdoor industry and our environment.

Neville Orsmond

CEO, Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods

Andy Bowen

Owner, Cohutta Fishing Company

Abbie Schuster

Owner, Kismet Outfitters