Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Inc. (GKG) of New Hartford, New York has announced an expansion of its professional team with Michelle Simonds joining as a Director of Client Strategy within the firm’s Employee Benefits division. Simonds will work with employers across the northeast to establish and maintain benefits programs that help to reward & retain top talent while staying in control of their benefits spend. She will provide guidance regarding plan design, budgeting, program analysis, compliance, and other measures in line with the clients’ fiscal and strategic goals.


“GKG has been fortunate to continually attract top talent to our growing team. That means we bring the best in the industry to our clients. Michelle is a wonderful addition, and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her to the team,” said Larry Gilroy, CEO and president of the firm.


Simonds brings nearly three decades of diverse industry experience with roles in leadership, consulting, sales, and account management. Her career has expanded across various dimensions of the insurance industry including carrier, third party administrator, and agent.


Simonds currently resides in Athens, Pennsylvania. She has been a member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2019. She is also actively involved in Habitat for Humanity, Community Food Bank, and her local church community ministry.


About Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy, Inc.

Founded in 1904, Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy ( is one of Central New York’s oldest and largest independent insurance agencies. Blending innovative insurance solutions with leading-edge strategies, GKG helps individuals and businesses of all types and sizes manage risk. The firm is headquartered at 210 Clinton Road in New Hartford, from which it serves clients across the northeast and increasingly around the nation and globe. GKG employs a professional staff of over 50 and represents more than 80 insurance carriers.

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