Our Staff

Our senior staff's experience ranges from ten to 40 years in the insurance industry. Each person operates within their specialty; however, we operate in teams to address different insurance needs. These include property/casualty, employee benefits, retirement planning, and personal insurance issues. This team methodology insures that we have a more complete solution for our clients.

Here at Friedman Associates, we promote from within. Administrative staff enters the company at the front desk. This gives them a good grounding in all areas of our business. Once established, they then move into specialty areas. We provide on-going professional training, both in-house and through industry training organizations.

Commercial Property/Casualty

Neil Friedman, CLU, CBIA
Neil brings 45 years of experience to Friedman Associates with a background in property/casualty and life insurance. Neil entered the insurance business as a life agent in 1972 and became Agent of the Year for that year. He received his CLU designation in 1979.

Howard Friedman, CPCU, CBIA
Howard brings 23 years experience to Friedman Associates with a background in property and casualty and an emphasis in construction, auto service and restaurant risks.  Howard is a 1993 graduate from the University of Tennessee. 

Brad Johnson, CBIA
Brad works with many newly licensed businesses. He has helped insure contractors, janitorial businesses and other service businesses throughout Hampton Roads. Brad earned his CBIA designation in 2013.

Robin Harrington
Robin is our newest commercial lines agent. She has a background in many types of businesses as both an employee and business owner.


Employee Benefits/Voluntary Benefits/Financial Planning

John Woleben, CLU, ChFC, AEP
John brings 40 years experience to Friedman Associates with a background in corporate and personal life insurance. John is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is past president of both local chapters and is the past Chairman of the Virginia Insurance Continuing Education Board. He is also a member of the Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council.

Thomas Dunn, CLU, ChFC
Throughout his 26 year career Thomas has continually expanded his knowledge and experience to encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines including business and estate law, accounting and insurance.  He specializes in helping his clients avoid losses, reduce taxes, and guarantee retirement income. Thomas is active with the Society of Financial Service Professionals and serves as the 2nd Vice-President in the Tidewater Chapter.  He is also a Certified Continuing Education Instructor, helping fellow agents attain professional accreditation.

Jenny Cox
Jenny started in the Horse Insurance Industry in the late 1990’s as an Underwriting Assistant, eventually moving to the agency side full time. She spent a year in Ocala, Florida working in commercial lines insurance for horse farms and writing mortality insurance on racehorses. Jenny began working at Friedman in 2009 as the receptionist and became a Life and Health Account Manager in 2011. She received her Virginia P&C license in 2015.


Personal Property/Casualty

Contact Angela Olivencia for home/auto/renters/flood insurance


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