Louis D’Agostino always was a standout. He was a Nassau County award-winning high school athlete and then an All-American at the University of Rhode Island. He graduated to the New York Jets as a running back, and then he played for the Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL.
D’Agostino’s star continued to rise when he replaced his cleats with wingtips. For the last 13 years, he has continued to excel during every scrimmage and every big game in the insurance and risk management field. Initially, he was successful at a prominent Manhattan insurance brokerage agency. Now, D’Agostino’s Iron Cove Partners, as a division of The Whitmore Group, continues to score on Long Island.
A recent recognition of his business success occurred this past January when D’Agostino was named to the 2013 class of the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in business. Designated as future leaders, the members of LIBN’s 15th annual class were recognized for contributions to business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. Each classmate already has journeyed along a path of career success, has been involved in mentoring, promotes his or her specific profession and still finds time to contribute to the improvement of Long Island communities by supporting local and national charities.
As one of the standouts on Long Island, D’Agostino was recognized for his insurance and risk management expertise in addressing the needs of some of the nation’s largest businesses, and he was applauded for his commitments to a number of charities and community programs.
"This recognition means a great deal to me personally and to our team," said D'Agostino, a Hewlett resident who is a partner and senior vice president of Iron Cove Partners and a member of the The Whitmore Group's senior management team. "It is such an unbelievable honor to be mentioned amongst all these rising stars."
Award Contributes to Marketing Success
A couple of years ago, D’Agostino decided to partner with James Metzger's The Whitmore Group, providing the Garden City insurance brokerage and financial services firm with additional expertise to serve clients in the construction, real estate, funeral industry, transportation, fine arts and personal insurance sectors. Since their first day together, D’Agostino and Metzger have been involved with a variety of successful business development and corporate initiatives.
Until he entered the current Long Island Business News class, though, D’Agostino had been unable to quantify or determine the effectiveness of his networking and philanthropic endeavors.
“This recognition by Long Island Business News has provided us with a tremendous marketing advantage on a local level when compared to some of our competitors that rely heavily on phone and internet sales. The award provides me and my team with considerable credibility right here in our own backyard.”
During the brief time he has been a LIBN 40 Under 40 member, D’Agostino has seen an increase in the number of visits to the Iron Cove Partners website along with numerous congratulatory notes and messages from the Long Island Business Community.
“I also have met with other honorees,” added D’Agostino, “and we have plans to develop events that will allow us to continue to foster our new relationships and help each other develop new business.”
Contributions To Society
Besides business, D’Agostino is committed to improving life in the Greater New York area by helping people who sustain health and other challenges. He has been honored by the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation for his work to help treat and possibly one day cure thalassemia (inherited autosomal recessive blood disorders). D’Agostino also supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, the Citizens Committee for Children, the Italian Networking Organization and the Columbus Citizens Foundation. He also finds time for football as a coach of a youth team in Inwood on Long Island.
D’Agostino’s past success on the football field and his current commitment to tackle the challenges of the business environment continue to earn for him many accolades within the financial industry and among clients and colleagues.
“When I was named one of the top producers at my former firm, after being told it could never happen, I knew my hard work was all worth it,” he said. “My future goal is to be one of nation’s leading insurance and risk management firms. Being part of the 2012 LIBN 40 Under 40 class, and being recognized amongst some of Long Island’s most successful and brightest stars in business, lets me know and confirms that I am certainly going in the right direction.”