WEST TRENTON, NJ —(SBN)—NJM Insurance Group’s president and chief executive officer, Bernie Flynn, will retire on April 27, the company said. Flynn had been with the insurance company for 25 years, including the past 10 as its leader.
Mitch Livingston, NJM’s chief operating officer and general counsel, was named to succeed Flynn as only the ninth President in NJM’s 104-year history.
“Bernie guided NJM through some challenging times during his ten-year tenure as CEO – including the Great Recession and Super Storm Sandy – ensuring every day that we honor our commitment to be there when our policyholders need us,” said Brian Neuwirth, chairman of NJM’s board of directors. “His commitment resonates throughout the Company, and under his guidance NJM strengthened its national reputation for outstanding customer and claims service, while advancing the Company’s already exceptionally strong capital position to ensure policyholders are well protected now and in the years to come. At the same time – and in the face of these challenges – Bernie demonstrated true vision by keeping NJM’s focus on the future and leading transformational technology advancements that ensure the Company remains a market leader in the property casualty industry, and is well positioned to expand and enhance the products and services it provides to an ever-increasing policyholder base for decades to come. On behalf of our Board, we thank Bernie for his years of dedicated service and leadership.”
“Leading a team that is so devoted to our customers, so faithful to our values, and so supportive of one another has been a remarkable privilege,” said Flynn. “Mitch and I have worked closely together in developing NJM’s vision for the future and strategic plan over the past several years. That experience, along with the expertise he’s gained in all aspects of the Company as Chief Operating Officer, positions him to successfully build on NJM’s legacy.”
“I’m honored and humbled that our Board of Directors has the confidence in me to lead this tremendous organization through the next phase of its growth,” said Livingston. “Bernie’s vision and unbridled commitment to the mission of mutuality that has been at the core of NJM’s success over the last century has positioned us well for the future. I look forward to working alongside our committed and talented employees to build on that strong foundation as we continue to serve an ever-expanding policyholder base.”
NJM is among the Garden State’s largest property casualty insurers. Founded in 1913, NJM’s mission is to provide value-based insurance solutions with the highest levels of service, integrity, and financial stewardship. The Company operates in a mutual fashion for the exclusive benefit of its policyholders. Headquartered in West Trenton, NJ, NJM employs nearly 2,500 workers.
About Mitch Livingston
Mitch Livingston joined NJM in 2006. He currently serves as NJM’s chief operating officer and general counsel, and has served on the board of directors since 2013. Prior to joining NJM, Livingston was a partner in a Trenton-based law firm, specializing in insurance regulatory law and appellate practice, after beginning his career as a deputy attorney general representing the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Livingston has served on the ethics committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court and is currently a member of the board of trustees for the Drumthwacket Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing a sense of pride in New Jersey though preservation of the property that serves as the official residence of the governor of New Jersey. Livingston is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law. He and his wife, Heather, reside in Yardley, Pennsylvania. They have two children.
About Bernie Flynn
Bernie Flynn has served as NJM’s president and CEO since April 2008. He joined NJM in 1993 as a staff attorney, rising to vice president and senior vice president and general counsel before being named CEO. He currently serves as co-chair of Greater Trenton, a non-profit whose mission is to advance economic development and revitalization projects in New Jersey’s capital city, and vice-chair of NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network. He is also the former chairman and a founding board member of Choose New Jersey, an independent, privately funded and managed non-profit that markets the Garden State as a premier location for businesses looking to expand or relocate.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.