Insurance Sales Team
Robert W. Gilbert Jr., CPCU, LIA
Insurance Consultant and Risk Advisor
413-437-1002 | 800-542-0131
Robert W. Gilbert Jr. is an insurance consultant and risk advisor for The Dowd Insurance Agencies. Bob has been actively involved in the insurance industry since 1970. His early years were with the marketing department of Aetna Life & Casualty in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In 1975, Bob joined The Dowd Insurance Agencies as vice president and treasurer and was voted president by the board of directors in May of 1988. He has earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and became a Licensed Insurance Advisor (LIA).
Bob has stepped back from his active role in the agency, but still serves in an advisory capacity as well as on insurance carrier advisory councils and several civic boards. He resides in West Springfield with his wife Connie and has two adult children.
Michael G. Rzepka, CPCU
413-437-1006 | 1-800-542-0131
Michael G. Rzepka is an account executive for The Dowd Insurance Agencies, concentrating on sales of commercial insurance. He has been with the Dowd team since 1991 and has more than three decades of experience working in the insurance industry.
Mike has held various positions in commercial underwriting, marketing and sales. He is a licensed insurance broker and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) designation.
Mike currently serves on the board of the Springfield Rotary Club. In 2006, he received the club’s most prestigious service award––The Paul Harris Fellow. He has also been involved in other community groups including scouting and youth sports.
When Mike is out of the office, he enjoys golf and skiing. He and his wife Christine reside in Longmeadow.
413-437-1075 | 1-800-542-0131
John E. “Jack” Dowd III represents the fifth generation of the Dowd family to be employed at The Dowd Insurance Agencies. He graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2011.
He has held several positions with Goji Insurance in Boston where he sold personal auto insurance and homeowners insurance. Jack was consistently among the top producers while at Goji, and was responsible for managing and training several sales teams. He is a Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Producer, has participated in the 18-month Agents Sons & Daughters Training Program for underwriting at Quincy Mutual Insurance, and is working to complete the Certified Insurance Counselors Program.
Jack resides in Longmeadow with his wife, Vanessa.
Wayne M. Kapinos, LIA
413-437-1007 | 1-800-542-0131
Wayne M. Kapinos joined The Dowd Insurance Agencies as an Account Executive in August of 2014 with almost a decade of experience as a Licensed Insurance Advisor (LIA).
He is currently working on the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) certification and the Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) designation. Additionally, he is well established in the local business market and regularly attends networking functions through the Young Professional Society of Springfield.
He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst (2001) where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and Holyoke Community College, where he earned an associate degree. Wayne is also a veteran of the United States Army (1992-1995).
Wayne is a resident of Wilbraham and maintains active memberships in both the Massachusetts and Connecticut chapters of Young Insurance Professionals.
413-437-1037 | 1-800-542-0131
Nick Vautrin is an account executive with Dowd Insurance Agencies, having joined the team in August 2017. Born and raised in South Hadley, Nick previously served as an operational supervisor for J.B. Hunt in North Hatfield.
He is a licensed broker with his Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) designation. Nick is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
413-437-1051 | 1-800-542-0131
Mason Lebron is an account executive with The Dowd Insurance Agencies, having joined the team in October 2017. A Springfield resident, Mason began his career as an account representative with Amica Mutual Insurance Company, and then gained additional experience with property, casualty and life insurance as a sales associate with Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Berkshire Insurance Group.
He strives to cultivate and establish new client relationships through referral opportunities and advise clients, both new and established, about the proper coverage for their individual needs. He is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.
Financial Services Sales Team
R. Kirk Mackey
Senior Account Executive
413-437-1028 | 800-542-0131
Kirk Mackey is a senior account executive at Dowd Financial Services, LLC. Kirk has been in the financial services business since 1979. Prior to coming to Dowd in 2005 he was a representative of New England Financial Group, LLC. He specializes in corporate employee benefits planning. This primarily includes group health, life and disability insurance plans in addition to qualified retirement plans and selective executive compensation arrangements.
Kirk received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts (1978) and a master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Western New England College (1987).
Kirk is on the Board of Directors at the Holyoke YMCA. He also serves on the Town of South Hadley Appropriations Committee. Kirk lives in South Hadley with his wife Lise.
Catherine M. Sypek, PPC
Financial Services Representative
413-437-1038 | 1-800-542-0131
Catherine M. Sypek is a Financial Services Consultant for Dowd Financial Services, LLC, an affiliate of the Dowd Insurance Agencies. Catherine has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years.
A graduate of Fairfield University with a B.A. in Economics, she joined Smith Barney Inc. as a registered Financial Consultant in 1983. Catherine has been with Dowd Financial Services since 2006. She is a designated Professional Plan Consultant™ (PPC) in the area of retirement plan consulting. Her focus includes corporate 401(k) plans and employee benefits including health, life, and disability. She specializes in conservative income and growth investments with an emphasis on retirement and college education planning. In addition, Catherine is a licensed Life and Health Insurance agent.
Catherine lives in Westfield with her husband, Attorney Richard Sypek.
Marco G. Amato, CLU, ChFC
Senior Account Executive
413-437-1027 | 800-542-0131
Marco G. Amato is a senior account executive of Dowd Financial Services, LLC. Marco has been in the financial services business for more than 30 years. He began his career as an accountant for the United States Air Force. He then spent over 20 years as the investment specialist for New England Life before taking over as president of Dowd Financial Services LLC in 2004.
Marco has several professional designations including Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He continues to be active with the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He is also chairman of the Financial Services Committee.
Marco resides in West Springfield with his wife Cynthia of 35 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. Marco sits on many West Springfield committees and is past president of the West Springfield Rotary Club. Marco enjoys travel, golf and spending time with his grandchildren.