April 2, 2024

PIA Connecticut elects officers for 2024-25, names Ruickoldt president

HARTFORD, Conn.—The Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut Inc., elected Nicholas W. Ruickoldt, CISR, CPIA, as president during the association’s annual convention held March 27-28, 2024, at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Ruickoldt is a broker for The Russell Insurance Agency LLC in Southport, Conn.

As an active member of PIA Connecticut since 2009, Ruickoldt served as president-elect in 2023-24; vice president of the Legislative/Business Issues Committee and a member of the Executive/Budget & Finance Committee.

Active in his community, Ruickoldt has been a member of the New Haven Rotary Club and was a member of the Student Volunteer Association of Bridgeport. He has served as a Commissioner of The West Haven Fire Department from 2014-2019, and he was a member of the West Haven City Council from 2013 -2020. Ruickoldt was on the board of directors for G.R.O.W.E.R.S., an organization that offers a multipath approach to providing horticultural education, employment opportunities and therapy for adults with developmental and physical disabilities, creating a community based horticultural business niche.

Other officers elected

The association also elected a full slate of officers during its Annual Business Meeting. Following are the new officers who will lead PIACT in 2024-25:

  • President: Nicholas Ruickoldt, CISR, CPIA, of West Haven Conn. Ruickoldt is a broker for The Russell Insurance Agency LLC in Southport, Conn.
  • President-elect: Kevin McKiernan, CIC, CPIA, of Wilton, Conn. McKiernan is president of Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan Co., in Darien, Conn.
  • Vice president: Nathan Shippee of Bolton, Conn. Shippee is vice president of sales & marketing for Workers’ Compensation Trust in Wallingford, Conn.
  • Treasurer: Katie Bailey, ACSR, CLCS, CPIA, of Monroe, Conn. Bailey is an agent with The Russell Agency in Southport, Conn.
  • Secretary: Kimberly Tompkins, CIC, AIS, AINS, CRIS, ACSR, CPIA, PHM, of Prospect, Conn. Tompkins is an underwriter for Convelo Insurance Group in Middletown Township, N.J.
  • Immediate Past President: J. Kyle Dougherty, CIC, of Orange, Conn. Dougherty is president of Dougherty Insurance Agency Inc., in Stratford, Conn.


PIA Connecticut is the premier professional association for independent insurance agents, working to advance the needs of its members and be a leading voice in the insurance industry. PIACT agents in the state of Connecticut—providing them with the very best education, information, advocacy, and business tools possible.