In 2002 Paul founded Mid-Hudson VIP, an insurance agency dedicated to finding quality, affordable group insurance programs for private and public employers located throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital regions. Since its inception, Mid-Hudson VIP has created a portfolio of over 200 client businesses. The agency’s primary mission is to help companies find the best insurance coverage at the most competitive cost while providing prompt and reliable service to its customers.
Paul’s experience in the group health insurance market is impressive. As a manager for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield he was responsible for seven account representatives who handled over 1000 group accounts from Westchester to Albany County. His commitment to customer service enabled him to consistently exceed all annual retention objectives. Prior to his role as a manager, Paul spent 11 years maintaining large account business for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in the 50 to 1500 group marketplace in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Paul’s experience and knowledge has made him a valuable commodity in the group insurance marketplace. He has been chosen to sit on the broker advisory boards for: CDPHP, MVP, and Oxford Healthcare. He is a member of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Industry of Southeast New York, and is active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). Out of the office, the former NCAA Swimming All American. He is the father of three boys, and lives locally with his wife Mary in the Town of New Paltz.
Luke Strothenke is a SUNY Cortland graduate and a licensed agent for life accident and health insurance in the State of New York at Mid-Hudson VIP. In 2015, Luke graduated from SUNY Cortland as a 4-year student athlete with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon graduation, Luke was immediately recruited to work for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as a Small Business Services representative where he provided employee benefits, payroll and human resource solutions to small business owners in the Hudson Valley. As an ADP representative, Luke specialized in analyzing a business’s current suite of services, and worked alongside business owners to streamline those services with ADP Employee Solutions.
In 2016, Luke was recruited by Mid-Hudson VIP to come work with his father Paul at the family business. At just 26 years old, Luke has already proven himself to be an integrity driven, hardworking business consultant and an asset to the agency. Backed by his experience at ADP, and his father’s nearly 30 years of experience in the health insurance industry, Luke is committed to providing his clients with benefit solutions that best suit the needs employers and individuals alike. Luke understands that when it comes to purchasing insurance, everyone’s level of need and risk are a little bit different. Subsequently, Luke approaches every new business opportunity with an open mind and provides a multitude of solutions from a variety of different carriers.
Rebecca Drake joined Mid-Hudson VIP as a Sales Administrator in November 2017 where she provides internal administrative support for Paul and Luke. In addition to being a licensed LAH agent for New York State, she has enjoyed her time working in other industries, specifically at Cornell University and the NHL Buffalo Sabres. Rebecca first began working in the insurance world at Northwestern Mutual in Poughkeepsie, NY as a Sales Team Specialist in 2016. She helped guide clients through the entire sales process, and managed the progression of all underwriting until final policies were produced. Rebecca’s experiences will certainly aid to her work here at Mid-Hudson VIP. Rebecca also shines at special events and creative projects; from developing new organizational systems to executing detailed presentations.
She graduated from Ithaca College in December 2015, and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Sport Management and Finance. With the honor of cum laude, Rebecca humbly received the IC Professional Excellence Award at the commencement ceremony. Outside of the office, she enjoys relaxing on Lake Champlain, all things sports, and spending time with her family.