Island Park’s Hastava Insurance Begins Whitmore Collaboration

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own. Michael Hastava, left, and James C. Metzger announced a collaboration that benefits clients of both insurance agencies. (Cassarino Studios) Hastava Insurance Agency of Island Park has entered into a partnership agreement with the Whitmore […]

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Michael Hastava, left, and James C. Metzger announced a collaboration that benefits clients of both insurance agencies.
Michael Hastava, left, and James C. Metzger announced a collaboration that benefits clients of both insurance agencies. (Cassarino Studios)

Conventional Services, Unique Options

Hastava’s services include the conventional home, auto, boat and umbrella insurance coverage along with unique coverage options for sports vehicles (RVs, ATVs, off-road and personal watercraft), contractors and special events. The collaboration between the two agencies includes the creation of a comprehensive program that supports the unique insurance requirements of mechanics, body shops and gas stations.

Hastava Insurance also features expertise in flood insurance, which is an evolving sub-specialty that increasingly affects Long Island communities. The agency’s offices were damaged during Superstorm Sandy and the lessons learned in its aftermath, according to Mr. Hastava, will ensure continuity of services for clients affected by future weather-related events.

Similar Business Models

The Hastava and Whitmore business models dovetail when it comes to personal service. When Mr. Metzger entered the industry more than 30 years ago, he immediately indicated and has continued to practice a distinctive philosophy – “I promise to make insurance personal.”

Mr. Metzger is a former three-sport athlete at Half Hollow Hills East High School in Dix Hills and a lacrosse All-American at Hofstra University. In the community, he champions athletic, education and many additional Long Island, New York City and New Jersey programs. Hempstead PAL Lacrosse, Boys & Girls Club of Newark and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island are a few of the many local initiatives supported by Mr. Metzger and Whitmore.

“The proud Hastava family brand, established here on Long Island close to a century ago, will offer unique and fresh perspectives for all of us at Whitmore,” said Mr. Metzger. “This partnership will deliver broader insurance business expertise that immediately will benefit our mutual clients. The bottom line is increased financial proficiency and services for our neighbors who turn to us to assist them with the protection they require for their personal peace of mind and business success.”

Mr. Hastava also has been involved in various community programs on Long Island, served a decade as a trustee for the Island Park School District Board of Education and will become engaged with Whitmore’s community programs throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.

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Mike Virgintino is the author of Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History, the story about America’s theme park located in The Bronx. Published byTheme Park Press, it can be found on Amazon, eBay, Goodreads and other retailers.

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