Charter Oak General Agent Pete Novak Receives Top Industry Recognition Longtime Leader Honored with GAMA International’s Cy Pick Award

March 22, 2018 Holyoke, Mass.—Peter S. Novak, General Agent of Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services Co., a member of the MassMutual Financial Group, has been named GAMA International’s 2018 Cy Pick Award Winner for his longtime, significant contributions of time, energy and creativity to further both GAMA and the industry.

Novak has been a GAMA member since 1985, with service to the boards of both GAMA International (2015-2017) and the GAMA Foundation (2004-2006). A contributor to the organization’s research, publications and conferences, Novak has been recognized regularly with numerous GAMA awards, including the James Krueger First In Class Award (2010-2011, 2017), International Management Award (2004-06, 2008-14), Master Agency Award (2002, 2007-17) and National Management Award (NMA), Platinum level (2001-03). He received the NMA Traditional Gold Award in 2000 after earning his first NMA in 1999.

Under the leadership of Novak and his partner, General Agent Brendan Naughton, Charter Oak has grown regionally to include presence in Massachusetts, Connecticut and both metropolitan and upstate New York. The firm has historically won MassMutual’s most prestigious awards for growth and leadership. of MassMutual’s most prestigious awards for growth and leadership.

“Pete has been a long-standing member of the GAMA family, and we are proud to name him as this year’s Cy Pick Award winner. His many accomplishments and dedication in various aspects of growing this profession and the people who are in it speak volumes about his contributions to the profession,” said GAMA International CEO Bonnie Godsman.

“Throughout his stellar career as one of our leading General Agents, Pete has provided prudent, sound financial advice to the thousands of clients seeking his guidance,” said John Vaccaro, head of MassMutual Financial Advisors. “This long-time, unwavering commitment also extends to Pete’s work with GAMA, and I can’t think a more worthy recipient of this prestigious award.”

In addition to his work with GAMA, Novak is the co-founder of the Charter Oak Fund, Charter Oak’s charitable arm, which supports numerous local philanthropic causes and organizations; a member of the Board of Trustees of The Kosciuszko Foundation; and a board member of the Central European Institute (CEI) at Quinnipiac University.

In 2013, Pete and his wife, Kasia, established the Novak Family Polish Chair at the university in support of CEI to strengthen ties between the United States and Eastern European countries with developing economies. Pete’s travels to Poland in this capacity have been instrumental in bridging the gap between the business and insurance industries here and in Poland.

The Novaks live in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. They have three grown children.

The GAMA International Cy Pick Award was initiated in 1999.

GAMA International is an independent national nonprofit organization 501(c) (3), founded more than 60 years ago. GAMA International is the only association dedicated to promoting the professional development needs and leadership skills of first-line and front-line leaders in the insurance, investment, and financial services industry.

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