The Capacity leadership team is committed to building our partner’s businesses. Our collective knowledge, teamwork, commitment to services and relationships allows us to offer customized solutions across a broad range of insurance products. We are dedicated to providing quality insurance and risk management solutions to broad range of industries and individuals around the country
Bob Lull’s philosophy of encouraging his business partners to continue their brand has empowered The Capacity Group to become one of the largest full service independent insurance brokerage groups in the nation.
Bob’s business career started as an efficiency expert for a large management consulting firm that worked with fortune 500 companies. In 1986 Bob switched careers and entered the insurance industry when he went to work for his friend and subsequent partner. After that entity was acquired, Bob became Vice President of Operations for one of New Jersey’s largest insurance brokerage firms, NIA, LTD, where he developed mergers and acquisitions with the President, gaining the finesse of creating harmonious transactions. Bob founded Capacity Coverage Company of New Jersey, Inc. in 1990 with three employees and his partner, Mark Weinraub. In 1999 he founded Protrans, Inc., that morphed into AllTrans Risk Solutions, LLC, a program administrator for public transportation classes that include school bus, motor coach, limousine and medical transportation, which underwrites and issues policies for these classes of business nationally.
Today Bob serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Capacity Group and oversees over 15 companies and a staff of over 350 employees and associates.
Interests: Golf, Travel, Wine collecting and coaching Football
, CPIA President, Retail Insurance Operations
Jay Bergstein oversees Standard Commercial & Personal Lines Insurance for Capacity Coverage of New Jersey, Inc. He is also involved in the merger and acquisition process and responsible for maintaining the integrity of newly acquired businesses as it relates to the service and carrier aspects of the transaction.
Mr. Bergstein’s insurance career began in 1978 with the St. Paul Insurance Company. Later that year, he joined his family’s fourth generation insurance business, Popkin Lebson Bergstein Inc. (PLB), as a producer. In 1982, he became a partner at PLB and the newly formed PLB Life Agency Inc. Shortly after, he formed Premium Budget Inc., an in-house premium finance company. Jay was elected President & CEO of all of the PLB Companies in 1992.
Since then, he has formed numerous successful companies including Insurance Resource Brokerage Group, LLC and The Warwick Resource Brokerage Group. Jay has served on several insurance company councils including Hanover, Hartford, CNA and St. Paul. Additionally, Jay has authored many articles for trade publications and has been featured in insurance company training and promotional videos.
Interests: Boating, football and traveling
, CPCU, ChFC, CLU Chief Operating Officer
Carl Gerson has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has an impressive history of conducting business in the London market which has made him a significant asset to The Capacity Group. He has held a number of positions beginning as an underwriter with the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and working his way up to President of Property & Life Planners, Inc. He joined Capacity Coverage Company of New Jersey in 1997.
In Carl’s current role as Chief Operating Officer, he has been involved in creating or merging over 20 companies in the past 10 years and this important part of Capacity’s growth continues to be one of his strengths.
Interests: Travel and wine
, CPCU Senior Executive Vice President
Ron Bergstein focuses on production and mentoring young producers. He shepherds their business from client to marketing to placement. Under his tutelage, Capacity’s producers flourish from his knowledge and guidance which translates to optimum risk management solutions for clients. Ron also serves on Allianz Insurance Company’s Agency Council.
In 1975 Ron’s career path led naturally to the insurance industry where he began his career with the Continental Insurance Company. A year later he joined Popkin Lebson Bergstein Inc. (PLB), his family’s fourth generation insurance firm, as a producer. In 1980, he became an agency principal of PLB. In 1995, he purchased stock from PLB’s founding partners and formed Insurance Resource Brokerage Group, LLC, which he merged with Capacity Coverage Company of New Jersey in 2000.
Ron’s dedication to his clients is exemplified by the manner in which he perseveres on their behalf. Two days after 9/11, he drove as far as he could into New York City checkpoints to visit his client who had suffered a catastrophic loss. In his 35 years as an agency principal, he has shown his dedication to his community and his clients as a true leader.
Interests: Golf and travel
Gary S. Maier
Senior EVP / Managing Partner
Gary S. Maier is responsible for identifying new customer and market segments, developing opportunities through strategic business alliances and joint ventures, oversight for Risk Management, and collaborating with Capacity’s other partners to enhance the firm’s strategic and operational planning and execution process.
Drawing from his extensive corporate experience with multinational insurance firms, Gary leads The Capacity Group in strategic initiatives to drive profitable growth, increase value and expand capabilities. Gary has served in key executive positions at Chubb Insurance Group, One Beacon and Tower Group, and most notably as Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President in roles including Chief Underwriting Officer, US Field & Distribution Executive and Corporate Development.
, CPA Chief Financial Officer
Laura DiPiazza has over 25 years in Accounting and Administration. She has an extensive background in the insurance industry starting her career at The NIA Group and joining The Capacity Group in 1994. She has held a number of senior leadership roles including Controller and Vice President Finance/Administration.
Currently Laura serves an integral role on the Acquisition Team as well as the Agency Management Conversion Team.
Interests: Tennis, foodie, wine and travel
General Counsel, Director of Corporate Development
Matt Beizer joined Capacity in early 2013. As General Counsel and Director of Corporate Development, Matt’s responsibilities include working with all of the members of Capacity’s Executive and Operational Teams on Capacity’s strategic investment process. He focuses on transaction origination and new partner recruitment, due diligence, financial and legal analysis, negotiating and structuring transactions and transaction integration.
During his more than 30 year career, Matt has focused on the insurance industry as an investment banker, lawyer and investor. Matt began his career as an Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a New York law firm. For about 20 years, he served as an investment banker at firms including Merrill Lynch, Barclay’s, ABN AMRO and Sandler O’Neill, where he concentrated on the insurance industry. Subsequently, Matt was a founding partner in an insurance focused private equity firm, and concentrated in private investments in the insurance industry. Matt has a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the Law School and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Interests: Travel, family, photography and foreign languages.
Vice President, Standard Lines & Non Public Transportation
“Over the past 15 years I’ve watched Capacity become one of the largest brokerage companies in the Northeast. Capacity has given me the flexibility that I needed to contribute and be a successful team leader and in turn allowed me to grow with Capacity.”
“The Capacity Group offers ample amounts of opportunities to grow and expand as an IT professional. As a result, The Capacity Group is at the forefront of this fast paced and changing technological environment.”
Manager of Administration
“The Capacity Group strives to create a positive impact on the insurance industry as well as their own employee-relations and I am proud to work for such a well-respected organization.”
Lucy T. Gratzon
“The Capacity Group is a growing company with so much to offer. With various different companies and individuals to work with, I learn something new every day. I have found that each of the partners has their own unique approach and they are all actively involved and ready to help when needed.”
Director, Human Resources / Facilities
“We would not be what we are today, if it wasn’t for the great group of employees we have throughout the Capacity Group.”
Vice President Transportation
“For the past 21 years I have overseen the operations of the Transportation Division at Capacity Coverage. As a company Vice President I believe if you treat employees like they make a difference, they will.”
“The Capacity Group has a great culture that is constantly evolving. I enjoy partnering with each of our companies to devise plans that enhance their brand, grow their business and increase their bottom line.”
Vice President, Personal & Select Commercial Insurance Division
“One of the best things about The Capacity Group is that it’s constantly changing to accommodate the market. I’ve seen Capacity change a lot over the past 20 years, but one thing remains the same, the service we give our clients is our top priority.”
, CPCU, CIC Vice President, Commercial Lines & Marketing
“There is a constant energy mixed with innovation here that makes every day exciting”