About Us

About the Weed Ross Group

So you want to know more about the Weed Ross Group, do you? Maybe you already know that we’re one of the top insurance agencies in Western New York. Or maybe you are already familiar with the fact that we provide some of the best home, auto, and business insurance packages you can get your hands on. Maybe you even saw that we also offer life and renters insurance, as well as insurance for vacation homes, boats, motorcycles, farms, classic cars, and more. 

Or maybe you didn’t know those things, and that’s okay too. That’s what this page is for. But let’s take a step back and start with a little history. There are only a couple of key points on the timeline, so we can keep it brief.

1957
John Weed founded our insurance agency. John was a good guy. We like John.
1987
Gary Ross—another good guy, really—is named agency president when John Weed retires. Ross renames the agency the name that remains: the Weed Ross Group.
2016
Sean D. Cornelius becomes the agency president when Gary Ross retires. You guessed it, Sean is yet another good guy.
And just like that, you’re all caught up! We said we’d be quick, and at the Weed Ross Group, we take your time seriously.

That explains where the Weed Ross Group came from, but where are we now?

While most of our brick and mortar locations are scattered throughout Upstate and Western New York, the Weed Ross Group is licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Minnesota. Our main offices are located in Ellicottville, Orchard Park, Batavia, and Randolph, and we have a great team at each location ready to help.

When you purchase a policy through the Weed Ross Group, you’ll be working with someone who is familiar with your current area as well as the full offerings of the companies we are partnered with.

Insurance companies can be many things, but the two most important things about us are that we’re local and independent. As a local insurance agency, we’re there for you 100% of the time. As an independent insurance agency, you have peace of mind knowing that we will handle the heavy lifting and the hassle. Let us sit on the phone with the billing departments. Let us assist you with your claim. Whatever it is, let us take care of it for you.

The Weed Ross Group: an independent insurance agency you can depend on

The Weed Ross Group is an independent insurance agency, which is, in many ways, vastly different from agents that can only sell you the insurance packages from their specific company. We represent and are partnered with over forty different insurance companies.

What does this mean for you?

It means options, flexibility, and opportunity, of course—but it also means savings. And we’re not just talking about money, we’re talking about saving time, too.

We’re in a strategically unique position to offer a level of service that you won’t receive anywhere else.

How does it work, you ask?

That’s a great question. 
Luckily we have you covered there too.

In a nutshell, we collect your information like any other insurance agency might, but then we work directly with our partner companies to build the quotes. You don’t even have to do anything while we do that. You can run errands, go golfing, maybe grab some brunch—kidding—it doesn’t take that long at all. You can still do those things if you want, but we will actually be able to get back to you with quotes almost immediately. We then work with you to determine which company or companies best meet your insurance and budget needs. 

Over time, the Weed Ross Group will check in periodically to ensure your policies are up to date and, more importantly, up to your standards. We want to make sure that you not only start out with the best rates available, but that you also maintain competitive coverage throughout the duration of your policy. Protecting you and your family is our top priority, and that never wavers.

Meet Our Team

Sean D. Cornelius

President
Licensed Insurance Broker

Sean started his insurance career while he was still in college working summers for his father at his insurance agency in Erie, PA. Sean attended St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY and received his B.A. in Philosophy/Pre-Law in 2003.

Sean then went on to work for Crawford and Company as an independent adjuster handling hurricane losses in Florida arising from the 2004 Hurricane season. In 2005, Sean was hired by State Farm Insurance in Jacksonville, FL. Sean worked as an in-house adjuster, handling high-level first contact claims for the entire country. Sean was quickly promoted to an adjuster for State Farm’s Catastrophe Team, a group of elite claims adjusters that travel throughout the country to handle losses such as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe water losses, snowstorms, hail storms, and wildfires.

In 2008, Sean was hired by Travelers Insurance as a field insurance adjuster in Miami, FL. Sean managed a high volume of complex losses for both commercial and personal lines in South Florida. In 2010, Sean moved back to the northeast and eventually settled in Ellicottville, NY. Sean went to work for The Putnam Record Agency in Dunkirk, NY as an insurance producer. In 2011, Sean facilitated the acquisition of the Becker Agency in Brocton, NY. Sean joined the Weed Ross Group in 2014 as a producer and took over as President of the agency in 2016 upon the retirement of Gary Ross.

Sean enjoys living in the village of Ellicottville with his wife, Erin, and their two sons, Harrison and Finn. In his free time, Sean is an avid snowboarder who also enjoys hiking and boating.

Joe Palumbo

Vice President
Licensed Insurance Broker

Joe started his insurance career at Iroquois Group during college. He was a financial analyst there before moving on to join Weed Ross in 2016 part time and full time in 2018. He attended St Bonaventure University earning a degree in Business Information Systems with a minor in Accounting.

Joe currently resides in the city of Buffalo and primarily works in the Orchard Park location. In his free time, he is an avid golfer that enjoys to ski & play basketball as well. Joe also volunteers some of his time to different things such as the Dr. Lyle F Renodin Foundation Board & St Joe’s Varsity basketball in Kenmore.

Roseann J. Hintz, AAI, ACSR

Commercial Lines Account Manager

Lindsay Hintz

Personal Lines Account Manager

Brenda Wiktorowski

Personal Lines Account Manager

Camille Wachowski

Personal Lines Account Manager

Wendy Crino

Data Integrity Specialist

Lauren Czora

Commercial Lines Account Manager

Laurie Lyons

Personal Lines Account Manager

Josh King

Commercial Lines Account Manager

Courtney Lynn

Commercial Lines Advisor

Samantha Everetts

Personal Lines Account Manager

Saving You Time and Money

Unlike agents who can only sell you the insurance of one company, as an independent insurance agency, we represent over twenty companies. Partnering with many insurance companies gives us the ability to quote your home and auto insurance, as well as a variety of other insurance products across a broad spectrum of providers.

Essentially our agency will do the shopping for you, saving you time and money. We collect your information and work directly with our partner companies receiving quotes. We then work with you to determine which company or companies best meet your insurance and budget needs. And over time our agency will also do periodic reviews of your policies to ensure that you are still getting the best coverage to protect you and your family. We also make sure your rates remain competitive when compared with their partner companies.