Edward C. Ifft, Jr. CLU, ChFC
Edward C. Ifft, Jr. CLU, ChFCPresident
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Ed is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He began his career in the Insurance Business in 1963 and co-founded Ifft & Palmer in 1969. His entire career has been spent interacting, advising and serving individuals, professionals and businesses on their various insurance needs and benefits. He obtained a Chartered Life Underwriters designation and a Chartered Financial Consultant designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. As President of Ifft & Palmer Associates, LLC, Ed is focusing on the future vision and growth of the company as it moves into its next generation. He currently serves on HOPE Network’s Board of Directors and also as a Trustee of the Kate M. Kelley Foundation. Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Analysis
  • Life & Business Asset Protection
  • Retirement Strategies
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance Needs Analysis
  • Custom Benefit Packages
 
John T. Ifft
John T. IfftVice President
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By building and maintaining long-term client relationships, John is the Vice President at Ifft & Palmer. With over 17 years of experience in the insurance industry, John works closely with individuals and with companies. As an advocate for his clients, John assesses risks, develops comprehensive strategies and negotiates group benefits packages. He joined the firm in 1997 and has become a top producer; John handles some of Ifft & Palmer’s most complex cases. John is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Analysis
  • Life & Business Asset Protection
  • Retirement Strategies
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance Needs Analysis
  • Custom Benefit Packages
 
Michael Faix
Michael FaixGeneral Manager
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Michael is a Penn State graduate in Business and had a successful career in restaurant management until 1989 when he joined Aetna Property Casualty in Pittsburgh as an underwriter. He has since joined Ifft & Palmer in 2011 as Manager of Personal and Commercial Lines. He brings 25 years of industry experience to the company.
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance Needs Analysis
  • Loss Control Analysis
Linda Pesanka
Linda PesankaOffice Manager
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Linda began her insurance career in 1981 when she joined Ifft & Palmer. Her first role with the company was in the Personal Lines and Life Insurance Departments as a Customer Service Representative. In 1990 she began working solely for the partners as a personal assistant, accounting, and office manager. In addition, Linda continues to be a customer service rep for our Life, Health and Financial Services department.
Beverly Burke
Beverly BurkePersonal Lines Account Manager
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Bev has been in the insurance business servicing clients for over 35 years specializing in personal insurance. She started her career with Aetna and later moved on to the agency side of the business. She is a licensed Property & Casualty and Life & Health Agent. She has been with Ifft & Palmer since 2008 and has been an agent for 30 years. It is her goal to build long-lasting relationships with her clients and to give them peace of mind that they’ve made the right decision.
Rena Ward
Rena WardCommercial Lines
Account Manager
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Rena began her insurance career with Marsh USA Inc. in 2003 as a CSR in the OCIP/Wrap-Up Department. She continued her career at Willis of Pennsylvania, Inc. for nine years as an Assistant Client Manager. In September of 2013, Rena joined Ifft & Palmer as a Commercial Lines Account Manager.

Katie Kovacic
Katie KovacicAccount Executive
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Katie is a licensed Property & Casualty agent who works closely with individuals and businesses of all sizes.  She understands their comprehensive insurance requirements and is able to recommend the coverage which best fits their needs and risk.  Over the past 14 years, Katie has developed long-term relationships with many loyal clients who value her strong client focus, hands-on approach and extensive knowledge of insurance products.

Amanda Johnson
Amanda JohnsonPersonal Lines Account Executive
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Amanda began her insurance career working for Farmers Insurance in Fresno CA in 2011. She is a licensed Property & Casualty and Life & Health Agent who specializes in Personal Lines insurance. She values her customers by providing them with comprehensive reviews of their insurance risks in order to best advise where they may have insurance gaps or too much coverage.