Principal, AKO Brokerage Services
Ngozi started Ako Brokerage Services, LLC in 2017, after a 20-year career in the insurance industry. She started the firm recognizing a growing desire for insureds to better understand the insurance programs that they were managing. As potential “risk takers”, the insureds that Ngozi worked with wanted to explore innovative ways in which to protect their assets recognizing the fundamental need for effective risk and claims management. Ako Brokerage Services provides the vehicle for insureds to evaluate those options by serving as a full-service brokerage and consulting firm. Ngozi not only works with individuals and their families as well business and their ownersPrior to starting Ako, Ngozi served as the Northeast Healthcare Zone Leader for CNA Insurance Company, where she oversaw the profitability and growth of the organization’s healthcare business in seven states. She also held leadership positions at Willis (currently Willis Towers Watson) where she led the placement services for their Healthcare Practice located in Hartford, Connecticut. Although Ngozi started her insurance career as an Underwriter with the St. Paul Companies, she also served in business development, customer experience and production roles throughout her career.
Ngozi earned her Master of Science Degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University and graduated Cum Laude from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science. Ngozi is a Licensed Certified Insurance Consultant in addition to being a Licensed Insurance Producer (CT and ME; pending NY, MA and RI).
Currently, Ngozi serves as the inaugural President of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA). And was recently elected to the NAAIA National Board. Ngozi was awarded the Leadership Award by the State of Connecticut Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Commission for her leadership and work in the insurance industry in the Greater Hartford area.
Ngozi also serves on the Board and is a Volunteer with Junior Achievement of Southwest New England and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Howard University Center for Insurance Education. Ngozi is an Adjunct Professor at Goodwin College in their Business Administration Department and is a member of the Goodwin College Insurance Institute’s Advisory Committee.
Ngozi is active in several community organizations and causes, including her local church, Shiloh Baptist Church. Additionally, she owns a personal training and group fitness company, Ako Fitness. Ngozi lives in Middletown, Connecticut with her daughter and three sons.