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Meet Our Team

Robert Zabbia
Agency Owner

My dad opened this agency in North Massapequa in 1996, and I started working with him just a year later. Watching him interact with people was the reason I got into the business. He got to know so many people in the area, and everyone knew him wherever we went. I took over the agency when he retired in 2001, after 20 years in the business, and I’m proud to now work with the kids and grandkids of the people he helped to insure over the years.

Massapequa is a close-knit community, and my wife, Joey, and I are happy to be raising our twin son and daughter nearby. Most days you’ll find me at the office or with my family — especially on various sports fields with my kids. But I also do my best to give back to the community through the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce. I’m a member of the Columbus Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy, and I sponsor scholarships through the group each year. I also support local softball leagues and Plainedge High School football, and I enjoy my time with the Mustang Club of Long Island.

My team and I have been together for a long time, and you’ll experience a friendly, customer-oriented feel that comes with a family business. We understand life on the south shore first-hand and are ready to help you protect what matters most — whether you need home, auto or life insurance or are a contractor who needs small business insurance. We’re also here to help you prepare for your future, from saving for college to getting ready for retirement. Our office is located at the corner of Broadway and Kings Avenue — please stop in and see us today!

Bachelor of Business Administration-Hofstra University

Civic Services

Massapequa Chamber of Commerce
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Industry Services
Allstate National Advisory Board
Professional Insurance Agents Association
Allstate Agency Executive Council
New York Allstate Agent Advisory Board

National Conference Award-7 years
Honor Ring-9 years
Circle of Champions-4 years
Inner Circle Elite-2 years
Allstate Leader’s Forum-4 years

Community Services
Organization of the Sons of Italy in America
Half Hollow Hills Youth Football
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Half Hollow Hills Lacrosse
Hauppauge Industrial Association
Massapequa Chamber Of Commerce
Council for Addiction
Prevention and Education – Speaker

Vicki Benenati
Office Manager

I have over 20 years experience in the insurance industry. I grew up on Long Island, and my first job was in an insurance agency. I secured the job because I attended Katherine Gibbs secretarial school in Manhattan.

Having been employed by The Zabbia Insurance Agency for some 20 years, I have a lot of experience and I love to help our customers. It is always a pleasure to solve any problems our insured’s might have. I love to talk about family. It is the most important part of my life.

I really enjoy talking about my experiences with our insured’s, which can help them make the right decisions about their insurance coverage. On my days off, I usually am with my family. We all have interest in sports and love of the beach. If we are not at a game, we are at the beach. I am especially passionate about the fight for breast cancer. I support the Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Denise Milito
Customer Service Manager

Denise joined the agency in 2011. Denise focuses on reviewing customer’s policies and and helps see that discounts are applied.

Christine Kent
Licensed Sales Producer

I have worked in the insurance industry for 19 years in various positions customer service, management, and claims. I grew up in Farmingdale and nearby Massapequa. I graduated from Farmingdale High School and later from Hofstra University with a BBA degree in Business Administration and Management.

I truly enjoy servicing customers to make sure they are protected properly at the best possible price. It’s even more exciting that I get to do in the neighborhood I grew up in. I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband, my dog Bella and my kitties. Traveling to visit friends. Spending time my husband working around out house. I love chocolate. It is my downfall! I am a volunteer with the rescue I saved Bella from Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue.

Edgar Shepherd III
Licensed Sales Producer

I am a native of Massapequa, and recently returned home to Long Island after 20 years in Upstate NY, Southern VT and Northern NJ. I have a degree in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook and a passion for working with, and helping people navigate the perils that come and go in life. I have worked in and around the insurance industry for 14 years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, organic gardening, local food, skiing, music, and of course the ocean. Long Island is a wonderful place to live, work, and play, and I am so excited to call Massapequa home again.

I have served on the board of 3 different environmental organizations in NJ, as well as President of a Business Networking Group, and volunteered at BARKS animal shelter. I look forward to playing an active role in our community here in Long Island between Veterans issues, children with disabilities, and animal rescue operations.I am especially proud to be the newest member of the Zabbia Insurance Agency, and look forward to showing you, and your family, what it truly means to “be in good hands”.

Shannon Petty
Licensed Sales Producer

I was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, and moved to New York three years ago to complete my education at NYIT. I have a strong background in sales and advertising, as well as video production. I love learning and teaching others, both of which I get to do on a daily basis.

I have worked in the insurance industry for over two years now. It has been a great experience, as I love educating people on how to protect what is most important to them: their families.

I enjoy nutrition planning and fitness. Both are major components of my life, and something personal I can always be working on improving.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me at the gym, cooking at home, at the beach, or enjoying good food with friends.

Denise “Dee” Felitti
Licensed Sales Producer

I was born and raised in Long Island. I come from a Financial background. I graduated with a BBA in Accounting, and MBA  in Management, from Dowling College.

After working in Corporate Accounting/Office Management for over 20 years, I decided to redirect my career  to Insurance.  I’ve been with in the industry for about 3 years.  It’s important to me that people don’t just buy insurance as a necessity, but understand what they are paying for and why. I continue the personal attention in all that I do.  My motto is “It’s all in the details” and spend the time making sure the details are understood.  I love being around people and meeting new people. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy working at The Zabbia Agency. We get involved with the community!  When calling me, just ask for “De”, we have two Denise’s in the office!!

In my spare time I like to travel, and meet up with friends and family. I love teaching the craft of scrapbooking and card making at local libraries and planning events.

Victoria Pyzynski
Marketing Coordinator

I grew up in Massapequa, New York and graduated from Farmingdale High School. I went to SCCC for their Baking Program for one year and later graduated from Farmingdale State College with my Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management.

My experience with the Zabbia Agency started with my role as a social media and marketing intern. I enjoyed my job so much that after graduation, I decided to stay and further my knowledge of marketing in the insurance industry.

I am passionate about the community I live in and making a positive impact. I especially enjoy learning new ways to create connections in the community by using social media. Nothing brings me more satisfaction than learning a new skill. I also like to help others in the office by teaching them something new, no matter how big or small.

To me, nothing says “I care about you” more than cooking someone a delicious meal. When I’m not in the office, you can find me in the kitchen either cooking or baking— I’ve had a passion for both from a very young age.