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Shawn Knechtel began his insurance career in 1992 with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. In 1994, Shawn accepted a position with a regional insurance broker working as an Account Manager, assisting clients with insurance program design, claims & risk control management and various risk financing strategies. In 1998, Shawn joined Widerman & Company as Vice President, earning into a principal position with the organization within a few years, partnering with Bob Widerman to grow and lead the agency. His responsibilities include working directly with customers to assist in their risk management and financing efforts, heading the commercial insurance division and general agency management duties. Widerman & Company became part of the SmithBrothers Insurance family in 2017.  Shawn is now Director of the New Jersey Region and a Principal of Smith Brothers.

Shawn received his bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College. He has earned his Associates in Risk Management designation (ARM) and is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

Shawn loves fitness anything that keeps him moving, he is an avid golfer & hockey player.