At NIP Specialty, our industry experts work to provide you with unparalleled service. We strive to build successful, long–term relationships with our clients. Our team takes the worry of finding customized products for your clients off of your mind.
Meet our team of experts and experience our unmatched service.
Dean Mortilla, RWCS, AAI, AU, ASLI
President, NIP Specialty Brokerage
Mr. Mortilla has been with NIP Specialty Brokerage since its inception in 2004 when he joined the team as Senior Broker. Promoted to President in January 2009, Mr. Mortilla is a market leader known for his superior brokerage skills and passion for excellence. In his 14 years with NIP Specialty, Mr. Mortilla has significantly contributed to the company’s growth and evolution and has been instrumental in building a solid business foundation for the company. With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Mortilla has extensive knowledge of the business, holding a P&C, Life, Accident & Health Brokers License, as well as various Excess Line Broker Licenses. He is degreed in the Advisory of Insurance and holds an Associate Degree in Commercial Underwriting from the Insurance Institute of America.
Assistant Vice President, NIP Specialty Brokerage
NIP Specialty Senior Broker Ms. Dolinac has over 25 years experience in the insurance industry, both in underwriting and wholesale operations. Her career has focused on casualty placement with a concentration in the construction industry. Prior to joining NIP, Ms. Dolinac held an account executive position in a large national brokerage company and before that worked in senior underwriting positions with CNA. She is a casualty specialist with experience in the communications and manufacturing sectors as well as construction, and is also knowledgeable in environmental and professional liability coverages.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chairman Of Management Committee
Mr. Augustyn is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NIP Specialty. Mr. Augustyn has been a successful entrepreneur and business leader for over 20 years.
In addition to founding and leading NIP Specialty, Mr. Augustyn has founded and directs a portfolio of successful financial services businesses. His business success led to being named in 2003 NJ Biz’s NJ’s Forty under Forty, which recognizes young men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their fields.
Mr. Augustyn is a nationally recognized expert on alternative risk insurance matters who has interviewed on CNN/FN and WABC. He is quoted in publications such as the New York Times and speaks on insurance-related topics throughout the country.
Group President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Management Committee Member
Mr. Springer is Group President and Chief Operating Officer of NIP Specialty and a member of its management committee since 2005. Mr. Springer’s insurance career spans over 20 years. Prior to joining NIP Specialty, he held senior executive positions with profit and loss responsibility at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (NASD: AFSI) and Prudential Insurance Company (NYSE: PRU). Mr. Springer has a long track record of profitability managing property, casualty and benefit insurance underwriting operations. Mr. Springer is a member of several industry associations and is the President Elect and member of the Board of Directors of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association.
Mr. Springer graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Arts & Science.
Steven J. Strauss, JD/MS
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Steve is a highly experienced finance professional with more than 20 years of experience from the financial services industry and focused on dynamic action-oriented results. He has a proven track record of adding value by automating and building our robust budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and analytic functions, and implementing best practices in enterprise-wide data management and warehousing operations. As a key member of the NIP Group executive team, he leads the organization’s financial planning efforts, leveraging the abundant amount of data gathered to build intricate business models that directly result in intelligent business decisions. Steve holds a BA in English from Clark University, a JD from New York Law School, and a MS in Finance from the University of Colorado.
Esq., Senior Claims Consultant
Mr. Cyriax is the Senior Claims Consultant. Mr. Cyriax has more than 25 year of experience in claims management and as a practicing litigation lawyer. Prior to joining NIP Group, the parent company of NIP Specialty, he was the senior litigation manager for a subsidiary of the Zurich Insurance Group and Prudential Reinsurance, two of the world’s largest insurance companies; a senior associate in the litigation practice of Riker, Danzig, Schere, Hyland & Perretti, one of New Jersey’s largest law firms, and an associate with Thacher & Proffitt, a New York City-based global law firm. During his career, he has successfully defended some of the most complex civil litigation matters, serving a variety of commercial clients from National Transportation Companies to Hospitals Systems and Health Care providers. Mr. Cyriax graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Political Science and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School.