Our Team


James R. Nelligan

James R. Nelligan, GBDS | President | james@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

James R. Nelligan is the President of Nelligan Associates, where he has devoted close to 100% of his career studying the ancillary benefits market for the last ten years.  He has extensive experience particularly within the New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefit space, consulting employee benefit brokers within the tristate area and as far as California.  NJ TDB is James’ passion.  His recent activities even include establishing the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers NJ TDB program.

A 2005 Rutgers University graduate, James started in the individual life insurance and financial planning arena.  He was licensed with a Series 6 and 63, and worked at firms such as American Income Life, MetLife and Penn Mutual, before venturing into the employee benefits world and starting Nelligan Associates in 2008. In 2009, James assumed Navesink Benefits Agency, Inc. and a new employee benefits practice was born.  James went on from there to become a general agent and assist brokers through the intricacies within the statutory disability market.

Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS) – 2013
B.A. of Criminal Justice- Rutgers University – 2005
Hartford Group Benefits Producer Council Member – Since 2012

Christopher Wirth

Christopher Wirth | chris@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Chris joined Nelligan Associates in 2016 after a successful 10-year career at Unum.  During that time, he managed core group and large case voluntary benefits sales in the NJ market.  He was a perennial top performer, regularly qualifying for the company’s sales incentive conference.

Chris earned his Degree in Business Administration from The University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!) and resides in Wall Township, NJ with his wife and his 2 daughters.

Market Owners

Bryan Herman

Bryan Herman | New Business Development & Expansion | bryan@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Bryan brings more than a decade of high-level ancillary experience to Nelligan Associates. “His long reputation for delivering a high level of service and expertise to brokers on the carrier side is a major addition to the strongest ancillary team in the business,” says President, James Nelligan.

Bryan worked as a Senior Sales Executive at Unum responsible for new business in the core and national account space representing all product lines. During that time, he produced over $50M of new business premium and 1,500 new contracts. He leads high performing teams, mentored others and was part of Unum’s Management Development Program. He was consistently recognized and awarded as a top performer by setting territory sales records for both new business and block growth, exceeding goals 10 years straight.

Bryan adds, “Partnering with Nelligan gives me the opportunity to deliver for Brokers and Clients in a much bigger way. We under promise and over deliver to ensure that the your needs come first. More than ever, brokers, clients and carriers are stretched for time, talent, expertise and resources. We fill that void. We help with every aspect of the process from RFP Management and Carrier Changes to Contract Review, Claims, Ongoing Service, Renewal Negotiation, Enrollment and Ben-Admin Technology all at No Cost to the Broker. My motto is, Let us focus on the details, so you can focus on everything else.”

Nelligan Associates specializes in NJ TDB and has a unique approach that has helped over 500 clients move to a private carrier solution.

Bryan’s Expertise is in Group & Individual / Disability / Life / Dental/ IDI / Voluntary Benefits / NJ TDB / NY DBL / FMLA Leave / Stop Loss / Benefit Administration & Enrollment.

He is a graduate of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and lives with his wife and newborn son in Verona, New Jersey.

Anthony Dente

Anthony Denteanthony@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Anthony joined Nelligan Associates in 2016 as a broker consultant.  As an ancillary expert, he consults employee benefits brokers and clients on New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits (NJ TDB) and all other aspects of group insurance.

He has been working in the employee benefits industry since 1999 specializing in Disability, Life, and Dental insurance. Anthony has worked for industry leading ancillary benefit carriers throughout those years, qualifying for leadership conference 8 consecutive years.

Anthony earned his Bachelor’s degree at Seton Hall University and resides in Garwood.

Kevin McMaster

Kevin McMasterkevin@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Kevin McMaster joined Nelligan Associates in 2017 as a broker consultant. As an ancillary expert, he provides a consultative approach to employee benefits brokers and clients within all aspects of group and voluntary benefits.

Kevin has several years of experience within the broker community, where he has helped managed broker and client relationships for some of the most prestigious firms throughout Western NY and surrounding areas.

Kevin will be managing the Western NY region for Nelligan Associates and resides in Rochester, NY.

Chris Lee

Christopher Lee | clee@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Chris joined Nelligan Associates in 2018 as a broker consultant. As an ancillary benefits expert, he consults brokers and employers on group disability (including NJ & NY statutory benefits), dental, leave management and supplemental voluntary benefits primarily in the PA and South Jersey area.

He spent the first 5 years of his career as an Actuarial Analyst in the Pension industry. He then moved on to work as a senior sales account executive at Unum for 14 years, where he was a top performer, and was accepted into the company’s Management Development Program.

Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance Concentration) from Villanova University where he played for the Villanova Basketball Team. He resides in West Chester, PA with his wife Donna, and 3 daughters, Samantha, Savannah and Sienna.


DR Bud Hebert | bud@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Bud joined the team in 2019 to launch the Dallas, TX market after a remarkably successful 30 year career managing the Dallas Sales Office for an industry leading ancillary benefits carrier. 

During his three decade tenure there, the office was consistently one of the top performers in the country, winning Office of the Year on several occasions.  He attributes the prolonged success to building the right team, loyalty, and hard work.

“Bud brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships along with him to Nelligan.  Being an industry leader for the past 30 years, Bud will drastically propel Nelligan towards our goal of a national footprint,” says President James Nelligan.

Support Team

Jaclyn LaCosta

Jaclyn LaCosta | Account Manager | jaclyn@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Jaclyn joined the Nelligan team in 2018 after 7 years at Unum. She is responsible for all day to day operations including RFP management, implementation, renewals, and client relations. Jaclyn brings a tremendous work ethic and experience level that keeps the Nelligan engine running.

She lives in Oceanport, NJ with her daughter and husband.

Lynn Wirth

Lynn Wirth | Support Specialist | lynn@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Lynn joined the team in 2018 with an extensive background in customer service. She is our state disability practice leader and responsible for managing commissions. Lynn resides in Freehold, NJ with her husband (and cat!).

Jessica Boothby | Account Manager | jessica@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Jess joined the team in 2019 after several years at Unum as a top performer on the service side, supporting several sales offices for all size segments including large case Voluntary Benefits.  She has an extensive background in account management, sales, and implementation.

Jess is responsible for all day to day operations including RFP management, implementation, renewals, and client relations.

She lives in Waterboro, Maine with her two beautiful daughters and a crazy cat!

Debbie Kline | Account Manager | debbie@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Debbie joined the team in 2019 after several years on the broker side as a benefits marketer. She has worked with various group sizes/multiple offices and is certified as a Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS).

Debbie is responsible for all day to day operations including RFP management, implemenation, renewals, and client relationships.

She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, daughter and dog – Go Bills!

Information Technology

Nicholas Mastoris | Director of IT | IT@nelliganassociates.com | LinkedIn

Nick joined the team in 2019 and brings 8 years of information technology experience to Nelligan Associates. Specializing in web development with a focus on user experience. Nick has attained his masters certification in user experience design and development. Working with high profile clients like Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and TRAC Intermodal he brings many skills to the table.

Nick is responsible for the day to day IT operations as well as website maintenance for Nelligan Associates.

He lives in Hightstown, NJ with his wife and son.

Team Mascot

ACE The Ancillary Gorilla | Team Mascot

ACE joined the team in 2019 after a successful run at the Bronx Zoo.  He brings a high level of ferocity and energy that’s a perfect fit with the Nelligan culture.

Working with Nelligan is like having AN ACE up your sleeve!