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Tom Clarke

Thomas B Clarke Ins Agcy Inc

19 Couse Place
East Greenbush, NY 12061-1329

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Tom has long had State Farm in his blood. When he was just a boy, his dad joined State Farm as a claims adjuster. Tom Sr. always spoke proudly with his son of the down-to-earth culture of the company, and taking care of people by following through on claims handling. Tom Sr. retired as a Northeast Divisional Claims Superintendent. But long before he did, he landed his son his first insurance job while he was still in high school, adjusting small “slip and fall” claims for supermarket chains at his friend’s small adjustment bureau. After graduating from Niagara University, and at his dad’s urging, Tom joined State Farm as a claims adjuster on Long Island before moving to Albany and becoming the company’s first Capital District in-house Homeowner’s claims adjuster. Seven years later, he opened his agency and has “loved being an insurance professional, businessowner, and team leader ever since.” Tom’s passion for people results in his agency being “like a second family” to him.

Tom and his wife Karen have four adult daughters and three grandchildren. They spend much of their leisure time traveling and enjoying most outdoor activities, including golf and hiking. They love listening to all types of music, and one of Tom’s favorite hobbies is writing about music recordings and concerts.

East Greenbush has been the Clarke family’s home since 1991, and Tom and Karen and the agency are longstanding members of the Rensselaer Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Tom Clarke State Farm Insurance Agency regularly supports the police and fire departments, school sports teams, other small businesses, and charitable organizations in their town and in the surrounding communities of Albany, Rensselaer, Troy, Brunswick, Averill Park, Schodack, Castleton, West Sand Lake, Poestenkill, and others.

Tom and Karen appreciate over four decades of customer support in the insurance and financial services industries. As a result of it, Tom and the agency team have been recognized by State Farm Insurance Companies with a variety of awards and designations including seventeen years recognized as one of the top performing agencies in the country. The Clarke team sells and services customers from the heart, and with polite professionalism and integrity. If you are not a customer, please stop in or call for a free quote. If you already are a customer, thank you!

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Auto, Homeowners, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Business, Life, Health, Pet

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Banking, Annuities

19 Couse Place
East Greenbush, NY 12061-1329
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Karen Clarke

Customer Service Representative

Tom's wife, Karen Clarke, opened the agency with Tom in 1988 while beginning to raise the first of their four daughters. Karen has always been an integral part of the family business, assisting customers and the team with the accounting and technical aspects of service and internal operations. When she’s not helping others, Karen enjoys golf, hiking, gardening, and is an expert knitter and baker.


Kaitlyn Baright

Agent's Executive Assistant

Tom’s daughter Kaitlyn Baright joined the family insurance agency upon her graduation from Siena College. Kait has always been passionate about helping people, and quickly became the agency’s overall manager, and life insurance professional. She enjoys most outdoor activities, especially fishing with her husband Cory. But she really loves being a mom. Kait is currently on leave, preparing to welcome their second child. She will remain on call, assisting the agency team, and working limited hours with customers helping them with their life insurance needs.


Angela Chesnut

Customer Service Representative

Angela Chesnut joined our team following a career as an office manager. She’s one of our agency’s specialists in all lines of personal and commercial insurance, including Auto, Home, Renter’s, Life, and Small Business. She assists Linda as Team Lead, and loves working with people. Angela and her husband Brian are the proud parents of two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends in the beautiful hills of eastern Rensselaer County, but she’s never met a beach she couldn’t live on!


Linda Pauze

Customer Service Representative

Linda Pauze began her career with State Farm Insurance Companies in 1999 as a Life and Health insurance underwriter in the Ballston Spa Operations Center. She then transitioned to underwriting other lines before moving to Maryland where she became a Fire Claims adjuster. After taking a ten year leave to raise her four young children with her husband, Denis, Linda joined our agency, of which she’d been a longtime customer. Given her vast experience, Linda quickly became one of the agency’s most valuable life insurance resources, and has since become the agency’s manager. Linda enjoys advising customers, and loves to cook, travel, and spend time with her family.


Brittany Bonesteel

Customer Service Representative

Brittany Bonesteel and her husband Garrett were customers of our agency, and when the need arose for a front desk receptionist and Auto and Home insurance administration manager, Brittany was the perfect fit given her love of helping people. Brittany gives back by being an external fire fighter with the Poestenkill Fire Department, and enjoys family time and the outdoors, especially the beautiful views around her home in eastern Rensselaer County.


Mallorey Schaller

Customer Service Representative

Mallorey Schaller is a former teacher, fluent in Spanish. Mallorey is one of our marketing and service specialists, and can assist customers with all of their personal and commercial insurance needs, including Auto, Home, Renter’s, Life, and Small Business. Mallorey and her husband Jesse enjoy listening to music, tending to their gardens, and spending time with their family and their dog, Mr. Buddy. In fact, if you visit with Mallorey, you may just get to meet Mr. Buddy!


Michael Fennessy

Customer Service Representative

Michael Fennessy, originally from Long Island, made upstate New York his home after attending college at SUNY Albany. Mike joined our team because of his interest in risk management and small business, coupled with his passion for helping people. He quickly became licensed to sell and service all types of Auto, Home, and Life insurance. Mike enjoys life in the Capital District because he loves the outdoors, and especially snow skiing.