About Us

Our team of licensed, expert agents is dedicated to helping you build a solid foundation for you and your business, providing you with the peace of mind and confidence.

As an independent agency, our agents work with premium, trusted insurance carriers without being limited to any single option. What does that mean? We are an advocate for you; we build relationships with all of our customers in order to guarantee the best overall experience. This means we can personally provide you the security and confidence that you’ll have stability and reliability when you need it most.

While no one wants or expects bad things to happen to them, we can’t always predict what challenges may come or when they may occur. But having a plan in place when it does is the best line of defense. While identifying the right coverage for you, our insurance experts will help educate you about your plan, empowering you to make decisions and protect your future no matter what comes your way.

Our Team of Experts

Kevin Hughes

Executive Vice President

Cheryl Mantsch

Personal Lines Account Manager

Nina Kuvshinikov

Personal Lines Agent

Diane Sickles

Account Manager

Amy Bement

Licensed Customer Service Representative

Holly Wurst

Commercial Lines Account Manager

Christine Watkins

Licensed Customer Service Representative

Baxter

Canine Ambassador

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Our Story

Black Insurance Group has deep roots in Erie, beginning with our founder, Samuel P. Black II, who founded the Agency on the principle “Insurance with Integrity.” We have continued to be committed to that legacy for almost 60 years.

In 1962, Black left his thirty-five-year career at Erie Insurance to start his own agency, Samuel P. Black Associates. As an insurance entrepreneur, Black is credited with starting around-the-clock claims service and was known for his early emphasis on customer service.

Many insurance policies later, we are honored to continue Black’s legacy—building meaningful relationships with our clients and providing a unique insurance experience for families and businesses in Erie and surrounding communities.

At Black Insurance Group we pride ourselves in being our clients most trusted Insurance Advisors and our first priority is providing quality service to ensure we find you the best coverage, at the most competitive price, to protect you, your business, and your future.

Our insurance solutions will provide a unique and carefully crafted insurance experience for you. With a single point of contact, you will never have to worry about who to call to support you with your insurance coverage or claim questions. Our resources work to benefit all facets of your personal and business needs, allowing you to stay focused on your goals. Protecting your dreams and legacy are our promise to you.

Our Building

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As an insurance company based locally in northwest Pennsylvania we are proud of our main office’s unique history. Located at 121 East 2nd Street, our building is nestled in the beautiful and historic lakefront district of downtown Erie.

Historically known as The Captain Richards House, it was built as a single-family dwelling in 1867 in the popular Greek Revival style by John Steven Richards for his wife Adelaide and their three children. John Richards was a respected businessman and had an earnest interest in charitable and educational work in the Erie community dissolved only by death.

The Richards’ family has deep roots in Erie. John Richards, Sr. was a close associate of Daniel Dobbins who came to Erie during the War of 1812, and as an expert mechanic and shipbuilder assisted in building Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet. After the war he stayed and established a renowned shipyard in Erie, known for building some of the finest steamers and sailing vessels of the time. John Stevens continued his father’s legacy as a respected businessman and a devoted philanthropist during his lifetime.

Professional Associates

National Associations of Insurance Commissioners

U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.

Center for Insurance Studies

Over 150,000 respected professionals, across the U.S. and worldwide, have used and continued to use our programs as the foundation upon which they build their successful careers and businesses.

Trusted Choice

A network of independent insurance agents who provide more options, better value, and access to trusted agency partners wherever you are.

Independent Insurance Agents& Brokers of America, Inc.

A national alliance of more than a quarter million business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products.

Community Associates

Rotary Club

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Lions Club

Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. It’s 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.

Erie Chamber of Commerce

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is the voice of the business community providing advocacy and access to people, information, and education.

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

Founded in 1909 by Bucks County industrialist Joseph Grundy, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association is the nonprofit, statewide trade organization representing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania’s public policy process.