Meet Jim and Barbara, the team behind Folks Insurance Group

Jim Folks began his career with Willis Faber North America, a reinsurance broker and a division of the Willis, Group Ltd., where he worked in both the New York and Greensboro, NC offices. He worked with many regional and mutual insurance companies placing various degrees of risk in both the domestic and international markets. With a long-term goal of becoming a retail broker, Jim took a position with American International Group, during which time he worked for National Union's Directors' & Officers' Liability Division as an underwriter. In this capacity, Jim became astute in the procedures of risk management as he researched, evaluated, and finalized decisions concerning the assumption of risk for Fortune 100 companies. In addition, Jim successfully passed the "Certified Insurance Counselor" designation, courses and examinations. Prior to his pursuit of the CIC designation, Jim began course studies for the CPCU and has four exams to his credit.

Barbara Lyons is the Vice President and Manager of the Personal Lines Department for Folks Insurance Group. Barbara has been with Folks Insurance Group since they opened their doors in September 2001. As a licensed insurance broker and agent, seasoned office manager, and executive, Barbara has demonstrated expertise directly related to over twenty-seven years of experience. Barbara has built a career specializing in dedicated support of her customer's needs. She was awarded an academic scholarship upon graduating with Distinction with her Associates in Arts degree from Suffolk Community College. Barbara continued on to earn her Bachelors in Business Administration degree two years later from Dowling College. Additionally, Barbara has earned the designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and is a member of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.


I felt it necessary, as a member of the NY Association of Cemeteries, to share a recent very positive experience I had, hoping it might be of help to you as well. I let a guy named Jim Folks take a chance at quoting my insurance after he strongly pursued me, and he ended up saving me more than 30%, while actually providing me superior coverages. I have since gotten to know him pretty well, and can not speak highly enough about who he is as a professional and true gentlemen. Jim founded his own insurance company a while back Because his father was, and brother is, in the death services industry as funeral directors, Jim has always had an understanding of our class of business.
If you are like me, you know insurance is necessary, but it's a little painful to know how much it can cost, especially since we hope we will never need to call upon it.
It softens the blow to actually connect with someone who actually provides a lower cost, better policy, and overall, nice person who cares to call and take care of any claim that you might have.
I know many of you might skim this letter, perhaps throw it out, but I hope some might reach out to Jim at Folks Insurance Group at 631.589.5100. They are located in Sayville; quite a nice building Jim owns. Give me a call if you're on the fence and want to know any more about my experience or the process. I feel like it's my duty to share with fellow members and hopefully help you with your business.



33 Main Street, West Sayville, NY 11796
P: 631.589.5100 | F: 631.589.3335