Drew R. Hoffmann
Dee is our Claims Department Manager at the Del Duke Insurance Group. She started in 2004 and left in 2011 on maternity leave to raise her youngest daughter. Dee has now returned to the Del Duke family in 2015 and is delighted and honored to be back with the Del Duke Insurance Group. Providing top notch customer service in the Claims Department has been her hallmark with the insurance industry since 2004. In her personal life, she takes joy in the great outdoors, reading, baking and crafting. She is also blessed to have a wonderful and supportive husband with three amazing children.
Vivian is an Administrative Insurance Account Representative at the Del Duke Insurance Group and has been with us since 2006. She specializes in resolving grievances and ensuring customer satisfaction. Vivian provides exceptional customer service for personal and commercial lines of insurance, assisting with policy changes, certificates of insurance, claims, and many other insurance-related requests. Over the years, our clients have come to rely on and appreciate the extra effort she provides. When she is not working, she spends valuable time with her family (which includes four grandchildren) or “down the shore.”
Ernest is the third generation owner of the Del Duke Insurance Group. He grew up in the insurance industry, working in this field before, during, and after his undergraduate and graduate studies. He has been involved in every aspect of the company’s operations, growing it from two employees and one insurance carrier in 1997 to where it is today. Ernest holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Rutgers University School of Business, a Certification from Rutgers Supervisory Management Graduate Program, and the AAI accreditation from the Insurance Institute of America. He also has served as the Chairman of The Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce, has served on the Board of Trustees for Sustainable Cherry Hill, and has served on the Board of directors of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Southern New Jersey. He currently is a member of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Delaware Valley Business Leaders Alliance, a member of Cherry Hill Township Mayor’s Business Council, a member of the Partnership for Haddonfield, and is involved with several school and local kids athletics associations in Haddonfield, where he and his wife Vanessa, two boys Andrew & Harrison, and dog Frank live.
Ernie, the youngest of four children, was born in East Camden, NJ and joined the US Air Force Security Service after high school. After four years of travel from Okinawa, Japan to Crete, Greece – and an honorable discharge in 1963 – he acquired an Accounting degree from Temple University. In 1965, his father Jack passed away, and so Ernie took over the business for his family. Eventually, the agency outgrew its space in East Camden and moved to its present location in Cherry Hill in 1984. His son Ernest, joined the firm in 1997 to extend the business into the third generation that continued the personal and professional services necessary for longevity. After many successful years in the insurance & accounting industry, on the ski slopes, and in the water on the Sundowner sailboat, we lost him on June 6, 2015. He will be and is truly missed by our family and friends.
Our Founder – A. John R. Del Duke
“Jack” as he was affectionately called, was born in 1900 in Rome, Italy, and arrived in the United States shortly thereafter. He enlisted and served in the US Army for two years, including fighting in WWI in Europe. After an honorable discharge, he served with the Merchant Marines for another two years and then learned a trade as a “barber”. He then met his wife Barbara M. Kolb (from Egg Harbor, NJ), whom he married in 1925. Jack and Barbara moved to East Camden, NJ, and he opened his own barbershop. He then attended the Wharton School of Accounting at night and, after obtaining his insurance license, converted the back part of his barbershop into what became known as The Del Duke Insurance Agency in 1934. As an immigrant highly motivated to help others in this time of our country, he became the Secretary and Treasurer of the East Camden Building and Loan Association as well as the Secretary and Treasurer for GBU of Pittsburgh, a life insurance company. He became a fourth degree knight with the Santa Maria Council of the Knights of Columbus and began to grow a thriving business.