Company History

GMI has been a premier writer of Commercial Auto insurance since 1980. In the beginning, Norman Trudel focused GMI solely on the Auto Rental segment of the transportation industry. Since that time GMI has kept an eye on the insurance marketplace and looked for opportunities that would allow for growth and diversification. Sticking to its core strength as commercial auto underwriters, GMI found a need in the marketplace for a monoline business auto program designed specifically for those classes of business that have difficult to place general liability and workers compensation lines.


In 2000 GMI rolled out a monoline business auto program that targeted contractors and artisans. These lines of business entail use of an insured vehicle to transport to a job site, then the vehicle sits idle while a service is completed. The current book of GMI monoline business consists of contractors, artisans, building supply dealers, retailers, manufacturers, and wholesale distributors. In subsequent years, GMI added an auto leasing program and continues to carry on their family’s tradition of seeking good books of commercial auto business looking for a long-term business relationship.




Mark Trudel


“Responsiveness…We answer our own calls and listen to our clients’ concerns.”

Mark graduated from the University of Connecticut with a major in Economics in 1983. He began his insurance career in 1984 with Skandia America Reinsurance. as a reinsurance underwriter. Mark joined Balis & Co. Inc in 1987 as a reinsurance broker where he was responsible for servicing several of Farm Mutual’s reinsurance needs. In 1989 Mark joined GMI and was appointed President in 1994. As President, he provides oversight to GMI’s operational platform which includes technology and administration. Mark is personally involved underwriting the company's burgeoning leasing and garage business as well as underwriting new and renewal business.


Karen Trudel

Chief Operating Officer

“Family Values…We were taught to commit to ourselves to our clients’ success.”

Karen graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985. She is a certified Pennsylvania Property/Casualty Insurance Agent and Pennsylvania Property/Casualty Insurance Broker. She joined GMI in 1991 and became the Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Karen served on the Board of Directors of Target Markets, of which GMI was a founding member. Her responsibilities as COO include implementation of new initiatives and development of GMI’s large and growing agency base. Additionally, Karen provides oversight to the GMI's Business Auto specialty programs.


Carter Trudel

Chief Financial Officer

“Relationships…We believe connecting with clients is what retains good business.”

Carter graduated from Brown University in 1992 with a major in Mathematical Economics. He began his insurance career at Transatlantic Re as an underwriter specializing in Finite Treaty. Carter joined GMI in 1994 as their CFO. As CFO, he is responsible for GMI’s financial operations. He also analyzes GMI’s insurer financials and performance. Carter also drives GMI’s rental business, which includes an association that serves the industry.


Michael Trudel

Vice President & Legal Counsel

“Expertise…We not only have auto experience, but also full service to back it up.”

Michael graduated Cum Laude from Villanova University with a major in Finance in 1989. He graduated from Widener University School of Law and was awarded his J.D. in 1992. Michael is a member of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division and is trained in Westlaw and Advanced Lexis. Michael began his legal career with Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General and then moved to a law firm. In 1994 Michael joined GMI as Vice President, Legal Counsel. His responsibilities as Legal Counsel include oversight of GMI's specialized claims operation. Michael is involved in all investigative and claims services and serves as counsel to GMI for new activities, existing vendor, insurer and service contracts.


“Thank You! It’s great to be able to help a new client and with such quickness. Working with Carter has been flawless and such a treat.”

Kristie M.
Florida Agent