Staff

Roger Downey portrait
Roger N. Downey, Founder

Roger began his surety career in Denver in the 1960’s with USF&G. He came to New Mexico in 1968 to open a surety branch for The Western. In the mid-1970’s he began developing a solid book of construction accounts while working with The Berger Briggs Insurance Agency. In 1979, Roger separated from Berger Briggs and the Roger N. Downey Agency, Inc. was incorporated. While Roger is not active in the day to day operations of the agency, he is still very visible in the company. His long standing relationships in the local construction community and with surety and insurance companies are a valuable asset. He is an essential advisor and mentor to our employees and clients.

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Christian B. Downey, President

Chris is a licensed producer at Downey & Company specializing in contract bonds and insurance for commercial contractors. Chris started his career as a surety underwriter with Fidelity & Deposit in 1995 after graduating from Whittier College in Los Angeles, CA. He worked as a contract bond underwriter with three different surety companies before joining the agency in 2001. Because he has been cross trained in both the surety company ranks and the agency side of the business, he understands the subtlety of the “surety relationship”. Chris is active in various construction trade organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors, and will be president  in 2019 of the New Mexico branch of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). He is also the Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Region, and a 2016-17 Ex-Offico to the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP).
Ext. 110 Cell – (505) 228-3913

Sue Vance portrait
Susan J. Vance, MBA, CIC, Account Manager

Sue is a producer at Downey & Company. She has been a licensed Property & Casualty agent in New Mexico since 1998. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Spanish in 1994 and her MBA degree from The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico in 2004. She has completed the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) William J. Angell Surety School Levels I and II and most recently completed her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation through the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. She is currently pursuing her Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.
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Maria Ankeny, Customer Service

Maria is an account manager at Downey & Company. She began her career with the agency in 2003 and obtained her New Mexico Property & Casualty license in 2005. She has successfully completed Level I and Level II of the NASBP William J. Angell Surety School. Maria is committed to helping her clients obtain the proper coverage for their businesses and excels in her customer service skills. Maria pursues a variety of continuing education classes each year to maintain her Property & Casualty license in New Mexico.
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Sherryl Quint portrait
Sherryl Quint, Account Manager, Insurance and Surety

Sherryl has been a licensed Property & Casualty agent in the State of New Mexico since 1984.   She started her insurance career in 1983 at Pargin Insurance Agency handling personal lines.  She owned the agency for several years before selling in 1996.  Sherryl started at Downey and Company in July of 1999 as a customer service representative handling small commercial accounts.  She completed the National Association of Surety Bond Producers William J. Angell School levels I, II and III.  Sherryl currently handles our medium to large commercial insurance and surety accounts.  Sherryl is committed to her accounts and enjoys the relationships she has built over the years, not only with her customers, but with the company underwriters as well.
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Susan Weeks portrait
Susan Weeks, Claims Specialist

Susan is the contact person for claims reporting and claims status inquiry in the office. She is diligent and thorough and understands the importance of getting our clients back to work as quickly as possible after a claim. She began her career with Downey & Company in 2003 and has been a licensed Property & Casualty agent in the state of New Mexico since 2004. Prior to coming on board with Downey & Company, she worked as a personal lines account manager at Pargin Insurance. Susan pursues a variety of continuing education classes each year to maintain her Property & Casualty license in New Mexico.
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Wendi Pellegrino, Producer/Accountant

Wendi started her career at Downey & Company in 1997 as the bookkeeper.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Long Island University. In addition to working for Downey & Company, Wendi taught at Central New Mexico College from 1996–2005. Presently, Wendi is taking on a more active role within Downey & Company.  She received her license in Life & Health as well as Property & Casualty in December of 2015. Wendi is dedicated to helping our clients with any life or health benefits needs they may have.
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Joseph A. Menicucci

Joseph A. Menicucci has joined Downey & Company as a Contract Bond and Insurance producer.  A native New Mexican, Joe joined the Downey Team in May of 2017 to assist companies in New Mexico with finding contract bond and insurance solutions to suit their specific needs.  Prior to his role at Downey & Company, he spent over 9 years as one of the top producers at another agency. Joe is a graduate of St. Pius X High School and received his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University with concentration in Finance and Business Computer Systems. He also serves on the board for Associated Builders and Contractors. Downey & Company is New Mexico’s leading Contract Bond and Insurance provider since 1979.