Cornerstone Group and Gallo | Thomas Team to Expand Offerings

Both Firms to Deliver Complete Benefits, HR and Risk Management Solutions

Warwick, RI, July 14, 2011 – Cornerstone Group, one of New England’s leading benefit advisory firms, and Rhode Island property and casualty insurance agency Gallo | Thomas announced today a joint venture that will enable both firms to offer a full range of employee benefits, human resources, payroll and property casualty services to their clients.

Through the relationship, Cornerstone adds the ability to help businesses insure against loss with a comprehensive program of protection, including general liability, property, management liability, errors and omissions, cyber security, crime and workers’ compensation coverage. Cornerstone will also be able to offer personal property and casualty insurance products for individuals, including homeowners, automobile and umbrella liability coverage.

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“As our clients’ needs have evolved, so have we,” said Robert Calise, Cornerstone Group principal. “Our relationship with Gallo | Thomas is the latest in a series of strategic partnerships we’ve entered to expand our capabilities so we can offer clients the ease, convenience and cost savings of having one partner for all their benefits, human resources and risk management needs. Gallo | Thomas is a like-minded organization who shares our vision, values and expectations, and we’re proud to team with them to make our clients successful.”

The agreement enables Gallo | Thomas to enhance its full-service approach to servicing clients by broadening the firm’s employee management offerings. Gallo | Thomas can provide group health and dental plans, benefits administration, retirement planning and administration, life and long-term care insurance, and payroll and human resources services.

“We’ve always envisioned serving as a total solution resource for our clients and our partnership with Cornerstone Group enables us to realize our dream,” said Thomas DiSanto, president of Gallo | Thomas. “This relationship gives our customers access to integrated advisory services through one source for streamlined program administration, centralized expertise and simplified vendor selection. Our goal is to save our clients time and resources, and partnering with Cornerstone does just that.”

The relationship between Cornerstone and Gallo | Thomas is effective immediately. Both organizations will remain separate and independent entities but will work closely with one another to support their new growth strategies.

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Founded in 1993, the Cornerstone Group has forged a reputation as a leading benefits advisory firm, serving more than 1,500 employers nationwide. As its clients’ needs have changed over the years, Cornerstone has evolved to meet them with an expanding selection of services designed to address all aspects of employee management. From benefits advisory, payroll services and human resource consulting, to compliance advice and retirement solutions, Cornerstone’s rapid but measured growth results from the expansion of core services clients want and expect from a full-service advisory firm.


Established in 1947, Gallo | Thomas Insurance has built a reputation on outstanding customized service and superior value, insuring individuals, businesses and organizations throughout New England. The company’s extensive carrier relationships allow it the freedom to provide the most cost-effective and innovative insurance solutions tailored to meet each client’s specific needs.