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Our Remarkable Team - A Family Endeavor

Sharon and her late husband, Paul, moved to Elk Rapids from New York in the early 1990s. In 1996, she opened her own insurance office in Elk Rapids as part of the Larkin Group. Then, in 2000, she rebranded as Fitzpatrick Insurance – an independent agency focused above all else on providing excellence in customer service. 

Fast forward 26 years to 2022, and the torch has since been passed to new co-owners Adam Brown and Patrick Lavis. Times are changing. We have grown to adopt modern technologies and best practices. We have added new carriers and coverage to our repertoire, ensuring our clients get the best possible coverage for superior rates. Some things never change though and the values established by Sharon so many years ago are still embodied by our team.

Our team has a wealth and range of industry experience from commercial lines to writing policies for home, life, marine, and much much more. We are a team of dedicated professionals committed to getting results. We pride ourselves on doing right by our customers because we wholeheartedly believe that true honesty and expertise takes the hard work out of buying insurance. Welcome to the Fitzpatrick family.

Adam Brown


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  • BA in Business Administration from Ferris State University
  • Came from Auto-Owners with over 7 years of experience ranging from management to personal and commercial underwriting
  • Raised in Northern Michigan
  • Enjoys boating, downhill skiing, time with friends and family

Patrick Lavis


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  • Experienced property manager and real estate savant
  • Passion for building strong relationships and top-tier customer service
  • Grew up in the Elk Rapids community
  • Enjoys boating and time with friends and family

Mary Meier

Licensed Agent

  • Wide range of professional experience from office management, to marketing, hospitality, and much more
  • Graduate of Michigan State University and long-time resident of Elk Rapids
  • Fond of yoga, swimming, bike riding, kayaking

Michelle Brown

Licensed Agent

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  • 35 years of experience in insurance agency operations ranging from commercial lines, and personal lines, to management/ownership
  • Has lived in Nothern Michigan for over 23 years
  • Enjoys horseback riding, quilting, and kayaking

Erin Woodworth

Licensed Agent

  • Strong background in accounting
  • Bachelor’s in Business Admin from Cleary University
  • Enjoys spending time in nature whether kayaking or on nature walks

Joshua Tanis

Customer Service

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  • Over 7 years of experience in business management and customer service in the boat rental industry
  • Currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • Born and raised in Traverse City
  • Enjoys being outside with his dogs, disc golfing, boating, and working out

Lauren Dake

Customer Service

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  • Bachelor’s in Recreation Management from Ithica College
  • Has lived in Elk Rapids for over 10 years
  • Enjoys family time with her daughter and husband, running and biking. You can find her running almost every day around Elk Rapids

Sharon Fitzpatrick


  • Opened Fitzpatrick Insurance in 1996
  • Dedicated insurance professional for over 30 years
  • Passionate about helping and educating customers
  • Resident of Antrim County since she was a little girl

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