Our Team

We are a third generation insurance family who represent our clients as if they were a member of our family, too.

2023 Cincinnati Business Courier Article – Transitioning Into Our Third Generation

Group photo of our team

Pictured from left to right: Brad Wittenbaum, Fred Wittenbaum, Jeremy Wittenbaum, Jay V. Wittenbaum, and Barbara S. Wittenbaum

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Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind S P Agency, Inc.

SimonSimon A. Polasky

Our Founder, Our Leader, Our Role Model


Fred Wittenbaum – LinkedIn

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2nd Generation Insurance Advisor

Fred Wittenbaum, second generation, graduated from the University of Cincinnati. He worked for CIGNA in Indianapolis before joining S P Agency on January 1st, 1990. He is the head of the commercial lines department at the agency. Being licensed in 43 states, no matter where you are, he can ensure your business is covered. Outside the insurance world, Fred is a founding member of the PEM Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded in August of 2010. Along with the assistance from the rock band The Who, they work together to help 3 students every year from Finneytown high school chase their dreams in the fields of Art and Music.

Brad Wittenbaum – LinkedIn

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2nd Generation Insurance Advisor

Brad Wittenbaum, second generation, is the head of the personal lines department at the agency. He joined the team on July 1st, 1991 and has his property and casualty license in 43 states plus the District of Columbia. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a passion for insurance and helping others, which is instilled in him until this day. In his community, he is a Parent Representative on the “Safe and Secure Schools” Committee for Sycamore Schools that helps ensure a safe learning environment for students. Also, he volunteers as a Marshal at the Western & Southern Open to assist with player security. From his years of working at the agency, Brad says that his favorite part about the insurance industry is, “Helping my clients solve all of their complex insurance problems.”

Jay V. Wittenbaum

1st Generation Insurance Advisor

Jay V. Wittenbaum, along with Bill Katz and Simon Polasky, formed S P Agency, Inc. on July 1st, 1970. Jay’s knowledge for insurance is uncanny as he has been in the insurance business for over 50 years. Jay’s favorite part of the insurance industry is, “Providing the best coverage with the best companies to the best of our abilities.” He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1957 and from 1958-1962 he served in the U.S Air Force in England as the Assistant Manager of the Columbia Club, and also served in the Berlin Crisis in Germany. Jay and his wife Barbara founded Cincinnati Dreams Come True, a charitable foundation to help sick and less fortunate children in the greater Cincinnati area. They have been doing this since 1982 and over the years, they have been able to put smiles on the faces of many others. Working 3 jobs at the age of 14 and still working full-time to this day, Jay’s work ethic will forever be unmatched.

Jeremy Wittenbaum – LinkedIn

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3rd Generation Insurance Advisor

Jeremy Wittenbaum, third generation, graduated from The Ohio State University with his insurance degree in three years. Before joining S P Agency full-time he worked summers for S P in high school. Also, he has worked for Berkley One (subsidiary of W.R. Berkley) and The Cincinnati Insurance Companies (subsidiary of Cincinnati Financial). Beyond managing personal and commercial lines accounts, Jeremy actively seeks new business opportunities and spearheads the firm’s marketing efforts. When he’s not working, Jeremy engages in physical activities by going on runs and lifting weights. Additionally, he stays philanthropically active in The Cincinnati Art Museum and the P.E.M. Memorial. Clients are Jeremy’s top priority, and he’s committed to exceeding their expectations in every interaction.

Barbara Wittenbaum

1st Generation Insurance Professional

Barbara Swillinger Wittenbaum graduated from Woodward High School and went on to get a degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, she taught pre-school for two years and then joined the S P Agency. Not having an insurance background, she started from scratch learning about clients, rating, processing and issuing. Barbara also became the friendly “voice of the S P Agency” by answering the telephone. She has been involved in the business for over 50 years and loving each day. Customer service and personal touch continue to be Barbara’s main focus, which starts by answering the telephone to this day. She loves going to work with a smile on her face knowing that she will spend the day with her husband, two sons, and grandson.

Barbara loves to be involved in her eight grandchildren’s lives. Barbara and her husband, Jay, founded Cincinnati Dreams Come True, Inc. in 1982. This is a non-profit organization that make “dreams come true” for sick and less fortunate children in the Greater Cincinnati area. Both Barbara and Jay do their very best to bring smiles to the faces of each family. Fulfilling a dream requires may hours of preparation, and this is how she spends her free time making sure that she does the very best for each child. Barbara and Jay have taught their children and grandchildren the importance of reaching out to help those in need and doing for others without expecting anything in return. Everything Barbara does comes straight from her heart!

Dawn Hall – LinkedIn

Personal Insurance Account Manager

Melissa Wittenbaum

Administrative Assistant

Bill Katz  (Retired 2022)

Bill Katz, along with Jay Wittenbaum and Simon Polasky, formed S P Agency, Inc. on July 1st, 1970.  Now retired, Bill was a partner with S P Agency since its inception in 1970.  He graduated from The Ohio State University.  Outside of work, Bill was heavily involved with the Jewish Community Center and its charitable causes.  Being a 2-time past President of the Jewish Community Center, Bill spearheaded the new Mayerson JCC which was built in 2003.  Other boards he has served on include United Way and the American Jewish Committee.  The SP family wishes Bill all the best on this next chapter of his life.

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