Management Team
Peter Evangelista
President / Partner

I am a Brooklyn, NY native and graduated from St. John’s University in 1997 with a degree in Accounting.  In September 1996 at the age of 22 I founded Admiral Insurance Brokerage, which specialized in insuring both residential and commercial property. Today Admiral services excess of 3,000 clients.

Our company is comprised with a staff with collective expertise in just about every area of insurance, be it construction, business, life, homeowners, automobile, or financial services.  I attribute our success on our ability to be creative critical thinkers.  My primary goal when I founded the company was to provide our clients with accessible expertise and an honest, thoughtful, problem-solving approach to the complex and potentially frustrating world of insurance.  At Admiral our clients always come first.

When I am not in the office I enjoy going on vacation & spending quality time with my wife Diana, my daughter Nicolette, and my son Peter.  My wife and I are raising our kids in Belle Harbor, NY and we are active members of St. Francis de Sales Catholic community.



Kevin Berntsen
Vice President / Partner

I am a Brooklyn, NY native.  Graduated from Wagner College in 2001 with a degree in Business Finance. I continued my education for another 2 years at Wagner College and graduated in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Business Management.

I began my insurance career in the fall of 2001 with the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. Spent 3 years with Northwestern in their exclusive life insurance training program learning how to implement sound financial plans to help clients obtain financial security. During the tenure at Northwestern Mutual I became an expert in life insurance and investment products.

I worked at Northwestern Mutual until the summer of 2004. At this time, I took advantage of an opportunity to spearhead the financial services department for Admiral Insurance Brokerage, which previously offered strictly property and casualty insurance products. This financial services department has grown to be an intrical part of the agency, giving our customers the ability to find solutions to all of their insurance needs in one place. In 2009 I believed so much in Admiral’s prosperous future and took a financial stake in the company. Since then, both myself and business partner Peter Evangelista have navigated roads less traveled and have taken the company to all new heights.

On the personal side I enjoy spending time out meeting new people, spending time with my wife Lisa, son Ryan, and daughter Sofia. I also enjoy playing some pick up ice hockey with college buddies.


Charles Maniglia
Director of Operations

Growing up in Dyker Heights Brooklyn, I graduated from Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge, and would later further my education at St Johns University’s on Staten Island.

In 2007 at the age of 23 I began my career with Admiral Insurance Brokerage. I started out by assisting in the personal lines department, doing simple paperwork, quoting, and policy renewals. As time progressed I began to learn the commercial end of the business and found a sweet spot with construction. Since Admiral specialized in construction, this became a key component to my development within the company. I have always thought of myself as a go getter, and in 2010 I began to take on more responsibility from the management and underwriting standpoint. I am a licensed property and casualty broker as well as life, health and annuities agent, my knowledge is well rounded in all insurance ends of the business.

My goal for Admiral has always been to make sure our clients are serviced with the most attention and that we utilize our strong carrier relationships to offer competitive pricing. I have always made sure that our staff takes this thought process and incorporates it in their day to day work.

In my free time I enjoy playing golf, watching sports, and spending time with wife Maria and my daughter Bianca.