Founded in Family: The Van Dyk Group

Founded in Family Meet the Wyrsch Family from The Van Dyk Group

The technology of a business office may have changed since Richard Van Dyk Agency opened its doors on Long Beach Island in 1946, but with two generations of the Wyrsch family overseeing daily operations, the focus on family taking care of families’ remains constant. The Van Dyk Group is celebrating 71 years as a family owned agency based in Southern Ocean County. With 10 family members working alongside dedicated staff in several locations throughout the region, the future is looking bright.

David Wyrsch Sr. purchased the business in 1994, after working in the agency since 1973.
Wyrsch, former President of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and Stafford Township Councilman for 11 years believes in giving back to the community. “I think it’s very important that our community has good healthcare, good schools and good churches, so we do a lot of sponsoring of our churches, schools, kids programs, and our hospital.”

David and Janet Wyrsch (The Chief Financial Officer) enjoy working with the next generation bringing fresh ideas, allowing the business to grow, stay informed and adapt where needed. Family includes three sons, David Wyrsch Jr. is the Real Estate Broker and Past President of the Ocean County Board of Realtors, Jeff is in charge of the Personal lines (auto, home, flood insurance) and serves on the State board of Independent Insurance Agents, Dan, head of Commercial Insurance and on the Advisory Council for Selective Insurance Co.; daughters Jo Ann Hahl is over the corporate financial area, and Cynthia Kelley is leading the Information Technology Development. Daughter-in-law Christina Brummer works in the Accounting department, Cynthia’s husband Jim Kelley is the Vacation Rental Manager, and nephew Scott Dougherty is the IT Director. Witnessing the tremendous growth of Ocean County, especially in the last 25 years, we have increased our number of employees and agents in all departments to handle this influx.

Wyrsch Sr finds working within a family business extremely rewarding and enjoys witnessing the younger generation doing such a great job carrying on our tradition. “It’s all about providing services to our clients;” states Wyrsch. “We are with clients in the beginning when they buy their first car to assist with car insurance. When buying a home, we can arrange your mortgage and details of buying the home. We handle car, homeowners, and flood insurance making sure that you are covered for all perils. As for Business, we offer coverage for your business, commercial buildings, commercial autos, liability, group health, life, and workers comp. We also provide payroll operations and human resources with 401 K administration. Last year we launched very successful Private Flood and Homeowners Insurance Products thru Lloyds of London. The Van Dyk group is proud to have a company of experts in each area to ensure your assets are protected”.

The Wyrschs’ and the entire Van Dyk Group Family work every day in living up to their motto of “Hard work, Honest business practices, and Real concern for the welfare of others.” The ideal of extending the care you would expect from dealing with your own family keeps generations of clients close to home.

From Left to Right: David L Wyrsch Sr. and Janet Wyrsch (seated); Cindy Kelley, Jeff Wyrsch, Dan Wyrsch, David Wyrsch Jr., Joann Hahl (standing)