Our History

Our agency was founded in 1957 by John Weed. In the 1980’s Gary Ross became the agency’s president, which led to the name, the Weed Ross Group. Gary Ross retired in March of 2016 and Sean D. Cornelius became the agency president. We are currently licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. 

When you purchase a policy through the Weed Ross Group, you’ll be working with someone who is familiar with your current area as well as the full offerings of the companies we are partnered with.

We're your Local Agent who Is There for You

Let Us Take Care of That for You. – When you purchase a policy through the Weed Ross Group you have the peace of mind knowing that we will take care of the hassle. Let us sit on the phone with the billing department at your insurance company, let us assist you with your claim, and know that we are here for you. At the Weed Ross Group we are a locally owned and operated independent insurance agency. We are in a position to offer a level of service that you won’t receive anywhere else.

One of our agents can customize an insurance package based upon your needs by discussing what is important to you and what you are looking to protect.

Our Staff

Sean D. Cornelius

Licensed Insurance Broker

Sean started his insurance career while he was still in college working summers for his father at his insurance agency in Erie, PA. Sean attended St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY and received his B.A. in Philosophy/Pre-Law in 2003.

Sean then went on to work for Crawford and Company as an independent adjuster handling hurricane losses in Florida arising from the 2004 Hurricane season. In 2005, Sean was hired by State Farm Insurance in Jacksonville, FL. Sean worked as an in-house adjuster, handling high-level first contact claims for the entire country. Sean was quickly promoted to an adjuster for State Farm’s Catastrophe Team, a group of elite claims adjusters that travel throughout the country to handle losses such as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe water losses, snowstorms, hail storms, and wildfires.

In 2008, Sean was hired by Travelers Insurance as a field insurance adjuster in Miami, FL. Sean managed a high volume of complex losses for both commercial and personal lines in South Florida. In 2010, Sean moved back to the northeast and eventually settled in Ellicottville, NY. Sean went to work for The Putnam Record Agency in Dunkirk, NY as an insurance producer. In 2011, Sean facilitated the acquisition of the Becker Agency in Brocton, NY. Sean joined the Weed Ross Group in 2014 as a producer and took over as President of the agency in 2016 upon the retirement of Gary Ross.

Sean enjoys living in the village of Ellicottville with his wife, Erin, and their two sons, Harrison and Finn. In his free time, Sean is an avid snowboarder who also enjoys hiking and boating.

Roseann J. Hintz, AAI, ACSR

Licensed CSR
Office Manager

Roseann started her insurance career in 1974 after graduating from the Olean Business Institute. Roseann began in the Little Valley office of the Weed Ross Group working for the founder, John Weed. Roseann obtained her broker’s license in 1980 and was integral to building the agency under Gary Ross. 

In 1989, Roseann transferred to the Weed Ross Group Ellicottville office. Roseann has been a fixture in the office ever since. Roseann currently serves as the Office Manager of the Weed Ross Group. She has a vast knowledge of insurance and specializes in commercial lines and personal lines. 

Roseann grew up in Ellicottville and now resides in nearby Great Valley. Roseann has two children, Lindsay and Ryan. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Katie, and is an avid reader.

Kelly Wakelee, ACSR 

Licensed CSR

Kelly started her insurance career in the early 1990’s working for New York Central Mutual as a customer service representative in their home office in Edmeston, NY. From there, Kelly went on to work for a State Farm Agency in Utica where she became a licensed agent.

After several years in Utica, Kelly moved to Ellicottville and went to work for a State Farm agent in Olean, NY. Kelly decided that working in a captive agency was somewhat limiting and wanted to explore the independent agency side of insurance. She worked for the Weast Agency in Salamanca before settling with the Weed Ross Group in 2000.

Kelly has 25+ years of experience in insurance and she has been a valuable asset to the Weed Ross Group. Kelly specializes in personal lines, seasonal condo policies and life insurance. 

Kelly currently resides in Franklinville, NY. Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, Kent, and daughter, Nicole. She also has a love for theatre and spends time singing and acting in local productions. 

Lindsay Hintz

Licensed CSR

Lindsay began her insurance career in 2007 after graduating from West Virginia University with a major in history and a minor in sociology. Lindsay began part-time at the Weed Ross Group in a clerical role, splitting duties with Robert Lanza, CPA in Ellicottville. After earning her broker’s license in 2017, Lindsay has joined the agency in a full-time capacity.

Lindsay is a lifelong resident of Ellicottville, graduating from ECS in 2003. She currently lives in neighboring Great Valley. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys running and kickboxing as well as a good book. Lindsay also loves to travel.

Saving you Time and Money

Unlike agents who can only sell you the insurance of one company, as an independent insurance agency, we represent over twenty companies. Partnering with many insurance companies gives us the ability to quote your home and auto insurance, as well as a variety of other insurance products across a broad spectrum of providers.

Essentially our agency will do the shopping for you, saving you time and money. We collect your information and work directly with our partner companies receiving quotes. We then work with you to determine which company or companies best meet your insurance and budget needs. And over time our agency will also do periodic reviews of your policies to ensure that you are still getting the best coverage to protect you and your family. We also make sure your rates remain competitive when compared with their partner companies.