Bennabis is dedicated to filling the needs of the cannabis industry, particularly those in the industry who touch the plant, from seed to sale.  Its President saw first hand as a dispensary board member in New Jersey how plant touching businesses within the cannabis industry are struggling to obtain adequate, affordable business insurance and is on a trail-blazing mission to change that.

Bennabis is the solution for an industry that has suffered a unique stigma due to the federal government’s treatment of cannabis.  Currently, virtually all of the insurance available to plant touching businesses is offered by surplus lines carriers. Bennabis has taken the road less traveled by creating an admitted carrier to exclusively serve the needs of the cannabis community.  It is all we do and we bring the experience necessary to make that work.  Bennabis is spearheaded by Don Parisi, a long-time dispensary board member, former President of an insurer, former General Counsel of a specialty property and casualty insurance company which exclusively served the motorcycle industry and former New Jersey Deputy Attorney General for the Commissioner of Insurance.  All in all Don has spent more than 30 years immersed in the insurance industry. Don has surrounded himself with other professionals who share the same vision, including people with cannabis industry, commercial insurance, claims, legal and financial experience.  

Bennabis provides better coverage at a lower cost to an industry that sorely needs it.  Let your business Benefit from the Bennabis Difference.

Our Team

President Don Parisi

Don Parisi

Board Chair

Insurance executive for 25 years and a former Board member of a NJ dispensary.

John Gingell

President & CEO

35 years experience in the insurance industry, and former Chief Practice Officer for a national consulting firm.

Cheryl Hannon Kriney, Esq

VP & General Counsel

Former Asst. General Counsel at Rider Insurance Company.

Lauren Belfiore, CIC

VP Underwriting & Systems Operations

30 years experience in the insurance industry, most recently as President of Rider Insurance Company.

Jeffrey Jabon

Senior Board Advisor

25 plus years of insurance and financial services experience.

Kelly Prol, CPA

VP Finance

Former Finance Director at Rider Insurance Company.

Rob Moroni

Board Member

Former Treasurer and COO of a New Jersey vertically integrated cannabis operation.