Key Professionals

David F. Lyons, Sr.   ē   Harry M. Garrett, CPA   ē   Joseph W. Valerio

David F. Lyons, Sr.
President and CEO

Since founding the company in 1984, David has built the Lyons Companies to meet the diverse risk management needs of evolving businesses and the people who run them. Drawing on his deep industry expertise and his perspective as an independent business owner, he has guided the Lyons Companies to a remarkable track record of service excellence and growth.  


The company earned the Best Practice Agency award from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In those same years, Lyons appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, which listed Lyons at the top in its field of insurance-related businesses.


David also contributes to the community by serving on several boards and executive committees, including those of the Delaware Business Roundtable, Artisansí Bank, and the Delaware Council for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware.


Davidís efforts to establish a Fellowship in Dentistry for Children with Special Needs earned him The Inspiration Award in 2009 from the Nemours Partnership for Childrenís Health. It was only the second time Nemours had bestowed this honor.


Harry M. Garrett, CPA

Vice President and CFO


Harry is responsible for oversight of the
firmís accounting and budgetary processes.
He also has accountability for company-wide payroll security and compliance, and the financial review and approval of significant contracts, capital expenditure appropriations and real estate transactions.

Harry has spent over twenty years providing fiscal guidance to a broad range of industries while developing expertise in the fields of insurance and financial services.

A native Delawarean, Harry earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Duke University and studied accounting at the University of Delaware.

Joseph W. Valerio
Executive Vice President

Joe is responsible for market growth at Lyons, spearheading business development efforts by providing sales leadership and identifying acquisition opportunities.  He and his team of Risk Management Advisors are charged with growing brand recognition for the firmís four service platforms: commercial and personal risk management, employee benefits, alternative risk financing (captives) and human capital management.

Joe is a highly respected professional in the insurance industry, having worked with regional and international brokers.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Joe had a six-year career with the NFLís Kansas City Chiefs.  As an offensive lineman he caught an NFL-record four touchdown passes, three from the legendary Joe Montana.