Our Story

Walter J. May Insurance Agency, Inc. is a family founded, 3rd generation agency, which has served the diverse insurance needs of the community for over 50 years. We maintain a professional, courteous and well-trained staff. We are dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service. Forefront in our philosophy is the offering of accurate advice and professional service, which we have demonstrated by earning the business and trust of our clients. We align ourselves with strong, secure companies who offer products with both national and local companies. We are committed to steady and long-term growth.

Walter May Insurance Agency Partner Biographies

Peter May

Peter is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and after graduation spent the next four years working on offshore oil well drilling rigs throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Bering Sea and off the coast of Brazil. In 1987 he joined the agency. He holds his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and Accredited Advisor Inn Insurance (AAI). Peter works in both personal and commercial insurance and enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing his lifelong passions of boating and fishing.

Joan DeCoste Zaiger

Joan started her insurance carrier in Business Sales at Liberty Mutual Insurance and came to the agency in 1986. Joan has a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, an Associate in Risk Management and is a licensed insurance advisor, specializing in Commercial Insurance. She has been past President of the South Shore Insurance Agents Association and has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Society of Licensed Insurance Advisors and the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents.

Larry May

Larry has been with Walter J May Insurance Agency since 1985 and a principal since 1990. He has earned his designation as a Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Insurance Service Representative and holds his brokers license for property, casualty, life accident and health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Larry holds the position of President and is involved in the agency administration, sales, and leadership.

Ellen Carmell

Ellen joined the agency in 1985 and has worked in all aspect of the agency and management. Her current focus is the Personal Lines Department. She has earned her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations.


188 Whiting Street

Hingham, MA 02043



Business Hours:

9AM – 5PM Monday-Friday

Nights & Weekends by appointment.