New England offers a multitude of lakes and rivers, as well as easy ocean access, for pleasure cruisers looking to take their boats out for fun in the sun this summer. Surprisingly, however, boat insurance is required in only two states, both of which are landlocked but have plenty of lakes and rivers: Arkansas and Utah. But, just because most states don’t require it, boat owners would be foolhardy to not have coverage that protects their investment and assets.
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The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced David W. Griffin, Jr., has been promoted to vice president of The Dowd Insurance Agencies. Griffin is based out of the Holyoke office and works with the other branches based in Hadley, Southampton, Ludlow and Indian Orchard.
“The Dowd Insurance Agencies is the oldest family-owned agency in Massachusetts,” said David W. Griffin, Sr., “and I am very proud that my son… Continue reading →
Written by Keith O’Connor, Special to The Republican
No story about the Dowd Agencies – the oldest insurance agency in Massachusetts under continuous family ownership – and its tremendous growth over the years can be told without a little background history first.
Like many Irish immigrants who came to settle in Holyoke, James J. Dowd arrived in the Paper City in 1865 to build a better life for himself and his family.
While Dowd worked in a textile mill, one… Continue reading →
The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced Jack Dowd will be joining the agency as an Account Executive. The addition of Jack Dowd represents the fifth generation of family to be employed at The Dowd Insurance Agencies.
“It’s a real sense of pride that I feel welcoming my son, Jack, to the family business representing the fifth generation here at The Dowd Insurance Agencies,” said John E. Dowd,… Continue reading →
Michael G. Rzepka joined The Dowd Insurance Agencies in 1991
The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced Michael G. Rzepka is celebrating his 25th anniversary as part of the firm. Rzepka joined The Dowd Insurance Agencies in 1991 with a concentration on commercial sales and has provided a quarter century of local service. For more than three decades, Rzepka has held various positions in commercial underwriting, marketing… Continue reading →
The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for over 115 years, today announced the appointment of Chief Financial Officer, Jon D. Lumbra. A resident of Holyoke, Lumbra will be responsible for directing the fiscal operations of the business and supervising the accounting department. In addition, he will assist in the planning, establishing and maintaining of current systems and procedures.
“We are pleased to welcome Jon to the team,” said David Griffin W. Griffin,… Continue reading →
Hurricane Irene left hundreds of homeowners with flooding damange. WWLP recently interviewd John Dowd on what homeowners need to know about flood insurance. Click here to view the story.
Boating season will be here before you know it. Learn how to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities while boating. Review safety tips, news, recalls, defects and laws and regulations you should know. Click here to access the US Coast Guards Official site.
One of the most important insurance policies you can buy is the personal umbrella policy, but many people are unaware they need one. This policy provides high limits of liability to protect you against a catastrophic liability loss. For example, a major car accident may injure numerous people or cause head injuries or death that will result in liability far in excess of the limits typically purchased in a personal auto policy. An umbrella policy sits on top of the… Continue reading →