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Cathy Sypek Earns The ‘Professional Plan Consultant’ Credential

Recent regulatory changes to the qualified retirement plan industry have sparked an urgency to ensure retirement plan service professionals have specialized training and resources. These initiatives help plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations in addition to providing a means of documenting that prudent practices are being followed in the management of an employee-sponsored plan. Accredited Professional Plan Consultants (PPC) demonstrate a high level of knowledge with regard to these issues and have the ability to provide plan sponsors with the… Continue reading →

Wayne Kapinos Appointed as an Account Executive

The Dowd Insurance Agencies announced the appointment of Wayne M. Kapinos as an account executive at The Dowd Insurance Agencies. Kapinos will be based in the Holyoke office.

“With almost a decade of experience as a licensed insurance broker, Wayne brings expertise to a number of our market segments, including the construction industry, franchise businesses and workers’ compensation,” said John E. Dowd, Jr. president and CEO of The Dowd Insurance Agencies. “We are thrilled to have Wayne as a part… Continue reading →

Are You Protected Against Cyber Theft?

If the Answer Is ‘No,’ the Consequences Could Be Costly


By MICHAEL LEVIN

When it comes to cyber security and data breaches, no system is infallible. Some of the largest companies in the world have been victims of data breaches.  Recently, the Swansea, Mass. Police Department contracted the CrytoLocker computer virus, and paid ransom to gain access to their files.

While large breaches like those at Target, Neiman Marcus, and Yahoo! receive great media attention, smaller breaches occur daily… Continue reading →

Who Is Liable to Pay for Pothole Repairs?

WEST SPRINGFIELD/HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) –Tire Warehouse was one of the first places people went after their tires blew on Rt. 5, battling potholes. “We’ve been seeing a lot of damage, Between tires, wheels, the whole thing. People are calling us off the hook, wondering if they have road hazard coverage or not,” said manager Tim Dowley.

In fact, in recent days, John Dowd has seen several people coming into his office in similar situations, wondering if or where the municipality… Continue reading →