Give thanks, stay safe

 Simple safety measures make for a happily memorable Thanksgiving On Thanksgiving Day, millions of Americans fall into one of two categories: the travelers and the hosts. As to which represents the smaller piece of the furcula (better known as the wishbone; #TurkeyTrivia), that depends heavily on whom you ask. Some would rather spend hours crawling a highway than days cleaning

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The Dowd Insurance Agencies hires Nick Vautrin as account executive

The Dowd Agencies, LLC, a leading insurance provider serving New England for over 115 years, announced that Nick Vautrin, a resident of South Hadley, has been hired as an account executive. “As the Dowd Agencies continues to grow, we are regularly looking to add new talent to our team,” said John E. Dowd, president and CEO. “Nick is an excellent

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Jon Lumbra named Managing Partner of Dowd Financial Services

The Dowd Agencies, LLC, a leading insurance provider serving New England for over 115 years, has appointed Chief Financial Officer Jon D. Lumbra as the new managing partner of Dowd Financial Services. “This is a natural progression of responsibility and oversight for Jon,” said John E. Dowd, president and CEO. “He brings nearly two decades of experience in financial services

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David W. Griffin Sr. commended for 35-year commitment to the CIC

David W. Griffin Sr., CIC, LIA, the executive vice president and treasurer of The Dowd Agencies, LLC, has been recognized by The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) for his 35 years of committed professional leadership and advanced knowledge. Griffin earned the designation through a series of rigorous examinations and has maintained the designation by annual attendance at an approved

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Will You Really Be Able to Work Longer?

You may assume you will. That assumption could be a retirement planning risk. How long do you think you will work? Are you one of those baby boomers (or Gen Xers) who believes he or she can work past 65? Some pre-retirees are basing their entire retirement transition on that belief, and that could be financially perilous. In a new

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Everybody knows your name: the benefits of local insurance agents

If you watch any TV these days, it’s likely you’ve seen the commercials: all matter of wildlife, from ducks to geckos, pigeons to Snoopy, trying to sell you insurance from major national brands. They are often good for a chuckle, and lead you to believe that shopping for insurance is fun and simple­­––a matter of checking a few boxes on

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A personal message from John Dowd, president and CEO

Celebrating 35 years with the Dowd Agencies Forbes magazine noted that less than a third of family-owned businesses survive the transition from the first generation to the second, and fewer than 50 percent of those successfully transition to a third generation. We clearly broke this mold: The Dowd Insurance Agencies is a fourth-generation, family-owned, leading insurance provider that has had

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When the dog bites: do you have the right coverage?

Insurance considerations for dog owners We are a nation of pet-lovers. The ASPCA reports that approximately 78 million dogs are owned in the United States, and over 40 percent of all households have a dog. It may surprise you, but if you are one of them, it’s something you should talk to your insurance company about. In Massachusetts, dog owners

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National Insurance Awareness Day

3 ways to recognize the importance of this oft-overlooked essential National Insurance Awareness Day falls on Wednesday, June 28. No fireworks. No cookouts. No decorations. Let’s face it, thinking about insurance is not fun. But still, taking a few minutes to recognize this day could have a tremendous impact on your life, and the lives of your family members. Everyone

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The Dowd Insurance Agencies Brings Newly Enhanced Distractology® Tour to Holyoke to Educate Teen Drivers on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

  Program lets Holyoke High School students participate in a simulated driving experience HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, is proud to bring the newly relaunched Distractology® tour to Holyoke High School Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2. Developed and funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation,

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