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

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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

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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.

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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

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Process Engineering

How to Reduce Stress and Optimize Outcomes in Filing Insurance Claims John E. Dowd, Jr. December 17, 2013 Business West Let’s begin with the premise that insurance companies are in the business of paying claims, pure and simple. However, as most people are aware, the process of filing and then being paid for compensable claims is not always easy or

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New Flood Premiums

Robert W. Gilbert, principal and president of The Dowd Insurance Agencies was featured on WGGB speaking on the new federal law designed to replenish the National Flood Insurance Fund. Click here to read the full article.

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Wise Policies

Why Life Insurance Is Important for Small Businesses By BILL WALTHOUSE In any business, the death of a key person can seriously cripple stability. Therefore, securing a life-insurance policy is an essential part of a business plan regardless of the industry served, and for many reasons. For example, with life insurance in place, the business can use the death-benefit proceeds

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The Dowd Insurance Agencies Announces The Appointment Of Accounting Controller, Timothy J. Sterritt

The Dowd Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for over 115 years, is pleased to welcome Timothy J. Sterritt, as accounting controller at its Holyoke office. Sterritt will play a key leadership role as a member of the senior management team, participating in and directing the agency planning process. He is responsible for planning, establishing, leading, controlling and

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The Dowd Insurance Agencies Announces Addition of Michael Levin as Account Executive

Holyoke, MA – The Dowd Agencies is extremely proud to welcome Michael Levin as Account Executive at its Holyoke office. In his capacity, Levin will be developing new long-term relationships with both clients and vendors while also servicing existing insurance policy-holders. “Michael has demonstrated an ability to perform in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment making him uniquely suited to the ever-changing

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The Dowd Agencies Announce the Appointment of President to Its Financial Services Division

HOLYOKE, MA- The Dowd Agencies, a locally owned independent insurance agency is pleased to announce the appointment of R. Kirk Mackey* as President of Dowd Financial Services LLC (DFS) and its Employee Benefits Division effective February 1, 2013.  DFS is a full service financial division of The Dowd Agencies, with over 50 years of combined expertise specializing in employee benefits.

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