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 has chosen to continue that legacy of family leadership. We look forward to the future with a strong management team in place. Now a part of that team, Dave earned his place by honing in on his sales and customer service skills and adding responsibilities that benefit our internal team and our customers.”

Griffin began his role as vice president this past December and looks forward to continue growing the organization through new business development, strategic initiatives, operational efficiency and managing the firm’s use of technology.

“Dave has grown considerably in his evolving role here at Dowd,” said John E. Dowd, Jr. president and chief executive officer of The Dowd Insurance Agencies. “While sales is his primary function, his aptitude and enthusiasm for technology has been a welcome skillset for our agency and he is now in charge of IT here at Dowd. Dave has demonstrated a command of these responsibilities in a relatively short period of time. We decided it was time to make him an officer of the corporation where he can interact regularly with senior management and help manage the overall direction of the agency going forward.”

David W. Griffin, Jr., has been a member of the Dowd team since June of 2009. He began his career in the insurance industry as a property and casualty underwriter for Liberty Mutual with stops in Schaumburg, Ill. and Charlotte, N.C., before coming back to the area to join the agencies. He is a 2007 graduate of Bentley University in Waltham, where he earned his degree in finance and he received his designation as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in December 2014. Currently, Griffin is an active member of the community serving on the board of directors for the Holyoke Rotary Club, Sisters of Providence Health Systems (Foundation Board) and the Wistariahurst Museum. Additionally, he also supports the United Way of Pioneer Valley as a member of the resource development committee. He resides in Longmeadow with his wife, Corinne, and their son.

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