Holyoke/Amherst, MA The Dowd Agencies, a locally owned independent insurance agency announces two new additions to its growing staff.  Diane LaFleche and Jim Lawton recently joined the agency and will be working out of the Cray-Dowd Amherst office. 

Diane will serve as Cray-Dowd’s Commercial Lines Account Manager/Marketer for the Amherst location. In this role Diane will work with new and existing business insurance clients. She will also assist Dowd’s producers on quoting accounts. Diane is a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and brings over 23 years of insurance experience to Dowd. She maintains insurance licenses in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She is also a Notary Public. Diane is a native of Amherst and currently resides in town.

Jim Lawton has joined The Dowd Agencies as an account executive, with an emphasis on commercial and personal lines sale of property and casualty insurance. He maintains an insurance license in the state of Massachusetts. Most recently, Jim was a property and casualty producer for a local insurance agency here in the Pioneer Valley. A graduate of Brandeis University, Jim served as President of the Business Network International. He is also a member of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce. A native of Western Massachusetts, Jim resides in Conway with his family.

“The addition of Diane and Jim will further strengthen our team of insurance professionals,” says John E. Dowd, Jr., Partner of the Dowd Agencies. “We are delighted to welcome them as part of our team and are confident that their enthusiasm and expertise in the insurance industry will be a great asset to our customers.”