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OVIA Insurance In Holiday Spirit At Fitzhugh Park

Holiday Spirit at Fitzhugh Park

Holiday Spirit at Fitzhugh Park.

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego office of OVIA Insurance Agencies donated an entire Christmas dinner and gifts for children at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School recently.

It was part of the insurance agency’s annual holiday giving program.

OVIA’s Oswego employees traditionally select a school or local charity to make these donations to during the holiday season.

At Fitzhugh Park recently from left are: Debra Carson, OVIA Insurance Agencies; Karyn Kirwin, Fitzhugh Park School Nurse; and Amanda Serow, OVIA Insurance Agencies.

OVIA Acquires Bartlett’s Insurance

OSWEGO, NY – OVIA Insurance Agencies has announced the acquisition of Bartlett’s Insurance Agency, effective January 1, 2015, according to Chuck Harrington, OVIA President.

Susan Bartlett, owner of Bartlett’s Insurance Agency, is shown pictured with Jim Poindexter, OVIA Insurance Agencies Vice President (left); Chuck Harrington, OVIA President; and Clark Stanton, Licensed Insurance Agent. OVIA Insurance Agencies recently announced the acquisition of the Bartlett’s Insurance Agency, effective January 1, 2015.

Susan Bartlett, owner of Bartlett’s Insurance Agency, is pictured with Jim Poindexter, OVIA Insurance Agencies Vice President (left); Chuck Harrington, OVIA President; and Clark Stanton, Licensed Insurance Agent. OVIA Insurance Agencies recently announced the acquisition of the Bartlett’s Insurance Agency, effective January 1, 2015.

Bob Bartlett founded Bartlett’s Insurance in Oswego in 1949, and built a reputation for providing a broad line of insurance products and services to their clients.

Susan Bartlett, who is Bob’s daughter-in-law, has operated the business for years and just recently announced her retirement.

She is now working through the end of the year to assist OVIA Insurance Agencies on the transition.

“To ensure continuous and uninterrupted service to the Bartlett’s Insurance Agency customers, I have made provisions with OVIA to continue to service our accounts,” Bartlett said in a letter to her customers. “They have a history in the insurance industry that dates back more than 100 years, and I have every faith that you will find them as attentive to your account as I have been.”

“Their office at 166 W. First St. in Oswego will be only a block away from our former Bartlett location, or you can make arrangements to be serviced from any of their other five locations, in Fulton, Phoenix, Mexico, Brewerton or Clayton,” she said.”I would like to thank everyone for the business, confidence and loyalty that you have placed in me over the years.”

“We greatly appreciate the trust and commitment that Susan has shown our agency, and wish her only the best in her retirement,” said Harrington. “We look forward to providing her customers with the same level of service and attentiveness that she has provided for so many years.”

OVIA was founded in 1997 upon the merger of two longstanding local insurance agencies that provided service to the community since the late 1800s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc. and Streeter & VanSanford, Inc. merged to form OVIA, and today operate six offices in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and Clayton. Their offices service over 10,000 clients.

OVIA offers customers a broad range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, health and recreational products.

For more information on OVIA Insurance Agencies call (315) 343-6310, or visit www.insureit.com

Amy Shaw Joins OVIA Fulton Office

Oswego, NY – Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA) has announced that Amy Shaw has joined their Fulton office as a commercial lines manager, according to OVIA Treasurer Vern Drohan.

Amy Shaw is shown pictured recently with Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA) Vice President Jim Poindexter. Shaw has joined the Fulton office of OVIA as a commercial lines manager.

Amy Shaw is shown pictured recently with Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA) Vice President Jim Poindexter. Shaw has joined the Fulton office of OVIA as a commercial lines manager.

“Amy brings a strong working knowledge and talent to our commercial insurance division at OVIA, and she will help our company continue to provide strong support services to our customers and sustain the business growth we have seen,” said Drohan. “We are happy to have her join our OVIA team.”

Ms. Shaw is a Fulton-native, and graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School.  She will provide OVIA with 13 years of insurance experience working with both personal and commercial lines of insurance.

Ms. Shaw most recently worked at other independent agencies in Fulton and Syracuse, New York.

She can be reached at Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA), 60 South First Street, Fulton, New York, at (315) 598-4278.

OVIA was founded upon the merger of three longstanding independent insurance agencies that have provided services to their communities since the late 1800’s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc., Streeter & Van Sanford, Inc., and the Hollister Agency merged to form Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies.  Today, OVIA operates five offices in Oswego and Onondaga Counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and Clayton.

For more information on OVIA visit www.insureit.com.

Joe Laverghetta Joins Cantwell & Associates

Oswego, NY – Joe Laverghetta has joined Cantwell & Associates, an affiliate of Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA), as a licensed insurance agent, according to OVIA President Chuck Harrington.

“We are very pleased to welcome Joe to our North Country team,” said Harrington. “He’s a great complement to Bob Cantwell and Joe Navarra in our Clayton, New York office, and will be a very strong asset with his industry experience and skill set.”

Joe LMr. Laverghetta will service clients in the Greater-Clayton and Watertown markets, and provides Cantwell & Associates with nearly a decade of underwriting experience in personal, commercial and life insurance.
Mr. Laverghetta most recently worked as a licensed insurance agent in Felts Mills, New York.

A 1990 graduate of Indian River Central School, Mr. Laverghetta attended Jefferson Community College where he received his Associates Degree in 1992, and later earned his Bachelors Degree in Communications from SUNY Oswego.

Mr. Laverghetta is an Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Associate in Insurance (AIS), and resides in Black River, New York with his wife of 15 years, Tasha.

He may be reached at Cantwell & Associates, 230 James St., Clayton, New York, at (315) 686-3350.

OVIA was founded upon the merger of three longstanding independent insurance agencies that have provided services to their communities since the late 1800’s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc., Streeter & Van Sanford, Inc., and the Hollister Agency merged to form Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies.  Today, OVIA operates five offices in Oswego and Onondaga Counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and recently opened its first office in Jefferson County located in Clayton.

For more information on OVIA and Cantwell & Associates call (315) 686-3350, or visit www.cantwellandassociates.com.

Cantwell & Associates Celebrates Successful First Year in Clayton

Oswego, NY – Cantwell & Associates, an affiliate of Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA), recently celebrated their first year of business in Clayton, New York, according to Office Manager Robert Cantwell.

“We would like to thank the Clayton community and northern New York for supporting our growth this past year,” said Cantwell. “Our personal and commercial product lines have been a strong point for us, and we greatly appreciate the individuals and businesses who have joined on as clients.”

Cantwell & Associates relocated to new offices at 230 James Street in Clayton during the year, and also hired Joseph Navarra to serve as a marketing/sales representative for their agency.

“It has been a successful first year,” said Cantwell. “We look forward to continuing to grow within our market and delivering quality products and services to this region.”

OVIA was founded in 1997 upon the merger of two longstanding local insurance agencies that provided service to the community since the late 1800s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc. and Streeter & VanSanford, Inc. merged to form OVIA, and today operate six offices in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson Counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and Clayton. Their offices service over 10,000 clients.

OVIA offers customers a broad range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, health and financial products.

For more information on Cantwell & Associates call (315) 686-3350, or visit www.cantwellandassociates.com.

Dixon Earns NYS Property and Casualty Insurance License

Oswego, NY – Cyndi Dixon has earned her New York State Property and Casualty Insurance License through Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA), according to OVIA President Chuck Harrington. Dixon will provide insurance through OVIA’s Fulton office at 60 South First Street.

Dixon is shown pictured recently at the Fulton location with Jim Poindexter, OVIA Vice President (right); and Verner Drohan, OVIA Treasurer.

OVIA is the umbrella organization for companies that have included: Streeter & Van Sanford, Dowd & Harrington, The Barrett Agency, The Hollister Agency, and Cantwell and Associates. Their offices are conveniently located in Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and Clayton.

“Cyndi has been a considerable asset to our team at OVIA over the years,” said Harrington. “We are proud of her accomplishment, and enthusiastic about the benefits it will provide our customers in the Fulton-market.”

Dixon, who resides in Hannibal, is married and has a daughter and son. She has worked for 16 years at OVIA’s Fulton location.

OVIA was founded in 1997 upon the merger of two longstanding local insurance agencies that provided service to the community since the late 1800s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc. and Streeter & VanSanford, Inc. merged to form OVIA, and today operate six offices in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson Counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and Clayton. Their offices service over 10,000 clients.

OVIA offers customers a broad range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, health and financial products.

For more information call (315) 343-6310, or visit www.insureit.com.

Meyer Named OVIA Mexico Office Manager and Earns NYS Insurance License.

Oswego, NY – Ann Meyer has been promoted to office manager at Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA) Mexico Office (The Hollister Agency), and has also earned her New York State Property and Casualty Insurance License, according to OVIA President Chuck Harrington.

Meyer is shown pictured recently with Jim Poindexter, OVIA Vice President (right); and Verner Drohan, OVIA Treasurer.

OVIA is the umbrella organization for companies that have included: Streeter & Van Sanford, Dowd & Harrington, The Barrett Agency, The Hollister Agency, and Cantwell and Associates. Their offices are conveniently located in Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and Clayton.

“We are pleased to recognize Ann with this promotion to office manager at our Mexico office, as well as for her NYS insurance license,” said Harrington. “Her leadership, management and customer service skills will be of great benefit to our customers in Mexico and surrounding areas.”

Meyer, who resides in Mexico, has a daughter and son. She has worked for Hollister Agency/OVIA for 23 years.

OVIA was founded in 1997 upon the merger of two longstanding local insurance agencies that provided service to the community since the late 1800s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc. and Streeter & VanSanford, Inc. merged to form OVIA, and today operate six offices in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson Counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and Clayton. Their offices service over 10,000 clients.

OVIA offers customers a broad range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, health and financial products.

For more information call (315) 343-6310, or visit www.insureit.com.

OVIA Wins 2011 Golden Quote Award for Best Newsletter

Oswego, NY – Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA) won a Golden Quotes Award recently in the Marketing/Public Relations Category for “Best Newsletter”, according to Chuck Harrington, OVIA President.

The awards show and dinner, which is presented annually by the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County (PJCOC) recognizes excellence in the county’s communication fields. This year the competition was held at Springside at Seneca Hill.

OVIA’s award-winning 2011 newsletter was developed in partnership with their marketing firm, Step One Creative. The newsletter, which is entitled “your OVIA”, showcased the insurance agency’s expansion into the Clayton market, as well as other information specific to home, auto, health and business insurance.

“We’re very excited about this recognition,” said Harrington.  “We take great pride in how we market our products and services at OVIA, and the newsletter is a great example of those efforts.”

“Thank you to everyone at the PJCOC, as well as Step One Creative and our staff, for their involvement with the newsletter development.”

OVIA is the umbrella organization for insurance companies that include: Streeter & Van Sanford, Dowd & Harrington, and The Hollister Agency. Their offices are conveniently located in Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico and Clayton.

OVIA was founded in 1997 upon the merger of two longstanding local insurance agencies that provided service to the community since the late 1800s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc. and Streeter & VanSanford, Inc. merged to form OVIA.

OVIA offers customers a broad range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, health and business products.

For more information call (315) 343-6310, or visit www.insureit.com.

Joseph Navarra Joins Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies

Oswego, NY – Joseph Navarra of Watertown, New York, has joined the office of Cantwell & Associates, an affiliate of Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies, as a Marketing/Sales Representative, according to OVIA President Chuck Harrington.

“We’re very excited to have Joe join our team,” said Harrington. “He has great enthusiasm, passion for the industry, and over 25 years of insurance experience that will enable him to assist our organization in serving clients throughout Northern New York.”

Mr. Navarra will be primarily in the Watertown area with scheduled office hours in Clayton.

Mr. Navarra most recently served as Assistant Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Haylor, Freyer, and Coon, Inc., Northern Division.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego, and completed his certification as an insurance counselor with The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Mr. Navarra is also a member of Certified Insurance Counselors.

Mr. Navarra and his wife Nancy have three children, Sarah, Michael, and Katherine. He may be reached at Cantwell & Associates, 230 James St., Clayton, N.Y., at (315) 686-3350 or (315) 222-5361.

OVIA was founded upon the merger of three longstanding independent insurance agencies that have provided services to their communities since the late 1800’s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc., Streeter & Van Sanford, Inc., and the Hollister Agency merged to form Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies.  Today, OVIA operates five offices in Oswego and Onondaga Counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and recently opened its first office in Jefferson County located in Clayton.

For more information call (315) 343-6310, or visit www.insureit.com.

Cantwell & Associates and Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA) Open New Clayton Office

Licensed Insurance Agent Robert Cantwell III will head New Location

Oswego, NY - Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies (OVIA) has announced the opening of a new office location in Clayton, New York, according to OVIA President Chuck Harrington.

The new office, which will be known as Cantwell & Associates, will be operated by Licensed Insurance Agent Robert Cantwell III.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Bobby Cantwell,” said Harrington. “We now have the ability to provide many products, services, and insurance partners to the individuals and families of the North Country and the St. Lawrence River communities.”

Cantwell, a resident of Clayton, has worked previously in insurance, sales and was a former candidate for the 118th New York State Assembly District.

Cantwell earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York College at Canton. He currently serves on the Clayton Town Council and is involved with many community organizations. He and his wife Kelly have two children: Ivey, 11, and Lydia, 8.

“I look forward to partnering with OVIA which has built such a strong reputation over the past 135 years on local, personalized insurance needs,” said Cantwell. “And, I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to embark on a sound business venture in a region that continues to flourish despite tough economic times.”

OVIA was founded upon the merger of three longstanding independent insurance agencies that have provided services to their communities since the late 1800’s. Dowd & Harrington, Inc., Streeter & Van Sanford, Inc., and the Hollister Agency merged to form Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies.

Today, OVIA operates five offices in Oswego and Onondaga Counties including Oswego, Fulton, Phoenix, Brewerton, Mexico, and will now open its first office in Jefferson County located in Clayton.

Cantwell & Associates in conjunction with OVIA will offer customers a broad range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, health and financial products from over 20 carriers. They will partner with niche markets that include campgrounds, marine and hospitality, various seasonal businesses, and home and leisure stores.

For more information call (315) 686-3350, or visit www.insureit.com.

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