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Vermont Mutual Executives Honored in Surprise Boss’s Day Ceremony

National Boss's Day Photo

MONTPELIER, Vermont (October 29, 2018)—It is not unusual for company executives at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® to have their hands in multiple areas of the business, so expectedly it can be quite a challenge to keep anything hidden from them... but that is precisely what employees managed to do in recognition of National Boss's Day.

Unbeknownst to company executives, Vermont Mutual employees gathered together to present them with a large framed card signed by all employees and a special Leadership Award commemorating the event. During the ceremony several employees got up to speak on behalf of their departments to express their gratitude for the expert and inclusive leadership of Vermont Mutual's executive team.

Senior Executive Assistant, Paula Clark, employed with the company for nearly 30 years, noted "Their adventurous and fun leadership style has a way of making us all feel that even though things change here...we can count on them to make it an easier transition for those changes." Clark continued "They make work interesting and above all, they guide us with their passion for the growth and success of Vermont Mutual."

Company President and CEO, Dan Bridge, surprised and touched by the gesture, remarked "In all of the years we've been working in this industry, I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the most unexpected and meaningful experiences we’ve been a part of.” Speaking on behalf of the executives, Bridge added "We wish to thank every one of our employees for this thoughtful show of appreciation, it means a lot to us all."

National Boss Day was first officially proclaimed in 1962 and is recognized every October 16.

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Vermont Mutual is pleased to be the featured cover story in this September's Business People Vermont. To view the story of Vermont Mutual's leadership and team, please click the link below.

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Vermont Mutual Recognized by Ward Group as a Top 50 Insurer for a Tenth Consecutive Year

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Vermont Mutual Insurance Group®, protecting people and businesses throughout the Northeast for 190 years, has again been recognized by Ward Group as one of the Top 50 insurance companies in the United States. This represents the 10th consecutive year that Vermont Mutual has been recognized by Ward Group for their consistency, safety and superior financial performance.

Vermont Mutual’s President & CEO, Dan Bridge, stated “We are committed to providing comprehensive insurance solutions to our policyholders, as well as a high level of consistent partnership to our independent insurance agents and a rewarding work environment where our employees can develop and grow. We are honored that Ward Group has recognized our success and consistently named Vermont Mutual as one of the best in the insurance business over the last decade. This recognition complements our other recent achievements, including our A+ (Superior) Financial Stability Rating from A.M. Best, our Best Places to Work awards and being named Vermont’s Most Outstanding Business in 2018.” Bridge continued “All of these achievements are due in large part to our loyal policyholders, our committed independent agency partners and our dedicated employees, and we appreciate their role in Vermont Mutual’s success.”

Mark McDonnell, Executive Vice President and COO of Vermont Mutual, noted “While ours has always been a competitive industry, technology is accelerating the rate of change like never before. This creates both opportunities and challenges. To produce the exceptional results we have for well over a decade is in part the result of the strong partnerships we have with the independent agents that represent us and we thank them, and the entire Vermont Mutual team, for their contribution to the success we've enjoyed.”

Each year Ward Group identifies the industry’s top insurance companies through a comprehensive financial analysis of approximately 3,000 U.S. property and casualty insurers. The companies recognized by Ward Group have all passed safety and consistency screens and achieved superior performance over a five year period. This is the 28th year Ward Group has conducted the analysis.

Vermont Mutual Honors Employees for 25+ Years of Service

25 Year Club
From left to right: Paula Driscoll, Diane Wendel, Kevin Croteau, Carol Goss, Tina Manning, Crystal Hill, William Brooks, Christine Blanchard, Tina Widmer.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® recently held its 36th annual meeting of the “25 Year Club”. Every year Vermont Mutual hosts a reception and dinner to honor those employees, both active and retired, who have given 25 or more years of service to the company.

A total of eighty guests were on hand to celebrate and recognize new and existing members of this esteemed club. This year the Club welcomed four new members: William M. Brooks, Paula Driscoll, Crystal Hill and Diane Wendel.

Daniel C. Bridge, Vermont Mutual’s President and CEO, remarked: “Since the formation of the 25 Year Club in 1983, we have had a total of 92 members who have joined with at least 25 years of service. This is a unique and notable achievement in our industry and is testament to the dedication and hard work of these distinguished insurance professionals.”

The “25 Year Club” is proud to have 92 members inducted into its ranks since formation, 44 of whom are active and current Vermont Mutual employees.

Vermont Mutual Receives Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award

Deane C Davis Award

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced on Thursday, May 24, that Vermont Mutual Insurance Group has been named the winner of the prestigious Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. The announcement was made during Vermont Business Magazine's Best of Business Awards at the Vermont Chamber Business Expo 2018.

Presented by Governor Phil Scott, the award honors a Vermont business that demonstrates an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an awareness of what makes Vermont special.

Dan Bridge, Vermont Mutual's president and CEO said "We could not be more grateful to be named the Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year. It is, without question, an honor to stand alongside the other notable Vermont companies that have received this prestigious award in prior years." Bridge continued "The recognition means a great deal to our organization and we could not have earned it without the incredible teamwork and dedication of everyone at Vermont Mutual."

Year over year, Vermont Mutual has consistently demonstrated exceptional growth, producing over $66 million in new business in the past year alone as well as increasing the company's employee count by 24% over the past five years. As well, in 2017, Ward Group®, the industry's premiere rating agency, named Vermont Mutual one of the top 50 property & casualty insurers in the nation, an honor Vermont Mutual has received for the past nine consecutive years. In addition, through its Charitable Giving Fund, Vermont Mutual has contributed more than $300,000 to worthy, non-profit organizations that directly help their local communities.

"We are very proud to be named the Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year" remarked Vermont Mutual's Executive Vice President and COO, Mark McDonnell. "Without question it speaks to the exceptional commitment of our employees and the positive and productive relationship we enjoy with our independent agent partners."

Along with Governor Phil Scott, Best of Business Awards presenters included VBM Publisher John Boutin and Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop.

“We are proud to have Vermont Mutual Insurance Group as the recipient of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award,” said John Boutin, publisher of Vermont Business Magazine. “They truly are deserving of this honor.”

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