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Vermont Mutual Donates $11,800 to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, VT

Cats Win Check Presentation

BURLINGTON, Vermont (January 16, 2019)—The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vermont, received a donation from Vermont Mutual for $11,800 as part of the ‘Cats Win, Community Wins’ initiative between Vermont Mutual Insurance Group and the University of Vermont.

Formed by Vermont Mutual and UVM in 2018, the ‘Cats Win, Community Wins’ program was developed as a way for both institutions to give back to local charitable organizations and support UVM athletics. As part of the multi-year agreement, Vermont Mutual donates $100 for every Catamount win to a local charity. For 2018, Catamount teams enjoyed 118 wins which resulted in the $11,800 donation for The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, VT. This brings the total 2018 donations awarded through Vermont Mutual's Charitable Giving Fund to $352,000 to 115 worthy organizations.

The check was presented at UVM’s Patrick Gymnasium during the January 12, 2019 basketball game between the Vermont Catamounts and the Hartford Hawks. Presenting the check to Tanya Benosky, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club’s, Burlington, VT was Vermont Mutual President and CEO, Dan Bridge and Executive Vice President and COO, Mark McDonnell.

“‘Cats Win, Community Wins’ is an extraordinary program that has provided much fun and opportunity for the kids of the Boys & Girls Club. Both UVM and Vermont Mutual are top notch organizations with generous hearts for the community” said Tanya Benosky, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. Benosky added “It was also a treat for us to be guests of the Cats at tonight’s game, the kids had a wonderful time.”

Vermont Mutual’s President and CEO, Dan Bridge, noted “Vermont Mutual is very proud to support local community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, VT.” Bridge continued “Their commitment and tireless efforts contribute to our community in innumerable ways and helps to create a positive future for our community’s youth.”

The Vermont Mutual and UVM’s “Cats Win, Community Wins” multi-year program will continue; with the 2019 charitable beneficiary being Make-A-Wish, Vermont.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® is a trade name of Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, Northern Security Insurance Company, Inc. and Granite Mutual Insurance Company. Chartered in 1828, Vermont Mutual is one of the ten oldest mutual property/casualty insurers in the United States and provides coverage throughout New England and upstate New York. Through more than 400 independent agencies, the Group insures over 300,000 policyholders with a direct written premium of more than $475,000,000. The group is rated “A+ Superior” by A. M. Best and a Ward’s Top 50 performing property/casualty insurer in the U.S. for the past ten consecutive years.


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.

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.

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

Ward Top 50 logo

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.

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