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Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking Ceremony

Habitat for Humanity Donation

East Montpelier, Vermont, June 7, 2016: Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity had its Groundbreaking Ceremony yesterday for a new passive home being built in East Montpelier, Vermont.

Aside from financial and volunteer assistance from Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, others involved with this project include: Montpelier Construction, the Norwich University School of Architect and Art, Stonorov Workshop, VHCB, ReSOURCE YouthBuild, Jan Ruta Electric.

The celebration began with a speech from Debbie Goodwin, Executive Director of Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity, along with a Collaboration Acknowledgment from Building Chair, Bruce Landry. Dan Bridge, President and CEO of Vermont Mutual, thanked Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity for the great work they do and how pleased Vermont Mutual is to be able to provide financial and volunteer assistance to such a worthy cause.

The celebration continued with a Shovel Presentation by Debbie Goodwin to the Partner Family: Stephanie Boucher, Nick Dentico and daughter, Amelie. A blessing was given by Rev. Elissa Johnk Pastor, followed by the ribbon cutting and refreshments.

Pictured above, left to right: Mark J. McDonnell, (Executive VP & COO, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group), Daniel C. Bridge (President & CEO, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group), Partner Family members: Stephanie Boucher, Daughter Amelie, Nick Dentico; David N. Deluca (VP, Claims, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group), Susan L. Chicoine (VP, Human Resources, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group), and Donald Rung (Property Risk Control Manager, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group.)

Bridge Elected Chairman at 189th Annual Meeting of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

Daniel C. Bridge
Daniel C. Bridge

MONTPELIER, Vermont (May 1, 2016)—The 189th annual meeting of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® was held on April 20, 2016, where current President & CEO, Daniel C. Bridge, was also elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“Since joining Vermont Mutual in 2009, Dan has played an integral role in guiding the direction of this well-respected group of companies” said Thomas J. Tierney, Vermont Mutual’s former Chairman, President and CEO. “The Board is more than pleased to have Dan accept the responsibilities of Chairman and we have every confidence in his ability to continue to lead the organization into the future.”

“I am truly honored to accept the position of Chairman” said Mr. Bridge. “As we move forward we are blending a rich and successful history with modernization efforts that will allow us to remain a stable, predictable and competent partner for our agents and a financially secure insurance solution for our policyholders.”

In commenting on 2015 results, Bridge stated, “In spite of the historic snowfall and resulting losses in parts of our territory in 2015, we were pleased to remain profitable and achieve our growth goals for the year. We also executed several key strategic initiatives that will benefit our company, agency partners and customers for years to come.
Bridge added, “We are also very pleased to be recognized by Ward Group, with our seventh consecutive Top 50 Company award, and the affirmation of our A+ (Superior) rating by A.M. Best.”

During 2015 Vermont Mutual Insurance Group increased its direct written premium to an unprecedented $401,019,601. Additionally, policyholders’ surplus increased to an all-time high of $380,880,769.

The full list of officers elected at this year’s annual meeting are as follows:

  • Daniel C. Bridge, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark J. McDonnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Richard N. Bland, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • Susan L. Chicoine, Vice President Human Resources
  • Joanne M. Currier, Vice President Information Technology
  • David N. DeLuca, Vice President Claims
  • Brian C. Eagan, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Shaun P.T. Farley, Vice President Marketing
  • Terry J. Moore, Vice President Underwriting

Vermont Mutual's New England Strong TV Commercial Released

Vermont Mutual Insurance—New England Strong

These Vermont Mutual television commercials will be aired through several media outlets over the next few months, including ESPN, HGTV, CNN, MSNBC, NECN, WPTZ (VT), WMUR (NH) and WCSH (ME).

Vermont Mutual is proud to offer comprehensive insurance solutions throughout New England. Visit your local Independent Insurance Agent to learn more about insuring your home, business or auto with Vermont Mutual.

See our other television ads here:

Vermont Mutual and Your Independent Agent: The Right Combination

Vermont Strong

Mark J. McDonnell Named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vermont Mutual

Mark J. McDonnell
Mark J. McDonnell

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® announced that Mark J. McDonnell has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Group. Mr. McDonnell is an industry veteran with 30 years of property casualty experience, having held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility with both regional and national carriers prior to joining Vermont Mutual as Senior Vice President in 2014.

In his new role, McDonnell will assume responsibility for Claims, while retaining his existing responsibilities for Marketing, Underwriting, Product Development, R&D/Pricing, Loss Control, Compliance and Communications.

“Since joining Vermont Mutual, Mark has been instrumental in directing a number of strategic initiatives, as well as providing day to day leadership support within our organization. His leadership and wealth of experience will help to ensure the long-term growth and success of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group and I look forward to partnering with Mark as we move the organization forward” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel C. Bridge.

Mr. McDonnell said “I’m very grateful for the support and confidence shown in me by Dan and our Board of Directors, and look forward to continuing to work with the great team at Vermont Mutual, and our Agency Partners that represent us so well in their markets.”

McDonnell’s insurance designations include CPCU, CIC, AIT, AAM and AIM. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business and Biology from Albright College and his Masters of Business Administration from Eastern University. He currently serves on the Ethics Committee of the National CPCU Society and IIABA’s Council for Best Practices and has served on the boards of several community organizations and industry panels during his career.

Vermont Mutual Introduces myVM, a New Customer Web Portal

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® recently introduced its latest web initiative, myVM® (myVM.vermontmutual.com). The new myVM customer portal is designed to give Vermont Mutual policyholders greater access to vital information about their policies with the Group.

“As customer expectations evolve, we need to evolve with them” said Mark McDonnell, Vermont Mutual’s Senior Vice President. “We believe the 24/7 functionality provided by myVM, along with the expert guidance and service customers can only get from an independent agent, is a combination that can’t be beat.”

The new myVM offers Vermont Mutual policyholders a safe and secure way to follow the status of a claim, access their policy information, even print ID cards. The new web portal also features a responsive design, allowing visitors access to myVM from any device.

“In addition to the excitement around what the introduction of myVM means to our customers, we’re very proud to have developed this new tool entirely in-house” said Joanne Currier, Vermont Mutual’s Vice President of IT. “The experience gained through that process positions us well as we undertake future projects aimed at enhancing a customer’s overall experience with Vermont Mutual.”

Additional features of myVM include the ability to receive optional convenience reminders via text or email. Vermont Mutual convenience reminders are designed to make it easier for policyholders to remember important yearly events, such as a license renewal, vehicle registration or even the birthday of a special someone.

The new myVM is available to customers of Vermont Mutual, Northern Security Insurance Company, Inc. and the affiliated Granite Mutual Insurance Company.

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