PLATTSBURGH — The Allstate Independent Chauvin Agency has been designated an Allstate Distinguished Agency for 2014.
“I believe we won this award by being committed to our insured’s on giving them a good, reliable and local service,” said Gene Chauvin, president of the Chauvin Agency.
The Allstate Distinguished Agency designation was presented to the Chauvin Agency for their performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of their agency’s work.
The Allstate Recognition dinner took place May 16 at The Sagamore Resort in Lake George where Andre Chauvin, son of Gene Chauvin, accepted the award for the agency.
“It was nice to get something because we do a lot of good work for Allstate,” Andre Chauvin said. “And they recognize that.”
The Chauvin Agency is awaiting their plaque to come and be hung on the walls that have been there for almost three generations of the four generation family agency.
“The Chauvin Agency was started by my grandfather, Hector Chauvin, continued by his son, Merritt Chauvin, and my mother, Lita,” Gene Chauvin said. “I started in 1973 and purchased the business in the mid ’90s.”
Hector Chauvin formed what is today’s agency when he was appointed in 1932 by the Beekmantown Grange as a director, where he established fire protection insurance plans for farmers.
“He was a dairy farmer,” Gene Chauvin said. “My grandfather ran the business out of his home.”
In 1956, Hector’s son, Merritt, was appointed as Grange director and was assigned as fire insurance agent for the area in his 20’s, where he then added liability and risk programs to the insurance services.
In 1963, Merritt Chauvin purchased an insurance agency in Rouses Point. From there, he grew the business by purchasing six more small insurance agencies in the region.
Later on, illness forced Merritt from the business, but his wife, Lita Chauvin, kept the Chauvin Agency going.
Gene Chauvin started working part-time in 1973 and moved to full-time in the ’80s, where he opened an office in Plattsburgh while his mother ran the office in Rouses Point, later purchasing the office in Rouses Point in the ’90s and purchasing another office in Champlain seven years ago.
“I go every Tuesday and Thursday to Rouses Point and Champlain, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’m in Plattsburgh,” Gene Chauvin said. “With email, it’s not as hard as it sounds.
“Everyday is a good day.”
For personal coverage, they take care of homeowners, automobile, umbrella liability, boats, recreational vehicle, farm owners and horse farms.
For business coverage, they take care of contractors, business property, business general liability, workers compensation, business automobile and commercial excess liability/umbrella.
For financial coverage, they take care of universal life insurance, individual retirement accounts and whole life.
To provide the best coverages, the Chauvin Agency works with many companies to provide a choice of the best coverages such as National Grange, Liberty Mutual, Travelers, Progressive and, of course, Allstate.
“The Distinguished Agency designation is not just about the Chauvin Agency’s successful business results,” said Denise Dorin, New York regional sales manager at Allstate Insurance Company. “The honor also demonstrates their commitment in being accessible to customers and using their knowledge to help ensure customers have the insurance products they need to protect themselves and their family.”
According to their brochure, the Chauvin Agency’s goal is “to reduce your insurance cost [and] tailor insurance to meet your needs.”
To learn more about the Chauvin Agency, visit their website at www.thechauvinagency.com or visit their three locations in Plattsburgh, Rouses Point or Champlain.
“I would like to thank my entire staff for all the hard work and dedication they do everyday and my wife, Gail, for all she does for the Chauvin Agency,” Gene Chauvin said. “They are the ones who deserve this award.”