Southington Chamber of Commerce welcomes new insurer to town

Published on Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:23


SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Chamber of Commerce welcomed Robert O’Leary, owner of the new Farmer’s Insurance on West Street, to town with a ribbon cutting Thursday evening.

O’Leary took over the office at 742 West St., which had been vacant for several years, in March. He had previously been employed at a Glastonbury location, working alongside his son for a little over four years.

“My son sold insurance for years and then I got started and worked alongside him in Glastonbury,” said O’Leary. “When an opportunity came to open an office of my own I took it. It’s a great location on a main road and very visible. Barbara (Hekeler, executive director) from the Chamber has been nice and welcoming.”

O’Leary said customers can expect to deal with experienced and friendly staff, who will sit down with them, ask them questions and find them a good match for their insurance needs.

“We offer insurance at every different level - auto, home, life, commercial,” he said. “It’s a one-stop-shop. Stop by and we will take care of you and explain everything from start to finish.”

O’Leary said his goal is to grow the agency and make it a success.

For Hekeler, this was her first ribbon cutting after returning to the chamber from her 20-year hiatus.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “When I left in 1999, Mike Riccio and I had just secured a $500,000 grant to revitalize downtown Southington from Governor Roland’s administration. Recently, Dawn Miceli, a council member and our board chair helped to secure a $2.5 million grant to revitalize Plantsville. It’s great to see Southington thriving. This is one of the fastest growing business communities in the state.”

As Hekeler presented O’Leary with a membership plaque and cut the ribbon on his location, he was joined by several family members. She wished him a “warm welcome” and said she looked forward to seeing him involved in Chamber events.

Miceli thanked O’Leary for opening his business and moving himself to Southington. She said the council had made an effort to be business-friendly and told him that one could find just about everything in town.

“I love being a part of this community and I’m excited to be able to offer local residents first rate costumer service, industry-leading products and competitive rates,” O’Leary said.

The Robert O’Leary Agency is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call the agency at 860-406-3301, visit or email

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:23. Updated: Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:25.