SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Chamber of Commerce welcomed Robert Oâ€™Leary, owner of the new Farmerâ€™s Insurance on West Street, to town with a ribbon cutting Thursday evening.
Oâ€™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.
â€śMy son sold insurance for years and then I got started and worked alongside him in Glastonbury,â€ť said Oâ€™Leary. â€śWhen an opportunity came to open an office of my own I took it. Itâ€™s a great location on a main road and very visible. Barbara (Hekeler, executive director) from the Chamber has been nice and welcoming.â€ť
Oâ€™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.
â€śWe offer insurance at every different level - auto, home, life, commercial,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s a one-stop-shop. Stop by and we will take care of you and explain everything from start to finish.â€ť
Oâ€™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.
â€śIâ€™m very excited,â€ť she said. â€śWhen I left in 1999, Mike Riccio and I had just secured a $500,000 grant to revitalize downtown Southington from Governor Rolandâ€™s administration. Recently, Dawn Miceli, a council member and our board chair helped to secure a $2.5 million grant to revitalize Plantsville. Itâ€™s great to see Southington thriving. This is one of the fastest growing business communities in the state.â€ť
As Hekeler presented Oâ€™Leary with a membership plaque and cut the ribbon on his location, he was joined by several family members. She wished him a â€śwarm welcomeâ€ť and said she looked forward to seeing him involved in Chamber events.
Miceli thanked Oâ€™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.
â€śI love being a part of this community and Iâ€™m excited to be able to offer local residents first rate costumer service, industry-leading products and competitive rates,â€ť Oâ€™Leary said.
The Robert Oâ€™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 agents.farmers.com/Roleary or email ROLeary@FarmersAgent.com
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.