Clark Insurance is not your average, run of the mill insurance agency. Besides being able to meet important insurance needs for business, personal, life and health insurance, there are two things that give the company an edge above the rest - commitment to community involvement and the integrity among staff.
“One of the core values at Clark Insurance is giving back to our communities,” stated James Brissenden, Director of Business Development. “We participate and give back in areas that allow individuals to achieve independence through efforts and organizations that provide food, shelter, clothing, education and wellness.”
Community involvement is only one important contributing factor that makes Clark Insurance one of Maine’s largest, independently owned agencies a leader in the insurance business. Clark Insurance has been an employee owned company since 1992, a defining characteristic of Clark’s culture of teamwork. Then, in 2016, the officers of the company made the decision to transition into a 100% Employee Owned Company.
“Employee Stock Ownership provides a culture that attracts the right type of individual who is engaged in helping others,” explained Brissenden. “Clark Insurance’s employee/owners not only help through community efforts but have the ability and foresight to identify clients’ needs and find solutions that the customer can afford. They have these characteristics because they care and have integrity. That’s the type of individual Clark Insurance attracts.”
Presently, Clark Insurance has 110 employees from offices in Portland, Saco, Windham, Gorham as well as Manchester, NH and Lowell, MA. It started out as a small company by Richard Clark in Monument Square in Portland 87 years ago.
|Darlene Lacadie (pictured here) and Dianne Baggs are available to meet all the insurance needs of Windham, Raymond and other Lakes Region residents.|
The latest move occurred in March of this year to a newly constructed building at 1945 Congress Street. “We now have a conference room available that has been designed for community use,” stated Brissenden. “The room is dedicated to our past President, Richard Clark, and has been used thus far by organizations such as The American Red Cross, Spurwink, Woodfords Family Services, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the Maine Real Estate Development Association.”
Presently, the Windham branch is located at 766 Roosevelt Trail with its offices in the Gorham Savings Bank branch. Darlene Lacadie and Dianne Baggs, Sales and Service Account Managers, are available for the insurance needs of the Windham, Raymond and surrounding Lake Region residents. Both Lacadie and Baggs have been providing personal insurance services as well as coordinating business, life, health insurance as well as employee benefits for the past 20 years.
You may see them around town as they are actively involved in the Lakes Region community. Lacadie is the President of her BNI-Maine Windham Chapter, a local marketing and referral organization. She has also participated in the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Amazing Chase event that raises funds for the Feed the Need campaign and has also contributed $1,000 toward the Windham Food Pantry the past couple of years.
They both enjoy working and volunteering in the Lakes Region community. “My favorite thing is being local,” stated Lacadie. “Building relationships with local people, where they can stop in and have a conversation, without an appointment. You can also bump into them at the grocery store and because you’ve invested time into them, they know you and feel comfortable saying hello.”
Lacadie and Baggs are an example of the many employees/owners that make up the Clark Insurance team. They are committed to their customers and are dedicated to Clark Insurance’s guiding principles of ethical behavior, professionalism, respect, passion, knowledge, experience, and teamwork.
For those in the greater Windham, Raymond and other Lakes Region area who are interested in learning more about the many benefits Clark Insurance has to offer, can contact Lacadie and Baggs at 892-8541 or firstname.lastname@example.org