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Timeline of Important Events at Bell & Hudson
c. 1890 George Bell, also of Granby, MA, purchases Mr. Taylor's insurance
business and the agency is founded.
c. 1865 Frederick Taylor, of Granby, MA starts an insurance business to protect
his mill properties.
1930's Byron Hudson joins Mr. Bell as a partner and Bell & Hudson Insurance
Agency is formed.
1940 The agency is incorporated in Massachusetts.
1954 Louis Fuller, a local businessman, purchases the agency.
1976 Edward Fuller, Louis' son, purchases the agency. Ted initiates the early
stages of agency automation.
1986 James Phaneuf joins the agency from Hanover Insurance Company. Ted
and Jim agree that the agency stock will be sold to Jim in the near future.
1988 Bell & Hudson moves from 21 North Main Street to the newly constructed office right next door at 19 North Main.
1992 Jim purchases the agency from Ted.
1999 The agency upgrades computers in advance of the Y2K scare.
2001 Bell & Hudson's entire staff takes 'Delivering Insurance Services' course
offered by CPCU and all staff members pass the national exam.
2003 Agency receives Five Star Award of Distinction from Massachusetts
Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA).
2005 The 1st Annual Putt-a-thon for The Jimmy Fund raises $17,500 for cancer
research. Mini-golfers play 100 holes in the rain!
2007 The Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce recognizes Bell & Hudson as
'Business of the Year.' Bell & Hudson joins Insurance Services of New
2011 Bell & Hudson is named 'America's Best Independent Agency to Work for
in the East' by The Insurance Journal.
2012 Bell & Hudson purchases Walsh/CDI Insurance in West Brookfield, MA.
2015 In July of 2015, Matthew Phaneuf takes over as the President of the
agency. Jim assumes the role of Chairman and announces that Matt will
purchase the agency in the near future.
2016 Jim retires on 12/31/2016. The agency is sold to Matt.
2017 Bell & Hudson successfully renews its MAIA Five Star Designation for the
2018 Putt-a-thon raises $68,500 for cancer research and the 14 year total
crosses the $700,000 mark.
2020 Candace McNeaney celebrates 35 years at Bell & Hudson!
2022 Bell and Hudson renews MAIA 5 Star Certification for the fifth time,
marking 20 years as a 5 Star Independent Agency.
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