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“Let’s Drive Out Hunger” initiative celebrates its 10th year

OCEANPOINT INSURANCE CONTRIBUTES TO HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAMMIDDLETOWN, RI – April 2nd, 2018 – OceanPoint Insurance Agency today announced it has donated $500 to East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) as part of the Arbella Insurance Foundation’s Let’s Drive Out Hunger program. Along with OceanPoint Insurance, the Arbella Insurance Foundation donated $1,000 to bring the total donation to $1,500

Now in its 10th year, Let’s Drive Out Hunger aims to alleviate the prevalent issue of food insecurity in New England.  The Arbella Insurance Foundation collects contributions from any of Arbella Insurance’s nearly 500 partner independent agents and matches each donation on a two-to-one basis – up to $1,000 per agency. Over the past nine years, the Arbella Insurance Foundation and independent agents have contributed more than $940,000 to more than 400 emergency food programs, soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters throughout New England. This year, the program aims to exceed its $1 million goal of giving.

“According to 2016 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 41.2 million people across the country live in food-insecure households—that number is staggering,” said OceanPoint Insurance President and CEO, Douglas Mayhew.  “Hunger is a persistent issue in so many communities, thus OceanPoint Insurance is very proud of our donation to EBCAP’s “Fill the Pantries” campaign to help individuals and families overcome food insecurity.”  EBCAP food pantries are located at 1048 Stafford Road in Tiverton, 100 Bullocks Point Avenue in East Providence and 19 Broadway in Newport.  Mayhew continued, “We encourage other local businesses to support the tireless efforts of local food pantries to ensure food is available for all neighbors in need.”

The severity of hunger continues to affect thousands of families across New England. According to the USDA, 13 percent of households in Connecticut and more than 10 percent in New Hampshire suffer from hunger and food insecurity. Fifty-six thousand families in Rhode Island lack adequate food. In Massachusetts, research shows that almost 10 percent of households struggle to find and provide healthy meals.

“The Arbella Insurance Foundation is dedicated to fighting hunger in the local communities we serve,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of Arbella’s Foundation. “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Let’s Drive Out Hunger program, we’re thrilled to be quickly nearing our goal of raising one million dollars; but we couldn’t do it without our independent agents. We’re so proud of the wonderful work they’re doing to drive out hunger and we’re dedicated to supporting them by maximizing their contributions to help local families in need.”

About OceanPoint Insurance Agency

Headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., a BankNewport subsidiary, is a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency providing a broad range of property casualty insurance products, including all types of marine-related insurance products.  Tracing its roots back to 1863, OceanPoint Insurance is proud to serve the needs of clients from four full-service offices located in Middletown, Barrington, North Kingstown and Coventry, Rhode Island, forming one of the largest independent insurance agency operations in southeastern New England.

About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation

Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with more than $800M in revenue with approximately $1.5B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella’s Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.

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For more information:

Kathleen Charbonneau

Vice President/Director of Community Relations

BankNewport (401) 845-8673

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On January 26th, 2018, at the Downtown Hartford Marriott, AFLAC (Connecticut and Rhode Island) presented OceanPoint Insurance with the prestigious Top Producing Broker Award for the agency’s 2017 sales performance.

Employees of  OceanPoint Insurance Agency and BankNewport (OPIA) recently created 60 youth literacy kits and 60 no sew fleece blankets in partnership with the United Way of Rhode Island.  The service projects were part of the Bank and OPIA’s annual workplace giving campaign in support of the United Way.

The youth literacy kits included a Clifford book by Norman Bridwell and an assortment of “add on projects” for each child, including a Clifford sock puppet, a bookmark, crayons and coloring worksheets, and a backpack tag.  The kit was designed to deepen children’s reading experience by bringing books to life.  The “‘no sew” blankets were made by cutting and knotting the fringe of colorful fleece fabrics, to provide a child with sense of security and a cozy reminder that someone cares.

Three local agencies were the beneficiaries of the literacy kits and blankets:  Comprehensive Community Action Program’s Head Start Program in Cranston, Westbay Community Action Program’s Children’s Center in Warwick, and the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties. BankNewport and OPIA employees delivered 20 blankets and 20 literacy kits to each organization for their youth clients and families to enjoy.

 

 

The community is invited to join BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance this summer to support local shelters by donating personal care items during the “Kind Heart, Fresh Start” collection drive.

Starting Monday, August 1 through Monday, August 15, all BankNewport and OceanPoint locations will be accepting community donations of toiletry items, including bars of soap, travel size shampoo, tooth brushes, toothpaste and deodorant.

Toiletries gathered during the two-week collection period will benefit the following five local shelters: Good Neighbors (Turner Avenue, Riverside), Harrington Hall (Howard Avenue, Cranston), Lucy’s Hearth (West Main Road, Middletown), McKinney Cooperative Shelter (Meeting Street, Newport), and Welcome House of South County (North Road, Peace Dale).

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BankNewport  President and CEO, Sandra J. Pattie announced plans to open a new branch office in the first floor space of Building 4000 at Chapel View in Cranston in September 2016.

BankNewport has signed a 15-year lease for the new 2,700-square-foot branch at Chapel View. Located at the main entrance off of Sockanosset Cross Road and adjacent to Panera Bread, the branch will offer easy access for customers.

“BankNewport’s new Chapel View branch will provide added convenience to area customers, residents, commuters, and businesses to access our full range of financial services, delivered by a local team that they know and trust,” stated Sandra Pattie.

The new branch will operate with the universal banker model.  Bankers will be versed to assist customers with teller transactions, product sales, and servicing. Technology will be utilized to streamline transactions and enhance the customer experience in order to allow universal bankers, mortgage loan officers, and business development officers to focus on having conversations with customers to address individual needs and provide tailored solutions.  Easy to navigate electronic tools will allow customers the ability to set up online and mobile banking accounts at the branch.  The branch will also have an image-enabled ATM in the lobby and an outside drive-up ATM.

Pattie added, “There’s genuine excitement about our new branch at Chapel View and we look forward to continuing our role as a true community partner and neighbor to the residents and businesses of Cranston and surrounding communities.”

BankNewport, founded in 1819 and currently holding $1.4 billion in assets, is an FDIC-insured savings bank and is a subsidiary of OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC (Mutual Holding Company). BankNewport is proud to serve the financial needs of individuals and businesses from 15 banking offices located throughout Rhode Island.

 

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Coventry, RI – January 13, 2015

In an effort to offer enhanced service to its clients, OceanPoint Insurance announced the opening of its newest location within the BankNewport branch located at 730 Centre of New England Boulevard in Coventry, RI.

The opening of OceanPoint’s third location provides its clients with additional insurance and financial service options at a more convenient location for residents living in the West Bay.

Kim Raymond, former principal of Raymond Insurance and current Vice President of West Bay Operations for OceanPoint, will manage the new office.

“I am pleased that our Coventry location has officially opened its doors,” said Doug Mayhew, OceanPoint President and CEO. “From our three locations in the West Bay, East Bay, and greater Newport, we can better service our growing client base throughout Rhode Island.”

“There’s genuine excitement that our business partner, OceanPoint Insurance, has opened its newest location within our Coventry branch facility,” stated BankNewport President and CEO, Sandra J. Pattie. “We’re confident that the residents and businesses of Coventry and the West Bay will benefit by our team approach and solid reputation – OceanPoint and BankNewport are both Rhode Island based businesses offering a wide array of products, exceptional expertise and unparalleled service.”

President Pattie added, “Our partnership demonstrates a continued investment in our communities, in our employees and in our respective businesses.”

Hours for the new location will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and evenings and Saturday by appointment. To make an appointment, or for further information, contact Kim Raymond at kraymond@oceanpointins.com, call 401.826.3366, or visit www.oceanpointins.com.

About OceanPoint Insurance

Headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc. provides a broad range of property casualty insurance products, in addition to a full array of financial services. Along with BankNewport, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Mutual Holding Company, OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC. Tracing its roots back to 1863, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc. is proud to serve the insurance needs of clients from three full service offices located in Middletown, and Barrington, and Coventry, Rhode Island, forming one of the largest independent insurance agency operations in southeastern New England.

For more information, visit www.oceanpointins.com.

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OceanPoint Insurance and The Selective Insurance Group Foundation Collaborate to Provide Matching Grants

Middletown, RI (July 17, 2014) – OceanPoint Insurance and The Selective Insurance Group Foundation joined forces to support the positive efforts of The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Inc through a $1,000.00 grant.

“Through the variety of programs the Boys and Girls Club offers, they are able to provide critical services to children, teens, adults and families in our community. OceanPoint Insurance Agency is pleased to support The Boys and Girls Club and their mission,” said John Kaull, Vice President, Commercial Lines, OceanPoint Insurance.

The grant represents a $500.00 donation from OceanPoint Insurance matched by a $500.00 grant from The Selective Insurance Group Foundation.

“The Matching Grant program allows us to partner with our agents to support the needs of the communities we serve,” said Chuck Musilli, Senior Vice President, Chief Field Operations Officer for Selective.

John Kaull presented the check to Joseph Pratt, Executive Director & CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, at their club located at 95 Church Street, Newport, RI 02840.

About OceanPoint Insurance Agency

OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc: Headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, provides a broad range of property casualty insurance products, in addition to a full array of financial services. Along with BankNewport, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Mutual Holding Company, OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC. Tracing its roots back to 1863, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc. is proud to serve the insurance needs of clients from three full service offices located in Middletown, Barrington, and Coventry Rhode Island, forming one of the largest independent insurance agency operations in southeastern New England. For more information visit www.oceanpointins.com.

About The Selective Insurance Group

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for ten property and casualty insurance companies rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best.  Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer primary and alternative market insurance for commercial and personal risks, and flood insurance underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program.  Selective maintains a website at www.selective.com.

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OceanPoint Insurance Agency and BankNewport invite the community to join us this summer to show support for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in its efforts to provide food for local children in need.

Beginning Monday, July 7 through Saturday, July 19, all OceanPoint and BankNewport locations will be collection locations for community donations of “kid friendly” food items, including breakfast cereal, granola bars, canned/bagged pasta meals, mac’n’cheese and peanut butter. All items are non-perishable and are not limited to specific brand names.

During the school year, children have access to healthy and nutritious meals, but that comes to a harsh halt when summer vacation begins. We are excited to be able to make an impact to improve the lives of many children this summer.

Spread the word about our food drive with your family and friends – all food donations will truly make a difference!

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OceanPoint Insurance Agency has been named one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island. The Best Places to Work program is presented by the Providence Business News (PBN), and is based on the program created and conducted by the Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Rhode Island, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. This annual list is assembled based on the evaluation of confidential surveys of employees and management reports.

“We are honored to be included among the 2014 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island,” said Doug Mayhew, President/CEO of OceanPoint Insurance Agency. “OceanPoint values the hard work and dedication of all our employees. Our company strives to foster a positive, supportive environment to ensure the continued success of our entire team.”

Companies from across the state participated in the two-part survey to determine the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Rhode Island and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

OceanPoint was one of 18 small businesses chosen for the award. All 50 chosen Best Places To Work will be honored by PBN on June 12 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkRI.com.

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Stephanie Federici, financial services account manager, Doug Guilbert, account executive, and Christina Mohr, commercial lines account manager, were awarded the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation at the Independent Agents of RI Annual Education Awards Luncheon.

The CPIA designation recognizes leaders in the insurance industry for professionalism, commitment to sales training, and technical results.

To earn the designation, Stephanie, Doug, and Christina attended three Insurance Success Seminars designed to enhance the ability of producers, sales support staff, and company personnel to efficiently create and distribute effective insurance programs.

The seminars and completed coursework included implementing risk identification strategies and systems, developing specific methods for maintaining high legal and ethical standards, and assimilating customer needs to create a customized protection program.

Stephanie, Doug, and Christina’s dedication to achieving the CPIA designation is an example of how all OceanPoint employees hold themselves to the highest standard and are committed to providing the best service possible.

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