After 65 years, insurance agency gets back to its roots

From left: Chrissy Blair, executive assistant for accounting, Virginia McGrath, owner and agency principal, and Van Stamatiadis, commercial lines account executive in Three Village Bennett Agency’s new offices in East Setauket, below. Photos by Erika Karp
January 02, 2013 | 02:24 PM
Three Village Bennett Agency has moved back to East Setauket, where it all began 65 years ago.

Virginia McGrath, the insurance agency's owner, said the company is looking forward to getting settled and becoming more involved with the East Setauket community. "That's were our roots are," McGrath said.

According to McGrath, Watson Bennett, a longtime Setauket resident, established the agency in 1947 when he began writing homeowner's insurance. McGrath said she began working for the agency in the 1980s, left for a brief period of time to work at a larger agency, but ultimately returned in 1996 to work with Peter Nowick Jr., the second owner of the agency. McGrath purchased the agency in 2006 after Nowick's death.

"I have tried to maintain the same standards that they had with our clients, and maintaining time and working with the community," McGrath said.

The agency represents 25 major insurance carriers and is licensed in more than 30 states. McGrath said the agency also works within niche markets, including insurance for churches and high valued homes close to the water.

The agency's new offices is in the Stafford Associates Technology Center, which is located on the appropriately named Bennetts Road. The agency's former office is located on West Broadway in Port Jefferson, in the same building as the new Graceful Rose restaurant.

McGrath said even after being in business for so many years, the agency still insures some original clients and has generations of clients. Much of the agency's business comes from referrals, which McGrath called, "the best compliment you can get."

"With us, service is everything … we look at our clients as family and it is very important to us to take the extra measure," she said.

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