Bearingstar Insurance Agency Named One of Connecticut's Best Places to Work

AVON, CT – (Marketwire - March 15, 2011) – Bearingstar Insurance Agency (www.bearingstar.com), a member of the Arbella Insurance Group, was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut 2011. A project of the Hartford Business Journal and Best Companies Group, the awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Connecticut, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses.

A local agency with 11 offices across Connecticut, Bearingstar specializes in risk identification and protection to meet the needs of individuals, families and businesses. The agency offers a full range of personal and commercial insurance products.

"We are incredibly honored to be part of this impressive list," said Margaret Surgenor, Bearingstar's Connecticut operations manager. "This award recognizes our commitment to building a positive corporate culture which encourages a spirit of teamwork and excitement. This truly is a great place to work!"

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first step consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second step consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

"I'm so proud to work here," noted Janice Lazor, receptionist at Bearingstar's Southbury office. "The leadership at Bearingstar deserves a lot of credit. Leaders are very approachable when employees suggest a better way of providing seamless customer service. Everyone from receptionists to upper management can make a real difference in moving the company forward. That's a good feeling."

The list of the 25 Best Places to Work in Connecticut and how they rank will be unveiled at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The rankings will also be published in a special supplement produced by the Hartford Business Journal.

About Bearingstar Insurance Agency
Bearingstar Insurance Agency specializes in risk identification and protection to meet the needs of individuals, families, and businesses. As a member of the Arbella Insurance Group, we service clients from multiple locations throughout Connecticut. Providing stellar customer service is at the forefront of every interaction and we strive to ensure that each customer contact is a memorable event. We work hard to make sure that you will have the right protection to meet your needs.

About the Arbella Insurance Group
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group is a company with over $600M in revenue with approximately $1B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance products including car insurance, home insurance, and umbrella insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

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Amy McHugh
Greenough Communications
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aerickson@greenoughcom.com

Stacey Mann
Greenough Communications
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smann@greenoughcom.com