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Chauvin Agency presented with Distinguished Agency award

PLATTSBURGH — The Allstate Independent Chauvin Agency has been designated an Allstate Distinguished Agency for 2014.

“I believe we won this award by being committed to our insured’s on giving them a good, reliable and local service,” said Gene Chauvin, president of the Chauvin Agency.

The Allstate Distinguished Agency designation was presented to the Chauvin Agency for their performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of their agency’s work.

The Allstate Recognition dinner took place May 16 at The Sagamore Resort in Lake George where Andre Chauvin, son of Gene Chauvin, accepted the award for the agency.

“It was nice to get something because we do a lot of good work for Allstate,” Andre Chauvin said. “And they recognize that.”

The Chauvin Agency is awaiting their plaque to come and be hung on the walls that have been there for almost three generations of the four generation family agency.

“The Chauvin Agency was started by my grandfather, Hector Chauvin, continued by his son, Merritt Chauvin, and my mother, Lita,” Gene Chauvin said. “I started in 1973 and purchased the business in the mid ’90s.”

Hector Chauvin formed what is today’s agency when he was appointed in 1932 by the Beekmantown Grange as a director, where he established fire protection insurance plans for farmers.

“He was a dairy farmer,” Gene Chauvin said. “My grandfather ran the business out of his home.”

In 1956, Hector’s son, Merritt, was appointed as Grange director and was assigned as fire insurance agent for the area in his 20’s, where he then added liability and risk programs to the insurance services.

In 1963, Merritt Chauvin purchased an insurance agency in Rouses Point. From there, he grew the business by purchasing six more small insurance agencies in the region.

Later on, illness forced Merritt from the business, but his wife, Lita Chauvin, kept the Chauvin Agency going.

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