About The Nathan Agencies
The Nathan Agencies began in 1969 when Ron Nathan founded what was initially called The Nathan Agency. The agency initially worked primarily with life insurance and investment products and in 1978 it moved to its current location on Gatehouse Road in Amherst.
The following year Ron Nathan purchased the Amherst Insurance and Real Estate Agencies and the name became The Nathan Agencies. Under this umbrella, Amherst Insurance Agency offers property and casualty products, and the Amherst Financial Services Agency provides life insurance, health, insurance and financial services products through Lincoln Investment. In December, 2012, long time owner/ employees Glenn Allan and Anna Holhut purchased the stock of Amherst Insurance from Ron Nathan. In January of 2017, Christian Sulmasy, as part of a succession plan, acquired Amherst Financial Services. The Nathan Agencies/ Amherst Insurance and Amherst Financial Services are still housed together at 20 Gatehouse Road in Amherst. They are still working together providing complete financial and insurance services.
Since then, The Nathan Agencies has steadily grown to become a well-known full-service insurance and financial planning firm in Western Massachusetts. The success of the agencies has been supported by our emphasis on top- quality customer service. The Nathan Agencies’ highly trained staff is dedicated to providing the superior level of service our clients have grown to appreciate over the years.
We live in an increasingly complex world, and the insurance and financial services industries are certainly no exception. Each department within the Nathan Agencies is overseen by a staff specialist who is cross-trained in many areas to help our clients better identify areas in which they may be insufficiently protected.
To keep abreast of the latest developments in this dynamic industry, our staff members are continually improving their insurance knowledge by attending continuing education seminars, courses, and degree programs. Also, The Nathan Agencies’ high tech business environment enables us to help our clients to better communicate with us and expedite information gathering and coverage changes.
When you work with a member of the Nathan Agencies’ staff, you can always count on being treated with respect, competence and accountability.
Christian Sulmasy, AIF®, MBA, Owner of the Nathan Agencies – Amherst Financial Services, and Financial Advisor
Christian has been a financial advisor since 2009 and provides comprehensive financial planning to clients. He develops long-term professional relationships based on honesty, trust, and mutual respect. He plays a central role in helping clients achieve their goals by developing personal strategies for their individual financial situation. One of his specialties is assisting academic professionals in retirement planning. He joined the firm in 2014 and works with both his and Ron Nathan’s clients on insurance, financial planning, and investment strategies. A graduate of Bentley College (BS) and Babson College (MBA), Christian has extensive experience as a financial analyst and planner. Christian has also achieved his AIF® designation in 2018.
Anna Holhut*, CIC, President of Amherst Insurance Agency, Inc
Anna Holhut joined the Nathan Agencies/ Amherst Insurance in 1987 and is the President and owner of Amherst Insurance Agencies, Inc. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Anna holds a brokers license in the areas of property, casualty, commercial, life and health insurance. With over 20 years experience in the insurance field, Anna is a member of the Pioneer Valley Insurance Group (MA). In 1993 and 1997, she was recognized by CNA Insurance Company for her outstanding customer service by being given the Customer Service Representative of the Year Award. Anna holds the CIC and CISR designations.
Active in the Amherst Rotary , Anna was a 2006 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Awards, given by the Rotary Foundation and Amherst Rotary Club. Anna is a past President of Amherst Rotary (2015). She lives in Hatfield with her husband Bob and their son John.
Glenn S. Allan, Ed.D,ChFC®, Vice President of Amherst Insurance Agency, Inc. and Registered Representative at Amherst Financial Services.
Glenn has been with the Nathan Agencies/ Amherst Insurance and Amherst Financial Services since 1991. He is Vice President and owner of Amherst Insurance Agency, Inc. He is licensed to sell property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, and registered to sell mutual funds and variable annuities. He specializes in providing insurance and financial planning for home-based licensed child care and daycare centers.
While Glenn devotes much of his time to the child care market, he also works with individual clients and businesses helping them with both insurance and financial services needs. He has received the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation from the American College. Glenn is a member of The Society of Financial Service Professionals. He received a BA from the University of Connecticut and an M Ed and EdD from the University of Massachusetts. Furthermore, he has given to the community by delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly, and is on the Board of Directors of the UMass Basketball Court Club, a booster organization supporting UMass Basketball.
Denise Lawler Sawicki, Commercial Insurance Team*
Amherst Insurance would like to welcome Denise Lawler Sawicki to Amherst Insurance as the newest member of the Commercial Insurance team. Denise comes to us with 35 years of insurance experience, and 20 years specializing in property and casualty insurance in the Amherst area.
A native of Amherst, she resides in Shutesbury with her husband Scott. Denise has 2 children who also live in Shutesbury.
Founder, The Nathan Agencies
Ronald J. Nathan, CLU®, ChFC® began the Nathan Agency in 1969 providing primarily life insurance products. The agency’s product line continued to expand and Ron Nathan completed his advanced degrees of Chartered Life Underwriter® and Chartered Financial Consultant®.
An active industry leader, Ron twice served as president of the Pioneer Valley Association of Life Underwriters and has chaired many insurance company committees. He is a 44 year qualifier and Life Member of The Million Dollar Round Table, which recognizes the life insurance industry’s producers. In 1989 he was honored as the #1 Agent at Allianz Life Insurance company and has lead Columbus Life Insurance Company in new lives produced eight times since 1999. He is also a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals and the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA). He received NAIFA’s National Quality Award honoring outstanding service to clients for 48 consecutive years. Mr. Nathan was honored by The Amherst (MA) Chamber of Commerce in 2013 with their “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He is a graduate of Babson College with a BS in Business Administration. He has devoted much of his time to professional and civic organizations. Ron served for 31 years as Executive Director of the UMass Basketball Court Club which is the main support and fund-raising organization for basketball at The University of Massachusetts.
In 1979 Ron purchased Amherst Insurance & Real Estate Agency and formed The Nathan Agencies. Amherst Insurance being the property & casualty division and Amherst Financial Services becoming the life insurance and financial planning arm. In 2012 two long-time members of Amherst Insurance, Anna Holhut & Glenn Allan, purchased Amherst Insurance from Mr. Nathan.
In 2017 Ron Nathan completed a succession plan with Christian Sulmasy, MBA who became owner and Managing Associate of Amherst Financial Services. Ron Nathan continues as an advisor at Amherst Financial Services specializing in financial and estate planning while working with a limited number of clients.
The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) is a global, independent association of more than 43,000 of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 67 countries. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.
The award is not indicative of future performance. Working with a Million Dollar Round Table professional is no guarantee of future investment success.
The NAIFA National Quality Award is sponsored by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). The award criteria are based on production, NAIFA leadership participation and professional education. Applicants pay a fee to apply for the award and data used to determine if the applicant qualifies is provided by the applicant. Awards are not indicative of future performance. Working with an award winner is no guarantee of future financial success. Individuals should conduct their own evaluation.
The agency’s success has been supported by our emphasis on quality customer service. The Nathan Agencies’ highly trained staff is dedicated to providing the superior level of service our clients have grown to appreciate over the years.
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