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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 experienced steady growth 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. 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 one of the leading full-service insurance and financial planning firms 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.

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Leading Amherst Financial Services

Ronald J. Nathan, CLU®, ChFC® founded the Nathan Agency in 1969. In the agency’s first years, life insurance was our primary product. Since the early 1970’s Ron Nathan has continually expanded the agency’s product line. He also has earned advanced degrees in both life insurance ( Charter Life Underwriter) and financial planning ( Chartered Financial Consultant).

An active industry leader, Ron has twice served as president of the Pioneer Valley Association of Life Underwriters and has chaired many insurance company committees. Ron is a 44 time qualifier and life member of The Million Dollar Round Table, which recognizes the life insurance industry’s most outstanding 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, the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

Ron has also been awarded the Life Insurance Agent Association’s (NAIFA) two most important awards on a continuing basis. He has received the National Quality Award honoring outstanding service to clients for 48 consecutive years. Mr. Nathan has been honored by The Amherst Chamber of Commerce in 2013 with their “Lifetime Achievement in Business Award.”

In 1979, Ron purchased the Amherst Insurance & Real Estate Agencies and formed The Nathan Agencies. The product line was expanded to include property and casualty insurance as well as real estate. Amherst Insurance Agency became the property and casualty outlet, while The Nathan Agency became Amherst Financial Services Agency, the outlet for life insurance, health insurance, and financial services products. At the end of 2012, Anna Holhut and Glenn Allan purchased the Amherst Insurance Agency.

Ron continues to specialize in financial and estate planning, helping clients to create systematic programs of investing and protection for their families and/or their businesses. He has a large and varied client base and enjoys developing startup investment plans with young families as much as he does working with clients and businesses that have already established a high net worth.

Ron is a graduate of Babson College with a BS in Business Administration. He devotes much of his time to professional and civic organizations, and has served as Executive Director of the UMass Basketball Court Club since 1988.

Ron Nathan invites your queries at rnathan@nathanagencies.com

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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 in line to become President of Amherst Rotary in 2015 She lives in Hatfield with her husband Bob and their son.

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Glenn S. Allan, Ed.D,ChFC®, Vice President of Amherst Insurance Agency, Inc. and Registered Representative of 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, mutual funds and variable annuities. He specializes in providing insurance and financial planning for home-based licensed child care and daycare centers.

Glenn has recently been appointed to the Board Of Directors for Berkshire Children’s & Families. This is an organization that works with foster care, adoption and family services.

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.

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Christian Sulmasy, Managing Associate

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.

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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.


Dean Paddock*, President of Paddock Insurance Agency, Inc., RETIRED

Dean, one of our longtime teammates, is embarking on a new adventure — retirement! Anna, Glenn and the whole team here at Amherst would like to thank him for his years of hard work and congratulate him on this next step. Happy retirement, Dean!

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The Nathan Agencies has steadily grown to become one of the leading full-service insurance and financial planning firms in Western Massachusetts. 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.

* Not affiliated with Lincoln Investment or Capital Analysts.