BANGOR, Maine — The Cross family, founders and owners of Cross Insurance, one of the largest independent insurance providers in New England, is the recipient of the 2013 Major Achievements in Construction Award from the Associated General Contractors of Maine for efforts to advance the construction industry in the Pine Tree State.
The Cross family is the first family to receive AGC Maine’s highest honor, which traditionally has been presented to an individual. Cross Insurance Agency President Royce Cross accepted the award during AGC Maine’s annual summer outing on Aug.10 at Point Lookout in Northport on behalf of the Cross Insurance family, which includes 96-year-old patriarch and founder Woodrow Cross, Executive Vice President Brent Cross and Executive Vice President Jonathan Cross.
“I am truly honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of my entire family,” said Royce Cross, in a press release. “For nearly 60 years we have prided ourselves on not only fulfilling the needs of our customers but aiding Maine’s thriving construction sector as well.”
Founded in 1954, Cross Insurance has grown from a small, family-owned and operated insurance agency based in Bangor into one of the largest insurance providers in New England with 500 employees in more than 30 offices, serving 100,000 customers throughout the region.
Since 1975, the award has been given to Maine residents who have exceeded business excellence and outstanding performance expectations as an industry advocate focused on advancing the construction industry. Previous winners have included Maine construction legends Bud Cianchette, Al Bancroft and Jim Martin.
“Maine’s economy is driven by family businesses. Success earned by the hard work of the Cross Family is evident by their visible growth. That success is truly built by determination of the entire Cross Insurance team,” said AGC Maine CEO Matthew Marks. “We applaud their continued achievements, and are proud to call them members.”
AGC Maine’s annual summer outing was attended by contractors from throughout Maine. It featured family sports activities, a scavenger hunt and a lobster bake.