February 25, 2018
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Skillings Shaw & Associates achieves ‘Champions Tour’

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BANGOR, Maine —  Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp., and one of the largest independent insurance providers in New England, has announced that Skillings Shaw & Associates, Inc., an independent subsidiary of Cross Financial, has recently achieved Champions Tour recognition with Merchants Bonding Company for being among the “best of the best” in contract surety.

Skillings Shaw & Associates is a Lewiston, Maine-based insurance agency that specializes exclusively in the area of contract surety and fidelity bonding.  With this recognition, the agency is featured in an Associated General Contractors of America Building Material e-newsletter and will also be hailed by Merchants on the latter’s social media channels.

Merchants, which seeks long-term partners who want to grow their surety business with common sense underwriting, salutes Skilling Shaw & Associates and agency Co-Founder and President Robert Shaw for their proven surety professionalism and savvy.  Champions Tour agencies are able to take advantage of several benefits, including a trip to Las Vegas for the Champions Surety Roundtable event, training, promotions, and business development opportunities.

“We thank Merchants Bonding Company for this great honor,” said Robert Shaw, Co-Founder and President of Skilling Shaw & Associates, in a press release.  “At our agency, we are committed to providing the best contract surety services available, and to be recognized for this specifically demonstrates just how strong our commitment remains.”

“We extend our congratulations to Bob and the entire staff of Skilling Shaw & Associates,” said Royce Cross, CEO of Cross Insurance.  “This agency has been integral to Cross as we continue to expand our service offerings and provide distinct advantages in the marketplace.  We know firsthand the breadth of their surety expertise.”

Founded in 1933 and based in Des Moines, Iowa, Merchants Bonding Company does business in all 50 states and has contract surety offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metro area and Seattle, Washington, as well as more than 100 employees working to provide excellent underwriting services.