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Cross Insurance hires Michael J. Dufour as VP of commercial lines at Augusta office

Posted March 05, 2013, at 12:39 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine – Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp., and one of the largest independent insurance providers in New England, announces that Michael J. Dufour has joined the firm as vice president of commercial lines at Cross Insurance’s Augusta branch.

In this new role, Dufour will manage the Commercial Lines department in Augusta as well as assume responsibility of Risk Management Services for select clients. Within his role, Dufour joins the Augusta branch management team in helping to optimize branch planning and strategy development.

An insurance industry veteran, Dufour brings a wealth of experience to Cross Insurance.  Prior to joining Cross, he spent 26 years with Willis of Northern New England (formerly the Dunlap Agency), where he rose from commercial lines account executive to vice president.  He holds an active Property/Casualty license; Surplus Lines license; as well as non-resident licenses for New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Ohio and Indiana.

“Mike brings energy, experience, and unique perspective to our business, and we are thrilled to have him join the Cross team,” said Royce Cross, CEO of Cross Insurance. “His in-depth knowledge of commercial lines and his managerial skills will add value to our company and, more importantly, our customers.”

Michelle Ibarguen, president of Cross Insurance — Augusta, said, “We are extremely pleased that Mike has joined our Commercial Lines team here in Augusta. His past and present business involvement in, and personal knowledge of, the local Kennebec Valley community is a tremendous asset to our office.”

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to join the highly-regarded firm of Cross Insurance,” Dufour said. “I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead in this new role, and contributing to the continued growth of the agency.”

A Maine native, Dufour received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from Husson College, and an Associate of Science degree in resource management from the University of Maine/Orono.  He has been active in numerous volunteer activities and local committees, including the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley, the American Subcontractors Association, and the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Mike, his wife and family have lived in the Winthrop area for the past 26 years.

Founded in 1954, Cross Insurance has grown from a small, family-owned and operated insurance agency based in Bangor, Maine, into one of the largest insurance providers in New England, with nearly 500 employees in more than 30 offices, servicing over 22,000 customers throughout the region.  Still family-owned and operated, Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corporation, provides an extensive range of customized and innovative insurance and financial products including personal and commercial insurance lines, employee benefits, surety bonds, comprehensive risk management advice and counsel, and specialized products focused on higher education and high net worth needs.  For more information about Cross Insurance, please visit www.crossagency.com.

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