Co-operative Insurance Companies Adds to Management and Technology Teams

first_imgMiddlebury, VT — Co-operative Insurance Companies filled two openings on its management team and added a new position in information services this spring, hiring Eric Rhoades as claims manager, Bradley Fortier as director of marketing operations, and Jeff Simmons as Web application developer.”We are pleased to welcome these gentlemen aboard,” said Jim Sullivan, the company’s president and CEO. “Brad and Eric both have extensive industry experience and leadership skills that will benefit not only their new workgroups, but the company as a whole. Jeff’s strong technical background and direct experience with our specific technology and vendor have allowed him to hit the ground running on our most important development project.”Rhoades became claims manager in March after eleven years in an analogous position with Progressive Insurance in Colchester, VT, and two years with AAA Northern New England. A Maine native, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Husson College.Fortier joined the company in June to fill the position being vacated by Stephen Stanitis in July. Fortier has spent 26 years in the insurance industry, most recently as director of marketing at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, and previously as VP of marketing at Champlain Casualty Company, both in Montpelier. He is a graduate of Champlain College and holds the AAI and CIC designations.Simmons also joined the company in June. A graduate of Augusta Technical College, he spent ten years as a senior programmer analyst with Computer Sciences Corporation working on projects for clients in the insurance and financial services industry. He will continue to reside in Columbia, SC.Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont, with regional claims offices and more than 50 agencies across Vermont and New Hampshire. -30-last_img read more