NEWBURYPORT — Arthur S. Page Insurance Agency, one of the city’s most iconic and well-known businesses, celebrated its 100th anniversary throughout 2022 and, according to the owners, is set for a century what’s more.
President Jackie Page purchased the company from her father, Arthur S. Page III in 2005 and works with her sister and current Vice President Laurie Knight, providing property and casualty insurance to Greater Area auto, home and business customers. Newburyport since January 1999.
Jackie Page said being part of the region and the relationships that came with it gave her family and her business everything it needed to inspire loyalty and longevity.
“It’s definitely a relationship thing. We get to know everyone who comes in,” she said.
Arthur S. Page Sr. founded his eponymous insurance business at 21 Pleasant St. after acquiring clients from Jere B. Lunt in 1922.
Page’s son, Arthur “Bill” S. Page Jr., joined the company after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1951 and eventually bought the company from his mother, Ethel.
Page Jr. then moved the business to 1853, the former Grand Army of the Republic post at 57 State St., in 1959 and the business still resides in the building.
Arthur S. Page III started working at the insurance agency in 1976 and he acquired a controlling interest in his father’s stock in September 1993. The company is now in its fifth generation of family ownership.
Claims Representative Cheryl Jones has worked with the company for 15 years.
The Newburyport native said she enjoys working downtown and getting to know all of her clients.
“I love being able to help everyone and you’ve been getting to know your clients for so long. So you can see all the changes in their life and they can see all the changes in yours. It’s very nice,” says -she.
Working in local insurance has really made Jones an integral part of her community, she said.
“Went into the Park Lunch last night and saw a guy we insure, so we started talking about insurance. That’s how it works,” she said.
Working for the Pages has also made Jones feel like part of the family.
“You really are family here,” she said.
Page said being an independently owned and operated insurance agency gives his company the ability to find the perfect fit for his clients.
“In the insurance business, small individual agents are clustering with other agents or being bought off all around us. But, it’s not for us. Our plan is to stay independent and that’s not in our future,” she said.
Page’s eldest son, John Bradley, joined the agency in 2019 and his youngest son, Joshua Bradley, is currently a senior at Triton Regional High School who “may join the company in the future”, according to her mother, who added that she has always been confident. in the future of his business.
“I’m ready for 100 more years,” she said.
Writer Jim Sullivan covers Newburyport for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.