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Hollister Insurance Acquires J.F. Conlon and Associates

AMHERST — Hollister Insurance of Clinton, Mass. has acquired J.F. Conlon and Associates of Amherst.

J.F. Conlon has been a leading employee-benefits broker in Western Mass. for 20 years. Jim Conlon, president of J.F. Conlon and a former regional director with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, has plans to retire within a year of the transition, and Hollister President Matt Hollister has assumed the role of CEO for the overall business. April Williams, who has worked at J.F. Conlon for 15 years as a producer and account manager, has been promoted to regional manager and will head up the Amherst office.

The consolidated business gives Hollister Insurance a broader presence in the Massachusetts employee-benefits market, increases the number of plans offered, and adds significantly to the depth of experience in the brokerage staff. J.F. Conlon will continue to maintain the same close relationships with its customers while being able to offer additional support available through Hollister Insurance, such as human-resources support and benefit technology solutions.

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donald Courtemanche noted that “J.F. Conlon and Associates has long been a strong partner of the Amherst Area Chamber. We wish Jim Conlon the very best in retirement, and are confident that the company is in great hands with April Williams at the helm. I also look forward to getting to know Matt Hollister and think that he will be a good resource for the community here in Amherst.”

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