Cross Insurance Acquires A. E. Barnes of South Weymouth, Massachusetts

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On May 2nd, 2017, Cross Insurance acquired A. E. Barnes Insurance Agency, Inc., located in South Weymouth, Massachuetts.  South Weymouth, the location of Massachusetts' second oldest European settlement, is currently home to over 50,000 residents, less than 20 miles south of Boston.

A. E. Barnes was founded in 1915, and has since experienced sustainable growth over the past century to become one of the leading independent insurance agencies in the South Shore.  A. E. Barnes aims to be the most professional, knowledgeable, and trusted independent insurance agency in southeastern Massachusetts.  The agency provides products and services for its varied clientele, including  both small and large commercial and personal lines clients.

Former owners Preston Hoffman and Geoffrey Hoffman will continue to manage the South Weymouth office and will continue to serve as President and Vice President, respectively.  The agency’s experienced staff also will continue serving existing and new customers.

“Our business strategy has always stressed offering the best and most varied insurance products to our clients, whether it be for home, car, life, health, business, employee benefits and specialty products” said Preston Hoffman, President of A. E. Barnes.  “Through our partnership with Cross Insurance, we can continue that tradition and expand our product line exponentially, bringing our customer service to a whole new level, bringing the strength and resources of a large enterprise with the feel of a small, local business.”

“A. E. Barnes has always been a family-focused business, and it was important to us to maintain that focus,” said Geoffrey Hoffman, Vice President of A. E. Barnes.  “Cross Insurance is a well-respected, family-owned enterprise that exemplifies our business philosophy and we’re proud to become part of the Cross Insurance organization.”

“Our acquisition of A. E. Barnes Insurance expands our footprint in Massachusetts and particularly on Boston’s South Shore,” said Jonathan Cross, Chief Operating Officer of Cross Insurance.  “They’re a company that epitomizes quality customer service, integrity, hard work, loyalty, and dedication so important to us.  We’re proud to welcome A. E. Barnes clientele and employees to the Cross family of insurance agencies.”

Cross Insurance owns and operates 14 other agencies in Massachusetts, including offices in Duxbury, Braintree, Norwell, and Quincy, two offices in Boston, three on the North Shore, two in Metrowest, and three in Western Massachusetts.  The addition of A. E. Barnes Insurance Agency, Inc. has given Cross an even larger presence in the Greater Boston region, and namely throughout the South Shore.