Our agency, Frank A. Snell, Inc., was founded on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, in 1933 by Frank A. Snell, although its roots stretch back even further, to 1903. Take a tour through our Timeline to learn more about the history of Anderson-Watkins Insurance.
The Early Days
Our agency, Frank A. Snell, Inc., was founded on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, in 1933 by Frank A. Snell, who had previously been a partner in the Wallace & Maxim Agency. In 1950, J. Willis Watkins, who had 11 years of insurance industry experience with Liberty Mutual and J.C. Paige Co., joined the agency. He was a junior partner with Mr. Snell until Mr. Snell’s death in 1956, when Mr. Watkins acquired the entire agency.
In December 1957 a merger with Lloyd M. Anderson’s Saco agency, which was established in 1948, resulted in an expansion into the Biddeford-Saco area. Anderson and Watkins continued to operate the agency, Frank A. Snell, Inc. at the Congress Street location until 1970, when the office was moved to a newly acquired building at 674 Brighton Avenue in Portland. The following year the name was changed to Anderson-Watkins.
Thomas P. Murray, who had seven years of experience with Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., was hired in 1972 as an account representative. In January 1974, he was appointed as an agency corporate officer and stockholder, and in 1978, he was named President, succeeding Lloyd M. Anderson.
Insurance Counselors, Inc., was acquired on March 1, 1978, and its owner and founder, Herbert S. Merrill of Falmouth, joined Anderson-Watkins as an officer and agent. This expansion extended our servicing area into the Town of Falmouth. With a combined nine years of experience with the New Hampshire Group and Vermont Mutual Ins. Co., Charles K. Hennessey joined the agency as an account executive in 1977 and a year later, on October 1, 1978, acquired corporate ownership and became Vice President and Treasurer. During 1978, after 28 active agency years, J. Willis Watkins officially retired from the agency.
In 1984 Lloyd M. Anderson, a driving force in the agency’s vitality and success, particularly in the Biddeford-Saco, area retired from the business after 36 years as an independent agent.
In July 1987, to continue our growth in southern Maine and to better service our clients in the Biddeford-Saco area, Anderson-Watkins purchased D. T. Moore & Sons from Thomas and Virginia Moore. This well-established agency was founded in 1903 by Dayton T. Moore, Thomas Moore’s grandfather. Now our company’s history became a little richer, and our connection to the past stretched back even farther.
The Modern Era
In April 1991, Chuck Hennessey became President and Treasurer, succeeding Tom Murray who retired.
On May 5, 1991, Stephen P. St. Angelo joined the firm as a producer and on March 31, 1994, acquired corporate ownership and became Executive Vice President.
After 25 years on Brighton Avenue, the Portland office relocated to 31 Central Street in Westbrook, Maine, on Thanksgiving weekend, 1996. The new office opened for business on December 2, 1996.
On March 31, 2011, after 35 years of service at the agency, Charles K. Hennessey retired. Stephen P. St. Angelo became the sole owner of the agency, filling all executive roles.
As independent agents, Anderson-Watkins is able to serve the entire Personal and Commercial Insurance needs of clients from Lewiston in the north to York in the south, representing several major insurance companies. We are also licensed to provide insurance in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and have also have some clients in these states.