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Housatonic Valley Insurance Agency (HVI) was established in January of 1931. HVI was one of the founding members of the New Milford Chamber of Commerce later that year.
J. Leo Murphy and Edward F. Plumb founded HVI on January 31, 1931. HVI originally leased office space in the “Bank Building” at 19 Main Street, which is now the home of a new banquet facility. The office remained at this location for more than 25 years.
Of course, the ownership of the agency has had some changes since 1931, but those changes have been minimal. David Murphy joined his father in 1949.
The agency bought their current home located at 6 Main Street, next to the Town Hall. The building, constructed in 1795 by Noadih Mygatt, was still being used as a private home by the Sherman P. Canfield family, who had owned the property for more than 50 years. HVI remodeled the building into office space, but has kept much of the character of the original building.
David Murphy became president in 1960, and brought in James A. Winter, who joined the firm in 1961.
William Kamp was hired and became a partner in 1984 upon the retirement of David Murphy, and then became president of the agency in 1998. Also at this time, James Winter retired, and Brad Kamp joined his dad at HVI. So, the changes have not been many, and HVI had continued to maintain a reassuring, family atmosphere.
In recent years:
For many years, William and Brad had a professional relationship with Joe Cats and Sharon Chamberlin of Chamberlin & Cats Insurance Ageny. Sharon had been in the insurance business since 1980, and she joined Joe Cats in 1991 at Cats Insurance Agency, and then in 1994 Joe and Sharon formed Chamberlin & Cats Insurance Agency Inc.
On January 1, 2016, William Kamp from HVI and Joe Cats from Chamberlin & Cats Insurance Agency retired. At this time, Brad Kamp and Sharon Chamberlin merged HVI with Chamberlin & Cats Insurance. Though the two business merged, they decided to keep the name Housatonic Valley Insurance Agency. Brad Kamp took over as President of HVI and Sharon now is Brad's business partner, co-owner & Vice President of HVI.
Throughout the years, Brad Kamp and Sharon Chamberlin have maintained strong community ties, serving on many commissions, boards, helping at and supporting community events, fundraisers, and dedicating their time to many other local organizations.
Brad and Sharon continue to maintain strong relationships with many outstanding clients and reliable companies.
HVI is a full service Insurance Agency with the ability to provide coverage for almost every need.