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Insurance & Risk Management Firm
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Insurance & Risk Management Firm
Located in Marquette, Michigan, VAST is an insurance and risk management firm that was originally founded in 1885 as Sidney B. Adams Real Estate, Insurance and Loans. The business has evolved over the past 130 years into the successful organization you trust today.
VAST is a leader in business, personal, and benefits insurance needs. VAST partners with its clients to provide protection and security through strategic thinking and risk management solutions. Our team attracts the top talent in the marketplace due to its “Blue Culture” approach.
Sidney Adams Real Estate, Insurance and Loans, 200 East Ridge Street
301 South Front Street (303-305 building on South Front Street)
Robert Peters, Fire Insurance Agent (purchased business from Sidney Adams)
Robert T. Peters Insurance Agency (acquired father’s insurance business)
Howard J. Larson joined the firm
Entered into a partnership, name changed to Peters & Larson, Moved to 113 N. Front Street
Howard H. Larson became a partner
Wright & York agency purchased
Pearce & Raikko agencies purchased
Harold Raikko became a partner, name changed to Peters, Larson & Raikko
Christine VanAbel joins the agency
Purchased Marquette Firms: - Stickney Agency, Dolf Agency, Robertson Agency and North Michigan Agency
9 full time, 2 part time employees
William H. Weaver joins the agency
Weaver becomes a partner, name changed to Larson, Raikko & Weaver, Inc.
Munising branch established under the management of William M. Mazzali, named Mazzali Insurance
William K. Hetrick & William A. Todd Jr. join the firm
James T. Healy Agency of Houghton purchased
William K. Hetrick & William A. Todd Jr. named as partners
Larson, Raikko & Weaver Employee Benefits, Inc. is established
People State Agency purchased and merged with Mazzali Agency
Moved to 300 South Front Street (we're still here today!)
Purchased Buckingham Insurance Agency in Newberry and Malloy Insurance Agency in Manistique
Garceau Insurance, St. Onge Insurance, Jennings Insurance were established
Corporate name changed to Northern Underwriters, Inc.
Danielson Insurance Agency established
Teft Agency established in Traverse City
Name changed to Larson, Hetrick and Weaver
Employs 73 people (including all branch offices)
Scott White joins the agency
Vincent Rose appointed as president of Larson, Raikko & Weaver Employee Benefits, Inc.
Beaudin and Beaudin in Menominee purchased
Larson, Raikko and Weaver Employee Benefits, Inc. name changed to Northern Underwriters Employee Benefits, Inc.
Northern Underwriters Insurance opened in Sault Ste Marie
Scott White becomes a partner in the firm
Betsy Robar joins the agency
Sold Danielson Insurance, Garceau Insurance, Mazzali Insurance, Employee Benefits
Christine VanAbel and Scott White named partners of Northern Underwriters, Inc. along with Bill Hetrick
Name changed to Hetrick & Associates Insurance Agency
Betsy Robar becomes a partner in the newly established Robar Life & Health LLC
Name changed to VAST
Pam Hillier, Tom Cousineau and Jay Hillier become partners in the firm
Bill Hetrick retires from the firm
Received Business Community Catalyst Award from the Marquette Community Foundation
Received Distinguished Service Award from the Lake Superior Community Partnership
Agency celebrates 130 year anniversary
Best Practices Agency Designation (2007 - 2016)