About Us

Mission/Vision

Starkweather & Shepley’s primary objective is to focus on our two greatest assets: Our employees and our clientele. Our guiding vision is to foster an empowering workplace encouraging employee growth, advancement, and self-actualization. We promise to continually strive to transcend customer expectations, and to consistently deliver our extraordinary service paradigm. We are a sales driven, community focused organization, achieving the highest degree of professional standards and ideals. Our partnership with exceptional industry resources creates a platform to offer insurance, risk management, and related services to a global economy…

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The Charitable Fund

About the Charitable Fund

The Starkweather & Shepley Charitable Fund provides grants to local charities to give back to the communities. Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc. has a long history of supporting local charities. Community involvement is a core value of our firm and one of the noblest ways to building meaningful and long-lasting relationships with its constituents. Although Starkweather & Shepley and our associates have always supported and volunteered at countless organizations, we wanted to formalize our commitment to giving back to the community on a grander scale.

The Starkweather & Shepley Charitable Fund was created in 2010 to provide grants to local non-profit organizations that benefit the community. Already, to more than 30 grants have been made to local charities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Mission Statement
The Starkweather & Shepley Charitable Fund is committed to supporting children and families in need. Starkweather & Shepley formed the Charitable Fund to create possibilities and ensure a brighter future in our communities.

Grant Selection
The Starkweather & Shepley Charitable Fund provides grants to non-profit organizations which support our youth and families in need. Each year, qualified non-profit organizations need to be nominated by current Starkweather & Shepley associates. The nominations are reviewed and narrowed down by the Grant Committee, after which potential recipients are invited to apply formally.
Grant amounts vary year after year, depending on funds raised and the need of the potential recipient. The Grant Committee uses a variety of criteria to select a recipient, including whether the mission of the non-profit supports our mission, the financial status of the non-profit, and the non-profit’s need.

The Starkweather & Shepley Charitable Fund is a corporate advised fund of the Rhode Island Foundation.

In the Community

S&S News

Starkweather & Shepley Hires Tim Hillberg in Commercial Lines

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI, May 3, 2017 – Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. recently hired Tim Hillberg as a commercial lines sales producer.

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Acquires McGrath Insurance Group

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI, January 19, 2017 – Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. has acquired the independent insurance agency of McGrath Insurance Group operating in Sturbridge and Spencer, Massachusetts.

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc. Announces New Trustees for 2017

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI, January 16, 2017 - Starkweather & Shepley Insurance has announced Andrew Fotopulos and Peter Plumb will be named trustees and Executive Vice Presidents starting in 2017.

Starkweather & Shepley Gives Clients Peace of Mind With Marketo

San Mateo, Calif. –November 7, 2016 – Insurance provider Starkweather & Shepley is partnering with Marketo, Inc., the leading provider of marketing software and solutions, to help its clients better...

S&S Events

History


In 1879, James Starkweather, a manufacturer, and George Shepley, an insurance man opened an agency that changed the way people in Rhode Island would think about insurance. Today, Starkweather & Shepley is still re-defining the definition of excellent customer service and what insureds should expect from their insurance broker. As one of the 100 largest U.S. brokers, we still manage the insurance needs of local individuals and companies.

After 130+ years, Starkweather & Shepley continues to offer clients the broad spectrum of products required by our customers. The biggest difference today… our clients can be found across the country and around the world.

Talk to us. We’ll be listening. With offices in East Providence, Westerly, Rhode Island and Westwood, Massachusetts, we will be pleased to handle your local, regional, national, or global needs.

As part of our perpetuation and growth strategies, Starkweather & Shepley has acquired many locally owned agencies thru the years. We are passionately committed to the independent agency system, believing it delivers the most value to our customers, partners, and team members. Some of the following transactions have been completed since 1986:

Year Name of Agency
1986James Hall Agency
1990Morton Smith Insurance and C.A. Morgan Agency
1994Sadler Companies and John P. Slade Insurance
1995Capalbo & Morrone Agency, C. D. Paige Insurance, and Claim Strategies
1997Insurance Underwriters, Inc.
2000Peoples Insurance
2004Martha’s Vineyard Insurance
2008Stabile & Associates and Preston Agency
2009Cioe Agency
2010Moniz Agency
2011Byrne Bonding & Insurance
2012Fradette Carlson Agency
2012Insurance Professionals of New England and Ned Miller Agency
2013Crosbie-Macdonald
2014Rodrigues Insurance
2014Universal Insurance and Community Imperial
2015First Connecticut Agency
2015McDonough & Keegan Agency
2015Port Royal Agency

Careers

We place tremendous value on all our people.

We place tremendous value on all our people. They are well thought of and well compensated. Our ‘trust’ arrangement has helped us create an outstanding team atmosphere where we are all working together to get the job done. And when people are happy at their job, it shows in the way that they relate with clients. It shows up in first-class service and has led to our being the dominant player in our market.

Whether you’re an experienced professional or just embarking on your career, Starkweather & Shepley has an opportunity for you. As a leading independent insurance brokerage, we offer a variety of career paths all aimed at helping you achieve your greatest potential.

We provide a stimulating and challenging work environment and the financial rewards they merit. Those who join Starkweather & Shepley experience all the benefits available from a market leader in a dynamic industry including career diversity, job satisfaction, excellent training and resources.

Positions currently available

Assurex Global Partner

assurex logoTo better serve our clients’ international needs, Starkweather & Shepley enjoys an exclusive partnership with Assurex Global.

Assurex Global is an exclusive partnership of the top privately-held independent insurance and risk management brokers world wide. This strategic alliance offers you access to more than 20,000 insurance professionals employed by 118 independently owned insurance brokers in over 500 offices located on six continents. The group generates more than $23 billion in annual premiums, which makes the Assurex Global network the 3rd largest producer of property, casualty and employee benefits insurance premiums in the world.

Starkweather & Shepley is the only independent broker in Rhode Island chosen to be an Assurex Global Partner. Partners are selected on the basis of market position, integrity, growth potential, quality and breadth of service. Assurex’s 50+ year history is built upon the belief that the best independent brokers are entrepreneurial, innovative, principled, loyal and focused on doing what’s right for the client.

Assurex membership gives Starkweather & Shepley access to market information, benchmarking and additional resources in order to meet the needs of clients with multiple sites. Additionally, the Assurex network shares best practices to ensure that, as your local Assurex representative, Starkweather & Shepley is on the leading edge of insurance and risk management innovation.

Testimonials

“As a long-term client of Starkweather & Shepley we have had a couple of occasions to use their claims service. In each case they have been extremely helpful in getting our claim settled quickly and properly. They are knowledgeable, experienced professionals who are totally focused on taking care of their clients. We couldn’t ask for more than that.”
From a Construction Service

“… The biggest change I saw in comparing one agent to another is (their) accessibility and (their) ability to explain in terms that were understandable… Thanks for being there for me… don’t know what I would do without you…”
From a Retail Franchisee

“(They) have provided superb support to us as we have continued to develop, acquire, and manage various residential and industrial properties….Cannot imagine dealing with anyone other than (S&S) for our insurance needs…”
From Real Estate Management

“… great team of professionals…..That is why (they) earned our Vision Award for the many contributions you have made to us…”
From a Social Services Organization

“… Since 1984, we have utilized the insurance services of S&S… We have stayed with Starkweather not because of convenience, rather by choice…”
From a Automotive Services Company

“… helped us navigate thru some difficult area of risk management… Always extremely responsive to our requests and needs… it is the personal touch from everyone that sets Starkweather apart and makes them our trusted ally and business partner…”
From a Retail Store Chain around New England

“… we find they have met or exceeded our expectations on a daily basis… Each (claim) was handled professionally, with follow through and decisive action… Would be hard-pressed to find any firm who could come close to the satisfaction rating you have with us…”
From a Food Processor

“… coordinated both insured and self-funded plans and modeled results under various scenarios… helped us to effectively negotiate with the carriers, maximizing our end position…”
From a Higher Education Institution

“I have worked with Starkweather and Shepley for over 7 years… The service I have received is above and beyond any service I have experienced from other agencies…”
From a Theatrical Organization

“… The S&S people are highly accessible and very approachable from the CEO of the organization to the support team that delivers high quality service every single day…”
From a Food Manufacturer

“… Under (their) direction, they have taken away the concern, worked tirelessly on our behalf to collect the quotes and market information, and provided reassurance that we are protected at all costs and at the best costs. It is without hesitation that I would suggest to others they do the same by using these fine people at S&S…”
From a Contract Manufacturer

“As a restoration contractor, we work with a lot of claims people every day, and we’ve never seen an agency claims department that’s more professional and efficient than Starkweather & Shepley’s. It’s obvious they are totally dedicated to looking after the best interests of each client, and they are not afraid to get directly involved with adjusters and insurance company claims managers to get a claim settled properly. We have nothing but respect for the claims staff at Starkweather & Shepley.”
From a Restoration Contractor

“Starkweather & Shepley’s approach to insurance is unique and impactful.. We have found the Marine Practice Group both knowledgeable and committed to our Industry. They go beyond just the placement of insurance by providing choices, options, alternatives and 24/7 client centric service. I highly recommend their focused coverage review, facilities walk-thru, partnered with meaningful inquires, insightful discussion, and personalized relevance. This is the Starkweather Difference.”
From an established New England Boat Builder

“Our company has worked with Starkweather and Shepley for over 15 years. As an emergency business, we know the importance of fast response, knowledgeable staff, and excellent service. Whether it be a simple, local policy question, or a national issue affecting our entire industry, Starkweather has always been the first number we dialed and the last call we needed to make.”
From an established Maine Rescue Company

“Adam is part of a small team that earned our business after an intensive vetting process. Adam works hard to get answer fast, while patiently explaining (sometimes multiple times) policy details in understandable language. It has been a joy working with Adam and I look forward to continuing to do so.”
From an established multi-state Marine Boatyard Owner

“The Starkweather & Shepley team proved to be very thorough in their review of our prior insurance program. They did not just replicate what we had. They offered alternatives and were creative in recommending solutions to issues that arose during their initial visit to our facility. In the time since that first meeting, they have been responsive, open-minded, and very helpful in addressing our insurance needs.”
From an established Southern custom Yacht Builder/Yard