Press Coverage


02/25/2015 This winter proves to be busy season for adjusters
Bob Silvia pulled into the driveway of a wood-shingled Melrose home last week, and his eyes immediately darted toward the roof. He noted the barn-like slope, the snow pooled in the center, and finally the lip, swollen with ice, all the obvious signs of a bruising winter.
01/11/2015 President & CEO Chris Olie Talks About The Past, Present and Future of Plymouth Rock Assurance
Founded in 1984 by former Commissioner of Insurance James “Jim” Stone, Plymouth Rock is the result of one man’s vision in wanting to create a company more in tune with its customers and independent agents. In 2014, the Boston-based insurer celebrated its 30th anniversary in the Commonwealth.


10/28/2014 IDEAS UMass Boston Conference Celebrates 10 Years of Ideas Wednesday
Plymouth Rock sponsors the IDEAS UMass Boston Conference, which brings innovators and leading thinkers in science, the arts, technology and business together to showcase the innovation happening in Boston.
06/08/2014 Seven things you should know about Chris Olie
Plymouth Rock Assurance, a Massachusetts automobile insurer, marks its 30th year in business in 2014. Chief executive Chris Olie spoke to Globe reporter Deirdre Fernandes about his move to the Boston area five years ago and how a less-regulated auto insurance industry in Massachusetts has transformed the company.
05/22/2014 Plymouth’s Spire Center holds ‘Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Festival’ May 24-26
Exciting concerts and performances continue to thrill audiences at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and during Memorial Day weekend, Spire will host a premiere event as the grand finale!
04/30/2014 A wake-up for distracted drivers
Nearly two-thirds of drivers admit to engaging in at least one distracted driving behavior on a daily basis, according to a new survey by Plymouth Rock Assurance, an insurance group based in the Northeast.
04/30/2014 How Massachusetts Compares to the Rest of New England When it Comes to Texting & Driving
According to a study by local insurance company Plymouth Rock Assurance of 3,300 consumers with valid drivers’ licenses living in all six New England states and New Jersey, 26 percent of those surveyed who call the commonwealth home text and drive at the same time.
04/29/2014 Massachusetts not doing as much texting while driving
A new distracted driving study by Plymouth Rock Assurance finds that Massachusetts motorists not only text while driving less than last year, but also are less inclined to do so compared with the rest of the Northeast.
04/25/2014 Drivers Admit to Distracted Driving on a Daily Basis: Report
Northeast regional insurance group Plymouth Rock Assurance released the results of a new study revealing nearly two-thirds of drivers polled engage in distracted driving behavior every day.
04/25/2014 Study reveals 2/3 of Drivers are Distracted on the Road
Nearly two-thirds of drivers engage in distractive driving behavior on a daily basis, reveals a new Plymouth Rock Assurance study.
03/31/2014 Domenik Fabrizio of Saugus honored for excellence
On days he isn’t helping little kids after school as part of the Student Action Service Club, Domenik "DJ" Fabrizio is usually busy playing football and track and field for Mystic Valley Regional Charter School.
03/07/2014 Fenwick’s Rushin gets named High School Hero
Bishop Fenwick football player Rufus Rushins has been named a High School Hero by Plymouth Rock Assurance and 98.5 The Sports Hub-FM.
02/14/2014 Amy Nickerson named a High School Hero by Plymouth Rock Corporation and 98.5
Amy Nickerson, a junior at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, has been recognized as a Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation and 98.5 The Sports Hub High School Hero for her exceptional commitment to academics, extracurricular activities and her community.
01/23/2014 Plymouth Rock Recognized by Best’s Review Magazine for its Agent Quote Marketplace
Best’s Review presents its 2013 Innovation Showcase, featuring Plymouth Rock’s Agent Quote Marketplace. The recognized companies were selected by an independent panel of insurance experts recognized as examples of projects that demonstrated innovative qualities.
01/01/2014 Plymouth Rock Assurance Co. Agent Quote Marketplace
In 2011, Plymouth Rock Assurance Co. launched the Agent Quote Marketplace: a proprietary and patent-pending application designed to facilitate a connection between Massachusetts drivers in the market for auto insurance and authorized independent agents can offer quotes from multiple insurance providers.


11/26/2013 Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Help You Avoid Troublesome Traffic
Friends and family across Massachusetts and beyond are finalizing their respective Thanksgiving travel plans, which means the likelihood of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic is steadily rising.
11/20/2013 Plymouth Rock inks three new leases at 99 Bedford St.
Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. has landed a trio of tenants at its Class A office space at 99 Bedford St. in Boston.
11/19/2013 Plymouth Rock in deal with AARP
The Plymouth Rock Co. said Tuesday that it will now be the sole auto insurance provider endorsed by AARP in Massachusetts, offering exclusive benefits and savings to MA resident members.
09/23/2013 Insurer: 30 percent of CT motorists admit to texting
In a survey by Plymouth Rock Assurance, 30 percent of Connecticut drivers admitted to reading or sending text messages while driving.
09/17/2013 Study will reward drivers for driving less
The Conservation Law Foundation, which advocates for public transit and nature conservancy, is teaming with Plymouth Rock Assurance to pilot a program where drivers will be paid for reducing their mileage.
09/16/2013 Saturday Needham Parked on Patch
Saturday in Needham, the weather was nice, the center was bustling, and the parking was on Needham Patch and Plymouth Rock Assurance.
09/11/2013 Taconic Student-Athlete Honored as 'High School Hero'
Taconic High School senior Lucas Benjamin has been recognized as one of seven 2013 Massachusetts High School Heroes, a program of Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub and Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp.
09/05/2013 Holden Teen Named High School Hero
Wachusett Regional High School senior Molly Dion was named a “High School Hero” by Plymouth Rock Assurance and radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub. The Holden, Mass. native was the first of seven high school students across the state to receive a $1,000 award for accomplishments as a student athlete.
06/04/2013 Massachusetts Police Are Cracking Down on Distracted Driving
The same day that Massachusetts State Police announced they received grant money to thwart texting while driving, a statewide survey showed that people are generally nonchalant about using their smartphones while behind the wheel.
06/03/2013 Weekly challenge: redouble your efforts to stop texting while driving
Nearly three years after Massachusetts implemented a ban on texting while driving, nearly 40 percent of drivers in the state say they still send text messages when behind the wheel, according to a March survey of 500 drivers released Monday.
04/15/2013 Plymouth Rock Assurance to Honor Outstanding High School Students
98.5 The Sports Hub and Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation are proud to announce High School Heroes, a new community outreach program – designed to identify and honor students across Massachusetts.
04/09/2013 Plymouth Rock Adds Quote Comparison to Online Sales Portal
The addition allows an independent agent to reach out to a prospect who uses the Plymouth Rock quote portal with multiple carriers' rates.
02/11/2013 Snowstorm Won’t Set Records for Insurance Claims
Last week’s snowstorm may be one for the record books in terms of snowfall, but probably not in storm damage, insurers said.
01/28/2013 Social Media Works For Plymouth Rock And Main Street America
The feature includes five shorter pieces focused on specific company responses to Hurricane Sandy, and in addition to Plymouth Rock it also includes commentary from Progressive, Selective Insurance Group, Main Street American Group, and Assurant Specialty Property.


09/14/2012 New Players Hit Traffic in MA Auto Insurance Market
Overview of the impact of managed competition in the MA auto insurance market.
09/14/2012 What's The State Of Personal Auto Insurance Today?
Chris Olie, President of Plymouth Rock Assurance, provides insight in the the state of the MA Auto Insurance market
06/28/2012 On texting, lead by example
A recent study by the state’s Department of Public Health revealed that 42 percent of Massachusetts high school students who drive admitted they text while behind the wheel.
06/18/2012 A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of the Members of Plymouth Rock Assurance Group
A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings of “a-” of the members of Plymouth Rock Assurance Group (PRAG), which includes intercompany pool members, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. (PRAC) and Pilgrim Insurance Company, as well as the operations of affiliate, Mt. Washington Assurance Corporation (Concord, NH), which is fully reinsured via a quota share arrangement. The outlook for all ratings is stable.
06/08/2012 Insurance Brings Olie from Ohio to Downtown Boston
Chris Olie got into the insurance business by accident. "It was not something I specifically planned for," said Olie, now CEO at Plymouth Rock Assurance, the state's fifth largest writer of private passenger auto insurance.
05/22/2012 High Gas Prices Causing Mass. Motorists to Drive Less
A new study of motorists in Massachusetts has found that continued concerns over high gasoline prices may influence their travel plans. According to survey findings released by Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp., this year's increase in the price of gasoline has resulted in almost nine in 10 respondents (88%) driving less.
05/04/2012 Facebook Users Expose Too Much to Insurers: Consumer Reports
The organization says that insurers could "use against" policyholders the fact that they "like" a page about "health conditions or treatments." But is that all insurers get out of social?
05/04/2012 Massachusetts Insureres hold steady against national rivals
Four years after automobile insurance deregulation, Massachusetts’ insurance agencies say they’re holding their own against national low-cost competitors.
03/28/2012 With Claims Data, Size Doesn't Matter
Insurers' claims organizations can benefit more from flexible, agile analytics than from simply higher volumes of data, experts say.
03/11/2012 Encharter Insurance Opens New Insurance Office in Cheshire, CT
Encharter Insurance announces the opening of their new insurance office in Cheshire, CT.
02/13/2012 3 Ways Insurance Companies Can Help Their Agents Compete in the Age of Direct Sales
With direct sales gaining momentum, it's not easy to be an insurance agent. But carriers can help their distribution partners compete with these easy technology solutions.


12/26/2011 Plymouth Rock Awards $300 To RADD Club
The Needham chapter of the national student group SADD plans positive events encouraging youth to live substance free.
12/08/2011 Plymouth Rock insurance company donates $300 to Beverly High SADD chapter
The Boston-based insurance company has pledged to make the same donation to the winner in 14 other traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalries across the state
11/20/2011 Beverly and Salem football squads ready to 'Bridge the Gap'
The event is a chance for the teams and their supporters to show good sportsmanship before they battle on Turkey Day
11/20/2011 Plymouth Rock Assurance to celebrate Thanksgiving Football rivalries with contest
Share Thanksgiving Game-Day Stories and Win Football Tickets
11/18/2011 Plymouth Rock Assurance, Local Agents Celebrate Classic Massachusetts Thanksgiving Football Rivalries
Honoring Massachusetts residents’ long-standing love for Thanksgiving high school football
11/18/2011 Plymouth Rock to award Natick/Framingham Thanksgiving football game winner with SADD donation
Honoring Massachusetts’ long-standing love for classic Thanksgiving football
11/18/2011 Prize For School That Wins Thanksgiving Day Football Game
Plymouth Rock has invited fans to share their most memorable stories from any Thanksgiving football game they have experienced
10/03/2011 Plymouth Rock: Bolstering Independents
Plymouth Rock Assurance supports agents in both traditional and non traditional channels.
09/12/2011 Natural disasters are costing more money.
Natural disasters are stronger and costlier than ever -- and experts aren't so sure the United States economy is strong enough to easily shrug off the effects. But there are several ways individuals can be financially ready for a disaster.
07/31/2011 Insurers weathering tornado claims.
Insurers seem to be able to handle the $175 million-plus losses from last month's tornadoes in central MA.
07/06/2011 The Real Cost of Texting While Driving: Tips on How to Avoid this Destructive Behavior.
Distracted driving – particularly, using a cell phone while driving – has unfortunately emerged as the most dangerous habit of drivers across the country. Here are some tips to help avoid it.
06/27/2011 Monson, Springfield workers, businesses rebuild from tornadoes.
Resiliency of a small business during adverse times and help they received from companies like Plymouth Rock Assurance
06/09/2011 Encharter Unveils Unique Direct-to-Consumer Pitch
Encharter Insurance has launched a marketing approach that enables clients to quote, bind and issue their own Massachusetts or Connecticut auto policies with Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. (PRAC) on the Encharter web site.
06/03/2011 Insurance adjuster David Valentine sizes up damage at Springfield homes hit by tornado
Appraisers working to help residents impacted by tornadoes in central and western MA
06/03/2011 iZUP keeps your eyes on the road - not on the phone
Distracted driving happens to everyone. There are laws that try to keep it under control but a mobile app called iZUP, from Illume Software, is available to help you keep your eyes on the road and off the phone.
05/19/2011 Agents Shouldn't Fear Allstate's Esurance Buy
Making a move toward direct sales isn't about cannibalizing existing customers. Both agents and carriers can benefit.
04/15/2011 Insurers Advised to Improve Mobile Online Applications
One local leader in mobile and online technology has been Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation. In the last two weeks, the Boston-based insurer launched a program allowing customers to quote and bind coverage online - without leaving the company’s independent insurance agents out of the loop.
04/01/2011 Plymouth Rock Assurance asks its customers for help with naming new mascot
Insurers’ marketing efforts often are dry, just-the-facts-ma’am affairs. That’s why Geico’s green gecko and Allstate’s mayhem videos stand out from the crowd. Here in Massachusetts, insurance companies have had to develop new approaches to catch the eyes of consumers since the state Division of Insurance loosened the regulations on auto insurance plans to make the market more competitive exactly three years ago today.
03/28/2011 Plymouth Rock To Release Direct Sales Application for Agents' Sites
Plymouth Rock Assurance, a Boston-based P&C carrier writing business in Massachusetts and Connecticut, prides itself on its agent-centric distribution tradition. Searching for a way to answer increased competition in its market while keeping that tradition alive, the company is launching on March 31 the Online Policy Purchase Tool, an application both for its own website and for its agents' sites that allows customers to quote and bind auto policies.
02/01/2011 Got It Covered
Sex. Drugs. Rock & roll. Insurance. Did I lose you on that last one? Yeah, I know - reading about insurance is usually a Snoozefest. But while the topic of insurance may not be sexy, it is regrettably necessary and important to review from time to time.
01/29/2011 Here’s Why The Financial Crisis Could Not Have Been Prevented
The multi-trillion dollar meltdown of financial markets in 2007-09 could not have been prevented. It was absurd speculation on the part of the special Presidential Commission to even suggest this impossible nirvana. No way Jose! Let me tell you why. As my esteemed friend Jim Stone, chairman of Plymouth Rock Assurance, headquartered in Boston puts it so succinctly; “We have wagered our place in history on our relative strength in finance. Bad bet.”


11/30/2010 Drivers more likely to get tickets during economic slowdowns
With severe budget cuts forcing cities and states to look for ways to increase revenue, some police departments are filling the gap by citing more drivers for speeding and other moving violations.
11/23/2010 9 Insurance Companies Named 2010 INNovators
Insurance Networking News - Author:Carrie Burns - This article announces the winners of this year’s INNovators Awards, in which the Plymouth Rock Group of Companies placed in the Customer Experience category.
11/22/2010 Plymouth Rock Revamps Website
Boston-based Plymouth Rock Assurance ($295 million in 2009 premiums) knew that its website,, which launched in 2008, wasn't meeting the needs of its customers and agents. To rectify the situation, as the auto insurer embarked on a redesign of the site it turned to those users to find out what they needed in terms of online services, relates Marianne DoranCollins, Plymouth's director of online and consumer experience.
11/11/2010 App steers drivers away from using their cell phones
Boston Business Journal - Author:Rodney H. Brown - Now that the new Massachusetts law banning texting while driving has taken effect, a Newton mobile software company is seeing a great deal of interest from a somewhat unexpected area — corporations with many drivers on the road.
09/30/2010 State Officials Warn Drivers About Dangers of Texting
NECN - Author:Lauren Collins - Today, state officials are warning drivers of the dangers of texting. It doesn't take much for a driver to get distracted and for a life to change.
09/28/2010 iZUP puts texters on lock down
Plymouth Rock Assurances announced a partnership on Tuesday with Illume Software, the makers of iZup, to give its policyholders a 25 percent discount on the cell phone application.
09/10/2010 Plymouth Rock Gas Finder & Safety Suggestions
Labor day we said goodbye to summer and dove head first into our Fall schedules and driving changes. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation has a few tips and tricks on how to save a few bucks while staying safe.
08/10/2010 Top 10 Green Driving Tips - Author:Jamie Page Deaton - There are lots of ways to stay on a budget. Clipping coupons and waiting for sales are good ways to stretch your dollar, but let's face it: Gas will likely never go on sale. While some stations offer gas coupons or promotions, they're usually too small to really make a dent in anyone's driving budget. If gas stations aren't going to put gas on sale, you'll have to.
08/05/2010 Plymouth Rock Honors Charniak Milestone
John F. Cunninghan of Dudley is no ways near old enough to recall when the Webster based Charniak Insurance Agency was established in 1960. But Mr. Cunningham, employed in the marketing department at Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. of Boston, recognizes an insurance story when he reads one, especially when the business he works for has a service interest.
07/25/2010 Applauding the New Texting Ban
By Paula Gold GateHouse News Service Littleton — There is no dispute that texting while driving has become a dangerous epidemic in the United States, resulting in tragic accidents nationwide. Data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that nearly 6,000 people died on the roads last year, in part because of the use of mobile devices while driving.
07/16/2010 Gold: Be Safe and Legal: Don't Text While Driving
While most of Massachusetts was preparing to celebrate the long Independence Day weekend, Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law a bill that makes Massachusetts the 29th state to ban texting for all drivers and cell phone use for drivers under 18. The law also implements other driver safety regulations and allows a doctor to alert the state when a patient might be a dangerous driver. This will no doubt lead to safer roads for all of us.
06/09/2010 Tips to Avoid Texting While Driving
Tips to Avoid Texting While Driving By Paula Gold, Chief Regulatory Counsel, Plymouth Rock Assurance In today’s fast-paced, always connected world, it can be hard to put down your cell phone – whether for a long commute home, or even just for a quick trip to the corner store. But, to help you avoid the temptation of using a mobile device while operating a vehicle—and avoid the related risks—consider...
05/25/2010 Plymouth Rock Customers Receive MORE Benefits!
Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation announced last week it has made an agreement made with some of the nation’s top auto service providers and part retailers to provide Plymouth Rock policy holders with additional Savings Pass Program benefits. Plymouth Rock has partnered with Sears Auto Center, Meineke Car Care Centers and Maaco to name a few, offering discounts saving up to 15% on auto-related products and services when customers use their Savings Pass.
04/01/2010 Speaking Of: Anti-Texting Laws
A study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concluded that of all cell phone-related tasks -- including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone -- texting while driving was by far the most dangerous. Why? For every six seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road.
03/31/2010 A Better Way to Grow
Insurers and agents alike are finding the "show me the money" approach needs to be enhanced with elements that ensure time-tested, mutually beneficial relationships that foster growth for both parties.
03/28/2010 Social Media Lets Agents Reach New Customers, Relate to Current Ones
Mark Sweeney, chief agency officer at Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation, explained that agencies are moving away from the traditional methods of Yellowbook ads and items in local newspapers and trending toward putting their advertising efforts online to reach consumers.

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