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Michael D. Jaffe
Chairman and President

HISTORY OF COUNTRY-WIDE INSURANCE

Country-Wide Insurance Company was duly incorporated in New York State in December 1963 and it is now in its 47th successful year of operation. It is licensed to write all lines of property/casualty insurance and has developed its business in a regional specialty niche market consisting of lower limit private passenger and commercial automobile business in the downstate New York area.

As a family owned and operated business, Country-Wide has always fostered a strong culture and philosophy that prioritizes the well-being of its staff and their families, the maintenance of good health, and dedication to the Company. Despite its growth over the last twenty years from a staff of 35 employees to well over 300 highly trained and talented individuals, there is still an intimacy and loyalty among all Country-Wide staff members that drives the Company and allows it to reach its goals. Senior and middle managers have risen through the ranks and are indigenous to Country-Wide’s success. The feeling of being part of a very unique organization truly reverberates throughout the Company and is an essential ingredient of its continued growth.

Country-Wide Insurance Company has a well-known brand name and a strong presence in the New York area. It has a well-defined production force consisting of a network of over five hundred independent broker offices that reach across the diverse New York City metropolitan area and its contiguous suburbs. Country-Wide can offer “value added” benefits as a result of these relationships which contribute to its unmatched knowledge of both the local underwriting market and the nuances of the claims environment. Country-Wide is truly a special operation by virtue of its corporate atmosphere, its niche presence in downstate New York, its production force, and its sterling reputation in the insurance and re-insurance community.


VISION AND VALUES

Country-Wide Insurance Company is a company of excellence. It is a solid organization with a rich history that is dedicated to providing New Yorkers with automobile insurance, diversified specialty insurance and financial products. Our success is measured by the superiority of our services, our home grown reputation and stable financial results.

We attract and retain the highest quality talent. Our highly professional staff possesses exceptional business acumen, a strong work ethic and the ability to work in teams. It speaks a variety of languages in order to accommodate the needs of its diverse customer base and employs cutting edge technology to foster an ease of doing business. Strong values and superior customer service are at the foundation of our practices and priorities. The Company’s underwriting team focuses upon profitability rather than revenue. Pricing mechanisms reflect a collaboration between actuaries and underwriters and the Company steadfastly strives for expense efficiency. This philosophy allows the Company to offer competitive rates to its loyal customers through neighborhood representatives that are conveniently located in most areas of downstate New York. The Country-Wide Insurance Company organization is rapidly becoming the market of choice when it comes to the diverse insurance needs of New Yorkers.