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Changing the way people think about insurance

Paul Quinn is the first Farmers Insurance agent on the east side

Paul Quinn Insurance Agency, LLC opened its doors at 117 Highbridge Street in Fayetteville on April 1 and is one of just a handful of Farmers Insurance agencies in the Central New York area. Pictured are Quinn, the owner of the business, and James Vacco, an agent.

Paul Quinn Insurance Agency, LLC opened its doors at 117 Highbridge Street in Fayetteville on April 1 and is one of just a handful of Farmers Insurance agencies in the Central New York area. Pictured are Quinn, the owner of the business, and James Vacco, an agent. Photo by Allie Wenner.

— Over the last 35 years, Paul Quinn has worked in almost every aspect of insurance.

He’s worked for several insurance carriers and one large insurance agency. He has been responsible for managing underwriting, marketing and sales functions at various corporate levels.

For Quinn, the next logical step was to start his own insurance business – so he decided to do just that. And on April 1, Paul Quinn Insurance Agency, LLC opened its doors in Fayetteville.

“I think a lot of people have a misconception about insurance,” Quinn said. “People think it can be dull or boring, but in the 35 years I’ve been doing it, I’m learning something new every day.”

Quinn is unlike many people in insurance in that he knew he wanted to go into the business while he was studying at Duquesne University. During his junior and senior year, Quinn worked part-time for Travelers Insurance as a part of its college co-op program.

Following graduation, he got a job at Chubb Insurance Group, a nationally recognized insurance carrier and has worked in the insurance field ever since.

“I’ve been to probably 1,000 independent agents’ offices in the Northeast over the last 20 years,” he said. “I think I have a good idea of what is needed to effectively run a successful insurance agency.”

Quinn knew that when he opened his own office, he wanted it to be located in the Fayetteville-Manlius area where he has lived for 22 years. He settled on a space on Highbridge Street in Fayetteville, across from Pizza Hut, and decided he wanted to offer something different from what other insurance agents are offering on this side of Syracuse.

“Farmers Insurance is a nationally-recognized company that started their expansion about three years ago to the east coast,” Quinn said. “They just came into Upstate New York this year, and I’m the only appointment so far on the east side of town.”

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