Deep Associates Joining Wheeler & Taylor

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Longtime North County insurers Deep Associates Insurance Agency have sold to Wheeler & Taylor but manager Carrie Ann Kondel said clients should expect little to change.
"Customers should expect business as usual," she said. "Just more access. We're going to have even more market access and support for them."
The late Michael Deep opened Deep Associates in the early 1980s. Deep's sister Ellen Millard, who was with the agency from the very beginning, said there was never an urgency to sell, but after Deep passed in 2022, they began to talk about it more. 
Kondel, who is Deep's niece, agreed and said the business is thriving, and that when Wheeler & Taylor reached out to the agency they saw it as a chance to grow.
"We got talking to them, and we liked them. They had the same work ethic and community-minded focus," Kondel said. "They were great people and the more we talked we liked the support of a larger agency but still with the same hometown feel."
Wheeler & Taylor President Scott Rote said he was excited to welcome Deep Associates into the fold. He said as the group expanded throughout the region, they wanted to keep firm roots in their home, Berkshire County.
"Our roots have always been in Berkshire County and in the past several years, with changes in the market and everything, we knew that the best way to grow was to get out of the box and start going north, south, east and west," Rote said. "Mike was a well-respected insurance representative in the area. He was known well by many of my predecessors … they were an obvious choice to try to partner up with because of their philosophy and their style."
Kondel said this was incredibly important to Deep Insurance as they wanted to continue the legacy of Deep.
"We wanted Deep Associates to really go forward. My uncle, he built something really great and we wanted his hard work to be reflected and grow," she said. "We want to keep the business flourishing and the added support will help."
Rote said conversations with Deep Associates go back about a year after Wheeler & Taylor opened up an agency in Adams.
"Carrie will probably tell you, it took a lot longer than we thought it was going to. We hoped to have had this done last summer, but It's done," he said. "As of yesterday, Feb. 1, Carrie and Deep Associates have become a member of the Wheeler & Taylor Insurance Agency, and we're very proud to have them." 
Kondel, now manager of North County operations, said Deep Associates will stay at its current location at the corner of Ashland and Summer streets. She said the same employees and business methods will be maintained.
"Nothing is changing. We will just have more support. Deep will still be written on the door," she said. "... We are trying to continue my uncle's legacy and this is a great group."

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Hundreds Still Without Power in North County, Stamford

A new pole is in place for a transformer on Main Road in Stamford. 

Update: The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued another severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. for Berkshire County, eastern New York and Southern Vermont. 

STAMFORD, Vt. — Nearly 18 hours after severe thunderstorms pummeled the region, hundreds of customers are without power. 

The latest update estimates is that power will be back on at 2 p.m. in North Berkshire. Green Mountain Power's outage map could not provide an estimate on power restoration.  
Many residents woke up to the sounds of chainsaws and generators on Wednesday morning as clean up from the storm continued.
Stamford was hit hard with trees blocking roads and broken utility poles. Some 499 customers in Stamford and Readsboro were without power.
A post from Stamford's emergency management director said conditions in North Berkshire were delaying power re-energizing in the Vermont town because it's sourced from National Grid in Massachusetts. 
More than 800 customers were without power in Williamstown, Mass., as noon approached. Tree and lines down along Main Street had taken hours for National Grid crews to address and hampered their ability to aid smaller outages in nearby communities. 
Williamstown Police posted on Facebook that because of the extensive damage to the electrical supply lines to town, parts of Williamstown may not see power until later tonight or possibly tomorrow.
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