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Newsmakers in business: The Norton Agency earns pair of honors
Frankenmuth Insurance named The Norton Agency a “Preferred Plus” partner for 2016. From left are John Benson, chairman of the board and CEO of Frankenmuth Insurance; Jason Griffith of the Norton Agency; Ben Gilleland of Norton Mountain Insurance; and Fred Edmond, president and chief operating officer of Frankenmuth Insurance.

The Norton Agency, based in Gainesville, has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance in the state of Georgia for 2016.

The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Duluth and at a reception with all regional associates where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque commemorating their accomplishment. The Norton Agency has represented Auto-Owners since 2011.

The Norton Agency was also recognized as a “Preferred Plus” partner of Frankenmuth Insurance in 2016 for the first time. The distinction is awarded to independent agencies who’ve demonstrated commitment to providing exceptional service, achieved long-term profitability and displayed exemplary partnership, according to a press release.

“The effort and professionalism of the management and staff at the Norton Agency reflects our own goal of exceeding the expectations of those we serve,” said Frankenmuth Insurance President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Edmond.