Archway celebrates 25 years in Amherst

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Now the head office and largest location in group

Archway Insurance is celeberating 25 years in Amherst.

Archway Insurance is celeberating 25 years in Amherst. Mike Stack is the company's president and son of co-founder Garry Stack, who joined with Bob Barnes to create the company.

AMHERST – Thursday is the 25th anniversary of Archway Insurance – Barnes opening in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

The office was opened by Archway president Garry Stack and Bob Barnes. Barnes was a well-respected insurance broker in Amherst prior to partnering with Stack. Stack was looking for new business opportunities and excited to find one that would bring him back to his hometown of Amherst.

The office, now at 81 Victoria St., was originally located on Church Street and the two men started the business from square one.

“Bob and I met to discuss opening a location in January and by March of that same year we were sitting in our new office location,” reflects Stack. “We had an empty filing cabinet and no where to go but up.

Barnes said that when he met with Stack to discuss the venture he was 62 and at a crossroads in his insurance career.

“We set a first year objective sitting in Smitty’s Restaurant in Halifax and it was totally hypothetical, but at the end of the year we had modestly exceeded those objectives and that was the highlight for me,” says Barnes reminiscing on the first year in business. “It was at that point I knew as a new business venture we would survive. From there it took off and we were able to hire additional staff that proved to be very critical to our development as well.”

Stack is also incredibly proud of the business the two men opened on the first day of spring.

“Our Amherst location is now our head office and one of our largest offices. Bob and I take great pride in the business we built in a community that we love. We thank our professional staff and management team for their work and dedication in helping us succeed, and our many clients for choosing us as their professional insurance advisor.”

The Archway Insurance – Barnes office plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary with various events to be held throughout the year.

Organizations: Archway Insurance

Geographic location: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Victoria Church Street Halifax

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