J.E.D. Insurance & Financial Service aligns with SAN Group

J.E.D. Insurance & Financial Service | February 20, 2020

Satellite Agency Network (SAN) Group – an alliance of independent insurance agencies based in the Northeast – has announced that it has gained a new member: J.E.D. Insurance & Financial Service Agency in Foxborough, MA. Founded in 2000 by owner and president John Dustin (pictured), J.E.D. is a family-operated independent agency specializing in home, auto, life, and business insurance. While based in Massachusetts, the agency also serves customers in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. “We are not your typical agency as we have many commercial accounts and advise best practices in business assisting with operations,” commented Dustin. “I joined SAN Group because I wanted to be part of a quality network to provide my agency and our clients with even greater opportunities.”

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