Mary Jane Cleary, ACSR, CIIP of the FAPCO Houlton office has been named the state of Maine recipient for “Outstanding Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year” by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research at their recent national meeting.

Each year the National Alliance selects a group of insurance professionals to represent their state and compete to become The National Outstanding CSR of the Year. This prestigious award, regarded as the foremost national award of its kind, recognizes the contributions and commitment of those who serve clients within the insurance industry. Entrants must have demonstrated commendable service to their agencies, their industry and their communities.

Chris Anderson of the F. A. Peabody Company stated, “MJ is a committed and driven individual striving to serve her customers the very best each and every day. Earning this award simply does not surprise me!”

To qualify for this top state honor Mary Jane submitted the winning essay on the topic of “The change in our English language in today’s political, social and economic environment and how this effects the meaning of certain terms and titles within the insurance industry.” Each of the state winners meets a new standard for personal and professional excellence as demonstrated by their essay, contributions to their agencies and the industry, and their letters of recommendation.

“Ms. Cleary was chosen as a state winner for exemplifying the characteristics and qualifications required to be eligible for this prestigious award,” stated Dr. William T. Hold, Ph.D., CIC, CPCU, CLU President of The National Alliance. She represents the backbone of the insurance community, those customer service representatives distinguished for providing exceptional service on a daily basis.”

Mary Jane began her insurance career with FAPCO in 2010 and earned her Maine Property & Casualty Insurance license in that year as well. She has performed in several roles for FAPCO since that time and was recently promoted to multi-line sales agent in the Houlton office.

Ms. Cleary has received numerous awards and earned several designations for service to the insurance industry. In 2014 she was named Insurance Professional of Greater Houlton by the Insurance Association of Greater Houlton, Insurance Professional of the Year for the State of Maine by the Maine Chapter of IAIP and Client Service Professional of the Year for the State of Maine by the Maine Chapter of the IAIP. In 2015 she was named Client Service Professional of the Year by the Regional Chapter of IAIP.

In 2015, Mary Jane earned her ACSR designation (Accredited Customer Service Representative) in personal lines insurance. She also earned her CIIP (Certified Insurance Industry Professional) designation in 2015. Recently, Mary Jane was promoted to handling multi-line insurance sales including commercial and group sales. Ms Cleary resides in New Limerick with her husband, Skip. Together they have a son, Michael and a daughter, Ashley.

The F. A. Peabody Company (FAPCO) is a multi-line insurance agency that services the state of Maine and other New England states. It offers property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance and a full spectrum of financial services. They have a business insurance division specializing in the full line of commercial insurance products including general liability, workers compensation and bonding. The personal insurance division handles home, auto, recreational vehicles and much more. FAPCO was established in 1927 and has grown to eight offices throughout northern and central Maine.