Skene Valley Group

All About Us

Skene Valley Group was founded in April of 2002 by John Hoagland. John worked for Travelers as an underwriter and for Safeco Insurance as a regional manager before opening Skene Valley Agency. In October of 2009, Skene Valley Agency purchased M Shaw Insurance in Granville NY, an insurance fixture in Granville for 18 years.

Connor Hoagland joined the staff in April 2017 as a producer and vice president.

Thomas Abbott joined Skene Valley Group in October of 2010 as a producer. Tom handles all lines of business including life and health insurance.

Maria Hyatt is the personal lines manager for the agency. Maria has been with M Shaw for more than 10 years.

In December of 2011, when another agency decided to close their Cambridge location, Skene Valley Group opened the Battenkill Valley Insurance Agency to give the people of Cambridge, Greenwich and other surrounding towns a local agent they can deal with and trust. Denise Gillis, with over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry is the office manager. Randy Waite, who also has over 20 years in the insurance industry, is a broker with the agency. These two people have been servicing the local community for years, and with local ties, are not going anywhere.

We are actively involved in the community, sponsoring little league teams in both Whitehall and Granville, as well as coaching summer baseball teams, and donating to various organizations throughout the year.

At Skene Valley Group, we strive to provide you the personal attention you need. We answer your calls personally, no computerized phone systems. We believe in doing business the old fashioned way. We even make house calls!



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