Kattan-Ferretti Insurance Celebrates 75TH Anniversary

Kattan Ferretti Insurance is celebrating its 75th anniversary in May 2015, commemorating Charles A. Kattan’s start as an independent insurance agent.

In 1940, while Mr. Kattan was working for the Vanadium Alloys Steel Company, he started the agency and wrote his first auto policy with Erie Insurance in May, 1940. At the time, he was operating the agency out of his house. Later, he opened an office on Ligonier Street in Latrobe with one employee and serviced the insurance needs of the community for the next 28 years.

Upon Mr. Kattan’s passing in 1968, his son-in-law, Mario J. Ferretti, joined the agency and steadily grew the business from one employee to 15 employees. The agency now has two locations, one at 211 Weldon St., Latrobe, and one at 1000 Tower Way, Greensburg. While offering the best comprehensive Home, Auto and Life Insurance products, Mario also specialized in Business Insurance. Mario’s expertise in business insurance led to an IIABA Best Practices Award.

By continuing his close partnership with Erie Insurance, Mario grew Kattan Ferretti into the largest independent Erie agency in the Pittsburgh Branch. The majority of its new customers come from referrals and recommendations from thousands of satisfied customers. Mario believed his biggest assets were his employees and customers, making it his number one priority to take care of them both. Keeping the agency involved in the community, Mario was active in many non-profit boards throughout the area. In 2007, at the young age of 67 and 40 years running the insurance agency, Mario tragically lost his battle with Leukemia.

Currently, the agency is owned and run by CEO Richard J. Cassidy. Richard was the son-in-law of Mario Ferretti and started with the agency over 20 years ago. Richard remembers what Mario taught him about success: “If the community succeeds, we succeed. Staying involved in the community helps us ensure the area is vibrant and doing well.”

Kattan Ferretti Insurance services over 10,000 personal policies and over 2000 business policies. They also have an Employee Benefits department run by COO Eric Flemm. “Three generations and 75 years later, we want to thank our customers and the community for relying on and trusting us to provide the insurance services they need.”

Kattan Ferretti Insurance has recently expanded its operations by adding Financial Planning and Investment Management run by CFO Brad Roth, a Certified Financial Planner. “As an independent advisor we have the flexibility to develop truly customized portfolios to meet our client’s individual needs. Our investment process involves a strict quantitative and systematic approach that removes emotional decision making from our clients portfolios.”

In 2014, Kattan Ferretti acquired McDowell Associates, an insurance agency with a long history, dating back to 1900, of helping their home, auto, and business clients in the community. The combination of these two agencies provides our clients with a culture that has always, since their inceptions, put the client service experience first.

The two agencies combined their Greensburg offices into one location at 1000 Tower Way, Greensburg PA, 15601. The agency now employs 27 experienced and dedicated insurance agents and is licensed in over 15 states. The agency has access to over 50 insurance companies and offers hundreds of specialty insurance products.

For more information go to their website at www.kattanferretti.com or email them at info@kattanferreti.com. The agency will be having contests and giving away prizes on Facebook throughout the year to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Be sure to like them on our Facebook page.

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