2016 brought many great things and a few challenges to Mangold Insurance. The insurance market remained fairly stable this year which allowed us to see exceptional growth. Business is up over 15% this year. The best news is that this is true organic growth, not growth through acquisition. I owe a debt of gratitude to many people for this. First and foremost are the new and existing customers that choose to place their trust in our agency to handle their insurance needs. Second is the wonderful staff that work here. Both the sales and the service staff have gone above and beyond to make certain that our customers are taken care of. This growth is a welcome thing. Like many of our business clients, 2008 brought a very significant downturn. It is refreshing to finally see things on the recovery.
While we love to see our business grow there are always challenges that come with it, staffing being number one. This year we hired Anita as an addition to our personal insurance staff and Gail in our commercial insurance division. We were very fortunate to find both of these individuals. Each came with years of experience in the industry and could pretty much hit the ground running. They both possess vibrant personalities and are genuinely a pleasure to have on board.
We at Mangold Insurance are looking forward to another great year in 2017. We also want to wish all of our clients, company associates and friends a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017.