In 1996, after outgrowing the El Camino office and moving its 18 employees to a bigger one on Auburn Avenue, the company welcomed the first third-generation family member, Christopher Bender, to its ranks as a personal insurance producer. By 2005, Stephen’s daughter, Maggie Bender-Johnson, joined as a small-business account executive; her sister, Jillian Bender-Cormier, joined three years later.
The company experienced tremendous growth in the early 2000s and was recognized as a regional A+ Employer. The team grew its Bond and Surety departments and added both a Benefits Department and Risk Management services.
Under Stephen’s leadership, the brokerage grew from three employees to more than 50, and from $725,000 in annual revenue to more than $6.5 million today.