The 2023 Insurance Library Association of Boston Insurance Professional of the Year
Daniel C. Bridge
Board Chair, President, and CEO
Vermont Mutual Insurance Group
Dan Bridge is Board Chair, President, and CEO of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group and an industry veteran of more than 35 years.
Dan began his insurance career in 1985 with Liberty Mutual in Boston and progressed into numerous home office and field roles in Accounting, Personal Market Operations, Underwriting, and Marketing, before leaving in 2003 to join OneBeacon as New England Regional President.
In 2007, Dan was introduced to Vermont Mutual in a consulting role to assist in their assessment of entering the Massachusetts private passenger auto marketplace.
Dan then joined Hanover Insurance as Vice President—State Management before returning to Vermont Mutual as part of the senior leadership succession plan. In 2014, Dan was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role of President and CEO in 2015. Dan was named Board Chair in April of 2016.
Throughout Dan’s 15 years at Vermont Mutual, the company has enjoyed exceptional financial performance, and has been annually recognized as a U.S. Top 50 insurer and perennially named a Best Place to Work in Vermont. Dan established the Vermont Mutual Charitable Giving Fund in 2014, which has granted more than $4 million to community organizations throughout the Northeast, including $1.0 million during COVID and, more recently, $450,000 to help Vermont communities devastated by recent flooding. Dan serves on various industry boards and committees, including those at Massachusetts Fair Plan, APCIA, and the Mutual Fire Insurance Association Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable.
Dan’s most satisfying mission, however, occurs each winter when he helps run STAR Basketball, which “teaches” basketball to special needs children in Vermont. Basketball is simply the vehicle to build confidence, community, and camaraderie among special athletes of all ages, while exposing high school students to volunteer work, and importantly, giving parents of the players a two-hour break each Saturday.
Success didn’t happen without the support of those around him. Dan is extremely grateful and proud of the support he received throughout his career from his wife Christine, and their four adult children, Patrick, Tim, Katherine, and Brendan.