Peter Smith, a Republican and his brother Fred Smith, a Democrat (the Smith Brothers) founded the agency in 1896. According to the Adams Historical Society, both had previously served as Postmaster in the town of Adams. Fred Smith was a particularly colorful character about town, known for his impeccable fashion sense and his penchant for flashy cars. They were active community members, a trait that has held true with all of the owners since then.
In 1938, after the death of Peter Smith, Charles Reid and Richard O’Brien bought an interest in the business and incorporated it.
In the meantime, the McAndrews Insurance Agency had been started by former State Senator James McAndrews in 1937.
In 1962, Michael McAndrews, then owner of the McAndrews Agency, and nephew of James McAndrews, merged his agency with Smith Brothers to form Smith Bros.-McAndrews Insurance Agency.
Michael’s son Bruce joined the agency in 1975. Both were long active in the local community.
Bernie Pinsonnault, a long time banker in town, joined the firm in 1990.
In 1992, Bernie Pinsonnault and Bruce McAndrews purchased the shares of Michael McAndrews and became partners.
McAndrews was active with the local chamber of commerce and the Bay State Games. Pinsonnault was active with the North Adams Regional Hospital, the Adams Lions Club, and many other local civic activities.
In 2007, upon McAndrews retirement, Pinsonnault became the sole owner of the agency. He was active with the Berkshire Community College Foundation, the Lions Club, the MCLA Foundation golf tournament, Berkshire Housing and the Adams Retirement Board.
In 2011 Dave Bissaillon joined the agency. He became owner and president upon Pinsonnault’s retirement at the end of 2018. Bissaillon has also been long active in local community work. He currently chairs the Plunkett Nominee Trustees and is a board member of ProAdams.
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