Nominating Committee Chair: MAIA
John is owner of the John R. Sweeney Insurance Agency of West Springfield and East Longmeadow. Asked how he got his start, John says, “Like many other agents, I grew up in the business. The agency consisted of my dad, my mom and my aunt. I took my aunt’s place, starting out as a customer service representative and accountant, and eventually became a producer.” He purchased the West Springfield agency from his dad in 2003, and opened the East Longmeadow office in 2016. The agency now has six full-time and four part-time employees. With his cousin Michael McCarthy serving as office manager and controller, John is able to participate on MAIA’s Board knowing that his business is in good hands. He joined MAIA’s Legislative Committee in 2001, and was asked to join the board in June 2011, after the passing of Ernie Ross (whose sister Maureen is now on the board).