FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602 8500 Greg DugalCEO/President 207-602-8500 Maine Innkeepers Association 207-213-2060 Maine Innkeepers Association Presents Tony Payne of Clark Insurance with 2014 Allied Member of the Year Award Augusta Maine- December 5 2014….The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) presented Tony Payne of Clark Insurance with the 2014 Allied Member of the Year Award at their annual meeting held at Point Lookout Resort in Northport on November 6th announced MEIA President and CEO Greg Dugal. Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort in Sebasco Harbor Estates presented the award. The inscription on the award read: “Tony and the staff at Clark Insurance truly understand the hospitality industry. They are always there for us with answers to member and staff questions and are true supporters of the Maine Innkeepers Association and its events.” The relationship with Clark and the Maine Innkeepers Association has been strong for years. Clark Insurance was founded in 1931 and has been providing helpful insights and outstanding service to each of its personal and business customers in Maine New Hampshire and beyond since. By focusing on their customers this employee-owned agency has been recognized as one of the top 5% of agencies of their size in the country for financial performance When Payne joined Clark Insurance he was familiar with the workings of the board and the Association having served as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Maine’s Future. Payne is a graduate of Hobart College and is responsible for the agency’s business networking and communications planning. He is the vice chair of the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors a former town councilor in Falmouth and is active in numerous civic and non-profit organizations. Last year Clark Insurance purchased Turner Barker Insurance which had been the Maine Innkeepers Association primary company for property and casualty insurance as well as workers compensation insurance for the association and its members. Turner Barker and associates Doug Allen and Joan Hopkins have always been supportive of the association. Photo: Tony Payne of Clark Insurance was presented with the Maine Innkeepers Association’s Allied Member of the Year for 2014 by Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors represents nearly 700 B&Bs camps cottages hotels inns motels and resorts across Maine and their suppliers. Through communication education promotion and government affairs the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Augusta ME and can also be found at # # #