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Manzi Insurance and Real Estate
Raymond Manzi

When one thinks of Woodbury, the word "family" and "sense of community" immediately come to mind. These words are clearly exemplified by the Manzi family in their business, Manzi Insurance and Real Estate. Ray Manzi started his career in 1983 working in the family business with his father, Ed Manzi. In October 2004, Ray opened his business, Manzi Insurance and Real Estate, located at 215 Main Street South where Ray's father, Ed, continues to work part time. In August 2008, Ray purchased Newtown Insurance Agency, a business started in 1961. Ray Manzi successfully operates both businesses from their two locations.

Ray Manzi employs ten licensed insurance and real estate agents that are fully trained and stay current on real estate and insurance trends and products. Both agents sell all lines of Property, Casualty, Life and Health insurance. In addition, the Woodbury office sells real estate. From a consumer's standpoint, Ray and his staff's approach is different than most business since both agencies are located in small towns. Their business model is unique in how they take care of customers, as their customers are their neighbors and friends. Ray takes pride that the "greater emphasis is on doing the right thing" for the consumers because most businesses prosper on referrals. Ray feels strongly that his unique business model is different as consumers do not see his employees as sales people. Instead, the agents evaluate each consumer's needs and goals while assessing  each individual situation in order to find the right product. His philosophy is based on providing a service, as well as educating the consumer. The education allows the consumer to consider all of his or her insurance or real estate options, which then lead to the point where he or she is able to make his or her own informed decision. Since both agencies are independent they are licensed with a number of different carriers, which ensures that consumers have greater choices in options that best fit their needs.

Ray is actively involved in the community where he works and lives. He serves as a member of the Woodbury Business Association and as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, Ray is active with the Woodbury Lions Club and is the Captain of the Second Connecticut Civil War reenactment group. He has served as a member of the Woodbury Economic Development Committee as well as his involvement with the boy scouts and coaching various teams during his lifelong residency in Woodbury.

Ray and his wife, Dana live in Woodbury and have raised two sons. Craig, a mechanical engineer, is gainfully employed at Hamilton Sunstrand in Windsor Locks and Chris will graduate in December 2009 from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Environmental Science. Ray remarks that Woodbury is a "great place to raise a family and do business in."

For more information about Manzi Insurance and Real Estate, please contact Ray Manzi at 203-263-8881 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM through 5:00 PM and on weekends and evenings by appointment. Please feel free to view the business' website at www.manzirealestate.com, www.manziins.com or email rmanzi@manziins.com for any additional information.
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