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The Iroquois Group
Laurie Branch is president of The Iroquois Group, one of the nation’s oldest and largest networks of independent P&C insurance agencies. Just after college, Branch spent four years working in brand management for Procter & Gamble before leaving to join the Iroquois Group in 1984. Iroquois has grown tremendously since then, increasing from 50 member agencies in two states to 2,254 member agencies in 41 states today. Aside from managing Iroquois, Branch has been extremely active in local education, sitting on the Olean School Board of Education and the board of trustees at St. Bonaventure University, where she is also an adjunct professor. In 2009, New York Governor David Paterson named her New York State’s Woman of Excellence in Business.