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1. (esp in medieval Europe) an association of men sharing the same interests, such as merchants or artisans: formed for mutual aid and protection and to maintain craft standards or pursue some other purpose such as communal worship
2. Ecology a group of plants, such as a group of epiphytes, that share certain habits or characteristics


A place of assembly for a society of craftsmen or merchants for their mutual assistance; an outgrowth of similar medieval organizations or guilds.
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In 1905, Van Gilder Insurance was founded as a family-owned company.
Our clients view us as more of a consultant, a part of the client's team of advisors," said Michael Van Gilder, Managing Director.
The most important thing is our ability to produce a profit that has been retained and used to grow the company and to buy out the departing shareholders," said Dell Van Gilder, CEO and Chairman.
We become friends and those are the clients that are with us for 20 or 30 years," said Dell Van Gilder.
That has allowed us to grow and attract additional customers," said Andy Van Gilder, Managing Director.
Van Gilder Insurance has a strong track record of retaining the industry's top talent.
Van Gilder targets middle market to larger business enterprises for commercial insurance, benefits insurance and retirement plans.
Wayne and Shawnee Bruffett purchased the house from Thomas and Charliene Gilder.