Dennis Hilton, CEO of Cheney Financial Group, and Suzanne Strachan, President of Cheney Insurance, hosted the annual celebration dinner at The 1812 Farm. The spirit of cooperation, comradery, and team-work by the entire team of 35 CFG associates was recognized. CFG, comprised of Newcastle Realty, Cheney Insurance and Newcastle Vacation Rentals are the leading providers of home, auto, business and life insurance, real estate services, and vacation cottage rentals to thousands of families in this area.
Strachan recognized Hilton for 35 years of service with this family-held firm. Hilton’s father started in the business 50 years ago, joined by Hilton’s mother, Brenda, who established herself as an iconic presence in the eyes of staff and clients, and who sadly passed away this year. Strachan remarked “ As our fearless leader of the Cheney Financial Group, Dennis is cutting edge, innovative, and his vision is always full of possibilities. His positive outlook keeps us grounded and hopeful.” Also recognized for five years of solid performance, was Holly Harris, the Cheney Personal Insurance Division Team Leader. In addition, Harris was the recipient of the 2019 CFG Presidents Award for her willingness to face challenges with determination, humor and a positive attitude.
Key Contributor Awards were given to Jasmyn Rose for her ability to adapt in a meaningful way enhancing the team at Cheney Insurance and to Clint Miller for his outstanding service to Newcastle Realty’s team of brokers. Brokers Kirsten Ingram and Debbie Schling were recognized for having the highest current sales volume to date, of $5.37 million and $5.29 million, respectively. The Spotlight Award went to Kristy Battles for the exceptional value, service and positive attitude she brings to all three CFG companies.
Guests and partners that were recognized for their contributions to Cheney Financial Group were Kim Traina, of Jumpstart Creative; Mike Dorr and his wife Jamie, of Burgess Computers; Tori Doucette with Acadia Lending; and Skip Lemar, CFG Facilties Manager. Names of guests were drawn to receive envelopes from the famous “Wall of Cash,” door prizes and gift baskets.
The 1812 Farm provided delicious hors d’ouevres and an exceptional full course dinner. The lively evening was capped with a contest where each table was provided a box containing hardhats for all, a foreman vest, a box of spaghetti, a bag of marshmallows and masking tape. Each team was challenged to build a structure utilizing those three materials, with the highest, free standing structure, winning. At the end of the alloted time, amongst alot of laughter and creative strategies, the winning table at 49 inches was led by Bill Byrnes.
Ecumenical Food Pantry was the recipient of the many non-perishable food items donated that evening.