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JUNE 2018
Hillier Recognized For
MARQUETTE — Jay Hillier, certi- fied insurance counselor at VAST in Marquette, was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, a leading national insurance profession- al organization.
Hillier was awarded a certificate marking more than 15 years of partic- ipation as a designated CIC, which requires annual completion of advanced education and training, according to a press release from VAST.
Hillier’s ongoing allegiance and sup- port of the CIC program is a testa- ment to the value he places on “real world” education and customer satis- faction, the release states.
“Your clients, associates, and the insurance profession as a whole will benefit from such dedication and leadership,” Dr. William T. Hold, president of the CIC society, said in the release.
VAST was founded in 1885 and is a leader in business, personal and bene- fits insurance needs. VAST partners with its clients to provide protection and security through strategic think- ing and risk management solutions.
CoVantage Honored
CoVantage Credit Union has been honored with a nationally acclaimed Diamond Award. The award was pre- sented by the Credit Union National Association Marketing & Business Development Council, a national net- work comprised of over 1,300 credit union professionals. CoVantage won in the Financial Literacy category for its entry FITMoney, a financial litera- cy training series designed to teach basic financial concepts in a small or large group format. The FITMoney Program is free for organizations and businesses who want to provide finan- cial wellness resources. For more information, call 715-627-4336. FITMoney was developed by a team of CoVantage staff.
Thompson Represents
Hiawatha Chef Supply At
Excell 2018 Conference
Tracy Thompson, owner of Hiawatha Chef Supply of Escanaba and Appleton, is among nearly 450 who attended Excell Marketing & Procurement Group’s 2018 Annual Conference last month in Tucson, Arizona.
The Wild West-themed conference attracted representatives of 119 deal- erships and 125 manufacturers to the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa April 10-14. Thompson met with individuals from each of the manufacturers exhibiting at the event, and went to Excell’s annual dealer meeting. He also competed in the cor-
responding Cooking Up Better Lives ( charity golf tournament on the cham- pionship courses at the resort’s Starr Pass Golf Club.
Hiawatha Chef Supply has been a member of the Denver, Colorado- based Excell Marketing & Procurement Group since 2005. The company is a three-time winner of the organization’s Excellerator sales awards—taking trophies in 2011, 2015 and 2017—and a winner of its Excellathon 2016-2017 dealer pur- chasing promotion. Its purchase vol- ume puts Hiawatha in the top half of the leading North American foodser- vice equipment supply dealers enrolled in Excell.
Next year’s Excell Annual Conference will be held April 9-13 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.
Hiawatha Chef Supply, Inc. is a food- service and janitorial equipment and supplies distributorship founded in Escanaba, Michigan, in 1955. It now has stores in both Escanaba and Appleton, Wisconsin, and can be found on the Internet at The compa- ny is a member of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association, Excell Marketing & Procurement Group, ISSA: The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association,
and the Tavern League of Wisconsin. Excell is the nation’s leading foodser- vice equipment and supplies dealer
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Tegge Honored By
MARQUETTE — Rich Tegge, an independent financial adviser affiliat- ed with Commonwealth Financial Network and president of Wealth Strategy Group in Marquette, has achieved Commonwealth Business Experience status for 2017.
This distinction recognizes success based on a ranking of annual produc- tion among Commonwealth’s net- work of 1,710 financial advisers, according to a news release.
“We are pleased to recognize Rich Tegge for achieving Business Experience status,” said Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth. “Attaining this level of success is a tes- tament to Rich’s steadfast commit- ment to doing right by his clients and to his drive to provide independent, objective advice. Rich is well regarded within the industry and highly valued within the Commonwealth commu- nity, and we look forward to his con- ference participation.”
Meijer Donates To CDL
Truck Driving Program
MARQUETTE - Meijer donated two reconditioned semi-trucks and trailers to NMU’s new CDL Truck Driving Program.
“Meijer strives to be a good neighbor throughout the communities we serve, and are pleased our retired vehi- cles will be put to good use by Northern Michigan University stu- dents learning a very important skill,” Marquette Meijer Store Director John Spaulding said.
“This is an extraordinary gift that will hep launch an educational pro- gram to meet high industry demand,” NMU President Fritz Erickson said. “We thank Meijer for this investment, and for its faith in Northern to train the highest-quality CDL drivers for Meijer and other companies through- out the region.”
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