Liana Price, our Personal Insurance Manager, is celebrating 25 years with Colley Insurance today!
I am a little surprised by the emotions I am feeling as a result of this incredible milestone.
It might be because it was me who hired Liana as a Customer Service Broker when I was only 25 years old and we have worked closely together ever since. It has also got me thinking about everyone that I have worked with over the years and in most cases continue to work with. Colley Insurance has 19 employees who have been part of our team ranging from a few months to 34 years but the amazing number is that on average they have been with us for 17 years! After that amount of time spent together you become more than just co-workers. We all shared a lot of happy memories and have supported each other through difficult times.
When it seems that keeping someone for more than just a few years is a huge accomplishment I am proud that together we have built an environment where we work hard, strive to continually improve and adapt to the ever changing needs of our customers and industry, and managed to have a lot of fun and make more than a few friendships along the way.
This year also marks another important milestone for Colley Insurance. It was 80 years ago that Tom Colley first opened the doors of T. G. Colley & Sons Limited. My father Peter owned and grew the brokerage for more than 40 years and mentored my brother Brock and I along the way. Brock started in the business 30 years ago. I joined a few years later and we have now worked side-by-side for 27 years.
We have had our successes and definitely more than a few challenges over the past 80 years. If you are part of a family business or in a business where you feel like part of a family I would love to hear from you. I am sure there are a lot of great stories we could share.
Congratulations Liana and thank you for sharing 25 fantastic years with us.