Through the years, Lewer has participated in charitable works within its community. It has also come to the aid of natural disaster victims throughout the world. Nearly a decade ago, the company developed the Lewer Charitable Fund (LCF) which created a consistency in giving and enabled employees to select and support their own causes. The LCF has now been expanded to support the Mid-America Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through the new Lewer Corporate Outreach Program (LCOP), a new arm, or “helping hand,” of the LCF.
The Lewer team’s participation in Light The Night Walk fundraiser in September helped fund life-saving research and support for people battling cancer.
According to the LLS website, friends, families, and co-workers help by donating money at selected retail locations. These efforts culminate in three inspirational, memorable evening walks – in Wichita, Kansas, Overland Park, Kansas, and Lawrence, Kansas each year – during which participants carry illuminated lanterns: white for survivors, red in support and gold in memory of a lost loved one.
Lewer raised over $1,000 for LLS. Though the walk in Overland Park was rained out this year, the team looks forward to supporting the cause again next year. (121)
The Lewer Agency, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Canadian affiliate, Lewer Canada, Ltd., has turned 40! The launching of Lewer Canada was the first large scale, international project orchestrated by the father-son team of D. C. “Chuck” Lewer, the founder of the Lewer companies, and his son, Mike Lewer, who currently leads both operations as President.
Lewer’s company in Canada was created in late 1973 after D. C. Lewer received a phone call at his Kansas City, Missouri-based office from the General Manager of Marketing at Husky Oil Company, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. “The caller explained that he was in the U.S. visiting Husky’s office in Denver,” recalled Lewer. “He told me he was familiar with the Lewer program and what we did for another petroleum company client in the Rocky Mountain region. He wanted us to do the same thing for Husky. He wanted to know how quickly I could arrange a meeting with him. I told him I’d see him in Denver the next day.”
On January 7, 1974, the very first Lewer presence in Canada, Lewer-Rimmer Associates Limited, filed an application for incorporation. Peter Rimmer, a business associate of D. C. Lewer’s from South Africa, assisted with the development of Lewer’s original Canadian company. “We got into the field and had excellent participation,” D. C. Lewer recalled.
In 1978, Lewer U.S. won the Yamaha Motor Corporation USA and the Hallmark Marketing Corporation accounts, nearly simultaneously, which redirected D. C. Lewer’s attention closer to home. Mike Lewer moved to Canada to set-up the company’s Calgary-based office in 1978. Lewer was experiencing an abundance of new endorsements in the U.S. and Canada as word spread about the company’s unique employee benefits programs.
“The name of the company in Canada was changed to The Lewer Insurance Agency Limited in 1975,” said Mike Lewer. “In 1982, we moved our headquarters to a new office in Mississauga, Ontario. René Sainte-Marie then joined our team, in 1984, and has since been very instrumental in the growth of the company in Canada.
Fueled by the Husky account launch and much hard work, Lewer Canada continued to grow and prosper. New accounts included Mohawk Oil Company Ltd., Petro-Canada, Ultramar Canada Inc., and Shell Canada. By the early 1980s, the company was welcoming endorsements from Firestone Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd., Goodyear Canada, Inc., Mac’s Convenience Stores, and Uni-Select.
“In the last 40 years, Lewer has developed a strong understanding of how regulations create new opportunities. We always adapted – moving into the employee benefits field,” said Mike Lewer. “Reinventing ourselves has always been part of our DNA, both in Canada and in the United States. On this 40th anniversary, we are thankful for all those who played a role in our success. It’s been an incredible four decades.” (125)
The Lewer Companies are pleased to announce the addition of Joe Valentine to the team, effective August 20, 2015. Valentine, in his Marketing Director role, is charged with integrating the digital and print efforts of all the Lewer brands.
Lewer’s new Marketing Director received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Louis University, where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He went on to DePaul University, where he received a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing.
Following his graduation, he went to work as a copywriter for Goedeker’s in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Chicago in 2012, where he was raised, and worked as a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist for eTechnologies Inc.. He also worked as a Social Strategist for Sync360, Inc., a large advertising agency in Chicago, and as a Content Marketing Manager at TMP Worldwide, also in Chicago.
Valentine felt he was a good fit for the position at Lewer because of his desire to work for a smaller company and because he is a strategist. “I see the big picture and work hard to gain a deep understanding of the brands I work with, from values and voice to business objectives and media plan,” he said. “I study target audiences, so I am confident in my ability to collaborate with a team to executive measurable integrated digital and traditional marketing campaigns to meet those needs.”
Valentine says his goal as Lewer’s new Marketing Director is to “grow the Lewer brand to help gain recognition and share in new spaces.” (356)
Lewer Canada is pleased to announce that Customer Service Representative Andrée Gauthier will mark her 15th anniversary with the company on September 28, 2015.
Gauthier’s job responsibilities include providing service to clients in all matters regarding billings and claims and, most recently, the implementation of e-services. She also assists in the preparation of sales proposals to clients and supports the marketing environment at Lewer Canada.
“I like being part of a team and I enjoy the variety of the tasks that I perform and providing customer service to our clients,” said Gauthier. “I also enjoy our office atmosphere and the respectful environment which we work.”
Lewer Canada was recently included in the Employee Anniversary Program at Lewer. As a result, Andrée will receive a $150 bonus – $10 for each year of service – in appreciation of her hard work and customer service. (289)
The Lewer Companies is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert Stompoly to the position of Vice President, effective September 1, 2015. Robert has served the companies as General Counsel, a position he’s performed in an exemplary manner since joining the team in August 2007.
Prior to joining Lewer eight years ago, Stompoly served as General Counsel and Vice President of Product Development for Selling LTC.com, LLC, a Georgia-based company that supports long-term care insurance sales. Prior to assuming his role at Selling LTC.com, Stompoly spent five years with Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company in Kansas City, Missouri, supporting Transamerica’s national worksite long-term care insurance sales efforts in terms of sales and product training, regulatory compliance, product development, marketing materials, and the administration of a class action lawsuit settlement.
Throughout his career, Stompoly has served as an insurance industry consultant business interests for various long-term care insurance sales organizations and in the development and promotion of innovative business practices, and as an editor and ghost writer for insurance carriers including Prudential and MetLife. At the time of his hiring at Lewer, he commented that what he loved about his positions in the insurance industry was the variety of responsibilities. “Every day brings something new and challenging,” he said.
Stompoly received a BA in English, with a minor in Administration of Justice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1990 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the university’s School of Law in 1993. That year, he founded Stompoly Law Offices in Kansas City, specializing in domestic law, estate planning, municipal law, and personal injury law.
Following news of his promotion, Stompoly commented that he hasn’t just enjoyed the challenges, he has enjoyed being a part of the team. “I’m just grateful for the opportunities that working at The Lewer Companies has provided me – both in terms of professional development as well as everyday camaraderie,” he said. (288)