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Fundraising Continues for Leukemia & Lymphoma Campaign

Through the years, Lewer has participated in a number of local and regional charity events. It has also come to the aid of natural disaster victims throughout the world.LLS Cookout

One decade ago, the company developed the Lewer Charitable Fund (LCF) which created a consistency in giving and enabled employees to select and support their personal causes.

In 2015, the LCF was expanded to support the Mid-America Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through the Lewer Corporate Outreach Program (LCOP), a new arm, or “helping hand,” of the LCF.

Lewer’s participation in the annual Light The Night Walk fundraisers result in thousands of dollars that are used to help fund life-saving research and support. The annual fundraising effort at Lewer is coordinated by HR Manager Sue Steiner, who launched this year’s program with a Kansas City Royals Cookout on Lewer Deck last month. Other fundraising activities are on the calendar.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. Friends, families, and co-workers form fundraising walk teams and millions of consumers help by donating at our retail partners. These efforts culminate in three inspirational, memorable evening walks where participants carry illuminated lanterns: white for survivors, red in support and gold in memory of a lost loved one.

The 2016 Light The Night Walks will be held in September. Click here for information regarding dates and locations. (33)

Lewer Conducts Lunch & Learn Programs for BP Amoco Marketers Association

In a continuation of a string of recent meetings conducted in partnership with BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA), Lewer met with BPAMA Executive Director Jack Allard and association members in Savannah, Georgia, April 19, 2016.Lunch and Learn

“The primary purpose for these meetings is to provide association members even more value when it comes to BPAMA membership,” said Lewer Vice President John Owens. “The meetings are devoted to services provided by vendor partners. The Lewer Benefits Group talked to marketers about employee benefits and strategies to boost key employee retention. We also talked about the pressures of Affordable Care Act compliance.” (38)

‘Make Your Mark’ Scholarship Contest Renewed for 11th Year

The Lewer Agency, Inc. has announced that it will renew its LewerMark “Make Your Mark” Scholarship Contest for 2016. The popular program rewards international students sponsored by a school enrolled in any of the agency’s LewerMark programs.

Student entrants – both inbound and study abroad students – are challenged to submit a 500-word essay that answers the question: “How will an international education help me make a difference in the world?”

Again, three scholarships will be awarded to the winners. The first place award is $1,250, the second place award is $1,000, and the third place award is $750.

Anyone employed by a school is welcome to nominate a student for this honor, including counselors and admissions personnel. Application and student essays must be submitted to The Lewer Agency no later than March 1, 2016.

Applicants have the option to submit their information via mail and, now, online. The winners must be attending school after the award is granted in order to receive the scholarship proceeds for the next school year.

An application and details are posted at www.lewermark.com.
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LewerMark Team Adds Account Manager

The Lewer Agency is pleased to announce the promotion of Chanze Chaput to the position of LewerMark account manager, effective February 8, 2016. Chaput has worked with students as a customer service coordinator since joining the company less than a year ago, in February 2015.
Chanze Chaput
After graduating from Truman High School in Independence, Missouri, Chaput studied Opera Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also studied International Business and Modern Languages at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Prior to joining Lewer, he worked as a flight attendant for Republic Airlines.

“I joined Lewer because I speak three languages and keep in contact with international friends from school,” he said. “As a flight attendant, I had contact with people from all parts of the world. I love trying to see the world through their eyes, and hopefully learn a thing or two in the process.”

Chaput was the company’s 2015 “Rookie of the Year” award winner.

“In customer service, you’re on the front lines interacting with students who have questions about their policy or with providers answering billing questions,” Chaput commented after his recent promotion. “As an account manager, it is more of what our students don’t see.”

Adding Chaput to the LewerMark team was a natural development, according to LewerMark vice president Jeff Crawford. “He brings many attributes and strengths to the department,” said Crawford. “He has a career history in customer service, knows LewerMark customers and has an existing knowledge of the policy and various challenges that students and advisors have to deal with on a daily basis. We look forward to Chanze being an important part of the team.”
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Lewer is now a 3-Generation Company

The Lewer Companies are pleased to announce the appointment of Nik Lewer, CEBS, GPHR to the position of Vice President, Lewer U.S. and Lewer Canada, effective Feb. 8, 2016. Lewer is the first third generation family member to join the company at an executive level. He is the son of President Mike Lewer and the grandson of D. C. “Chuck” Lewer, the founder of The Lewer Agency, Inc., which will celebrate 60 years in business this fall.

“Nik” Lewer was hired after a successful 8-year career in Global Benefits Management at the Kansas City-based Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firm.

After graduating from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City in 2004, he attended the University of Portland where he earned dual degrees in Global Business and Spanish. While attending the University of Portland, he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and studied abroad in Spain, Australia and Singapore.
Nik Lewer
Lewer’s career at Lockton began as a summer intern in 2007. He joined the team full-time as a Global Benefits account manager in 2008 and worked his way up to the position of Assistant Vice President – Consultant, Global Benefits Practice.

During his tenure at Lockton, he collaborated with over 300 clients helping them globally expand and manage their benefit programs all over the world. He also served as a liaison to Lockton’s Mexico City operations, managing placements, renewals and translations for Lockton’s US based multinational clients with operations in Mexico.

Lewer’s expertise led to a number of speaking engagements, including presenting a Going Global in the Middle East report at the 2013 Global Healthcare Congress. In January that year, he shared his knowledge of business travel risks and how employers can protect employees traveling worldwide during a video interview with Business Insurance.

For the past eight years Lewer has been involved with the United Way organization and has served as a campaign co-chair. He has coached 5th through 8th grade lacrosse teams since 2008.

Lewer speaks English and Spanish fluently and is licensed to sell Life, Accident & Health products. He has earned Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification, is a Fellow of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) organization, and he is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

The company’s new vice president has served on the Board of Directors of Lewer Life Insurance Company since 2012, and the Board of Directors for Lewer Canada since 2014.

Lewer says that as a child he enjoyed going to work with his dad on weekends and was especially fascinated by the classic book collection in his grandfather’s office. “Joining the family company feels like coming home in a lot of ways,” he said. “There are a lot of people still working at the company that I’ve known all my life. It is a great honor to be coming in the business that my grandfather founded in 1956 with little more than his name, ingenuity, charisma, and a drive to succeed and provide for his family.” (397)

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