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Lewer Supports Bishop Sullivan Center’s Adopt-A-Family Effort

The annual Lewer Charitable Fund Adopt-A-Family fundraiser resulted in a $1,251 collection of gifts and necessities for Lewer’s family adopted through the Bishop Sullivan Center of Kansas City.

adopt a family

The successful fundraiser orchestrated by LewerMark regional director Erin Bennett included a potluck luncheon hosted by the executive team, raffles and a holiday Ugly Sweater Contest. One highlight this year was the KC Gift Basket raffle made possible by area businesses: Print Graphics, J. Reiger & Co., Raygun’s, Q39, Guys, Amigoni, Gates, PT’s, KC Bier, Bread & Butter Concepts and Velvet Crème.

A customer service representative, Chanze Chaput, who joined the Lewer Santa Squad for the first time this year isn’t ready to give up his elf suit. “I had gotten to know the family somewhat well before we delivered the gifts because I’d been in contact with the mother,” said Chaput, who translated for the family. “It’s a rewarding experience, especially this time of year because times are very hard for many families and single individuals, and on top of helping others we’re able to recall how fortunate we are and to not take the simplest necessities for granted.” (224)

Lewer Moves Forward with SelectQuote, an Exclusive Medicare Resource

On October 22, 2015, Lewer announced that it is moving forward with SelectQuote (SQ) as the company’s exclusive Medicare resource. According to project manager Tom Kohl, Director of Small Business Development at Lewer, this plan enhancement offers immediate opportunities for clients who are 65 years old, or will be by the end of 2015.

“We will be contacting these clients during open enrollment which ends December 7, 2015,” said Kohl, who also advised that SQ has created a private online resource and a dedicated 800 number for Lewer clients to enroll in or make changes to their Medicare supplement coverage. Each client that enrolls in the service will also be assigned a lifetime agent at SQ that they can work with as needed. SQ is not an online enrollment portal. Enrollments are done telephonically. The portal is simply an added resource for agents and clients.

“With SQ being a local company based in Leawood, Kansas, we’ve had the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with their team,” said Kohl. “SQ also has other insurance offerings including Term Life, Auto and Home products that we’re excited to explore as we move forward.”

For anyone interested in exploring Medicare coverage options, we invite you to visit www.lewer.sqbenefits.com or call 1-800-821-7715 to speak with a licensed advisor. (293)

Mike Dlugolecki Marks 40 Years at Lewer

Mike Dlugolecki, 440 years

The Lewer Companies are pleased to honor Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Dlugolecki for marking his 40th anniversary with the company. Dlugolecki, originally from upstate New York, was recruited as a Lewer sales representative on November 15, 1975 to serve the company’s feed and seed markets in Nebraska.

Now, a longtime fixture at the Lewer companies, his personal stamp has been on a number of corporate developments through the years. In addition, he has won numerous awards, especially when he was directly involved in frontline sales.

Career highlights include getting the approval for the 7-Eleven account 30 years ago. In addition to his ability to build and maintain strong relationships within the industry, his team has relied on him to be a “wingman” during some challenging times and through a myriad of legislation and other changes the companies have had to navigate during his tenure with the company.

It was Dlugolecki’s immediate success in sales that led to a promotion and a move to Lewer headquarters on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City in 1977, where he served as a National Account Manager. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Marketing in 1981 and has served the companies as Senior Vice President and General Manager for over a decade.

Dlugolecki is a member of the Lewer Life Insurance Company’s Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Board of Directors. (329)

Senior VP, Finance and IT Appointed at Lewer

Scott Mylin, Lewer Agency

The Lewer Companies are pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Mylin to the position of Senior Vice President, Financial and IT, effective December 1, 2015. Prior to this appointment, Mylin had been serving the companies as Senior Vice President, Finance, a position he has held since joining Lewer on August 20, 2014.

Mylin has 25 years of broad based experience including public accounting and an internal audit background with premier business-to-business providers of products, services, and equipment.

In his new position, he will remain responsible for the financial management and reporting for all Lewer companies, including Lewer Financial Services L.P., Lewer Properties L.P., Lewer Life Insurance Company, The Lewer Agency, Inc., Lewer Canada Ltd., Lewer Financial Advisors LLC, and Lewer Life Insurance Company. He is also now managing Information Technology for the Lewer companies.

Prior to joining Lewer, Mylin worked as a CFO for Ascension Collegiate Solutions in Overland Park, Kansas. He also worked as an Assistant Vice President of Internal Reporting and Control for Kansas City Southern, and as Vice President of Finance with DST Output in Kansas City, where he managed 60 direct reports across multiple locations with an operating budget of $5M.

“My goal is to enhance what the IT department has done over the years and position the department to lead the company through Technology,” Mylin commented after the announcement of his promotion. “I am looking forward to working with our current teams to further integrate the Information Technology department with Finance and the Company.” (324)

Lewer Supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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.

LLS Light the Night Walk

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. (232)

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