Dear Team Bender –

Happy Founder’s Day “week”!

For those of you new to Warren G. Bender Co. let me elaborate.
Warren and Gladys Bender were married on January 29th, 1936. And to make matters more convenient for the Bender Kids in the years to come, (a bit of humor here) they exchanged vows on THEIR birthdays. That’s right…they were both born on the same day! We therefore, some years ago, decided it apropos to recognize January 29th as Founder’s Day at Warren G. Bender Co.

One thing that is constant in our lives (it was true then as now) is change. And you can choose to be changed or make the most of the change by identifying opportunities and having the courage to act. Two years after their marriage, in 1938, with war brewing in Northern Europe, Warren, age 23 had a secure position accounting for a Buick dealership in Chico (supporting his wife and two daughters and their Chico rental). But when a traveling AAA insurance rep stopped by the dealership on a number of occasions encouraging Warren to pursue a career in, yes, insurance, he had the confidence in himself and the support of Gladys, to “change”. And over his 49 years in our industry he “stayed the course”, building friendships, strategic relationships, and contributing to his community and professional association.

Now, nearly 78 years later, our global economy, along with ever changing technology, WGBCO is confident about its future as a leading INDEPENDENT insurance brokerage. And we too will, as Warren did, stay the course of “providing protection, superior service and education” for our fine clients now and for their futures.

So on this “Founder’s Day” let us take time on Friday, to pause and be proud of our accomplishments as individuals and as a family business. We, at WGBCO, are good people, doing good things, benefiting others, every day, I assure you. As your proud co-worker, teammate and CEO, I invite you to believe that this day is clearly not just another day, but a day to enjoy our past, recognize the strength of our foundations and enjoy the excitement of our futures together.

All my thanks. SB