February Leadership Update


We discussed the kick off to the "Single System" project. Our goal is to have every department, save QP, all working from one system (CL, PL, EB, Producers, Accounting, Life). Qualified Plans (401k) will remain outside of the system to ensure their client data, which is highly regulated by the SEC, is outside of our system and domain. That said, we do plan to track which clients are 401(k) clients, so we can run better reporting and find cross-sell opportunities from this single system.

This initiative marks a significant step in our long term commitment to enhancing our operational efficiency and ensuring we have the best tools in place to support our work.

Over the next two months, we will be conducting an in-depth comparison of the systems offered by two leading companies in our industry: Vertafore and Applied. Our aim is to perform an "apples to apples" comparison of these platforms. This is a comprehensive evaluation to determine which system best meets the needs of our entire company.

The outcome of this project will play a crucial role in shaping our long-term operational capabilities and, ultimately, our success.


We reviewed a draft of our 10-year vision and the 2024 initiatives that were provided by managers and teams. Thanks for everyone who has shared ideas! We will be sharing the final copy of the document at our February 29 State of CG meeting.


We believe recognition is important to motivating individuals and rewarding our team for work well done. We talked about ways we could increase recognition across the company. We brainstormed ideas and decided to continue the conversation in the next month. 

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Kristina Schmitz

Kristina received a renewal quote for one of our clients late Friday afternoon of Easter weekend. The proposal was scheduled for Monday morning at 9 am, and I needed the proposal by 8 am. She said she would get it done and with no complaints she had it sent over to me completed at 11 pm on Easter Sunday. This is not the first time she has gone ahead and done something like this. She is willing to do whatever it takes to serve our clients, and is a tremendous asset to CG. We are lucky to have her!

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Bemidji First City Lions

Bemidji First City Lions is a Charter Club of Lions International whose goal and purpose is to generate awareness and raise money for causes and diseases including but not limited to Vision & Hearing Loss, Environment, Hunger, Diabetes and Childhood Cancer.

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MLK Jr Day of Service Highlights

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the 3rd annual MLK Jr. Day of Service. On that day, 118 individuals dedicated their time to serving, and we are grateful for the 74 participants who took the time to complete the post-event survey. The feedback received indicates that we indeed made a positive impact on our community. Today, we will release a video and social media post summarizing our community contributions.

Additionally, we're excited to announce the winners of our CG Connect photo sharing contest. Congratulations to Heather Joerg, Jenn Wendorff, Christine Andrews, Kelli Kaup, and Molly Bell. Each of you will be rewarded with a $20 CG Store credit.

Your valuable feedback from the post-event survey has provided insights into the charities you support and the ways you prefer to give back. We are inspired by your responses and will incorporate your ideas and suggestions into our future plans for MLK Jr Day and other charitable endeavors. We are sharing the survey results on "What impact did you make on the community today?" below because the outcomes are too significant not to be shared.

What impact did you make on the community today?

  • Packed 80 snack bags for The Open-Door Pantry in Eagan.
  • My 5-year-old daughter and I made 10 greeting cards for recipients of Meals on Wheels via the Greater Twin Cities United Way.
  • My friend and I brought old towels, blankets, dog, and cat food to the local SPCA / Humane society. In addition, last week I donated scarves that I knitted to Street Warriors, a group that provides clothes, food, and assistance to the homeless.
  • 33,000 meals packed - feeds 90 children for a year.
  • A group of us were able to make ~4-6 blankets for those in the community to stay warm in the winter months.
  • We packed 153 Boxes of food which is 33,048 meals.
  • Helped pack 153 boxes which feeds 90 kids for a year!
  • Put together 80 snack packs for school kids for The Open Door (Eagan, MN).
  • The bags packed for the INDY foundation will hopefully give a little light during a difficult time.
  • Made blankets to donate to the Monticello Cancer Center.
  • Our family packed boxes of food for families. We spent time at the Monticello Help Center for two hours, with the Craigs, and packed many boxes for our local community.
  • Our family purchased and packed 80 lunch packs for kids in need in our local community.
  • My wife and I also made 2 tie blankets to be donated.
  • We donated tie blankets to Ivy House in New Ulm. Ivy House is a 24/7 crisis nursery that provides care to children whose families are in crisis or stressful situations. Kids will be able to use the blankets during their stay or bring them home once they leave. We were able to tour of the home and learn more about the program. They shared some great information and amazing stories. We felt very fortunate to be able to help such an impactful organization.
  • Made two tie blankets.
  • We packed over 100 boxes of food for local families at the Monticello Help Center
  • The entire shift produced 153 boxes of meals. I believe it was enough for 90 children for the year.
  • Not our local community, but at the Coon Rapids FMSC location meals packed will feed 90 children one meal a day for one year.
  • I provided 3 warm blankets to those in need.
  • Packing bags for children battling cancer really got me today. Packing these bags is the least I can do to help a young child get through the worst days.
  • Packed 1000 Cancer Warrior bags to help children as they go thru their cancer battle.
  • We participated in 3 projects. 1) Made over 50 meals for homeless youth through TheLink MN. 2) Created 30 hygiene kits to be donated to the homeless and mobility unit of Minneapolis Schools and 3) tie blanket for CG
  • We made Valentine cards with candy gift bags for 20 isolated seniors in the community. These will be delivered to ACCAP (Anoka County Community Action Program) to handout to the isolated seniors enrolled in their kinship program.
  • I feel like my personal impact was minimal, and I wish that I could have done more! With this being my first year for the day of service, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
  • Worked on projects for our school.
  • It felt good to know we helped starving children. They show videos of our impact and tell you which country you are helping that day. It is a very good feeling!
  • We fed 90 Kids for a year!
  • I'm hopeful that our blankets provide comfort either to a child in need or an adult that is going through a tough time (such as a tough medical diagnosis) or needing to find source of warmth.
  • Worked with an Assistance Dog in-training. Someone will be able to be helped in the future by the work of Can-Do Canines and their volunteers.
  • Anything that is volunteered is making someone's heart smile.
  • I made 1 Tie Blanket
  • I donated handmade fleece blankets, food, and supplies to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
  • Our table packed 24 boxes and the entire facility packed 156 boxes.
  • I would like to think that making laundry pod bags and shopping for needed items at the food shelf will help people in need. We also gathered several bags of dog and cat food to donate to the pet food shelf.
  • We packed 33,048 meals in our short time at FMSC!! This will feed 90 children for a year! It's a HUGE impact on a lot of lives. It is an incredible feeling to know that we are helping so many starving people around the world. The crazy part is.... we only gave up about 2 hours of our own time to make such a meaningful impact.
  • Made greeting cards for hospitalized children.
  • We made meals for Haiti at FMSC.
  • We, along with the other volunteers, made enough meals to feed 90 children (I believe was the number).  Although this does not feed our local population, the positive impact is the local community coming together by sharing their time/resources to do good works and lifting fellow humans across the world.
  • I am proud to support the important work Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery provides to our community.  By serving as a trusted resource for families in crisis, in addition to other services, they provide care for children for up to three nights, to allow families time to address their crisis. Crisis Nursery has a "wish list" of items needed so that while children are in their care, all the "essentials" needed are provided for children/families free of charge.  I helped to support the organization by purchasing some of those "wish list" essential items and delivered to their center.
  • We packed over 20 snack bags for United Way/Chicago
  • Donated dog, puppy and cat food to our local animal shelter and spent time with the animals.
  • I volunteered with Community Table. They provide free meals to members of the community 4 nights a week. I helped to serve and clean up. I met a couple that has been married over 44 years and they have been running the meals at Mt. Zion Church since the 90's. Their commitment to the program is inspirational.
  • I feel the kids know each year this is kind of do on MLK day. Maybe next time I will do something different, but this became sort of a tradition. They always ask are we making tie blankets?
  • The New Ulm Office made tie blankets for The Ivy House, which is a crisis nursery located in New Ulm. When we delivered them, they gave us a tour and told us what they do, and it was so amazing! The Ivy House in New Ulm does so much for the kids/families in our community and local areas. They are incredible and we were so excited to donate the tie blankets to them!
  • I look forward to the impact the cozy blankets will have on members of our community! They will feel wrapped in love!
  • Helped make blankets for community members.
  • By making a tie blanket we will bring warmth to someone in need. My children and I made it together and read about the story of MLK. It was a day of learning and service.
  • I donated blood and then went to pack food. We packed 136 boxes which turns into 29,376 meals and will feed 80 kids for a year in Haiti.
  • We packed 136 boxes/29,376 meals/fed 80 kids a daily meal for a year.
  • We packed over 33,000 meals during our session at FMSC.
  • We helped pack 136 boxes, feeding 80 kids a daily meal for a year.
  • You could just go buy blankets and donate them, but I think taking time to make tie blankets feels more meaningful, and hopefully the people that receive them will special that people took time to make them something, rather than just buying it.
  • 80 kids fed for 1 year in Haiti.
  • We made 6 blankets with 4 more on the way (the shipping was delayed due to weather) - We are planning on donating these to Drumm Farms once we have them all completed.
  • Packing warrior bags for the Indy Foundation
  • Made tie blankets and donated towels to the humane society.
  • The Warrior Bags were not only an awesome way to give back to the community, but a great team building activity. We don't do many outsides of work activities that allow time to converse outside of work. This allowed everyone to bring their kids to help and enjoy each other’s time outside of work doing something for the community.
  • We made 5 tie blankets and donated them to the Ivy House which is a crisis "nursey" in New Ulm. Upon dropping them off, we were able to meet some of the staff who took us on a tour of the home. During the tour we learned about the many services and support they offer not only in New Ulm but in many surrounding communities (even the Twin Cities!) When kids come to Ivy House, they are provided with their own clothing, shoes, toiletries, and blankets, all of which they are allowed to take home. The staff explained that something as simple as a brand-new blanket means the world to these kids. Some of them have never had anything new of their own. Knowing that what we made will provide a child with something this special is a feeling I will cherish forever. The connection we made with Ivy House through this donation was incredible. We plan to make a point to find ways to support them in the future.
  • Our group packed 156 boxes at FMSC - our table alone packed 24 boxes! It was a great experience and I'm so happy we were able to pause from work for a day to give back in the community.
  • So far, $250 raised for Second Harvest - local food shelf = 2,500 meals (with approved CG match, 5,000 meals)
  • It so sad to see the Homeless Encampments around the Cities. I hope these blankets bring some comfort to those who will receive them.
  • Helped with tie blankets.
  • As a team, we made a variety of tie blankets that are going to be donated to those who will benefit from them most. Whether they go to hospitals, homeless shelters, animal shelters or anywhere in between, our tie blankets will help bring warmth to recipients near and far.
  • Made tie blankets for children and sending those blankets to local charities.
  • Helped to provide a small amount of entertainment to kids and families that are dealing with cancer in their family.
  • Glad we were able to participate in some positive way in our community.
  • I have heard food shelters are needing donations and food; it felt good to visit with the volunteers and I have planned to help in the future.
  • Donating gifts to the Monticello Giving Tree and reading the heartwarming responses from the students’ lives that were touched.
  • I feel the tie blankets will keep someone warm when needed.


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