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Dottie Chalmers-Cutter

  • VP of Operations, Chalmers Insurance Group
  • Bridgton, Maine
  • Dottie2

Project InVEST has been instrumental at my 4th generation family-owned and operated independent insurance agency with locations in Maine and New Hampshire. Five of my co-workers completed the InVEST program and remain working for my agency today – as Personal Lines and Commercial Lines Account Managers and in Agency Management positions.

InVEST is a great way to educate young students about the importance of insurance, explain the types of insurance most likely to impact them right out of high school, as well as the numerous career opportunities that exist. We are an aging population, nationally, the average age of an insurance agent is 55 – in the past five years, the average age of my workforce has lowered from 55 to 48, and trending downwards due to our hyper-focused attention on our InVEST volunteer efforts, recruitment, and young talent development.

As a Project InVEST Volunteer, I am able to give back to my community through providing insurance education to high school and college students – who will become future insurance consumers – so they make better buying decisions. I'm also hopeful that my volunteer efforts will attract a younger talent pool and raise the profile of an industry that offers immense opportunity.