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December 1, 2017
Thursday evening, exactly 30 years since the starting day of his Parker, Smith & Feek tenure, the employees and retirees of Parker, Smith & Feek, along with Greg’s family, celebrated the career and retirement of Greg Collins. Greg began his insurance career in 1977 and joined Parker, Smith & Feek in 1987. He served as Parker, Smith & Feek’s President and CEO from 2005-2017.
Greg leaves a legacy that is best described by his continual focus on the needs of our clients and cultivation of a growth mindset in the company to build a culture in being different by choice. Greg has truly fostered an organization where integrity matters, and client needs and rewarding careers for all team members are paramount objectives of the organization.
What makes Greg a legend with our company is not only his accomplishments and contributions, but the very core of who he is.
Greg began his Parker, Smith & Feek career as a loss control specialist, and over the years founded our Environmental Practice Group, working with the firm’s larger clients on environmental liability. He earned the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM) professional designations. Greg is also a past Chair of Assurex Global, an international corporation of privately held insurance brokers, and currently a Director of Cornerstone Advisors, a Bellevue, Washington-based investment management company. He is active in a number of community organizations, serving on the boards of Overlake Hospital and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
What makes Greg a legend with our company is not only his accomplishments and contributions, but the very core of who he is. He is conscious of appreciating what comes to him and, whether tackling challenges or growing and expanding the company, he has a way of leading with excitement.
If Greg Collins has taught us one thing, it’s this: life is a precious thing, meant to be appreciated, and if you put passion and love into everything you do, you will set a high standard that will make everyone around you rise up. In Greg’s words, “There isn’t a better way to end your career.”
In retirement Greg is looking forward to spending time fly-fishing on the Methow river with the biggest catch of his life, his wife Kelly, at their cabin in Central Washington.