Toronto, June 11, 2013 - Archway Insurance of Amherst, Nova Scotia, was the proud recipient of the prestigious Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award (FEYA) for 2013 presented by the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) at a well-attended gala dinner held at the Sheraton Toronto Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto on Saturday evening.
Over the past 30 years the Stack family of Amherst, Nova Scotia, built Archway Insurance into one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in Atlantic Canada with expertise in all area of insurance including personal, commercial, group and life. Today, Archway Insurance maintains 9 offices across NS and NB; the Stack family is proud that their family business provides employment to more than 70 people. “Archway Insurance is a true family business success story at an unlikely time in the insurance industry. The Stack family has bucked the trend, growing their business and creating more quality jobs in Atlantic Canada during a period where many businesses with similar roots are selling and closing up shop,” Gina McFetridge, Regional Manager (daughter to Garry & Jane Stack).
FEYA gala attendees were treated to a fascinating presentation on the history of Archway Insurance delivered by founder Garry Stack.
Three generations of the Stack family attended the event including some of the youngest FEYA Award attendees CAFE has ever seen (Lauren 2, Glenn 5, Brady 7 and Eric 8). It was noted throughout the evening that the commitment and dedication to family and business was exemplified in the generations present to celebrate. At one point during his remarks Garry indicated, “we are a very close family, as you can all see…we never wanted the business to get in the way of that closeness, and that’s why we’re making our transition plans early with professional advice.” The gala evening also included presentations from FEYA award finalists Canyon Plumbing & Heating from Calgary, AB and Dempsey Corporation of Toronto, ON.
“Receiving CAFE’s 2013 Family Enterprise of the Year Award is a tremendous honour for our family and our employees, many of which have become like family over the years,” says Archway Insurance President Garry Stack. “We are incredibly proud to be recognized for our achievements in building a company that provides quality careers and professional insurance advice to Maritimers in small communities and cities throughout our region. I would also like to thank CAFE and its members for their continuing support and congratulate the other national finalists, Dempsey Corporation of Toronto, ON and Canyon Plumbing & Heating Ltd. of Calgary, AB.”
“Congratulations to Archway Insurance and the Stack family on receiving CAFE’s FEYA Award for 2013 - clearly, the secret to their success has been their ‘family-ness’ and their focus on maintaining the harmony of the family and giving back to the community as the business grew from humble beginnings in Amherst, NS,” Paul MacDonald, Executive Director of CAFE.
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