The Holiday season is often a time for us to reflect back on the past year, thanking the Lord for our friends and family and remembering those who have gone before us and the legacy they left behind. A few months ago my brother Chris retired after 32 years as a local Nationwide insurance agent. This leaves me to carry on the insurance legacy of the family.

Our grandfather Raymond Armacost Sr was a farmer. Raising his family during the Great Depression was not an easy task. However, his progressive attitude and sales ability made him successful. He even was able to take his family on a vacation to Florida during the 1930’s. My Grandfather could sell anything from lady Bugs, Seeds, Silos and yes, insurance. He sold farm, home and auto insurance written through the Farm Bureau which later became Nationwide.

My Uncle Eldridge took over the insurance sales and grew the business substantially during the 60’s and 70’s. He was a friendly man who could talk to anyone and was a natural born salesman like his father. In 1980 my brother Chris took over the agency and had a successful 32-year run.

Meanwhile, in the late 1940s, my mother went to work as a secretary at the Maryland Casualty Insurance Company. That is where she met my father who was a file clerk. Over the next 36 years, Gene Cavey worked his way from the file room to a vice president position in commercial lines insurance underwriting. At age 55 he felt the call to do something different and he and I started North Central Insurance Agency. 27 years later my mother and I continue on, providing the Greater Baltimore area with quality insurance products with exceptional service as has been the case since my Grandfather sold his first policy almost 80 years ago. 

God has given me a wonderful heritage and blessed me with a beautiful family, great staff and the best clients ever. So, here’s wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas and hopes for a prosperous 2013.