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Ernest B. Hewlett is Chief Executive Officer of The Rockland Group, Inc**. He brings over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry to his position.
Ernie began his career in the life insurance industry in 1981 and quickly became a top producer. In each of his first four years, he was a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. In 1986 he was presented with an opportunity to re-direct his focus into building an independent financial services company. As a General Agent with AmerUs Life, his agency was consistently in the top five agencies, and was awarded their Chairman’s Trophy, the company’s most prestigious award. The company asked him to take on the added responsibilities of becoming a Regional Vice President and recruiting to their PPGA distribution arm. With its headquarters in Salt Lake City, The Rockland Group is unique in its makeup and has become a leading financial services organization in the intermountain area.
Ernie has just completed serving as President of the Utah Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. As a part of his responsibilities, hosting the 2001 convention of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors proved to be a most rewarding experience. Ernie was responsible for generating convention sponsorship money for the host committee. He was successful in bringing significantly more financial support than was required. The day before the convention’s conclusion, the world experienced the horrors of September 11, 2001. Many of those attending the convention were personally affected by the tragedy of that day. As a part of the program, the host committee had arranged a concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the evening of the 11th. The concert was transformed into a memorial service, which will endure in the memories of those in attendance.
Ernie is a founding sponsor of the Grant Taggart Program of Insurance and Financial Services and is a partner in the Marriott School of Management Leadership Alliance at Brigham Young University. Ernie has served as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the annual Grant Taggart Symposium, and has served as a mentor for many students attending the Marriott School of Management.
Additional industry involvement includes: attendance at the American College Leadership Forum three times; graduate of the Agency Management Training course; regular attendance at annual LAMP (Life Agency Management Partners) meetings; LUTCF (Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow) designation; 100% Agency with NAIFA; has qualified for National Management Award for more than ten years, recently achieving the “Gold” level. Ernie is a Platinum Level contributor to the GAMA Foundation and was the first Diplomat Level contributor to the NAIFA PAC in the state of Utah. Ernie is a past-president of the Utah General Agents and Managers Association, during which time the Utah chapter received the National Membership Award.
A sought after speaker, Ernie has given presentations to many civic organizations and insurance conferences, both locally and nationally. He was invited to present a workshop at the 1998 National LAMP meeting in San Diego. He was the keynote speaker for his company’s 1998 convention and presented a workshop at the American College Leadership Forum. He had the privilege of sharing the main platform with the president of the Million Dollar Round Table at the annual Grant Taggart Symposium in 1999. He was a featured speaker for the National NAIFA conference held this past September in Salt Lake City. He has regularly taught advanced LUTC courses, moderated AMTC courses, and is often asked to be a guest lecturer for business courses at BYU and Southern Utah University.
Ernie gathers much of his life experience from having lived in Australia for three years and Brazil for two years. He now makes his home in the mountain community of Midway, Utah, where he is very involved. He has served as District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America and a co-chair for “Swiss Days”, an annual arts festival held in Midway. He was a charter member and remains active in the Utah Jazz 100 Club, a group of local business leaders who interfaces with the Jazz organization and the community, having served a term as president of their advisory board. He holds leadership positions in his Church and dedicates much of his time to service.
Ernie is married to his sweetheart, Colleen, whom he met while studying at the University of Utah. They are the parents of five children, aged 21, 16, 11, 8, and 5.
**The Rockland Group, Inc. is independent of Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. and is an affiliate of The Cambridge Financial Center.