After 40 years of building a family business, Bruce decided it was time to look for a successor hoping that the business could remain independent and maybe if very lucky it could stay in the family. His daughter Sonya had moved to Calgary and was currently married and raising 2 young boys there. Sonya was also pursuing a career in insurance different from her father’s. Sonya had once worked at McKillop when she was in school at the University of Lethbridge. After her move to Calgary, she had joined a large independent insurance broker to again supplement her income. Like her Father, she did not vision her life in the insurance business.
Renfrew Insurance was a great opportunity for Sonya. Starting at the bottom she moved from underwriting to personal lines insurance where she looked after personal home and auto insurance. 17 years later she was working alongside a very large and successful Commercial Producer at Renfrew, servicing commercial clients with complicated insurance needs.
Discussions started to take place between father and daughter and in the year 2011 Bruce and Sonya, along with their families approval, decided that Sonya would purchase the business and make McKillop a 3rd generation business.
Sonya will bring things to the business that her father Bruce couldn’t do. Just like Bruce’s Father couldn’t do before him. Passing the torch in a business is always a difficult thing but since Sonya has taken over she is going to continue to build on the same principles that made her father and grandfather successful. Her emphasis will remain on good customer service and building long time relationships in the community of Lethbridge.
Lethbridge continues to grow and is becoming a vibrant business hub in Southern Alberta. Sonya strongly wishes to make McKillop a big piece in the success of our community. The possibility of a 4th Generation may be in the future!