We’re sad. There’s no other way to say it. We’re sad. At the end of this month, our trusted Medicare Advisor and friend, Don Olson, is leaving Seniority Benefit Group (SBG). Don insists we don’t use the R word (retirement) but instead we should say he is moving from one stage of life to another. After a long career that included being in the Army, teaching at the college level, working in footwear stores and in the consulting industry, and lastly, as a Medicare Advisor, Don is ready for the next chapter of life.
Like many of our clients who have left the workplace, it in no way means Don will be slowing down. In fact, he is going to be quite busy with his three children and their spouses, ten grandchildren, and wife of 50 years, Gail. Don’s love of learning and history has prompted him to enroll in online courses at Hillsdale College where he will study Western Civilization, Theology, and American History. But Don won’t be learning everything from his classwork, he’ll also be touring sites from the Civil War and Revolutionary War. The learning won’t stop there, however, for he will also be taking piano lessons from Gail, a former teacher.
As you can tell, Don is a special person. In the seven short years Don has been at SBG, he has helped over 500 individuals with their Medicare needs. His genuine desire to help people has lead him to be a favorite among our clients.
”Don is friendly, patient and knowledgeable about Medicare and he has a thorough understanding of seniors and what we are going through. He tries to find the best plan for your situation and he always follow through.” – Helen C., Powell, Ohio.
Don and his wife Gail will continue to serve others through their work at Rock City Church and the Columbus Dream Center where they perform outreach to those in need. ”We work with the homeless, single mothers or others who have hit a rough patch. We walk alongside them to give a hug, to support them, and try to make their day a little better. We get more out of it than we give.”
Don’s extraordinary compassion for people has made him an excellent fit at SBG. ”He is always positive and someone for which I admire very much. He will be sorely missed in his retirement. I am proud to call Don a friend and colleague.” – Scott Miller, SBG President
When asked what he will miss about working at SBG it came down to the people, as is usually the case when someone leaves a job. But, however, it was the pride in his answer that gave us pause. ”Scott Miller has instilled an organizational mentality that the customer is first. It is lived out among everyone here. They are a great group of people and I really love working with them.”
The feeling is mutual Don. You will be missed by your clients and everyone here at SBG. We wish you love and luck in your next stage. Don’t be a stranger.