A staple of the Winter Haven insurance community since July 1983, State Farm agent Cheryl Beckert, former Chamber board member and 1999 Banker's Cup Citizen of the Year award recipient, will retire on December 31, 2015. Some may not know, Cheryl also led the citywide visioning initiative in 2000 that was integral in the redevelopment of the downtown core that we enjoy today. Celebrate her career and leave her a note of thanks in the comment section.
Cheryl Beckert moved to Winter Haven with her husband Howard in 1976 where she worked for First Federal Savings and Loan later know as Freedom Savings & Loan from 1973 to 1983. In 1983 she opened her State Farm Insurance Agency in Winter Haven. Cheryl took the "good neighbor" slogan quite literally and has been given back to this community in many ways since the moment she arrived.
Bob Gernert, retired Executive Director of the Chamber who worked closely with Cheryl throughout the years, remarked "If I had to describe Cheryl in a word it would be 'dependable.' When you ask her to be involved or when she volunteers she is all in, makes every meeting and doesn't stop until the job is successfully completed. Her contributions to the city's visioning efforts have forever changed Winter Haven for the better."
Perhaps what is most impressive about Cheryl's volunteerism is that she is a steadfast volunteer – decades dedicated to the same causes, rolling up her sleeves and working year-in and year-out. That's not something you see everyday.
Oh, and how I could I forget, she has also served as Chairman of the Board for the Florida State University Alumni Association.
Suffice it to say, I know we will continue to see Cheryl involved in the community, but for goodness sake, please take the R&R you so very much deserve.
12/17/2015 06:37:51 am
12/18/2015 09:08:31 am
Congratulations Cheryl on a great career. Working with you over the years both at State Farm and at the Chamber, I know first hand what a blessing you have been to the Corporation and the community. Enjoy a well deserved retirement. Keep in touch.
12/17/2015 06:52:19 am
Talk about an "awesome" insurance agent and friend! Your employees and customers are going to miss you. I am so happy for you and Howard, now you two can spend more time in the mountains :). Thank you for being a great friend.
12/17/2015 06:53:22 am
Thank you Cheryl for a remarkable career of service to others. Congratulations on your retirement - may it be filled with our preferences for relaxation, challenge and satisfaction. Well deserved!
12/17/2015 10:41:59 am
Congratulations Cheryl for a wonderful career of service to our community and citizens of Winter Haven. It has been my pleasure to serve with you on many committees over the years of the City, Chamber, and Mainstreet of which you have provided both excellent leadership and service. Congratulations on your retirement from State Farm and please continue your outstanding service to this community. Best wishes in all your future endeaqvors.
12/17/2015 02:55:03 pm
Congratulations to an incredible role model and leader! I couldn't be more proud of you and your incredible accomplishments for the greater good. You are the epitome of a good neighbor and caring leader. Thank you for your selfless service to your customers, your community, your university, and your family! I am incredibly grateful to have your example in my life. Congratulations on your retirement! Can't wait to see what you do next! Love you, Mom!
Don and Margie Eddings
12/19/2015 05:20:09 am
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