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Marie DeWolf, DeWolf-Tarin & Associates Insurance Agency

July 2011 - Featured Monthly Investor

Work smarter – not harder is a successful slogan that Marie DeWolf with DeWolf-Tarin & Associates Insurance Agency embodies with her brilliant ideas and enormous energy to create innovative change. Marie exemplifies a friendly yet professional presence at Chamber functions and within the community. She is a dedicated Chamber Ambassador who regularly contributes through meetings and ribbon cuttings. She is always willing to lend a helping hand, such as the time she jumped in as master of ceremonies for a Business After Hours event after a last minute cancellation. She has served on the board of directors; has served on most Chamber committees including the Corn Roast Festival committee and the Annual dinner committee; helped with membership drives and business referrals and did we mention that she owns a successful insurance business? Marie’s determination, efficiency and permanent can-do attitude secure her role as the Loveland Chamber of Commerce’s July Featured Monthly Investor.

Marie had been a solid contributor to the Loveland Chamber board of directors for years before she stepped up to be treasurer. In 2000, Marie became chair of the board leading the chamber board through critical and timely issues. She has and continues to bring a high-level of business experience, leadership and tenacity to the Chamber community.

“Marie knows what she wants and has a strong conviction for things she is passionate about while at the same time is open to new ideas and suggestions,” said Jim Worthen, director of investor relations at the Loveland Chamber.

Marie is best-known by some as creator of the annual Corn Shucking competition at the Chamber’s Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival. According to Lorna Spear with Scruples Beauty Supply, Salon and Spa in Loveland and Marie’s long-time corn shucking competition co-chair, Marie transformed the process of shucking corn for corn sales at the festival by creating the Corn Shucking competition. Previously, the Chamber recruited volunteers to shuck ears of corn prior to the annual festival. These were the ears of corn sold as boiled corn. Marie saw an opportunity to streamline the process while engaging businesses in the community and raising additional funds for the Chamber. She involved local businesses to donate prizes and gift certificates for shucking competitors. Marie also generated the idea of the highly sought Traveling Trophy for the first place winners to showcase in their business that year. Since its debut, the Corn Shucking contest has become a staple of the festival, and produced more and more spectators every year…all thanks to Marie and her great idea.

Marie’s determination is unrivaled by most. An example of her willpower occurred years ago while Marie was on vacation during the start of the Corn Roast Festival. She was not going to miss the competition she had founded, so she rode a jet ski across a body of water to make it back in nick of time for the Corn Shucking contest.

“There are some people who, thankfully, are always there and Marie is one of those individuals,” said Brian Willms, Loveland Chamber of Commerce CEO/president. “She has been committed to the Loveland Chamber for more than 20 years and still continues to be a very active investor with the Chamber. Because of her many years of involvement with the Chamber, she is able to give depth and perspective in a variety of areas, adding incredible value to the organization.”