Let me start by apologizing for not keeping the blog up to date like in the past. The time has been flying by and I had actually gotten some “writer’s block” about what to write. My hope is to get back to writing one or two blogs per month.

First, let me bring you up to speed on the slowing developing development of OCI’s new offices. As many of you may recall, we started the process of finding new space as OCI continues to grow. As of today, 16 years at our current location, we have about 48 employees and we are fairly maxed out at our current location. With our projected growth to around 75 employees in the next five years, we needed to make sure we are ready for it. Because of some good fortune, and some advice from the banking industry that turned out to be incorrect, it has taken much more time than anticipated to even start the process. I am not sure how others are able to ever do a project like this simply because of the amount of resources, both money and time that are required. With that said, we are close to breaking ground and are having our ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, April 20th at 3pm. If you are reading this, feel free to join us. The location of the new building is near 204th and Maple near the Elkhorn water tower. The building will be three stories, 65,000 sqf, and will have a few amenities that will give it character. If you or someone you know is interested in office space, contact me. We will have some personal offices for insurance producers with shared services.

I have had numerous people question me about such a project and why would I do it so late in my career. My response is that I feel OCI is just getting on its feet and the best is yet to come. I have another 20-25 years in me and I want to watch the Elkhorn area thrive. With the upcoming announcement about OCI’s brokerage department, new products coming on individual side and the commitment of our brokers to continue to grow their employee benefit business, I hope that some day we outgrow the new building. If you are not growing, you are dying.

Keep our eye out for more exciting news and I will do what I can to re-engage my blog.