16 Jan Meet the Staff Monday – Dorlene Gray
What is your position here at Harbor/Brenn Insurance Agencies?
Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative/Computer Systems Analyst & Maintenance
How long have you worked in the insurance industry?
How long have you worked for Harbor/Brenn Insurance Agencies?
What is your favorite part about your position in our company?
Helping people – I enjoy fixing things, for either a customer or repairing a workstation or software problem for an employee
What do you do in your free time/hobbies?
I like hiking, canoeing, hanging out at the beach, swimming in Lake Michigan, boating, family get togethers, camping, concerts, NFL football, baking and snowshoeing. I also volunteer for Emmet County Victims Service Unit and on occasion participate is various Veteran programs.
What city do you live in?
Do you have kids, pets, married?
I’ve been divorced for 29 years; have two grown children – A daughter and a son and daughter-in-law with a grand baby on the way, and my bestie, Buddy! My daughter is a long time employee and Director of Resort Accommodations at Boyne Highlands; my son is Sous Chef at the Franklin in Traverse City and my daughter in law is a Sommelier, working at Stella’s in Traverse and is continuing her college education in Traverse City as well as preparing to be a mother.
What is your favorite thing to do in Northern Michigan?
My favorite thing to do on my down time is hiking with Buddy, my 11-year-old American Eskimo in areas where he can run – I also love swimming and beaching it – and of course cheering on my Green Bay Packers, it’s hard to pick just one.
What is your favorite season in Northern Michigan?
Part of my duty when I was in the Navy was being stationed three years in Hawaii at Fleet Intelligence Center Pacific. It was beautiful there, but without the change in seasons –and I love every one of them. I love the freedom that comes with summer – just being outside and soaking up the sun or the summer rain. I love the crispness of the air in the fall and the beautiful colors. I love the beauty of the snow and the quietness of winter. I love the budding and flowering of the trees and bushes and the fresh green grass of Spring. That’s why I love it here. I don’t have to pick one.