Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Mike McCallie, my friend

Today is Mike McCallie's 67th birthday. I've known him for about 15 years. He is a devoted family man and loyal Chattanooga Mocs fan. 

Mike was hired by The Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company (now Unum) in May 1973 as an Individual Life Underwriting Trainee. I had the opportunity to work with him for nine years.
Mike and his dog, Emme.

Mike always found time to meet with me and share his knowledge or have a good story. If I need the time of day, Mike would probably give me his watch. And, boy, does he love to talk about his family. It's awesome to be around him and watch him glow when he brags about Andrew and Michael.

Mike went to Brainerd High School and began his college education at The University of Chattanooga (now UTC) and joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Of course, me as a Sigma Chi, he would have been my rival in school, but it sparked the conversation that started our friendship.

He progressed through various underwriting roles and retired as an Assistant Vice President on December 31, 2011 after 39 years with Unum.

Now that he is retired, I see him more and more out and about at Mocs athletic events and enjoying the good life. I see him every once in a while at Unum when he comes back to celebrate a retirement of another lifelong Unumite. 

He is a gentleman, a man of honor and courage, a man of zeal, yet humble, an intelligent man and a man of truth.

I'm so very fond of Mike, and I am proud to call him my friend. 

Cheers, Mike!

*This is part of my year-long blog devoted to people I cherish

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