Our People

Meet the people of Cornish Zack Hill & Associates

Our agency is somewhat unique compared to most as we feel that internal continuity is on the most important ingredients for success. The majority of the staff at Cornish Zack Hill & Associates has been working together for more than 25 years.

Kathy S. Zack

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 42 Glorious Years and 40 of them at CZH

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: I have several that are my favorites; Bible Study, Gardening and Boating/Swimming

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: Customer Service – Hands Down!

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: Jamaica – Breathe in the Sweet Jamaica Scent!

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could be any historical figure, I would be (someone like Rosa Parks), because (she stood up and she stood out for rights that were important ).

Michael Schatz

Vice President, Operations & Producer

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 1/1

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: One of my favorite things to do is something that I actually got from my grandfather, and that is that I love just listening to the Detroit Tigers on the radio. There is just something about baseball on the radio!

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: Working with people that I consider my family…and some that really are my family!

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: My paradise is Jamaica! The first thing I would do is grab a Red Stripe and a chair by the sea and just do nothing.

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could have one super power, it would be the ability to fly, because it doesn’t take gasoline to fill me up and I’m sick of paying for it! Plus then I could go to Jamaica whenever I wanted!

Theresa Warner-Dyc

Vice President, Accounting

 Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 40 with the company and 42 in the industry

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: Riding my 4 crazy horses and gardening!

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: CZH is my family! I love the people and the memories of years gone by. We’ve been through being young and having the fun young people do of going out every Friday & dancing, getting married (some of us more than once ☺) having babies, burying our parents, becoming grand parents; there is so much of the circle of life that we have traveled together. The really wonderful thing is we still have more adventures to come!

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: go on a Disney Cruise & tell Goofy I’ve been in love with him since I was 3. Then I’d take my Grand babies down the water slides!

Complete one of the following sentences:  If I could be any historical figure, I would be George Washington! I would come back in today’s world and remind every politician what the United States of America is really about! They seem to have forgotten…………..

Ryan Dudek

Producer

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 10 w/ CZH, 15 in industry

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: Hobby/pastime?!? You are a funny man who clearly has no children ☺ Huge baseball fan.

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: The opportunity to share industry knowledge with and apply it for our clients

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: Anywhere warm and secluded. First thing: nothing!

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could have one super-power, it would be the ability to slow (stop?) time, because it’s the one constant in life that affects everything else….and who couldn’t use more time?

Sheri Concord

Commercial Lines Department

 Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 16 years with CZH – 45 years in Industry

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: Golf, reading, traveling – road trips

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: I love the interaction at CZH. Coming together to find solutions, understand issues and coverages. Also, I love the creative aspect to preparing proposals.

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: My favorite place to vacation is Myrtle Beach. Just walk on the beach and look at the ocean.

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could have any animal in the world for a pet, it would be a dog. Dogs are the best. They love you no matter what.

Barb Matestic

Commercial Lines Department

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: this is my 16th year w/czh. Seems like forever in the industry.

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: at CZH – favorite is the people, especially the boss. In the industry would be the work – always something new – interesting and challenging, always learning, always growing.

 

Patricia (Pat) Kidd

Commercial Lines Department

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: CZH 10 years; Industry 37 years

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: Sightseeing

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: The team work at CZH is my favorite. Everyone is willing to help when needed.

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: I don’t have one particular spot, I love to visit various places to see the sites.

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could have one super power, it would be (blank), because (blank…..). I would travel at the speed of light so I could see more of the world.

 

Lori Najduk

Commercial Lines Department

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 33 yrs in August

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: Reading, Gardening, Working with Stained Glass & enjoying the outdoors.

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: First & foremost, the people I work with are not only my coworkers, but, are my second family. There is nothing any one of us wouldn’t do for each other. The camaraderie, respect & loyalty, both on a business and personal level, for each other speak for itself. Secondly, I’m proud of the way we are trained to pay attention to details in as far as understanding what insurance means within the industry and for our customers which in turn allows us to provide the best possible service for them.

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: My dream vacation would be to experience that “Pure Michigan” feeling. While I’ve been to many areas in both the LP & UP, but there is still so much more to experience because of the different seasons.

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could have one super power, it would be to read minds, because I’m constantly telling my family “I may have eyes in the back of my head, but I can’t read minds!” That super power sure would make them happy!

Heidi Pattenaude

Surety Department

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 31

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: Anything outdoors! Camping, boating, campfires, long walks and hunting Sasquatch

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: My favorite part of working at CZH is my coworkers and family. This is my home away from home and I would have never been able to get through 30+ years without these people…they are the best!

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: J A M A I C A….first thing I would do is put my toes in the sand, have a cold Red Stripe and look at the Sea.

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could have one super power… My super power would be the ability to create world peace! As cheesy as that may sound if we could just eliminate even half of the hate in this world and have more respect and love for our fellow human beings, the world would be a better place for all….

 

Nancy Lentine

Producer

Years with the Company and Years in the industry: 2/20

Favorite hobby, pastime, or activity away from work: I love being outdoors. I play tennis, ride my bike, take walks in the woods and enjoy relaxing on a beach. I have a young son and two active dogs that keep me on the go!

Favorite part of working at CZH or favorite part of working in the industry: I decided to work in the industry when I could not find the answers I needed from other agents. It was frustrating and I know that “good agents” were needed. I truly enjoy being able to help people and provide them with excellent customer service. Working with CZH has been a blessing. The entire staff is extremely friendly and always willing to help one another.

Dream vacation spot and what is the first thing you would do when you got there: My dream vacation includes lots of sun, sand, and the view/sound of an ocean! I haven’t traveled much, so anywhere tropical would be great. The first thing I would do is place my sun chair on the beach, relax, and people watch! I usually find this very amusing.

Complete one of the following sentences: If I could have one super power, it would be the power of good and happiness. I would want this world to be a better place for everyone. I would like to know that my son (and everyone else) can take a bike ride, build a tree fort in the woods, attend school and not have to worry about what could happen.