Bill Cain is LKN ‘Business Person of the Year’


William H. Cain, president and CEO of Cornelius-based Financial Independence Group, was named Business Person of the Year at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Friday night at The Peninsula Club.

Cain, who is celebrating his 41st year in the financial and insurance industry, employs 146 people, recognized his wife Ericka Cain, the company’s chief financial officer, as well as his family and staff.

The Cains moved here from Asheville 20 years ago.

The chamber, which installed Joshua Dobi as the incoming chairman, also recognized:

+Entrepreneur of the Year: Rob Bennett, owner of Cornelius-based My Aloha Paddle & Surf and Charlotte Cycle Boats.

+Volunteer of the Year: Tenders Fresh Foods.

Joshua Dobi is new LKN Chamber chairman

+Ambassador of the Year: Jordan Bentz with Bentz & Associates.

+Distinguished Service Award: Discovery Place Kids/Huntersville.

+Outstanding board member: Mike Murphy of ProctorFree

+Citizenship & Service Award: Auto dealer Randy Marion.

+Community Service: Holly Davis with Holly’z Hope.

+Servant Leadership: Sally Ashworth, executive director of Visit Lake Norman

Dobi, the founder of Dobi Financial Group in Cornelius, takes over the chamber’s volunteer reins from Jay Lesemann, who runs Lesemann CPA’s in Huntersville.

Holly Davis won the community service award. Pictured on either side of her are Bill Russell and John Cherry and Jay Lesemann, outgoing chamber chairman


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