First-time nominee for Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce award works for Country Financial

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Cole Pritchard and Liz Dobbs of Country Financial appreciate serving the Sandy community.

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to celebrate the city's most sensational business.

Mountain Moka, Cole Pritchard with Country Financial and Sanders Automotive have been nominated by the community to compete for the quarterly award from the Chamber of Commerce. During the past few weeks, The Post has featured each business to inform voters of their options.

Cole Pritchard with Country Financial is up this week for voter consideration as a first time nominee.

Pritchard, a six year resident of Sandy, opened his office at 39332 Proctor Boulevard in December 2017 after spending several years working from Gresham. He assists customers with estate planning, retirement planning and insurance.

"It's nice to work here. I can work with the people I live with and want to work with," he said. "It's nice to have a home base just down the street from my home."

In his position with Country Financial, he appreciates being able to equip his neighbors with information.

"I arm my clients with knowledge to be secure with insurance and financial solutions," he said. "If we can sell something, great, but I would rather someone learn and have information about these products."

Pritchard also volunteers in several capacities within the community, including serving as vice president-elect of the Sandy Kiwanis Club and working with Sandy High School's FFA program.

Pritchard has been involved with FFA since he was a student at Mountain View High School in Bend. As a state officer for the program, he traveled around Oregon and taught leadership to other high school students.

"Now, I support the local chapter and help out with funding and implement financial education," he said, noting that he's been passionate about agriculture since a young age. "I'm trying to give them the support they need."

He also appreciates working with the Sandy Kiwanis Club.

"It's kid-oriented. It's a good group for having an idea what the town's pulse is," he said. "You get an idea of what's going on in Sandy."

In his role with Country Financial, Pritchard enjoys being able to problem solve.

"A lot of times you're dealing with stuff that's not as cut and dry," he said. "Estate and retirement planning is a jigsaw puzzle."

Pritchard also appreciates the independence that his position provides.

"I'm part of Country, but this is my practice," he said. "I can focus on agricultural and commercial policies. It doesn't have to be just one thing."

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