As a native Las Vegan, Chad Layne of Layne Insurance Services is a big believer in working with clients who are also longtime locals.
His philosophy fits with his role handling health benefits for Findlay Automotive Group, one of Nevada’s largest independently owned businesses. He has worked with the automotive group for 17 years.
Through the Findlay group’s involvement in community causes, Layne, a 1994 graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is busier than ever helping not only his client, but those in need at the same time. Layne was a bone-marrow donor through DKMS, a cancer organization that provides bone marrow to those suffering from blood cancer.
“After the bone-marrow transplant, Findlay Automotive Group Chief Financial Officer Tyler Corder thought I’d be a perfect fit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society board. Tyler was president of the board and he recruited me to join,” Layne said. “When it comes to the Findlay group — from Cliff Findlay to the entire staff — there is no shortage of the company reaching out into this community. In fact, the Findlay people could teach a class in the importance of community involvement. They truly care, they really do.”
Layne has seen numerous friends who have been affected by lymphoma and leukemia. Blood cancer can strike anyone, regardless of age, race or gender, he said.
“LLS is a group that really cares and wants to find a cure for this dreaded disease. They are record-breaking when speaking about the amount of money raised and how much of that raised money goes directly to the cause, he said. “LLS invested more than $68 million toward blood cancer research in 2012 and that’s amazing.”
LLS will take another step to help find a cure when it presents the annual Light the Night benefit Nov. 2 at Charlie Kellogg and Joe Zaher Sports Complex in the northwestern valley.
“Each of the walkers raise money to support the cause,” Layne said. “It’s an amazing event in which walkers carry white balloons representing survivors of blood cancer, red balloons representing supporters, and gold balloons representing the memory of loved ones lost to cancer. It’s an incredibly heart-warming event and the Findlay people are big sponsors and huge supporters of the event.”
Layne said it is important for residents of any city to give back.
“While it’s not always evident, Las Vegas is a very caring city,” Layne said. “We get such a bad rap and there are so many good people in this community like Tyler, Cliff and others who really care. I’m proud to be a part of Las Vegas and especially proud to be part of a group that works so hard to help others.”
Findlay Automotive Group was founded more than 50 years ago by the late Pete Findlay, whose son, Cliff Findlay, now oversees 28 automobile dealerships in Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Arizona.