We're pleased to introduce our 2017 Honoree, Reese F. Cropper III
Reese F. Cropper, III was born September 30, 1960 to Reese F. Cropper, Jr. and Margaret Young of Berlin. Their home was located on Gum Point Road/Turville Creek, across from the Glen Riddle Farm, a fabulous place to ride bikes and there were woods to play in when desiring to escape for a while.
Reese’s education began in the Buckingham Elementary School with Herman Sorin as the principle and Electra Quillin as his kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Quillin must have been a strict teacher because she gave Reese an “N” (Needs Improvement) in Skipping. Despite the poor grade, Reese stayed in contact with Mrs. Quillin until her death writing letters back and forth and visiting at times when she was at Wendy’s Restaurant in West OC.
In fifth grade, Reese entered the Worcester Country School (Worcester Preparatory School, today) where Barry Tull was his home room teacher and Franklin Lynch was the headmaster. Graduating from Worcester in 1978, Reese went to college at Lynchburg College in VA where he graduated in 1982 with a Business Administration degree.
In college, Reese was very involved in the college government and knew the Deans of the college personally. Serving on the Men’s Dorm’s Association, Traffic Hearing Board, as well as Circle K (Kiwanis sponsored), he also was a college host to high school seniors, giving tours of the college. Reese admits the main reason for being a college host was because he was allowed to have a single room and forgo having a roommate. Reese received the Lynchburg College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.
After college Reese took classes to obtain his insurance and real estate licenses. His insurance agency, Insurance Management Group, has a staff of twenty employees and two offices. Reese credits much of his philanthropy work to his connection to the community, and the success he has earned due to his fabulous staff.
While playing Santa Claus on Christmas Eve for many of his friends was his favorite endeavor, Reese also has served the community in the following capacities. Boardof Tri County Independent Insurance Agents Association, Founder of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the March of Dimes Jail and Bail, Bachelor for the March of Dimes Bid for Bachelor Fund Raiser, Chairman of American Cancer Society’s Spring Benefit, Chairman of Ocean City Board of Port Wardens, WWII Commemorative Weekend Committee, Board Member of Calvin B Taylor House Museum, Marsh Harbour Condo BOD, Governor Ehrlich’s Common Ownership Task Force, and Chair of OC Employee Pension Committee.
Presently Reese serves on Worcester Preparatory Board of Trustees, Calvin B Taylor Bank Board of Directors, MD’s Community Association Institute Legislative Committee, Diakonia Board of Directors, Peninsula Regional Hospital Foundation Board, and the Board of Licensing/Liquor Board.
Reese is very humbled by the accolades and is appreciative of the love and support everyone has shown him.