Dennis Hilton Recognized as Business Person of the Year

Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Cheney Financial Group, Dennis Hilton, was recently recognized as Business Person of the Year by the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce (DRCC). As described by the DRCC, individuals considered for this award can be counted on to ‘enhance the overall economic health of the region and well-being of the general population by making our community a better place to live.’ Well-known for his active involvement in the community through business and volunteerism, Dennis was an ideal candidate.

Cheney Financial Group (CFG), which consists of Cheney Insurance, Newcastle Realty, and Newcastle Vacation Rentals, has been owned and operated by the Hilton family for over 50 years. Over the years, Dennis has worked hard to build a team of staff members that are connected to and representative of every corner of the Mid-coast community. He credits his team of local employees and affiliates for the strong hometown connection maintained by Cheney Financial Group. With a long history of serving the local community, CFG currently has 33 staff members with locations in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor.

Born and raised in Lincoln County, Dennis is a true native and takes pride in his strong ties to the area. “One of the things I am most proud of is our Charitable Giving Committee, which has existed for over 20 years”, shared Hilton. Staffed by volunteers from each of the three companies, the committee provides financial support that is equitably distributed to nonprofit organizations right here in Lincoln County. Describing his achievement of DRCC Business Person of the Year as a ‘true honor’, Hilton explained this award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all associates of the Cheney Companies.

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