History of Hickok & Boardman
Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty is a real estate brokerage company based in Burlington, Vermont serving Northwest Vermont including Chittenden, Addison, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. The company roots can be traced back to 1821 with the formation of a Burlington based insurance company that would eventually evolve into the Hickok & Boardman Network of Companies.
The company’s history began in 1821 with the founding of an insurance agency at the corner of Burlington’s Church and College streets.
The historic name of Hickok & Boardman stems from 1888, when Julius S. Hickok joined the agency. His son, Henry Hickok, hired University of Vermont engineering student Munn Boardman as his chauffeur. When the two later became business partners, the firm’s name was changed to Hickok & Boardman.
Advertised as “The Friendly Old Agency,” Hickok & Boardman focused on property insurance before adding life insurance in the mid-1950s and real estate in the 1960s. Munn Boardman’s children, Bob, Dave and Munn Jr., each oversaw a different line of business, with Bob Boardman leading the real estate business.
By the 1970s, the Boardmans had divided up the company into three independent divisions: the Hickok & Boardman insurance agency, a financial planning unit called Hickok & Boardman Associates in Financial Planning, and Hickok & Boardman Realty.
In 1985, Hickok & Boardman Realty joined Coldwell Banker, the national real estate franchise.
In 1992, Leslee MacKenzie and Brian Boardman, part of the Boardman family, joined the company within six months of each other. MacKenzie and Boardman joined Scott and Dave Boardman as owners in 1998, with MacKenzie named as the company’s president. Under their leadership, the company has expanded from one dozen Realtors to more than 90 Realtors and staff today.
Awards & Recognition
The agency is a Coldwell Banker Chairman Circle company, an elite standing that recognizes the top 50 Coldwell Banker companies worldwide.
Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman has ranked as the “Reader’s Choice” for the best real estate agency by Seven Days readers since 2007.
Hickok & Boardman Network of Companies is acknowledged annually as a leading workplace campaign by United Way of Northwest Vermont. The firms were received the Lifetime Achievement Award, the non-profits highest honor.
In 2005, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty was the recipient of the Coldwell Banker International Golden Hammer Award for their commitment to building a home for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity.
The Hickok & Boardman Network of Companies is consistently recognized as a leading business through their United Way of Northwest Vermont campaign, raising over $120,000 annually.
The Hickok & Boardman Network of Companies Giving Committee awards monies to local non-profits annually who are supported by employees/Associates of the three Hickok & Boardman Companies.
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