Meet Melody Bohrer, owner at Odyssey Executive Consulting

My name is Melody Bohrer. I am actively participating in the monthly meeting, candid conversations and a roundtable. I also attended the FCEM/NAWBO meeting in NYC

Tell us about your business.

The Odyssey Coaching program is a one-on-one program designed for new Executives or individuals new to a leadership role.  Many times there’s no formal mentorship within an organization as people are promoted into roles of greater responsibility and accessing your supervisor on a regular basis with questions and challenges is not necessarily in your best interest nor are they always qualified to be your professional coach.

I also facilitate group programming called Achieve. Achieve is a dynamic roadmap for accelerating performance and turning goals into reality. I will be starting my next Achieve program very soon!

What inspired you to get into your business?

After 16 years in a Fortune 500 company as a senior executive, I chose to move to Columbus full-time to be near family and pursue a career with less travel and focus on my passion.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Attend as many events as possible.
  2. Connect outside of the NAWBO meetings with NAWBO members.
  3. Join a roundtable.

What does your future look like?

Growing my business in the greater Columbus area and beyond.

What do you do in your free time?

Golf, Read and spend time w/ family.

What is your company website?

Sylvia A. Garrett, President/CEO, Sylvia A. Garrett Agency, LLC

Tell us about your company

As a Columbus, OH insurance agency with over 50 years in the industry, Sylvia A. Garrett Agency, LLC has provided quality insurance products at competitive prices. Our team of licensed insurance professionals has over 100 years of collective industry experience writing both personal and commercial/business insurance policies designed to fit our customer's individual needs. Our friendly staff will work with customers on a one-on-one basis to develop not only the perfect policy but a lasting relationship.

In addition to personal and business insurance products, we also provide life insurance and financial services. Our mission is to provide exceptional customer service, to empower our community and to protect families and businesses.  Since acquiring the business in 2011, we have doubled our staff, the households we represent and the revenue we earned.  We are committed to giving back to our community.

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO? 

Our organization is customer and community focused. We value the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships. The Sylvia A. Garrett Agency chose NAWBO to become involved a strong community of women business owners where we can support each other and to be a resource in the insurance industry. NAWBO also provides professional development opportunity for the Sylvia A. Garrett Agency team. I am one of the founding members of the Columbus Chapter of NAWBO.  I became involved to encourage involvement from diverse women business communities.

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

Many business owners do not realize that establishing a long-term relationship with your Insurance advisor is just as important as your relationship with your Attorney and Accountant. Having the appropriate insurance assists in mitigating risks, thereby protecting your business investment. We use a consultative approach to insurance by first educating our clients regarding the potential for loss (Business Owners - Know Your Risks!). NAWBO members are offered a free competitive quote analysis. This process involves a detailed Risk Consultation Report.