About Leavitt Group Midwest

Bob Smith--Leavitt & Smith Insurance

Robert L. Smith, Jr.

Founder & President


Robert L. Smith, Jr. is the founder and President of Franchise Insurance Agency, Inc. dba Leavitt Group Midwest- Smith, Molino & Sichko and Secure Path Advisory Group, Inc. based in Central Ohio for the last 35 years. Robert is licensed to sell insurance in 43 states and prides his agency in being a one stop shop for all insurance needs including Property & Casualty, Commercial, Life and Financial products.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Insurance and Risk Management from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1979. During his time at OSU, he was an active member of the OSU Alpha Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, a business fraternity at the University. Bob is certified with a Property & Casualty license, Life & Health license, Series 6, 26, 63 and 65; and has been designated as a Life Underwriting Training Fellow (LUTCF).

Bob is an active member in his church, New Hope, in Central Ohio with his family. He is also an avid wine enthusiast, he has a love for exotic and classic cars, enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing.

Nationwide Farm Certified Agency, Columbus OH

Local, Independent Agents

Leavitt Group Midwest offers quality insurance coverage, a high level of professional service, and a long-term relationship. We have several locations throughout Ohio to serve your needs, including: Columbus, Canal Winchester, and Grove City.

We represent the nation's top commercial insurance carriers.


Commercial Insurance Carriers

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Our Staff

Amanda Katulich

Amanda Katulich

Customer Service Representative
Columbus, OH Office
Amanda Katulich is a Commercial Lines CSR working with Account Managers to help service commercial clients. She has been in the Commercial Insurance field for 10+ years and has her Commercial Producer license. Amanda moved to Ohio with her husband from Florida’s gulf coast where she was born and raised. When not working she enjoys the outdoors and cuddling with her doggy, Tater.

Feel free to email amanda-katulich@leavitt.com

Bev Lodi

Bev Lodi

Account Executive
Columbus, OH Office
Originally from St. Henry, Ohio, Bev now resides in Galloway with her husband. She attended Sinclair College in Dayton. Bev has been with Franchise Insurance Agency since 2012 and has 25 years of Commercial Insurance experience. Her main focus is large construction accounts. Bev enjoys watching college football, walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Feel free to email bev-lodi@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1532

Brad Stammler

Brad Stammler

VP of Commercial Lines
Columbus, OH Office
Brad Stammler graduated from Xavier University with his MBA and The Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration—Finance & Risk Management. He has obtained numerous Insurance and surety industry designations over the years: CPCU, ARM, APA, AIM, AFSB, CRIS. Brad has more than 35 years experience as President and Executive Vice President of several large insurance agency/broker organizations and commercial insurance. He joined Franchise Insurance Agency in 2010 to manage the Commercial Lines department, service large commercial accounts, and manage captives.

Feel free to email brad-stammler@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1686

Carla Howison

Carla Howison

Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office
Carla was born in Hartford Connecticut and moved to the Columbus area at a young age. She grew up in Grove City Ohio. Carla now resides in Columbus. She has been with the Franchise Insurance Agency since 2013 and focuses on handling Subway Restaurants in the Commercial Lines Department.

Feel free to email carla-howison@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1521

Chris Allen

Chris Allen

Risk Consultant
Columbus, OH Office
Chris comes to the Leavitt Group with more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. He started his career with Progressive and served as a Director of Distribution for 15 states. He later joined Safeco and was Vice President and Region General Manager for 9 states in the Midwest. Chris has worked with the Leavitt Group in his prior roles and is very excited to join them in his new role as Risk Consultant. He is married with four sons and is a self-proclaimed foodie and a sports enthusiast. As a graduate of the University of Kansas he is a Jayhawk and Kansas City Chiefs fan. He also married a Buckeye so he enjoys the fall in Columbus, Ohio.

Feel free to email chris-allen@leavitt.com or contact directly at (614) 545-1524

David Jolin

David Jolin

Managing Agent
Columbus, OH Office
David is the Managing Agent of the Bellville, Mansfield, and Mt. Gilead locations. David attended Kings College in Wilkes Barre, PA and has lived in Bellville, Ohio since 1982. Married to Debbie since 1984 with 3 children and one granddaughter. David has been a career agent with Nationwide Insurance since 1980. David started as a "scratch" agent and has expanded to Mt. Gilead and Mansfield during that time. David's hobbies include mountain bike racing, ultra endurance events, spending time with family, and visiting his second home in St. George, Utah. Most of his time will be spent in selling and servicing Commercial and Agricultural insurance for Leavitt Midwest.

David can be reached at 419-886-2220, 419-565-1994 (cell) or by email at david-jolin@leavitt.com

Gail MacKenzie

Gail MacKenzie

Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office
Gail has worked on all sides of the insurance industry for more than 30 years. Beginning in an agency as a CSR and Agent, then working for several companies as a Commercial Multi-Line Underwriter, and as a Risk Manager for seven corporations in Northern New England. She has experience with all types of business accounts and achieved her CIC designation in 1997. Gail is a Commercial lines Account Manager. Her hobbies include sewing, reading, woodworking, upholstery, and traveling.

Feel free to email gail-mackenzie@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1664

Gloria Sheets

Gloria Sheets

Account Executive

Columbus, OH Office
Gloria has worked in the insurance industry for over 39 years and has experience as both an Underwriter with Insurance carriers and an Account Manager on the agency side. She joined Leavitt Group Midwest in September 2016 as an Account Executive. Gloria enjoys spending time with her daughter, granddaughters, Grace and Anna, and two labs, Zeke and Blaze. She is also very active in the Sports Car Club of America where she volunteers her time in the administration, event planning and operation of the club.

Feel free to email gloria-sheets@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1511

Hannah Dittoe

Hannah Dittoe

Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Hannah was born and raised in Columbus, OH. After graduating at Shawnee State University where she played college softball, she returned to Columbus and began working for a staffing agency as a recruiter. After a short time, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in the insurance industry and took a position as a claims representative with a carrier. She then received a position in the commercial lines underwriting department as an assistant underwriter and later she was promoted to a small business underwriter. She joined Leavitt Group Midwest in October 2020 as an Account Manager. Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, Reagan. Her hobbies include, slow pitch softball, sand volleyball, euchre, and working out.

Feel free to email hannah-dittoe@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1518

Jodi Heise

Jodi Heise

Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Jodi was born and raised in Findlay Ohio. She moved to the Columbus area in 1994 and currently resides in Powell, Ohio. Jodi has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University where she studied French and Geography. She has worked in the insurance industry for 30 years starting out as a commercial lines underwriter. After working for several insurance companies, she switched to the agency side in 2008 and since then has been servicing clients as a Commercial Account Manager.

Feel free to email jodi-heise@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1518

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

Assistant Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Jordan was born in Saginaw, Michigan and was raised in the greater Indianapolis area. As of 2016, Jordan resides in downtown Columbus, where he started his commercial insurance career. Outside of work, he enjoys staying physically active through swimming, running, and yoga and getting involved in the community through LGBT+ and Youth foundations.

Feel free to email jordan-smith@leavitt.com or contact directly at (614) 545-1675

Kerstin Barnette

Kerstin Barnette

Assistant Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Kerstin was raised in Westerville, but currently resides in Gahanna. She enjoys focusing on Commercial Lines insurance and is happy with her career at Leavitt Group. Outside of work she enjoys hiking at Hocking Hills with her husband (Curtis) of 9 years and 2 sons (Robby and Charley). She’s an advocate for Endometriosis Awareness and enjoys sharing her own journey with the disease. O-H! Go Bucks!

Feel free to email kerstin-barnette@leavitt.com

Nancy Castle

Nancy Castle

Customer Service Representative
Columbus, OH Office
Nancy has worked in the insurance industry for over 35 years. She joined Franchise Insurance Agency in April 2018 as a Commercial Lines CSR. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially with her 4 grandchildren, Olivia, Tatam, Lincoln and Berkley. Her hobbies included traveling, yard work and sewing.

Feel free to email nancy-castle@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1677

Rick Hammons

Rick Hammons

Risk Consultant

Columbus, OH Office
Rick is a Commercial Sales Representative who focuses on Franchise Business. He has spent the last 18 years with Franchise Insurance Agency. Rick started out as a Sales Rep in 1997 and then went on to become the Sales Manager and then Vice President of our Subway Insurance Program prior to being sold in 2008. He still focuses on Franchise Business and currently has WC and EPLI programs available to franchisees.

Feel free to email rick-hammons@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1683

Rick Smith

Richard Smith

Risk Consultant

Columbus, OH Office
Rick Smith was born and brought up in Columbus, Ohio. After receiving his degree in logistics management from The Ohio State University (OSU) he lived in Austin, Texas, and worked for Oracle selling Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to health care institutions. Rick’s goal is to help enable clients to live a better, safer life through risk management programs and practices. In his free time you might find Rick rock climbing in Mad River or Red River Gorge, attending OSU athletic events, traveling, or volunteering to make the community a better place.

Feel free to email richard-smith@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1523

Sara Malone

Sara Malone

Small Business Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office
Sara was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin but lived in Ohio most of her life. She has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years starting in Personal Lines. Sara joined Franchise Insurance Agency in October of 2019 as the Small Business Unit Account Manager. She is a very proud mother of her son Aiden and enjoys watching him play football and coaching him during soccer season.

Feel free to email sara-malone@leavitt.com

Scott Molino

Scott Molino

Agency Partner & Risk Consultant
Grove City, OH Office
Scott began his career in 1999 as a producer with his father who owned an agency focused on professionalism and superior service. Scott maintained lead positions in sales, while managing a strong team of 9 agents. Scott has developed and maintained relationships with top insurance companies, enabling him to provide his clients with outstanding products and services. Scott became a second generation agency owner in 2013 by continuing the same focus on service.

Feel free to email scott-molino@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-782-9905

Shannon Dugger

Shannon Dugger

Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office
Born and raised in Columbus, OH. Shannon has been with Franchise Insurance Agency since 2005 handling Subway Restaurants in the Commercial Lines Department. She enjoys the sunshine and spending time with her family when she’s not at the office.

Feel free to email shannon-dugger@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1509

Aaron Rumpf

Aaron Rumpf

Account Manager

Grove City, OH Office
Aaron was born in Toledo, Ohio and has been in the Columbus area since 2012. He has been involved specifically in the insurance industry since 2015, with a focus on new client acquisition and retention. When not meeting with his clientele, he is fond of spending time with his wife and chasing around little Jack and Layla.

Feel free to email aaron-rumpf@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-782-9909


Brett Wagner

Brett Wagner

Senior Account Manager
Canal Winchester, OH Office

Brett has been with the agency since 2009 and focuses on Property and Casualty Insurance. Prior to working for the agency he attended Muskingum College where he received a bachelor's degree in Business and was a member of the Muskingum football team. Outside of work Brett is an avid sports fan. He enjoys the outdoors, being active, and spending time with his family in his hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Feel free to email brett-wagner@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-494-5134

Carla Olson

Carla Olson

Account Manager

Bellville, OH Office
Carla was born, raised, and resides in Bellville with her husband. She has been an agent at the Jolin Insurance Agency for 20 years selling and servicing all lines of insurance; specializing in customer satisfaction and retention. Carla enjoys traveling, quilting, spending time with family and friends and spoiling her 2 grandsons.

Feel free to email carla-olson@leavitt.com or contact directly at 419-886-2220

Chris House

Chris House

Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office
Chris is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is a Licensed Insurance Agent. He has been in the insurance industry for 17 years and in 2017 he shifted his focus from claims to account management. He strives to use his wide-ranging insurance knowledge to assess his clients risks and provide them the proper coverage to fully protect their personal assets. Outside of work, he enjoys working in his yard and watching Cleveland and OSU sports.

Feel free to email chris-house@leavitt.com or contact directly at (614) 545-1524

Darlene Larimore

Darlene Larimore

Senior Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Darlene has been in the insurance industry for 20 years and with Leavitt Group Midwest for 15. She is licensed in Property & Casualty, Accident & Health and Life Insurance. Darlene is actively involved in church and volunteers her time as a youth sponsor/leader. Red Cross is a charity near & dear to her heart and she regularly donates blood and plasma.

Feel free to email darlene-larimore@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1533

David Sichko

David Sichko

Associate Agent

Grandview, OH Office
David Sichko is an associate agent and focuses on personal lines, life insurance, and commercial policies. He started his insurance career in 1980 working for Nationwide Insurance and opened his own agency in 1987.

Feel free to email david-sichko@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-481-8862

Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

Account Manager

Canal Winchester, OH Office
Dennis began his insurance career in 2015 and has experience in both Personal Lines and Commercial insurance. He joined Leavitt Group Midwest in September 2019 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Dennis is detailed and thorough in his work and won’t hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your needs are met. Dennis currently lives in Clintonville with his dog, Hector. In his free time, Dennis enjoys time with Hector, riding motorcycles, target shooting, antiquing, socializing with friends, and can’t pass-up a good fair or festival.

Feel free to email dennis-thompson@leavitt.com or contact directly at (614) 494-5137


Erik Weaver

Erik Weaver

Account Manager

Canal Winchester, OH Office
Erik has been in the insurance industry since 2011 and joined the Leavitt Group Midwest team in February of 2018. He is excited to continue his growth and understanding of Personal Lines Insurance as an Account Manager. Erik enjoys riding ATV's with his family, watching OSU games, and playing golf.

Feel free to email erik-weaver@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-494-5389


Jason Smelser

Jason Smelser

Account Manger

Columbus, OH Office
Jason has been a part of Leavitt Group Midwest as an account manager since 2018, and has been a licensed agent since 2016. He resides in Dublin, OH with his wife Kristy, and 2 Dachshunds named Snoop and Ginger. Jason enjoys traveling, experiencing different hobbies, and catching Ohio sports teams.

Feel free to email jason-smelser@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1506

Jeffrey Seaton

Jeffrey Seaton

Sales Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Jeffrey joined Leavitt Group Midwest in 2010 as the Personal Lines Sales Manager. Jeff and his wife Annie have and has 3 children, Piper, Parker and Paxton. Jeffrey enjoys running 5k and half marathons.

Feel free to email jeff-seaton@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1535

Josh Border

Josh Border

Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Josh is originally from Dresden, Ohio and moved to Columbus is 2006. He has been in the insurance industry since 2016. He focuses on client acquisition, retention, and satisfaction. When not working he enjoys sports and being outdoors with his family.

Feel free to email josh-border@leavitt.com

Josh Jolin

Josh Jolin

Account Manager

Mansfield, OH Office
Josh was born and raised in Bellville, OH and graduated from North Central State College with an Associates Degree in Business Management in 2010. After finishing school, he moved to Columbus and started in insurance with Nationwide as a personal lines customer service rep and then was an auto total loss claims adjuster. In 2013 Josh joined his family business, Jolin Insurance Agency, as an Associate Agent. Josh is licensed to sell Property, Casualty, Accident & Health, and Life Insurance. Josh resides in Lexington, OH with his wife Natasha, daughter Nora, and 2 dogs. He enjoys being outside, working on cars, watching soccer, and spending time with his family.

Feel free to email josh-jolin@leavitt.com or contact directly at (419) 756-6155

Kyle Kaethow

Kyle Kaethow

Account Manager
Grandview, OH Office

Kyle has been with the agency since the Summer of 2015. Born and raised in Columbus, he went away to college where he graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a business minor. Outside of work, he enjoys being active, watching sports, playing soccer, traveling, and spending time with his family

Feel free to email kyle-kaethow@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-481-0785

Matt Shackelford

Matt Shackelford

Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Matt is originally from Camden, Ohio and has lived in the greater Columbus area since 2005. With a professional background in contract underwriting and sales innovation projects, he joined Leavitt Group Midwest in early 2019. Matt is dedicated to providing timely service and the accurate assessment of his clients' risk picture. Building value and tailoring policies to his clients' needs are the core values of his approach. Away from the office, he enjoys attending concerts and sporting events with his wife Lisa, and playing with their pups Milo and Ruby.

Feel free to email matt-shackelford@leavitt.com

Marquita Mattox

Marquita Mattox

Customer Service Representative

Canal Winchester, OH Office
Marquita has been a licensed Agent with Leavitt Group Midwest since 2005, focusing on personal Auto, Home, Umbrella and Toys. Marquita spends her evenings attending services at her Orthodox Parish and training at the Gym. She loves watching UFC, boxing and college football and takes any opportunity for a road trip or a hike on the trails.

Feel free to email marquita-mattox@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-494-5479

Mary Covietz

Mary Covietz

Office Manager & customer Service Representative

Grove City, OH Office
Mary has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. She is licensed to sell Property and Casualty license and focuses on personal lines insurance. Mary resides in Grove City, Ohio with her husband Dan. She is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and enjoys spending time with her children, family & friends. She loves traveling, dining, music & sporting events.

Feel free to email mary-covietz@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-782-9903

Michael Rees

Michael Rees

Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Michael was born and raised in Columbus, OH and graduated from Franklin University with a degree in Finance. He started with Nationwide in 2005 where he worked with annuities and then sold mutual funds. Michael joined the agency in October 2018 as a personal lines account manager. He is married and has 3 daughters. Michael enjoys playing various sports and is a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan.

Feel free to email michael-rees@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1549

Rich Hutchings

Rich Hutchings

Risk Consultant

Grove City, OH Office
Rich has been in the risk insurance industry since 2009. He currently works with clients in the commercial and farm insurance area. He has obtained his commercial and farm designations: AFIS, CLCS and is Farm Certified. His goal has been to help clients with the forecasting and evaluation of their business, with identification of procedures, assessment and prioritization of risk. Rich is excited to help clients by addressing their needs and concerns, which creates long lasting business relationships. He has two children, both young adults starting out in the world on their own. He also enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and sunny beaches anytime.

Feel free to email rich-hutchings@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-782-9906

Ryan Stroh

Ryan Stroh

Senior Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office

Ryan has been in the insurance business for 15 years, spending time in farm, small commercial, and now focusing on personal insurance. He has been with Leavitt Group Midwest since 2009, and now focuses on working with some of our high value homes and high net worth clients. A 2000 graduate of Ohio University, he is still active with the area Alumni group, and is a Bobcat basketball season ticket holder. He currently lives in Hilliard with his wife and their dog. In his free time, Ryan has several hobbies, including running and hiking with his dog, working on his cars, visiting wineries with his wife, and watching many sports including college basketball and multiple types of auto racing.

Feel free to email ryan-stroh@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1505

Rodie Solomons

Rodie Solomons

Vice President
Senior Care Products

Columbus, OH Office

Rodie Solomons has worked for Bob Smith since 2006 and she focuses on Medicare health insurance. Rodie is certified with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services and licensed with numerous Medicare insurance carriers in the State of Ohio. This allows her to offer many plan options to her clients so that they can select the best health and prescription drug coverage for their needs.
Rodie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University with a degree in Economics. She worked for many years in New York City in the corporate area focusing on Retail Operations prior to moving to Columbus in 2005. She and her husband Gordon have been enjoying the slower pace, friendly people, and great golf courses in Ohio.

Feel free to email rodie-solomons@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1519

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Shelia Weightman

Account Manager
Columbus, Reed Rd Office

Shelia was born and raised in Texas and became an Ohio transplant in 1998. She has been in the insurance industry since 1998 as owner, producer and manager. Outside of work she spends her time with friends and is a dedicated dog mom to her Old English Sheepdog, Ruby. When she is not busy being a fur mom she enjoys music, movies, being a Broadway fanatic, and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes! GO BUCKS!

Feel free to email shelia-weightman@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1519

Tami Leasure

Tami Leasure

Customer Service Representative
Grove City, OH Office

Tami began her Nationwide career as a claims call center rep in 1992 while attending Ohio Dominican University. She later joined her family business, Molino Insurance Agency, in 1998. Tami is licensed in property and casualty. She loves the day-to-day dealings with all of the clients and strives to maintain the same outstanding customer relationship put into place by her father. Outside of work she has 2 children, Anthony and Ria. She stays busy with all of their activities, enjoys traveling with her husband, and all things sports. She is a huge animal lover, in particular her black lab Jax.

Feel free to email tami-leasure@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-782-9904

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Tammie Masters

Account Manager
Mt. Gilead, OH Office

Tammie was born, raised and still resides just south of Mount Gilead with her two children. She is starting her career with the Leavitt Group and looks forward to helping the community with their insurance needs. Tammie enjoys being at home with her family and being active in her community. In her free time she looks forward to attending the different sporting events in the county and of course the county fair.

Feel free to email tammie-masters@leavitt.com

About Leavitt Group

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We work to develop lasting client relationships. As a privately-held firm, we have the flexibility to make long-term decisions with you. Our performance is not judged by Wall Street every quarter, but rather by the quality of relationships we maintain.

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As the 12th largest privately-held insurance brokerage in the nation*, we bring you the national resources, experience, problem-solving skills, and key insurance company and underwriting relationships that will result in an effective risk management and employee benefits strategy.

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As a result of our local managing co-owner and on-the-ground decision makers, our interest in your success results in a greater level of service and commitment to your business. We match solutions to your needs and geography.

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We believe in operating with complete integrity and transparency. We have a long history based on this principle, and it is a vital part of our culture. As we bring people into our organization, we look for those who share our values, thus fostering relationships based on trust—for employees, insurance companies, and clients.


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