About Leavitt Group Midwest—Smith, Molino & Sichko

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—Smith, Molino & Sichko 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

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

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

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

Kathy Boron

Kathy Boron

Assistant Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Originally from Canton, Ohio, Kathy recently relocated to Columbus in Sept 2016 specifically to take a job with Franchise Insurance Agency. Her career in insurance began in 2006 when she was hired as a Commercial lines processor for Nationwide. In her 10 years there, she was assigned specifically to work on most of the large accounts written by Franchise Insurance Agency, Inc. dba Leavitt Group Midwest—Smith, Molino & Sichko. This relationship led to her job here. Kathy graduated in 2005 from the University of Louisville and is still a loyal Cardinals fan. In her spare time, she enjoys all sports, but specifically cheering on the Louisville Cardinals & the “Oakland” Raiders. She is also an avid UFC fan and never misses a fight.

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

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 kathy-boron@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1677

Rachel Lentz

Rachel Lentz

Account Executive
Columbus, OH Office
Rachel has lived in the Columbus, Ohio area since late childhood and currently resides in Powell, Ohio with her son. She began her insurance career in 1998 as a Commercial Lines CSR and obtained her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation in 2006. Rachel is an Account Manager in the Commercial Lines Department and has experience working with all types of commercial accounts. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking, and reading.

Feel free to email rachel-lentz@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1675

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

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

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

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

Seth Warnelis

Seth Warnelis

Assistant Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office
Seth was born in Columbus, Ohio, and Graduated from Ohio University in 2011. He currently lives in Hilliard, OH with his wife and their small dog. Seth has been in the insurance industry for 5 years. He joined Leavitt Group Midwest in 2016, and is excited to continue his growth and understanding of Commercial Lines insurance as a Customer Service Representative.

Feel free to email seth-warnelis@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1663

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

Tia Sum

Tia Sum

Department Manger & Account Executive

Columbus, OH Office
Tia has been with the Agency since 2012 and her passion has always been Commercial Lines Insurance. In 2006, she completed her undergraduate degree from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University earning a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with the emphasis in Risk Management & Insurance. In 2008, she went on to pursue the Certified Insurance Counselor designation and also the Construction Risk Insurance designation in 2014. Tia is the Manager of the Commercial Lines Department and a Commercial Account Executive. Her main focus is middle-market to large accounts. She enjoys meeting her clients face-to-face the most.

Feel free to email tia-sum@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1679

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

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

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 Bland

Jason Bland

Senior Account Manager

Columbus, OH Office
Jason has been with the agency since 2008 as a senior personal lines account manager. He lives in Blacklick, OH with his wife, Krista and sons Brady and Luke. He enjoys golf, travel, and University of Dayton basketball.

Feel free to email jason-bland@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1537

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

Jeremiah Campana

Jeremiah Campana

Account Manager
Columbus, OH Office
Jeremiah was born in Warren, OH and raised in Columbus. He has worked in insurance since 2015 and joined Leavitt Group Midwest in 2017. He works in the Personal Lines Department selling home and auto insurance. He enjoys attending sporting events when not in the office.

Feel free to email jeremiah-campana@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1665

Katherine Petry

Katherine Petry

Customer Service Representative

Columbus, OH Office
Katherine was born in Columbus and now lives in Dublin, Ohio. She joined Leavitt Group Midwest in the summer of 2018 as a Customer Service Representative licensed in Casualty and Property. Her hobbies include rock climbing, hiking and watching OSU football in the fall.

Feel free to email katherine-petry@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1548

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

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

Nate Moore

Nathaniel Moore

Account Manager

Canal Winchester, OH Office
Nate began his insurance career in 2011 working in the claims field. He recently joined the Canal Winchester office's personal lines team and brings a unique skill set to the group having been on both ends of the insurance spectrum. Outside of work he enjoys sharing his love for life with others through his art.

Feel free to email nate-moore@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-494-5137

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

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

Tammy McGarvin

Tammy McGarvin

Account Manager
Canal Winchester, OH Office
Tammy has her Property & Casualty license with 22+ years experience in both commercial and personal insurance. With Leavitt Group Midwest her focus will be on personal lines, working with clients to discuss and meet their insurance needs. It is her goal to help you navigate the insurance waters and at the same time provide you with excellent service.

Feel free to email tammy-mcgarvin@leavitt.com or contact directly at 614-545-1507

About Leavitt Group

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Long-Term Relationships

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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Experience And Resources

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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A Greater Commitment To Your Success

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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Integrity

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.


*According to Insurance Journal, August 2019 issue.

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