Jody Sarchett is executive vice president of sales at Lovitt & Touché, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerages. As a key member of the leadership team, Jody is charged with leading the business development effort at Lovitt & Touché, which includes overseeing the broker team, leading sales efforts, setting the direction for strategic marketing activities and lending her years of expertise to helping clients with complex and diverse insurance needs not only build highly effective programs, but also significantly reduce risk to protect their companies.
Focused on commercial insurance, Jody has been instrumental to the company’s growth since joining Lovitt & Touché in 2003. With a strong reputation for delivering long-term profitable solutions she has worked with a wide range of high-profile clients in manufacturing, the non-profit sector, and construction. During her tenure, Lovitt & Touché has nearly doubled in size. She has built a successful career with sharply honed skills in risk management, strategic planning, underwriting, workers’ compensation, financial analysis, professional liability, health insurance, D&O, mergers and more.
A highly respected industry executive, Jody provides eagle-eyed perspectives to help protect companies, as well as their hard-earned assets and revenues. As a Certified Risk Manager, one of the most important designations for an insurance industry professional, Jody’s tenacity and experience are an indispensable resource for organizations seeking to managing risks, hazards and exposures. Earning her certification through rigorous coursework and testing in five key risk areas, including the principles, management, analysis, control and financing of risk, Jody is second to none in using a 360-degree approach to help clients identify and mitigate a wide range of risk. Earning numerous accolades for her business development skill and strategy, Jody’s training and knowledge helps both businesses and nonprofits not understand their total cost of risk, while propelling them into being stronger, more resilient organizations with greater peace of mind.
With a passion for the industry, she has had the opportunity to work closely with clients to help them solve real business challenges impacting the welfare of their workforces and a chance to mentor those around her with whom she works. In 2011 she co-created a committee to formalize education efforts, resulting in the Lovitt & Touché Academy, a highly sought-after seminar series that helps companies and individuals improve productivity, successfully manage costs and stay informed about strategic planning, compliance, healthcare reform, employee benefits and risk management.
She has achieved the Chairman’s Club or President’s Club recognitions year after year, which are only earned by the top one or two sales executives annually. She has been named one of the 30 Outstanding Women in Business and one of the Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal, was recognized as a top business leader by Az Business Magazine, and received numerous honors from top insurance trades for her industry leadership.
Personally, Jody has a steadfast commitment to supporting local nonprofits. For the past 10 years, she has served on several high-profile Boards of Directors that have included working alongside some of the most prestigious business professionals and public leaders in the state.
Jody is active in the professional community as well. As a member of the Arizona chapter of Financial Executives International, she has co-chaired the Membership Committee for the past five years (and is actually the first non-CFO to hold a chair position in the organization). A former member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, she also lends her time and talent to the Risk and Insurance Managers Association and Phoenix CFO-CEO Group. And, she is a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class 33.
Jody graduated Tarleton State University in Texas with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and Finance Magna Cum Laude. Always looking to push the envelope, Jody is a lifelong rodeo roper. The youth, high school and college champion roper continues to compete to this day, earning her latest team roping title in 2013. She is a United States Team Roping Champion and Pro Rodeo Barrel Racing Circuit Champion.