Interview by Steph Greegor
Name: Tanya Salyers
Job Title and Company: Commercial Lines Assistant Client Manager, Overmyer Hall Associates
Neighborhood: Upper Arlington
One-word description: Passionate
Quote: “I’ve always had a sense of urgency to help the community I’m in. Whatever I can do to further the things I care about, I’m going to give my time to that.”
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For Tanya Salyers, 29, work life as a Commercial Lines Assistant Client Manager with Overmyer Hall Associates is always hopping.
“From handling day-to-day servicing to quoting large development projects in the city, it never gets boring,” she said of the small boutique insurance firm in Upper Arlington focused largely on the construction industry. “I also handle all of the in-house marketing and graphic design for our agency, acting as liaison for our advertising efforts and social media presence.”
Salyers briefly went to Ohio State University before transferring to Shawnee State University near her hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature before moving back to Columbus because she missed it so much.
“Columbus is a perfect place to be for [the insurance] industry. There’s lots of ways I can use my degree,” said the Upper Arlington resident. “Reading through policies, making sense of policies, critical analysis—my degree sets me up. I also do marketing and advertising, so I get to scratch that creative niche while also helping my clients understand complexities.”
But what stands out as most important to this mother of an active 9-year-old boy—other than him—is her dedication to volunteerism, particularly empowering women and families.
“I think that you have to give back. I grew up with my father who was really involved with the community,” she said. “So, it’s really important to me.”
Salyers is a member of the Associate Board of the American Red Cross of Central Ohio, which is their Young Professionals board. She’s also a 2016 graduate of the Leadership for Social Change (1st cohort) with the YWCA of Central Ohio as well as a two-time Grant Reader for the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. In her free time, she loves the park system in Upper Arlington.
“The UA parks are amazing,” she said. “We just love being outside and that’s definitely an asset.”
But when guests come to visit, Salyers says it’s time to eat.
“I definitely think you have to go eat. Columbus has the best restaurants,” she said, adding “the Fox in the Snow egg sandwich is to die for.” “I really love going deep into the neighborhood, off the beaten path like Katalina’s. In the summer, I definitely recommended Farmer’s Markets.”
Tanya was named to our annual list of 52 Young Professionals You Should Know in Columbus – one for every week in the year!
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