Local grad forgoes law education for insuranceWritten by Julie Ryan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandy Davenport, a Rossford graduate and UT alum, is proud to be a hometown girl.
“People in Toledo are always so down on it sometimes,” Davenport said. “If you look for it, you will find a great place to live and a great place to raise a family, which I don’t have yet.”
Davenport is a marketing specialist at Huntington Insurance and works at the Bowling Green and Maumee offices.
“What Mandy does is work to continue to get it right, to put extra effort in, to go above and beyond to get the job done,” said Deb Mauk, director of operations. “She is learning to work out of her comfort zone to continue to take on the challenges that are not specifically in her job description.”
Her mother, Susie Davenport, said Davenport was always involved in activities growing up.
“She was always involved in cheerleading, any club, any group, always very active. There wasn’t enough to keep her active,” her mom said. “She has to be challenged all the time. She is just one of those people; she has to be active.”
Davenport was a cheerleader in Rossford Schools from sixth grade through high school. Between cheering, and some years serving as captain of the team, Davenport managed to qualify for National Honors Society.
“Education has always been very easy for her; she grasped it very easily,” her mom said. “She didn’t need any help from us and, half the time, she knew more about it than we did anyway.”
Davenport graduated from Rossford in 2000. Four years later, she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in finance and a minor in business law from UT.
“I love law,” she said. “I started in financing because I thought it would be a good start.”
Exactly a year after graduating, however, Davenport landed a job at Huntington Insurance. She said the job forced her to improve her time management, organization and business skills. The love of her job overcame her love for law.
“I’m very happy here right now,” she said. “I think Toledo has a misconstrued representation. They have a great art museum, a great zoo. People forget about it because they go there for a school trip.
“It’s building up, too: Levis Commons, Fallen Timbers, communities are growing and Downtown,” she said.
Mom was surprised to see her daughter stay in Toledo, but soon realized it suited her.
“I think she’s a hometown girl. Only if something would really come out of the ordinary would she go somewhere else.”