Belinda Zivich

Vice President of Business Development at RMA Consultants

Why did you choose Hodges University to further your education?
I chose Hodges University because it felt like I was becoming part of a family. From the enrollment process, all of my classes and after graduation, I still feel a part of the Hodges family.

What challenges and/or obstacles did you face while obtaining your degree? How did you overcome them?
My biggest challenge was time. I worked on obtaining my degree while working a full-time job. I am also a mother and grandmother, and sometimes had a difficult time being able to commit to things. I had to explain that this was just a short period of time, but that this was very important to me. I wanted to show them that no matter what time in your life you want to do something, it can be accomplished with commitment and discipline.

Describe your experience at Hodges University? What is your favorite memory?
I loved my time at Hodges University! I miss being on campus and seeing all the familiar faces. My favorite memory is the lifelong friends, including professors, I made. I continue to see many of them today.

What is the one thing you wish you would have done or taken advantage of during your time at Hodges University?
I was very involved while in school and believe that everyone should get involved. You can’t truly experience what Hodges is all about unless you get involved.

What is your current profession and where do you work?
I am in the insurance industry working for a fairly new Property & Casualty Insurance agency. I currently work at RMA Consultants in Naples. I am the vice president of business development for the P&C agency.

How has your Hodges experience had an impact on your career and who you are today?
My degree in management has allowed me to better myself in serving as the vice president of this agency. All of the tools that I learned are being put to use including strategic planning, marketing and financial statements.

Tell us about your greatest accomplishment, professionally or personally.
My greatest personal accomplishments are my two children, Nicole and Peter. I have the privilege of being their mother and being the grandmother of their combined five granddaughters.

What advice do you have for current Hodges students?
My advice is to get involved and never be afraid to ask for help. Everyone at Hodges is amazing!

How do you spend your free time?
My free time is spent with my family. I also enjoy the beach and paddle boarding.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I was a cheerleading coach for 17 years. I have many fond memories of coaching almost 500 girls.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
I would love to travel to Italy. I would need two weeks minimum to be able to go to all of the places I want in Italy, and so I could enjoy the wine, food and culture.

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