Rawlins was promoted Jan. 1 to executive vice president of Shelter Insurance Companies. Known in the industry as a Super Regional insurer, Shelter has nearly 2,000 employees, 19 regional offices and $5.4 billion under management.
More than 1,000 employees report to Rawlins, whose responsibilities include oversight of claims, information services and information security departments, government relations and customer communications.
Rawlins, who honed her work ethic growing up on a dairy farm in north Missouri, said she appreciates working for a family-oriented company made up of “a lot of really good people who try to row the boat in the same direction.”
“It’s been in business 72 years and provides a lot of great services to its customers,” she said. “I can always say I work for a company that tries to do the right thing in every situation. I have a conscience as well, and that makes me comfortable working for a company that has that as one of its values.”
Rawlins studied political science at Truman State University and attended the University Of Missouri School Of Law. Her career started in Kansas City where she practiced insurance defense for 20 years. She returned to Columbia in 2002 to become general counsel of Shelter.
She became secretary of the Shelter Insurance Companies and the board of directors in 2006 and was promoted to senior vice president in 2016 and executive vice president earlier this year. On July 1, she will join Shelter’s board of directors, which she said always has included one woman during her time with the company and now will have two.
Rawlins recently finished serving on the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association Hugh E. Stephenson Jr. MC Heart and Stroke Ball in Columbia for the past three years. Shelter also sponsors a collection of sports balls from employees, which are donated to local children’s charities. She leads the initiative within the company, which led to more than 2,500 donations from employees this year.
In April, she will take over as president of the board of directors of the Country Club of Missouri.
In her professional life, Rawlins’ approach to leadership is rooted in integrity and hard work.
“In a company like this, you have to work with a lot of people, and you have to rely on a lot of people,” she said. “When you have that many people working for you, you have to demonstrate to them that you’re not afraid to do anything you’re asking them to do. I’m not going to ask anybody to do something I wouldn’t do myself.”