Christopher Godley is a fireball of positive energy directed toward building his business through extraordinary involvement with his community.
Godley, whose State Farm insurance agency in Greenville recently celebrated its first year in business, is also involved with more than 17 local and national community organizations. Among those are the March of Dimes North Carolina Chapter, Pitt County Schools, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute and Little League Baseball. He serves as a mentor to East Carolina University freshman football players. He also helps educate parents and teens at D. H. Conley and Farmville Central high schools about how the insurance points system works.
“I do have a true passion for others and helping people as well as being able to provide jobs to the community. These jobs help families pay their bills and take care of their families,” Godley says. Godley has five employees on his agency staff.
He is particularly proud of his involvement with college scholarship program that support the Greenville NC Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Greenville Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. His agency was also selected to present a $20,000 donation to the local American Red Cross chapter from State Farm Insurance.
Godley’s insurance career began 17 years ago, a career decision based on his personal commitment to making sure families had the financial support they need when the unexpected occurs, such as an accident or loss of loved one.. His career included his rise to the elite Million Dollar Round Table with Transamerica Insurance, a group that includes the top 1 percent of insurance agents. But that wasn’t enough, he says.
“After working 70 plus hour per week for the past 12 years, I thought to myself ‘what could I achieve if I invested that same time in my own business?’ Partnering with State Farm just made sense. Their devotion to customer service coupled with very competitive rates was an obvious choice for me.”
He does admit that balancing business and community time can be a challenge. “It’s like juggling chainsaws,” he says, quickly adding that anyone who wants to have their own business needs to have the right perspective in life.
“Everyone wants the glory, but no one sees the story. It took tremendous personal strength for myself and my family to start the business. We aren’t yet where we want to be (Million Dollar Round Table) but we’ll get there soon,” he predicts.
Godley’s State Farm office is located at 1860 W. Arlington Blvd. in Greenville. The agency offers insurance coverage for life, health, auto, homeowners, motorcycle, disability and financial planning.
He grew up in Washingon, NC and learned the value of hard work on the family farm. “I was raised on a farm and that taught me a lot of lessons about life.”
Chris Godley can be reached at 252-364-8940. His office is located at 1860 W. Arlington Blvd., Greenville, NC 278