Manlius If you live in the village of Manlius, chances are you drive past the Webb Agency every day and may not know it.
Although the independent insurance agency has only been at its current location across from the Swan Pond for two years, Lisé Hodinger said she and co-owner Calvin Webb, who is also her father, have been making an effort to make their company an active part of the Manlius community.
“We joined the Chamber of Commerce as soon as we got out here,” Hodinger said. “We’re on the main street and we know people see our sign, but there’s no indication of what we do here and we want to be a part of the community. At [our previous location] in Syracuse, it was a great community too, but you never really felt like you were a part of anything because it’s so big. Here in Manlius, it’s much more welcoming and inviting.”
Webb opened the business back in 1967 with his wife, Janet. They ran the Webb Agency successfully in the building located across from the Hotel Syracuse for 42 years, but after management of the building changed, they decided to move to Manlius, where they and Hodinger both live.
Hodinger joined the family business in 1997. She said was inspired by her father to go into insurance after working for him during summers and outside of school. Webb even helped her find her first job with another insurance agency. Meanwhile, he asked Hodinger to join him at the Webb Agency, but she initially refused because she did not want to mix family and business, but later changed her mind. “I just didn’t feel challenged at the old job,” she said.
For Webb, the idea has always been to keep the business within the family – currently he, his wife and his daughter are the three co-owners.