CEO, Branch Insurance, SafetyNest
About: Lekas co-founded Branch Insurance in 2018 to restore insurance back to its original intent – a force for communal good. Lekas has bachelor’s degrees in computer and information sciences and marketing from Kent State University. He and his wife, Nikki, have three daughters.
We in Columbus need to invest time, energy, money and action to rethink fairness and equality for positive change.
Outside of work: Lekas and his team designed SafetyNest to charitably help communities as a complement to Branch Insurance. The nonprofit’s mission is to eliminate the uninsured problem in the U.S. by helping more people become insured. Financial assistance is given to people who have suffered a loss to their home or auto and didn’t have the right amount of insurance to cover the damage.
What does Columbus need to thrive? We chose to bring Branch and its team to Columbus because we believe Columbus is a metro well positioned for rapid growth while we rapidly grow. On a much larger scale, we in Columbus need to invest time, energy, money and action to rethink fairness and equality for positive change.
Lekas’ idea: I’d like to see a curriculum and mentorship program developed and administered by our Future 50 designed to provide a model for and a window into massive success and impact to those who have the fewest such models.