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NAWBO Member Q&A: Lynn Schreder

Lynn Schreder is co-owner and president at KHI Solutions, one of Iowa’s major wholesalers for health insurance. Schreder bought KHI solutions in 2009 and has grown this small, women-owned business to serve Fort Dodge and West Des Moines. Schreder is also a passionate volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and JDRF. She was recently awarded the National Association of Women Business Owner’s Hall of Fame Legacy Award, and she is former co-president of the NAWBO Iowa board.

Can you take me through your personal background?

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, and I graduated from Iowa State with a teaching degree in industrial education. After two years of teaching, though, I was bitten by the sales bug. I worked for AT&T for 15 years before getting laid off. But being laid off turned out to be such a blessing in disguise. I eventually found an opportunity at Wellmark, and there I learned the ins and outs of health insurance and insurance sales. During my time at Wellmark, I also got to know Kingsgate Health Insurance as their account manager. The former owners were looking to retire, and they tapped me and two others to become owners of their company. Eventually my co-owner, Brenda Eckard, and I bought out the third partner and established KHI Solutions.

What is your profession/business?

I am co-owner of KHI Solutions. We are a woman-owned firm, specializing in health insurance. We provide wholesale insurance to more than 400 agents serving individuals and families, Medicare-eligible individuals and small business customers throughout Iowa and beyond.

What is the favorite part of what you do?

I love connecting people, helping small business grow and helping agents succeed, it gets me fired up. Agents are often just starting out, and they need help, experience and ideas to help them grow. I get such satisfaction in helping them by bringing the right products and right solutions for their clients.

Who is someone you consider a mentor and why?

Without a doubt, I have to say Lori Day, with Focus First, Inc. I served as NAWBO Iowa co-president with her, and I consider her a sister in NAWBO. Lori is a business consultant, and she has helped my business succeed. But, more than that, she has a heart for what she does, and she is an inspiration to me.

What has been one new thing you’ve learned or done while social distancing in the past couple months?

I just turned 60, and even before this I had no interest in makeup or being anything other than who I am. Now, with so much video conferencing, I have had to learn to get over looking at myself. My hair isn’t perfect today and I don’t have any makeup, but so what? The important thing is to just show up and be there for others. Embrace the video and be authentic. That’s what matters.