A country girl at heart, Beth Coberly found her way to Pickens County from the city in 1988. Since that time she has made many contributions to the area through her volunteer work with Professional Women of Pickens County, among other groups. Thanks to her big heart, Coberly has also helped countless stray and abandoned animals throughtout the years, taking them into her home for rehabilitation and working to find them homes.
(Beth Coberly works with Kevin Painter Insurance and is involved with the Professional Women of Pickens County group. she is an avid animal lover.)
Where are you originally from?
Ft. Pierce, FL
When did you move to Pickens?
What brought you here?
Al & I were living in a really neat apartment in Roswell when there was a fire in an adjoining building. We are basically country folks and decided it was time to get out of the city. We came to an Indian Festival at the Tate House, wandered up 515, picked up a real estate brochure, called a realtor, made an appointment to see houses, fell in love with the area, the neighborhood and the house.
How long have you worked for Kevin Painter Insurance?
5 years. One of my better decisions in life.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My clients and prospective clients. Helping them to recognize their exposures and then giving them options to protect themselves from losses.
I know you are involved with Professional Women of Pickens County. Tell me how you first got involved with PWPC.
I have been a member of the chamber for 20 years and when I became an independent agent in 2009, I knew chamber members were the type of clients I wanted. I heard about PWPC and felt it offered me an opportunity to meet other professional women and share experiences.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting involved with PWPC.
It is a great networking opportunity and offers programs to help women succeed in business.
I know you love dogs. You've rescued quite a few throughout the years. What compels you to help animals?
I feel that animals are so special with their love and devotion that when one is mistreated or abandoned, they need all the help they can get. Last year a sweet terrier/corgi mix came by a couple of times then stayed. Before I could find her owner, she birthed eight pups and I still have four. I would love/hate for them to find a forever home. Check out my FB page.
What do you do for fun?
Get together with friends for conversation, food and trips to special places.
Do you binge watch any shows on Netflix?
Nope I have the antenna that came with the house but still get 20+ channels. Tried Dish but went back to the antenna.
What's your most prized possession?
Gosh I am not much on material things - I guess I would have to say my "critters".
How about greatest accomplishment?
The Holiday Market & Expo. What started out as a Business Woman's Expo in 2011 became a Holiday Market & Expo in 2013. With an awesome team, we were able, in four years, to go from 30 + vendors, less than 100 attendees to 100+ vendors, 1,000 + attendees. In 2014 the proceeds of $3,000 went to local charities!
We have enjoyed watching it transform and grow into an event that supports our community and brings in tourism.
Tell us something most people don't know about you.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want with you?
I started to say "friends" but did not want to do that to them. So I guess tools and books. Food would be nice.