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Melissa O. Cole

Columbia Managing Director

Melissa O. Cole has been a leading figure in the Columbia, South Carolina insurance arena for more than a decade. As Managing Director of Sentinel’s Columbia office, she oversees all aspects of business development, client relations and account management. Melissa is known for her dedication to superior client service.

Melissa earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clemson University, where she was a Division 1 athlete and record-making tennis player. She started her career as a public school elementary teacher. Her time in the classroom was brief, as she was soon promoted to administration roles; first as a vice-principal and later, school principal. She followed the call to the business arena with a position managing the insurance division for a large financial institution.

She is active in many civic and philanthropic groups in the greater Columbia area.


Masters in Education, Clemson University