Lori Bodin

What past work history prepared you for 

Cordillera Ranch?

I worked for USAA Insurance Company for 32½ years in a 

customer service / member service position, as a claims examiner. Customer service is where I have excelled, and I am excited to help all the homeowners here at Cordillera Ranch as part of the POA Team. I have truly enjoyed meeting and engaging with the homeowners when they come into our office. 

What do you like most about working at

Cordillera Ranch? 

What I like most about working for Cordillera Ranch is the people. I was lucky to have met a lot of my co-workers prior to my employment here, through my husband, Ron. Everyone here is so kind, and I have quickly gained their friendship and feel like a part of this great team. My favorite part of the job is being able to meet people on a daily basis. 

What has been your most rewarding 

professional experience?

During my career at USAA, I helped many people who lost 

loved ones in accidents. One Air Force Colonel that I helped, following the death of his wife, came to USAA to personally thank me for helping him through the claims process and everything surrounding the accident. He had published a book about his military career, and he brought me a copy of his book and wrote inside, “To Lori Bodin, My Best Friend At USAA.” The fact that he came from Dallas to San Antonio to see me was the most rewarding experience I had working there. I was always very honored to help the military and their families. 

What inspired you to pursue work in this field?

When I retired from USAA in June 2023, I knew that I wanted to continue to work in a customer service capacity. I like to be around people, and I like helping people. 

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I spend time with my husband, Ron. We are true homebodies! I enjoy long walks, doing yard work and spending time with our horses. I love family and try to get together with them as often as possible! 

What’s the funniest thing to happen to you 

on the Ranch?

I’m not sure anything funny has happened to me yet, but there is still time. I did, however, have a lot of “fun” at the Cordillera Ranch “PICO BOO” event this past October. 

It was a great time, and I enjoyed meeting and talking with the families who attended. 

What is your secret to happiness?

My faith, my husband and our family relationships. 

What motivates you to succeed?

My parents. My father was a successful Army Officer, and my mother was a stay-at-home mom and an exceptional military wife. They both taught my brother and sister and I the importance of family, hard work and preparing for your future. We have all been successful because of what they instilled in us. 

Are you a cat or dog person, and why?

I am a lover of all animals, but dogs top the list. A dog can calm your soul just by looking at you. They don’t want anything from you except for your love. We are getting a new puppy in February! 

What is your favorite genre of music?

Hands down Country Music. 

What is your favorite season, and why?

I love the spring. Everything starts to green up and renew. 

Daylight Savings Time ends! I can get out and work in the yard, and take walks in the evening. 

What past work history prepared you for Cordillera Ranch?

My first job was at a yacht club in New Orleans, and I was employed there for six years.

What has been your most rewarding professional experience? 

Up until this point, my most rewarding experience was when I worked on a vacation boat and traveled across half of the U.S.

What has been your greatest professional challenge?

Every position I’ve held professionally has always been more challenging and prosperous than the last — on up to the present here at Cordillera Ranch.

What’s the funniest thing to happen to you in this business/at the Ranch?

Not being all that funny but definitely amusing is learning everyone’s names.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I mostly spend time home. I’m raising my 16-year-old daughter whose main residence is with me. Also, I like to consider myself a self-proclaimed restauranteur, so I spend two to three nights a month dining out at newly discovered restaurants.

What motivates you to succeed?

God first, then my kids, and my own continuing pursuit of wanting to be happy.

Are you a cat or dog person, and why?

Neither, because I am raising two daughters and the days of instilling, teaching, feeding, etc., have been enough to last a lifetime.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child growing up, I pretty much wanted to be what I have been doing now well over two decades, and that’s anything and everything dealing with food.

What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is grilled ribeye or NY Strip (medium), topped with jumbo shrimp and crab that has been sautéed in a lemon, shallot, butter and wine cream sauce, a twice baked potato and creamed spinach.

What is your favorite genre of music?

Although I do enjoy a vast array of music, R&B is my favorite.

What is your favorite season, and why?

Fall/Winter: The reason would be none other than what one can see on the drive to Cordillera Ranch.

What’s on your bucket list?

Although I’ve traveled mildly abroad, I definitely want to experience the Brazilian Mardi Gras/Carnival.

Anything else you would like to add about yourself?

I am known to cut a rug, and I enjoy doing so!

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