Ashey WyattWhat I Do/Career Background As the managing partner/founder of the agency, I oversee the operations of the agency, as well as being involved with many clients on a daily basis to ensure their needs are met. In 1995, Susie and I moved to Knoxville to start the agency out of the third bedroom in our home. We have been blessed and accepted by the Knoxville community. We love calling Knoxville home. Susie and I have been married 25 years and have three wonderful kids, Avery, Abbey and Paul. What I Love To Do Away From Work When not working, I love being on the tractor at the farm, hunting, hiking, traveling, reading or just about anything outdoors. I also love spending time with my family. Our family attends Two Rivers Church; I am a coach for the skeet and sporting clay team at The Christian Academy of Knoxville; I serve on the board of Christian Academy of Knoxville; I’m a member of Bearden Rotary Club. Favorite Book Unbroken (The movie was a disappointment) My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie John Wayne says in the Cowboys, “We’re burning daylight.” The older I get, the more I value my time doing meaningful things. Lonesome Dove is my favorite movie. I own a Stetson cowboy hat named “The Gus”, after Robert Duvall’s character in the mini-series. Favorite Music George Strait, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Mercy Me, Glen Campbell, Third Day and Stevie Ray Vaughan… I could go on, but those are at the top. Bucket List Hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, take my family to the beaches of Normandy, France to visit the WWII memorial, travel the missionary routes of The Apostle Paul and go on an Alaskan hunting expedition. I have more, but will stop there. Two Truths and a Lie I’ve been mistaken for Matt Lauer on many occasions while traveling. I love to snow ski and make it an annual family trip. You can find me out in South Texas quail hunting every winter with my bird dogs.
Employee Benefits Director
Cliffe HorneWhat I Do/Career Background Work directly with employers to design, implement & communicate comprehensive employee benefits program which allows employers a competitive advantage to recruit & retain talent & operate a successful business since talented people are the greatest asset of a business. It’s hard to believe I started my career in the insurance industry nearly 30 years ago. After several years working with Allstate, I realized how much I enjoyed working with employers and employees to help them understand their benefits package. Experience has taught me more than any classroom or book, but I am constantly learning as our industry changes. I am proud Member of National Association of Health Underwriters, & served on the TN Technical Advisory Group as TN explored establishing a state based insurance exchange, and on the board of Knoxville Association of Health Underwriters. What I Love To Do Away From Work The list is long, but…spending time with my wife, Angela. We recently celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary & have two wonderful kids, Samantha & Savanna. We love taking road trips together & exploring the backroads and old stores. Some of my favorite activities are; road cycling, boating, water & snow skiing, hiking, just about anything outdoors, Angela & love discovering new BBQ dives & local donut shops. Normally, you will find me working outdoors or on a project around the house. Enjoy reading (when I sit down) and talking 1 on 1 with fatherless young men. We are members at Shoreline Church & participating in Bible Study Fellowship annual Bible Study. Favorite Book The Bible The Travelers Gifts My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie “Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!” William Wallace from the movie, Braveheart Some of my Favorite Movies – Gladiator, Braveheart, Jerry McGuire, It’s a Wonderful Life Bucket List Visit all 50 states, take a bike tour in 4 different sections on the USA, skydive, learn to play the guitar, visit the Holy Land, learn how to ballroom dance, ski out west, drive across the USA in an RV, visit all of TN’s state parks, visit Yellowstone, teach a person to read, ride part of the Tour De France, give away more than I live on. Two Truths and a Lie I am an avid Seinfeld fan I love all genres of music When I was a kid, I wanted to be pirate when I grew up
Commercial Lines Agent and Managing Partner
Beverly TaylorWhat I Do/Career Background As a Commercial Lines Agent and the Managing Partner in the Clarksville, TN office, I have the opportunity to meet and serve business owners with their insurance needs. I enjoy learning about the challenges they face as they grow their business and work with them as a partner to protect their investment. I’ve been in the insurance business since 2007. Making a career change when I did was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but now I can say it has been the most rewarding as well. I thoroughly enjoy the relationship aspect of our business. What I Love To Do Away From Work When I’m not in the office, I enjoy a lot of different things…cruising with my husband in our little convertible. This was an anniversary gift to me several years ago but I think I’ve driven it twice. We watch TN Crossroads on TV and take day trips to the many locations they feature on that program. I say that I enjoy running, but I think I enjoy the camaraderie of my friends when training for a race and the travel that comes along with the races we sign up for. We have a wonderful time together. I also enjoy kayaking. I love to read and we have friends who we love to travel with. I plan to travel more in next few years. My family is the world to me. My husband Kenny and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two adult sons who we are very proud of. Our boys are married and we adore our daughters in love. We have on granddaughter and she has absolutely captivated our hearts. I thought being a Mom was great…being a Grandma is even better. We adore her. We love our church family and attend Hilldale Baptist Church. Favorite Book This changes frequently…right now it is “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie My favorite movie changes, too. It seems like it is the one I most recently watched. A few that I’ve watched more than once are Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. I have a lot of favorite quotes. “You are not born a winner. You are not born a loser. You are born a chooser.” That came from Michael Hyatt. It’s a Wonderful Life - “Look daddy, teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.” Bucket List Run a full marathon (planned for January 2019) Hike the TN State Parks See the amazing sites in the Western USA Visit NY City at Christmas – and see Hamilton of course Travel the eastern coast of the US Visit Niagara Falls Learn Spanish I have more, but will stop there. p> Two Truths and a Lie I started running at the age of 55 I enjoy cooking I speak fluent French p>
Customer Service Representative
Melody SedyWhat I Do/Career Background I joined Wyatt Insurance Services in April 2018 as a commercial customer service. Prior to joining Wyatt, I managed a bank in Washington State, which included writing life, health and annuity policies. What I Love To Do Away From Work I love to go hiking when I am not at work and I look forward to exploring more of TN. I like the movies, reading, fishing and being outside. My children would tell you that if I could, I would live outdoors (if that meant I still had access to a hair dryer). Favorite Book I have read just about every book James Patterson has written. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie My favorite movies would have to be Grease, Bridesmaids, The Breakfast Club. (Way too many to list). . Bucket List To travel the US. To learn to snow ski. To try hot yoga, (well to try yoga at all). To learn how to play the guitar. Two Truths and a Lie I started weight lifting at 50. I have 6 kids. I have hiked Diamond Head on Oahu. p>
Commercial Marketing Consultants
Commercial Marketing Consultant
Mike HardyWhat I Do/Career Background I sell Business Insurance and have been doing it for over 35 years. Some of my insureds have been with me since I started. There are two critical parts of being a good agent – programming coverage to meet the individual needs of the business and servicing the account afterward.p> What I Love To Do Away From Work Most of my hours are spent tending to the house and land we have in the mountains. After years of instruction from my wife, I’m a pretty good gardener. I especially like working around the place when my grandsons are there. They like playing in the woods as much as do. I enjoy being around my family as much as possible. I love to travel with my wife. When time permits, I like to play golf. Favorite Book Usually biographies, especially about sports figures I admire. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie Sunday afternoon in the winter is popcorn and movie time. My favorites are WWII films, Westerns and anything with Jimmy Stewart. It’s a Wonderful Life - “Look daddy, teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.” Bucket List To cruise the Tennessee River from Knoxville to the Mississippi River To play golf at the Masters golf course at Augusta To tour the holy land To visit all of our National Parks Two Truths and a Lie I used to teach High School. In college my free throw average was over 90%. I ’m very handy around the house.
Commercial Marketing Consultant
Andy HuddlestonWhat I Do/Career Background Since 2012 I have worked with numerous commercial clients in a number of different industries (property, liability, and worker’s compensation). Currently, I am targeting 3 specific industries: hospitality and restaurant, agriculture/farm, and construction. Prior to my life in insurance, I worked at Ferguson Enterprises, and sold plumbing to plumbers and Residential General Contractors.p> What I Love To Do Away From Work This list could be extensive, but I will try to keep it short. Two of my favorite hobbies include fly-fishing and woodworking. I wish I could say that I love to work out, but I actually don’t like it at all. While I love many outdoor activities and am always up for an adventure, the most adventurous part of my life right now is learning to be a father to my first child, Penn. My wife, Kelly and I, just celebrated our 5 year anniversary, and one of our favorite activities would be having friends over for dinner and spending the night in fellowship and laughter. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie Again, this list could be very, very long… a few favorites though. Remember the Titans Braveheart The Family Man Fletch Favorite Movie Quote: Fletch: Do you have any caviar? Waiter: Si señor, Beluga, but it is 80 dollars a portion. Fletch: Well, then I better just take two portions of that. Some of my Favorite Movies – Gladiator, Braveheart, Jerry McGuire, It’s a Wonderful Life Bucket List I would love one day to take my family to South Africa and go on a safari See the Auroa Borelais Go on an adventure with Bear Grylls or at least an adventure that he would design Travel out west with my family visiting the national parks Two Truths and a Lie Traveled to every time zone in the world Skydived Wrestled Crocs
Commercial Marketing Consultant
Steve WaldropWhat I Do/Career Background I work with business owners to develop personalized insurance risk strategies that protect the people and things they can’t afford to lose. Churches, service contractors, oil jobbers, equipment dealers, building material dealers and auto repair are some of my specialties. What I Love To Do Away From Work I love East Tennessee and all the wonderful opportunities it holds. Karen and I love to spend time in the mountains, hiking and going on picnics. We hope to add to our list of trails hiked by one a month over the next year, except when it’s freezing! We enjoy traveling, and hope to make both a north and south loop of National Parks out west, using Denver as our starting point since our daughter and son in law live there. I’m a huge sports fan, especially UT sports. I enjoy reading, mostly fiction suspense thrillers, with the occasional biography. We are active in Christ Covenant Church, serving as a deacon, the greeters ministry, senior meals delivery and others. I have also enjoyed Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) over the last couple of years. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie Too many to choose from… Gladiator, Field of Dreams, Saving Private Ryan, Walk the Line, Hoosiers, O’ Brother Where Art Thou?… Favorite Movie Quote: “Hey…Dad? You wanna have a catch? -Field of Dreams Two Truths and a Lie I played post as a college basketball player. I learned to water ski at Lake Lure, North Carolina. I can’t wait for the next World Cup in 2018.
Commercial Service Team
Commercial Marketing Support / Surety Bond Agent
Tina VestWhat I Do/Career Background I am a commercial customer service representative & bond agent (sorry fellas that is way different from a 007 Bond girl). Many years ago, while making a career change, I asked my Insurance Agent for a personal reference but ended up with a job in his insurance agency instead. That was August of 2000. I can honestly say I’ve learned something new almost every day since (one of my favorite things about my job). What I Love To Do Away From Work I enjoy listening to audio books. I love rock & roll and blues music, especially live, in concert. We have 3 daughters that we try to spend as much time with as their schedules will allow. Any time we are ALL together its always an event. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie French Kiss Happy…smile. Sad…frown. Use the corresponding face for the corresponding emotion! (Spoken by Meg Ryan as “Kate”)p> Bucket List Travel to Scandinavia with my family Participate in a clinical trial that finds a cure for CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) Grandbabies… eventually. Two Truths and a Lie I was born & raised in NY State but never visted NY City One of my daughters was almost born in a hot air balloon. My husband coaxed me so far out on a ledge for a photo at the Grand Canyon that other site-seers wanted to know how much life insurance he had on me.
Commercial Service Account Representative
Cindy BurgessWhat I Do/Career Background I am a commercial lines customer service representative. I have been at Wyatt Insurance Services for 12 years. Before Wyatt, I was previously with Federated Insurance. Prior to that, I was in banking.p> What I Love To Do Away From Work In my time away from work, I enjoy reading about many subjects (I sometimes have several books going at one time!), antique shopping, doing anything outside and spending time with, and trying to keep up with my 6 year old grandson, Sean. Favorite Book My favorite book is “Desert Queen” about the life of Gertrude Bell, (1868—1926). She turned away from the privileged world of the wealthy Victorians, and explored, mapped, and excavated in Syria, Arabia,Iraq and Iran. She normally explored out in the deserts alone, except for a native she took along as a cook. She was recruited by British intelligence during World War I, and played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders. She associated with and advised people like T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and Winston Churchill. After the war, she played a major role in creating the modern Middle East and was, at the time, considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie I love old movies (especially the 60’s – I love the clothes!) and anything Cary Grant or Doris Day. My favorite movie is probably Gone With the Wind. Scarlett never appreciated poor old Rhett Butler. Scarlett says to Rhett, when he is leaving her, at the very end, “But Rhett, where will I go? What shall I do? Rhett says, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a **&&” LOL Bucket List Learn more about astronomy so I know what I am looking at, at night when I look up at the sky! Travel the Lewis and Clark trail, especially their route through Montana and over the Bitterroot mountains into Idaho. Visit Monticello in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s home. Take a ride in a fighter jet. Even more exciting, with the Navy’s Blue Angels! Drive the coastal highway from Northern California all the way down into Baja and have enough time to take little side trips. Stand next to the giant Sequoias, the President and General Sherman to get a feel for how big they really are. Two Truths and a Lie I graduated high school in Spain. I practice parkour in my spare time to stay fit. I love British comedy.
Inside Commercial Marketing Agent
Sydney SimpsonWhat I Do/Career Background As the Inside Commercial Marketing Agent, I focus on new business placement as well as renewal accounts. I have worked in the insurance industry for many years. My Insurance career began in company claims and expanded into the Independent Agency field. What I Love To Do Away From Work I enjoy spending time with my family Husband–Lonnie, Daughter—Lacy and Son-In-Law—Bastian. Traveling with friends and relatives. Going to the gym. Gardening. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie Favorite Movies: Gone With The Wind The Sting Favorite Movie Quotes: Scarlett: "I can shoot straight, if I don't have to shoot too far.” Bucket List Go to Hawaii with my husband Own a cabin on the water in the Mountains Go on a River cruise Two Truths and a Lie I love animals I run out of gas frequently I start every day at 4:45 AM
Commercial Service Account Representative
Carl CaughmanWhat I Do/Career Background I grew up in Chattanooga, went to college in South Carolina, and came to Knoxville to go to graduate school. I grew tired of being poor so I got a job and never left Knoxville. After over 30 years in the banking industry, mostly with Home Federal and First Tennessee, I joined Wyatt Insurance in 2010. My responsibility at Wyatt is to assist with the office functions. What I Love To Do Away From Work Away from Work, I enjoy the outdoors. Hobbies include fly fishing, snow skiing, hiking (member of the 900 Mile Club) and riding my bicycle. I am a member of the Kiwanis Club of Knoville and work to keep the club’s Fresh Air Camp operating each summer. When not doing one of the above, you can find me in the mountains working on some property I have. Two Truths and a Lie I had drinks with John Denver and Mary Hart Olympic Torch Bearer for the Atlanta Olympics Climbed the Empire State Building
Employee Benefits Consultant
Jason BowenWhat I Do/Career Background I’ve spent the bulk of my entire professional career in various aspects of health care. In that time, I have worked closely with numerous hospitals, physicians and clinics throughout east Tennessee. My background affords me a unique understanding and perspective on our regions health offerings. What I Love To Do Away From Work I love spending time with my family or “Stay together days!” as my son coined our weekends in Kindergarten . My rock, my everything is my wife, Quincey, and we are blessed with two truly amazing children, Lukas and Vivian. I love to explore and travel from the most elaborately planned trip to just hopping in the car with a bag and seeing where the road takes us. From my father I got a love of collecting. I collect vintage University of Tennessee memorabilia especially the Neyland era. Favorite Books Night by Ellie Wiesel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie O Brother Where Art Thou, Fury, Gladiator, The Godfather I & II, The Outlaw Josey Wales “Well, ain’t this place is a geographical oddity; two weeks from everywhere”, O Brother Where Art Thou Bucket List See the western United States, My wife says “Go west, old man!; Eat fresh Lobster in New England; Climb a South American pyramid; Travel to Australia and New Zealand; Learn to play the guitar; Swim the open water race from Alcatraz to shore. Two Truths and a Lie Celebrated New Year’s Eve in Times Square I worked in front of the cameras at MTV Walked Omaha beach with D-Day veterans from both sides.
Employee Benefits Administrator
JJ ReidyWhat I Do/Career Background I provide day to day support for employers and employees with claim, enrollment, and eligibility issues on the Group Health side of this business. I have been in the employee benefits industry since 1999 and I’ve been an employee with Wyatt since 2008. What I Love To Do Away From Work I’m blessed that I have a husband that works in the TV industry as a camera man for sporting events. We have been able to travel together and have seen some amazing places. The highlight of this year (2015) was going to Scotland and attending the final round of The British Open at St Andrews and then traveling on to Dublin, Ireland for a few days. I love all sports and as my husband is in the industry I like to keep up with everything going on, so even when I’m home alone I will probably be watching ESPN, Fox Sports 1 or the Golf Channel. However, I do indulge in a few reality shows and “The Real Housewives” are a serious guilty pleasure of mine. I keep waiting for a Real Housewives of Knoxville to come out. My husband and I love going to concerts and have quite an eclectic range in music tastes, but we are old Pearl Jam fans and usually follow them around to as many shows as possible whenever they go on tour. I started training in kickboxing this year and love it. I train 4 times a week so it keeps me busy. It’s excellent stress relief and may have caused a slight obsession for Ronda Rousey. I have a 5 year old niece and she’s the light of my life. I spend a lot of time with her, spoil her rotten, and we usually have weekly slumber parties. Since my husband travels for a living her favorite thing to do is to call him before we go to bed and tell him she’s in his spot and he pretends to be jealous but he probably actually is. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie The Sandlot – “You’re killing me smalls!” Jerry Maguire – “Don’t worry, I’m not gonna do what you all think I’m gonna do, which is, you know, FLIP OUT!” The Great Gatsby – “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice” F.Scott Fitzgerald The Catcher in the Rye – “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.” J.D.Sallinger Bucket List Retire Early Take my niece to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade See the Titans win a Super Bowl in my lifetime Meet Ronda Rousey See Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden Take a Sail Boat cruise – I learned to sail with my dad when I was 10 Two Truths and a Lie I have a dog I have been in a commercial I got married in Vegas
Employee Benefits Administrator
Pete WrightWhat I Do/Career Background I am an Employee Benefits Administrator for the Group Benefits division of Wyatt Insurance Services. I help employers and employees with any claims, enrollment, and eligibility issues that they have. I have worked at Wyatt since the fall of 2015. Before that time, I worked at West Park Baptist Church where I helped with employee health benefits and the church’s Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance. From 1999 to 2008, my wife, Sonya, and I were missionaries in Santiago, Chile. Our daughter, Megan, was born there in 2002. What I Love To Do Away From Work When I am not at work, my favorite thing to do is to spend time with Sonya and Megan. Sonya & I have been married for over 20 years and have always enjoyed just being together. Church life is an important part of my life, as well. Both Sonya & I are actively involved in the worship ministry at West Park Baptist Church and I also teach an Adult Bible Class on Sundays. I am a big college football fan and, of course, a big UT Vol fan. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie “Go ahead…Make my day.” Dirty Harry in Sudden Impact “Surely you can’t be serious?!…I am serious and don’t call me Shirley.” Airplane “I’m singing…I’m in a store and I’M SIIIIINGIIING!!” Elf Favorite Movies – I like a lot of movies. Here are a few of my favorites: Elf Airplane Mom’s Night Out Bucket List Visit Alaska & Hawaii with Sonya. Those are the only 2 states that she has not been to. Go on a cruise with Sonya & Megan. Visit Ireland – the birthplace of my paternal grandfather. Visit every state in the continental United States in one long trip. Two Truths and a Lie I speak fluent Spanish. Hablo Español American by birth, Southern by the Grace of God. I had an ancestor who fought for the Union Army in a Civil War battle in Tennessee.
Personal Lines New Business Marketing
Lisa GregoryWhat I Do/Career Background Marketing new personal lines business for the agency is my first priority. With over 30 years of experience, I am responsible for research and evaluating multiple markets to provide the best coverage for new personal lines clients. What I Love To Do Away From Work Faith and family are the most important things in my life. I attend Friendship Baptist Church and enjoy church functions and spending time with my family. My children, Jesse and Joe, mean the world to me and I am proud to be their mother. Music is a big part of my life and I love to attend bluegrass and gospel music festivals. I also enjoy movies, cooking and traveling. The Great Smoky Mountains is one of my favorite places to be. My Favorite Movie Quote and Favorite Movie “I’m your huckleberry!” From the movie, Tombstone, and I may add that quote to my business cards Bucket List Go to Hawaii Write a book about my life Own a cabin in the mountains Two Truths and a Lie I have been to the Northpole Chinese food is my favorite thing to eat I am a Putt Putt Champion