At Ross & Yerger, we believe our employees are a vital part of our company’s continued success and advancement. Get to know our Personal Lines Marketing Client Manager in this month’s Employee Spotlight.
I started with R&Y in 2009 as Personal Lines Client Representative. After growth in our department, I was promoted to a position that was created in Personal Lines as a Marketing Client Manager in 2011. I am responsible for marketing all new business prospects for our producers and transferring the clients over to their new client managers after policies are issued.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Raleigh, NC and moved to Lilburn, Georgia for 12 years. My family then moved to Booneville, MS to be closer to my Granny after the 1994 Ice Storm (Talk about a big culture shock of moving from a big city to a small town, “where everyone knows your name!”) I graduated from Booneville High School and attended Mississippi State University. After marriage, we moved to Tupelo, MS, Saltillo MS, and now our family roots are planted back in my husband’s hometown of Ripley, MS.
What motto do you live by? A verse that I hold dear to my heart, for various reasons, is Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What do you like to do outside of work? I’m a mom, so spending time with my two kids playing ball, dancing, reading stories, building forts, laughing and acting silly! I am also fortunate to have date nights with my husband every other Friday night. Most of the times, we choose to stay at home and enjoy the peace and quietness like it used to be before our lively kiddos came along.
What is your favorite TV show/movie? Well, I’m a sucker for Romance movies. I’ve fallen into the trap of the Hallmark movie marathons. But if you glance at my Netflix list, you will also see that I’m a war documentary enthusiast, I enjoy 90’s and early 2000’s comedies, spy action thrillers, and Elizabethan era dramas.
What is your favorite sports team? Mississippi State Bulldawgs, who have had the greatest 2017-2018 seasons of all time in football, Men’s and Women’s basketball and baseball! Hail State! MLB- St. Louis Cardinals, NFL- Dallas Cowboys (Dak of course!)
What is your favorite food? Sweets is a food group, right? Soft, warm, gooey, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies with a glass (preferably a Mason jar) of cold milk!
What or who is your favorite band/singer/song? My playlist is compiled of a variety of genres from classic rock, traditional country, pop, oldies, and classic rock. Just a few songs and artists from my youth that I still enjoy are Tom Petty- Free Falling, Coldplay- Yellow, Pearl Jam- Better Man, Extreme-More Than Words, Dolly Parton-9 to 5, Patsy Cline- I Fall to Pieces, and Jewel’s Pieces of You album. I also find myself listening to public broadcasting and news channels more often now during my morning commutes.
What is one of your biggest pet peeves? Slowpokes driving in the fast lane putt-putting along!
What has been your best memory while working at R&Y? Hmm, well there are too many that I’m afraid I am unable to tell and have forever promised to remain silent! So, one of my first memories was on April Fool’s day in 2009. I surprised my boss, Marilyn, after only 2 months of working with R&Y. I snickered with Peggy beforehand and when Marilyn walked into the office, I announced to her that my new position was too hard and I just couldn’t keep up with the pace. I apologized but I had to quit and out the door I went! I recall all too well the shock Marilyn had on her face and she immediately came outside to see what was the matter. Then I told her “Happy April Fool’s!” I think this broke the ice very quickly! 9 years later, I’ve been in the clear, but I still watch my back on April Fool’s Day. Payback could very well come at any time…
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know about you. I have two Presidents in my family bloodline- very distant of course. Our 9th President, William Harrison, who is the grandfather of our 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison. They were the only grandfather-grandson duo to have held office.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Simple enough- being a MOM! Not a perfect mom, but a loving mother to Griffin and Madelyn who are my greatest blessings!
Thanks for being such a great part of the R&Y family, Emily!