Josh Martin - Producer

Contact Josh Martin

jmartin@rossandyerger.com

601-968-0257

Hometown: Brandon, MS

Education: Bachelor of Agronomy, Golf and Sports Turf Management

Specialty Areas: Construction and Forest Resources

With Ross & Yerger since: January 2017

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 5 Years Assistant Superintendent Country Club of Jackson, 5 Years Territory Manager Stribling Equipment

How did you hear about (or end up at) R&Y?

Through several relationships I made while working at the Country Club of Jackson.

What do you like most about R&Y?

By far, the culture, it is un-matched in our industry, and it’s the first thing you notice during the interview process.

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Passing 3 of 5 CIC Classes in my first year.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: ABC, AGC, MLA, MFA

Family: Wife Beth, 2 Sons (Woodson and Watson)

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Gates W. Skene - Producer

Contact Gates W. Skene

gskene@rossandyerger.com

504-613-8521

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: Bachelor of Arts, emphasis in Clinical Psychology from Millsaps College, Cum Laude (2014)

Specialty Areas: Personal Insurance: comprehensive portfolio reviews of high value properties, autos, special collections, and personal liability

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Commercial and Personal Lines Producer for Eagan Insurance Agency in Metairie, LA before coming on board with Ross & Yerger in 2016. Attended the National Alliance School for Producer Development, as well as the AIG Private Client Group University program.

​What do you like most about R&Y:

Our culture. Somehow we are able to maintain our professionalism and respect for each other without losing the family-like feeling that makes us who we are. These qualities are rarely mixed together successfully, and I’m proud to be a part of an organization that fosters this type of environment. We all have each other to lean on when needed, but we push each other to be better every day.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Kappa Delta Alumni and Member of New Orleans Young Leadership Council

Family: My husband, Kyle Skene, and I met our freshman year at Millsaps College. We got married in my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi in November of 2016, and have since made New Orleans our home base. Kyle works for Ernst & Young as an auditor.

​What are your hobbies:

Reading, cooking (eating), seeing live music, traveling, and checking out the ever-changing restaurant scene in New Orleans with family and friends.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you:

I was admitted and graduated from college without ever receiving a high school diploma.

Favorite Quote:

“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” – William Faulkner

My Personal Philosophy:

“Words should only be used to bless, to heal, and to prosper” – Camp Desoto

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Roby Allen - Producer

Contact Roby Allen

rallen@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0954

Hometown: Pearl, MS

Education: Bachelor of Science in Communications, University of Southern Mississippi

Designations: S.T.A.R. (Specialist in Transportation and Risk)

Specialty Areas: Transportation

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 23 years in the Property and Casualty Insurance Industry

What do you like most about R&Y? Privately owned. Being a privately held agency changes all aspects of the work environment.

Family & Personal Life

Family: Wife Susan (24 years), son Noah and daughter Abby.

What are your hobbies? Crappie Fishing, Hunting, and Ole Miss sports.

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you? I was adopted in the 5th grade.

Who is your Hero? My father who is past was and still is my hero.

Favorite Quote? “No one can possibly understand the depths of you” Good Will Hunting

In My Free Time… I love to BBQ and cook outdoors.

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Ford Mosby - Bond Manager

Contact Ford Mosby

fmosby@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0845

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History – Vanderbilt University

Specialty Areas: Bonds, Construction

With Ross & Yerger since: 2008

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Supervising Underwriter USF & G Insurance Company, Bond Manager Thornton and Harwell Agency, Branch Manager ICW Group, with Ross & Yerger since 2008

What do you like most about R&Y? We have a top quality group of employees focused on providing great service to our clients in a team environment

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y? Seeing several of our producers become proficient at bonding for contractors

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Highlands Presbyterian Church, Former Board Member-Young Business Leaders, Adult Volunteer-Boy Scouts of America, Board Member-Gateway Rescue Mission, Member-North Jackson Rotary Club

Family: Wife Glynda, two sons Joseph and William

What are your hobbies? Hunting, Cooking, Reading, Running

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Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. - Chairman Emeritus/Consultant

Contact Wirt A. Yerger, Jr.

wyerger@bellsouth.net

601-982-2582

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: Received BBA from University of Mississippi

Designations: Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)

With Ross & Yerger since: 1954

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Served from 1952 to 1954 as First Lt. in the Strategic Air Command (U.S. Air Force) before joining Ross & Yerger in August,1954 when Wirt Yerger, Sr. was President. He has been actively involved in agency management and sales since that time and still enjoys being a part of Ross & Yerger activities whenever time allows.

What do you like most about Ross & Yerger:

The people—we have the best employees of any agency in America.

What is your greatest accomplishment at Ross & Yerger:

Hiring some great people.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: • Served as State Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party 1956 – 66 • Delegate and Chairman of Mississippi’s delegations to the Republican National Conventions in 1956, 1960, and 1964 • Elected Chairman of the Southern Association of Republican State Chairmen in 1960, serving through the 1964 election • First Presbyterian Church (Deacon) • Jackson Rotary Club (Director) • Jackson Chamber of Commerce (Director) • Mississippi Association of Insurance Agents (President, 1969-70) • Jackson Preparatory School, Inc. (Director) • Mississippi Insurance Council (Director) • Founding Chairman of Metropolitan Crime Commission • Metropolitan Boys Club (President) • Metropolitan Y.M.C.A. (President) • Founder Fondren Renaissance

Family: Married to Mary Polk Montague of Hattiesburg and has 3 children Wirt A. Yerger, III, Mary Yerger Dunbar, and Frank Montague Yerger. He also has 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

My Personal Philosophy:

Our greatest teacher is experience, especially when you can get it second-hand.

What is one thing people may not know about you:

I was the first insurance agent in Mississippi holding both the CPCU and CLU designations.

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Scott A. Moak - Executive Vice President & Shareholder

Contact Scott A. Moak

smoak@rossandyerger.com

601-944-9719

Hometown:

Education:

Designations: RHU

Professional Life

Family & Personal Life

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Blake J. Martinez - Producer

Contact Blake J. Martinez

bmartinez@rossandyerger.com

504-210-7074

Hometown: Mandeville, LA

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from Millsaps College and Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University

Designations: CPCU and AFSB

Specialty Areas: Surety Bonds, Commercial Insurance, Construction Insurance and Finance

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Surety Bond Producer with Louisiana Agencies, LLC

What do you like most about R&Y?

The family atmosphere and culture that celebrates the success of everyone working together.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: 2015 President of the Surety Association of Louisiana, AGC, ABC, CFMA

Family: I am married to Katy Martinez. Son of Javier & Cindy Martinez and I have 2 younger sisters, Jessica and Mandy Martinez.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you:

I am a leap year baby, born on February 29th, so I have only had 7 real birthdays.

Who is your Hero:

My Dad.

Favorite Quote:

“You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years and get pats on the back as you pass, but your final reward will be heartache and tears if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.”

-Dale WImbrow Sr., excerpt from the Poem, “The Man In The Glass”

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Will Garner - Producer - Shareholder

Contact Will Garner

wgarner@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0960

Hometown: Madison, MS

Education: HS – Jackson Prep; College – Mississippi State University

Designations: RHU – Registered Health Underwriter

Specialty Areas: Employee Benefits

With Ross & Yerger since: 2007

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company Feb 2004 – May 2007

How did you hear about R&Y?

I just happened to play golf one day with the person in charge of hiring new producers at R&Y. By the end of the round I had a job interview set up for the next week.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Member of Madison Heights Church; Former Associate Board Representative at Country Club of Jackson; Past President of Men's Golf Association at Country Club of Jackson

Family: Married to my wife Carley and we have three boys Wynn, Gray and Price.

What are your hobbies?

Golf, spending time with family and friends

In My Free Time:

I love to spend time with my family and when I am not doing that I am an avid golfer. However, if you ask my wife; she may say it is the other way around.

In A Former Life:

I worked for the USDA in college gathering and analyzing soil samples. I hope the scientist I worked for never did anything with the data because I had no idea what I was doing.

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Travis Clayton - Shareholder & Financial Institutions Practice Leader

Contact Travis Clayton

tclayton@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0967

Hometown: McLeod, TX

Education: B.B.A, The University of Texas at Arlington; M.B.A., University of Mississippi

Designations: Graduate, The Mississippi School of Banking

Specialty Areas: Collateral Protection Strategies, Asset & Fee Income Growth Strategies, Depository Strategies

With Ross & Yerger since: 2012

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Prior to coming to Ross & Yerger I worked for a regional financial institution as a business development officer within the Wealth Management division. While I was there, I specialized in providing asset management services and solutions to institutional clientele by working closely with key commercial and retail bankers across a five state footprint. Before that, I worked in technology and consulting services.

What do you like most about R&Y?

I love the opportunity I have to gain insight to strategic thinking at various financial institutions. It’s fascinating to learn about the different business models used to successfully accomplish similar goals and objectives.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign, Executive Leadership Team 2015

Family: Happily married for past 7 years and proud parent of a beautiful son and daughter.

What are your hobbies?

Time with family is my top priority. Outside of that, anything outdoors including working in the yard, tennis, softball, and basketball.

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

Don’t hold it against me, but I’m a huge Dallas Cowboys fan

Favorite Quote:

“Help Me, Help You.” – Jerry Maguire

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Tony Buchanan - Vice President & Producer

Contact Tony Buchanan

tbuchanan@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0837

Hometown: Meridian, MS

Education: B.S. Finance, Mississippi State University

Specialty Areas: Collateral Protection Strategies, Asset & Fee Income Growth Strategies, Sales Culture and POS Training Strategies

With Ross & Yerger since: 1987

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: I have been working in the consumer lending space for over forty years. During that time twenty-five years has been spent helping credit unions grow their automobile loan portfolio while also helping them protect their collateral in the process. My specialty is helping credit unions increase their fee income with Point of Sale products through various sales and training strategies. I currently serve as an Officer and Shareholder at Ross & Yerger.

Family & Personal Life

Family: Married to Nancy, with two daughters: Whitney and Jordan.

What are your hobbies?

Golf , College Sports, Cooking

Favorite Quote:

“Results Matter”

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

A good glass of Red Wine with family and friends.

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Anthony “Tony” Edmund Brunini - Producer - Shareholder

Contact Anthony “Tony” Edmund Brunini

tbrunini@rossandyerger.com

601-944-9709

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: Jackson Prep, Bachelor of Arts, History from Ole Miss, Millsaps MBA

Designations: CPM (real estate) CIC

Specialty Areas: Multifamily

With Ross & Yerger since: 2009

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Real Estate Manager, Developer & Financier

What R&Y memory stands out?

Mr. Yerger calling me after securing my first big account.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: 2014 – 2015 President of Mississippi Association of Affordable Housing Providers, Habitat for Humanity

Family: Wife, Christianne who is a chef by trade but now only for me. 3 children, 2 boys and a girl - Brockman (16) plays varsity Soccer & Tennis, Elliott (13) plays all sports but is best suited for ones that require a helmet….; Adeline (10) Gymnastics, dance, softball and tennis.

What are your hobbies?

Hunting & Fishing

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

I love to read – I’m a fan of murder mysteries and anything my dad recommends.

Who do you admire most?

Teddy Roosevelt for his Conservation legacy.

My Personal Philosophy:

Live life to fullest

In My Free Time:

Read

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

Hunting

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Seth Hedglin - Producer

Contact Seth Hedglin

shedglin@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0953

Hometown: Madison, MS

Education: Business Administration degree (emphasis in marketing) Mississippi State University

Designations: ChHC® – Chartered Healthcare Consultant

Specialty Areas: Employee Benefits

Professional Life

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Annual Fund Committee at Madison Ridgeland Academy; Madison Heights Presbyterian Church

Family: Married to Katy Apostle Hedglin and we have 2 girls and a boy- Hattie, Rhett and Alice.

Hobbies: Watching college football, playing basketball, Golf, Hunting and hanging out with my family and friends during all of these activities.

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James Riley Winchester - Vice President & Producer

Contact James Riley Winchester

rwinchester@rossandyerger.com

225-927-3198

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Education: Bachelor of Science, Political Science and Government from the University of Mississippi

Designations: Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI); Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS)

Specialty Areas: Oil & Gas, Construction, Offshore, Captives, Group Benefits

With Ross & Yerger since: 2004

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Ross & Yerger Insurance, Inc. since 2004

What do you like most about R&Y?

R&Y embodies and perpetuates knowledge, growth, integrity, love, respect and professionalism by serving its’ clients, employees and communities.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Saint Aloysius Catholic Church; Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC); Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC); American Subcontractors Association of Greater Baton Rouge (ASA) Board of Directors

Family: Married to Lisa Cangelosi Winchester since 2004, and we have three sons: James, Harrison & Chapman.

What are your hobbies?

Spending time with my wife, being outdoors with my sons, and working.

Who is your Hero?

God

Favorite Quote:

“Luck is preparedness meeting opportunity.” –Abraham Lincoln

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Paul “Buzzy” Mize - Sr. Vice President & Producer

Contact Paul “Buzzy” Mize

pmize@rossandyerger.com

662-840-5423

Hometown: Fulton, MS

Education: BS Mississippi State University with Distinction 1978

Designations: CLU

Specialty Areas: Strategic planning and Governmental Entities

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 37 years in the insurance business

How did you hear about R&Y?

My first favorable impression of Ross and Yerger started with my admiration for the capabilities and professionalism of Wirt Yerger and Eason Leake.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Twice chaired the regional United Way Campaign, Member and Sunday School Teacher for High School at First United Methodist Church. Former Chairman of the board of the Regional Educational Laboratory board, and Chair of the Board for the Free Medical Clinic in Lee County as well as former Chair of Tupelo Community Theatre, The Northeast MS United Way, and former president of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club. Named Parent of the Year for the Tupelo Public School System in 2003 and received the Jack Reed Advocacy award for Education in 2006.

Family: Married to the Former Catherine Reed, two sons, and one grandson.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, Gardening, and family

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

I like to cook

Who is your Hero?

My father

Favorite Quote:

“Make each day your masterpiece.” –John Wooden

My Personal Philosophy:

Treat people the way you want to be treated

In My Free Time:

Travel and read

In A Former Life:

Professor in Oxford, England

My Hidden Talent:

Calling cows

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

My Faith

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Parker Brumfield - Producer

Contact Parker Brumfield

pbrumfield@rossandyerger.com

601-944-9739

Hometown: Natchez, MS

Education: Bachelor's in Finance from Mississippi State University

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: I worked 2 years as an assistant to a bond trader in Atlanta, GA before joining R&Y

What do you like most about R&Y?

So far what I enjoy most is the people that make up R&Y and that make it the great company it is.

Family & Personal Life

Family: I have a daughter, Sellers, age 2.

What are your hobbies?

Tennis, golf, really anything sports related.

In My Free Time:

I enjoy hanging with my daughter and traveling when possible.

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

I think being competitive in nature would be impossible for me to give up.

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Michael Addison - Producer - Shareholder

Contact Michael Addison

maddison@rossandyerger.com

662-840-5428

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: University of Mississippi, BBA

Specialty Areas: Construction, Manufacturing, Workers' Compensations and Alternative Risk Mechanisms

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Business Development, Project Management and Consulting in Construction and Distribution Industries.

What do you like most about R&Y?

My job gives me the ability to help people.

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Following the tornado in Tupelo, MS - April of 2014, we were able to assist a client to recover from a total loss. He received prompt payment, expert advice and because of that and his positive outlook, the client’s business was never out of commission and he has referred us multiple times since then.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Community Leadership Institute – A project by CREATE Foundation and CDF – Class of 2016; Associated Builders and Contractors – Public Relations Committee; Mississippi Center for Public Policy - Tupelo Board of Advisors; F-105 Thunderchief Memorial Project – Fundraising and Planning Committee; Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow; Community Development Foundation – Active Member; Down on Main Summer Concert Series - Founding Member and Talent Coordinator; On the Same Page – Reading Initiative – Team Member; Ducks Unlimited- Tombigbee River Valley Chapter – Past Co-Chairman, Current Committee Member; Phi Delta Theta Mississippi Alpha Alumni Tupelo Young Professionals – Past Service Projects Committee Co-Chairman and Member of Advisory Board; University of Mississippi Alumni Association - Lee County Ole Miss Club - Past President and Committee Member

Family: We are a family of three; Michael, Emily and Milly, and have 2 dogs and a cat – Max, Stella and Trip. Our only child, Milly, is 5 years old and loves life. She loves dolls, dance, and all things pink. That includes a pink fishing pole and golf clubs! She puts a smile on the faces of all she meets. Emily and I are proud of her and work hard to provide her with every opportunity available. Emily works as the Director of Membership Development for the Community Development Foundation. We both enjoy being involved in our community and hope that our efforts contribute to making the place we live, work and play to be better than we found it.

What are your hobbies?

Golf, Gun-Dog training, hunting, travel and music. I especially like introducing my daughter, Milly, to my interests and traveling with my family.

Who do you admire most?

I can’t pick just one, but will say my parents and grandparents have been strong leaders in my life. They are each wise in their own way and have taught me many valuable lessons in life. There have been mentors that have become like family as well.

Favorite Quote:

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar

My Personal Philosophy:

Do good things and good things will happen.

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Mark Markow - Producer

Contact Mark Markow

mmarkow@rossandyerger.com

601-944-9707

Hometown: Ridgeland, MS

Education: University of Mississippi Bachelors Degree - Business

Designations: CIC, RHU

Specialty Areas: Captive Insurance, Construction and Employee Benefits

With Ross & Yerger since: 2004

Professional Life

How did you hear about (or end up at) R&Y?

I received a call from a “head-hunter” who invited me to interview with R&Y. I lived about 3 hours away at the time. 45 days, 10 interviews, and 1,000 miles of travel later, I was beginning my career at Ross & Yerger.

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Convincing Greg Maloney to hire me.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Christ United Methodist Church, ABC, NJYB coach

Family: Blessed to be married to Michele—who keeps all of us in line. We have a 7 year old, sports fanatic of a son, John and a beautiful young daughter, Elizabeth, who is 3.

What are your hobbies?

Golf, college football, spending time with my wife and kids, watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and the various Bachelor shows.

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

During an aptitude test in high school, I scored perfect tone, pitch and timbre in the musical tests. If I sang for you, then you would question the competency of this evaluation model.

Who do you admire most?

I admire the veterans of World War II. I had a grandfather who was one of them. The attitude possessed by that generation, the selflessness illustrated by their actions and the courage they exhibited during War are awe-inspiring. I simply can’t fathom myself being able to do this.

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

Ole Miss Sports

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Marcus Burger - Producer - Shareholder

Contact Marcus Burger

mburger@rossandyerger.com

601-944-9701

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: BS Mathematics from Hampton University and MS Applied Mathematics from Old Dominion University

Specialty Areas: Not For Profit organizations, Rural and Independent Health Care, and Educational Institutions

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Senior Account Executive, Time Warner Cable and Key Account Executive, The Clarion Ledger

What do you like most about R&Y?

R&Y provides an atmosphere that allows you to excel personally while helping businesses in the community that are important to you. R&Y exceeds the expectations of the client and continues to find new ways to provide solutions to problems. The culture allows our company to be good stewards of where we live and play.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Leadership Greater Jackson, Young Leaders in Philanthropy Board Treasurer, Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., Hampton University Alumni Association

Family: I have 2 children: Nicholas, 10 and Logan, 8. Very active in sports, church and school activities. Enjoy family vacations and weekend getaways to New Orleans.

What are your hobbies?

In my spare time I enjoy traveling throughout the south, playing soccer and coaching youth soccer, and volunteering in the Jackson Metro area.

Who is your Hero?

My mother, Carol Burger, has always been an inspiration in my life. I continue to learn something new every day about how she gave of herself in efforts to make someone else’s life brighter.

Favorite Quote:

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t turn out, just take another shot.”

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Jordan H. Bryan - Vice President & Producer

Contact Jordan H. Bryan

jbryan@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0971

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: Business Management – University of Southern Mississippi. MBA – Millsaps College

Designations: API – Associate in Personal Insurance

Specialty Areas: Personal Insurance (high value homes, autos, collections), Life and Long Term Care.

With Ross & Yerger since: 2010

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: I moved to NYC where I worked onsite at Goldman Sachs in their HR department helping with the onboarding of their outsourced consultant population. I then worked in their Finance department helping manage the billing and time tracking of their technology consultants in particular. Moved back home to Jackson to complete my MBA at Millsaps while I worked at Watkins Eager PLLC. Joined Ross & Yerger in 2010 as a Producer specialized in Personal Insurance and working with individuals on their insurance needs. Haven’t looked back since.

How did you hear about R&Y:

In the right place at the right time!

What do you like most about R&Y?

Our people. Plain and simple. We care about each other and our clients. We are regular people helping real people understand the complexities of their insurance. Who doesn’t love that?

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y

Becoming a Shareholder and Vice-President. They are stuck with me.

What R&Y memories stand out?

Too many to count. Dudley getting dunked in the dunking booth, Mark taking a pie to the face for charity, running the Blues Marathon as a relay team, and just about every day that I get to work with my team of coworkers and producers.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Alumni Board (Past President), Jackson Area Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter (Past President), Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center (Board Member, 2010-2017), Junior League of Jackson (Active), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Volunteer)

Family: I am married to my high school sweetheart, Chase, and we welcomed twins, Hailey & Carson, in August 2014. Born and raised in Jackson into a family of pharmacists. Grew up working at Beemon Drugs in my dad's store. Have one older brother who got all the artsy genes so I was left with all the business ones.

What are your hobbies?

My kiddos, traveling anywhere and everywhere, sports, the New Orleans Saints, trying new things and going new places.

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

I like to Scuba Dive.

My Personal Philosophy:

Try your best to leave a place better than when you got there.

In My Free Time:

I spend it with my family, various volunteer activities and participating in any sporting activity that doesn’t give me a heart attack.

My Hidden Talent:

I love Excel. Does that make me a nerd?

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

Junk food. I’m a sucker for salty things.

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Joseph “Joey” H. Hutto - Sr. Vice President & Producer

Contact Joseph “Joey” H. Hutto

jhutto@rossandyerger.com

662-840-5422

Hometown: Macon, GA

Education: B.B.A from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

Designations: CIC

Specialty Areas: Manufacturing, Public Entities, and difficult accounts

With Ross & Yerger since: 1980

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: July 2015 begins 41 years in the insurance business

How did you end up at R&Y?

I sold my agency to them in 1990.

What do you like most about R&Y?

Our talented & professional staff.

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Retention of business clients and not a bad debt in 41 years.

What R&Y memories stand out?

Being part of the group that bought R&Y in 2002, AND Wirt Yerger Jr., a good man and friend.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: CDF, Men’s Fellowship

Family: I have been married to my smoking hot wife Michelle for 38 years and we have 3 sons, Hank, John & Steele.

What are your hobbies?

Golf, playing with my dogs and spending time with my wife.

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

Youngest ever City Councilman in Tupelo, MS at age 24 (1977).

Who do you admire most?

My mother, my sister Jill and my son John.

Favorite Quote:
“Be who you is, cause if you ain’t who you is, you is who you ain’t.”

My Personal Philosophy:

Trust is the ultimate compliment.

In My Free Time:

Traveling

My Hidden Gift:

The ability to relate to anyone, especially wounded people.

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

My relationship with God.

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Jacob Haralson - Producer - Shareholder

Contact Jacob Haralson

jharalson@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0961

Hometown: Forest, MS

Education: MBA

Designations: AAI

Specialty Areas: Oil & Gas Services & Food Processing

With Ross & Yerger since: 2011

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: Before coming to R&Y, I was director of Processing and Sales for an integrated poultry producer.

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Becoming a Shareholder.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Member at Christ United Methodist Church, Stewpot

Family: married to Anna Haralson and have two kids, Smith & Carter.

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Greg Maloney - Vice President & Producer

Contact Greg Maloney

gmaloney@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0838

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Emphasis on Finance & Marketing from Millsaps College, Summa Cum Laude

Designations: AAI

Specialty Areas: Oil & Gas Service Contractors

With Ross & Yerger since: 1993

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 22 years with Ross & Yerger

What do you like most about R&Y?

People / R&Y Family.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: St. Francis Catholic Church, Amigos for Christ, other board positions past and present

Family: Wife Laura (24 years), sons Jonathan, Nicholas, Daniel and daughter Anna.

What are your hobbies?

Mountain Biking, Golf, Flying

Favorite Quote:

Do unto others….

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

God

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Eason Leake - Chairman of the Board

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eleake@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0979

Hometown: Tupelo, MS

Education: Bachelors of Arts, Economics - Millsaps College

Designations: CPCU

Specialty Areas: Collateral Protection Strategies, Asset & Fee Income Growth Strategies, Strategic Planning

With Ross & Yerger since: 1974

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: I have worked with Community Banks for over forty years while at Ross & Yerger. My main priority is to help banks mitigate both their operating and collateral risk, create non-interest income opportunities, and sometimes even help secure capital. I am currently on the Board of Directors for PriorityOne Capital Corporation as well as Chairman of the Board for Ross & Yerger.

What do you like most about R&Y?

We are employee owned.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Trustee, Millsaps College. Member of the Board of Mississippi Chapter JDRF.

Family: Wife, Ellen. Daughters, Blair and Elizabeth

What are your hobbies?

Walking my dog, traveling & reading.

My Personal Philosophy:

Do things for others like you expect them done for you

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David W. Carlisle - Vice President & Producer

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dcarlisle@rossandyerger.com

662-840-5425

Hometown: Tupelo, MS

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration - University of Mississippi

Specialty Areas: Captives; Manufacturing

With Ross & Yerger since: 1988

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: In the insurance business since 1988

What do you like most about R&Y?

Our people are the best in the industry

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Becoming a Vice President and then Shareholder

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Northern District Soccer Assignors; Tupelo Park & Rec Head Soccer Official; Board of Govenors Tupelo Country Club

Family: Wife - Frieda Davis, we have 6 children

What are your hobbies?

Cycling, running, hunting, and golf

My Personal Philosophy?

Always treat people the way you want to be treated

In My Free Time?

I love being outdoors

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

My faith in God

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Burney Hutchinson - Producer - Shareholder

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bhutchinson@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0970

Hometown: Tupelo, MS

Education: University of Mississippi, Bachelors in Business Administration - Marketing

Designations: AAI

Specialty Areas: Oil and Gas; Liability; Fleet; Workers Comp; Property; Inland Marine

With Ross & Yerger since: 2003

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 12 years Insurance Production experience

How did you hear about (or end up at) R&Y?

Family friend referral

What do you like most about R&Y?

The people, and team atmosphere

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Having the opportunity to become a significant shareholder

What R&Y memory(ies) stand out?

How well we were able to assist our clients in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Madison Heights Church, Make a Wish Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Family: Wife (Peyton), son Max (8), son Sam (3), daughter Palmer Ann (1)

​What are your hobbies?

Hunting & fishing with my boys, golf, cooking, playing the guitar

Who is your Hero?

My dad is my hero. He is a great father, a great mentor, and has tremendous character

Favorite Quote?

“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.” Vince Lombardi

My Personal Philosophy?

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will direct your plans. Proverbs 16:3

In My Free Time:

Traveling with my family, Ole Miss athletic events

In A Former Life:

Professional Baseball player

My Hidden Talent:

Playing the Guitar

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Barry Burks - Vice President & Producer

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bburks@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0957

Hometown: Tupelo, MS

Education: HS – Tupelo High School; College – BBA - University of Mississippi

Designations: RHU

Specialty Areas: Employee Benefits

With Ross & Yerger since: 2003

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 15 years with Pitney Bowes; 12 years with Ross & Yerger

How did you hear about (or end up at) R&Y?

Through a long-time friend, Greg Maloney

What do you like most about R&Y?

The love and compassion of our people displayed daily for each other and our clients

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Becoming a Shareholder and Vice President while helping our clients with the complexities of their insurance

What R&Y memory(ies) stand out?

Too many to name! All good ones though

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Harbor House Board; Christ United Methodist Church

Family: Married 21 years to my soul mate – Jane; 2 beautiful children (Emily 14 and Andrew 11)

What are your hobbies?

Golf, Hunting, Coaching, and spending time with my wife and kids

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

I was in a bad car wreck in 1987 that almost ended my life

Who is your Hero or Who do you admire most?

Jim Porter, Sr Minister at Centenary United Methodist Church, life-long spiritual advisor and dear friend; my wife and children (because they make me a better person)

Favorite Quote?

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” - Charles Swindoll

My Personal Philosophy?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6

In My Free Time:

I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, and trying to help others any way that I can

In A Former Life:

I didn’t think that I would live this long

My Hidden Talent:

I can juggle, chew gum and talk at the same time

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

My faith, my family and, of course, gum

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George “Bailey” Menetre - Vice President & Producer

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bmenetre@rossandyerger.com

662-840-5421

Hometown: West Point, MS

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration - Mississippi State University

Designations: CRIS

Specialty Areas: Construction, Captives, Manufacturing

With Ross & Yerger since: 2008

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: I began my career in Risk Management in 2005.

What do you like most about R&Y?

I love Ross & Yerger’s commitment to remain a privately-held Mississippi-based agency. As a KSOP, every employee has a vested interest in the success of our agency. Even as our volume and footprint consistently grow, we relish in the autonomy to make all decisions at the local level. Everyone is encouraged to have a voice in our operations, which fosters a teamwork environment.

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: First United Methodist Church of Tupelo; MS Associated Builders & Contractors; MS Associated General Contractors;

Family: Married to the former Gracie Thompson of Booneville, MS. We have two sons, George (6) and Pate (2). There is never a dull moment!

What are your hobbies?

Golf, Cooking, Traveling, Music, Following MSU Sports and the St. Louis Cardinals

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

I have an extensive Vinyl Record Collection. My collection is currently in excess of 800 albums.

In My Free Time:

I love spending time with my family and friends. I grew up in a close-knit family, and I enjoy continuing that tradition with my children. Gracie and I love listening to good music while we cook, and I persistently try to improve my very mediocre golf game when I can.

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Dudley Wooley - CEO/COO

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dwooley@rossandyerger.com

601-944-0958

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Education: HS – Jackson Prep; College – Vanderbilt; MBA – Millsaps College

Designations: CPCU, CRM, CIC, AAI

Specialty Areas: Healthcare & Nonprofits

With Ross & Yerger since: 1995

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 2 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture); 5 years with Marketing Research Institute; 20 years with Ross & Yerger

How did you end up at R&Y?

I have known Wirt Yerger, Jr. and his family my whole life.

What do you like most about R&Y?

Our People! Professional, competent and confident in what we do!

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Continuing the legacy of professionalism and excellence in the services we provide, that Wirt Yerger, Jr. started many years ago. Also, helping others achieve their goals while having fun and developing meaningful relationships.

What R&Y memory stands out?

Deciding to purchase and purchasing the agency in 2001/2002. I was scared to death!!

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Jackson Prep Board; Baptist Health Systems Board; Greater Jackson Community Foundation Board; Northminster Baptist Church

Family: Married 25 years to Julie James Wooley; 3 children Gates, Clay and John

Who do you admire most?

Chuck Poole – Sr. Pastor at Northminster Baptist Church; my wife, children and immediate family; and several of my coworkers at R&Y.

Favorite Quote:

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” - John Wesley

My Personal Philosophy:

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci

In My Free Time:

I love to fellowship with friends and family over good food & beverage.

In A Former Life:

I applied to medical school twice and was not accepted… I think it made me a bit more determined in my life.

My Hidden Talent

I am very good at yard work.

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

My faith.

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