Meet Our Team

Meridian Branch
Location

John Morgan Mims
Principal Agent
Phone: (601) 938-6467
E-mail: johnmorgan@insurems.com

I grew up in Vicksburg, MS and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Insurance & Risk Management.  In August of 2007, I started working at The Insurance Center.

I really enjoy helping clients protect their assets and making sure they understand the coverage they have and need.  Helping clients after they suffer a loss can be very rewarding.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family.  Sports has always been a big part of my life and helping young kids in sports is my passion. On week nights and on  weekends I am usually on a field somewhere.  Either with my kids at baseball, soccer, basketball or at an Ole Miss sporting event.

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S Earl Aycock, Jr.
Principal Agent
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: earl@insurems.com

I was born and raised and have lived my entire life in Meridian, MS

I started my insurance career right out of college in 1976 working for my family’s local insurance agency. I obtained my CIC designation in 1982 and am now a member of the national faculty of the National Alliance of Insurance Education and Research which provides designation programs and continuing education for agents countrywide.

It is important to make a difference in the lives of others. By understanding insurance and the exposures faced by our clients, we can help them avoid the financial hardships that face us all.

On a more personal note, I enjoy golfing, skiing and playing the guitar. My biggest and most enjoyable pastime now is following the various activities of my five grandchildren My wife and I enjoy spending time in Orange Beach, AL when time permits. Orange Beach is a beach community on the Gulf of Mexico in southern Alabama

My sister is the executive director of a local nonprofit called Hope Village for Children and we try to support them as much as we can. I also work with our local flood insurance awareness program in Lauderdale County, MS.

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Bruce Clopton
Principal Agent
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: bruce@insurems.com

I grew up in Meridian across from Lakemont and spent my childhood swimming, fishing, riding bikes, playing sports, and making a lot of great memories with some great friends and families.

I left banking for insurance in 1985 taking a position with a direct writing company. A few years later, I began my career as an independent insurance agent.

My work is all about helping people. Making sure they are comfortable with their insurance but not sacrificing coverage for the price. Being a friend as well as an agent is what I enjoy most.

You won’t often find me at home when I have free time. I enjoy tennis, occasionally golf, and now pickleball. Weekends are for taking trips with my wife to visit kids or just get away and relax. My wife and I always look for new and interesting places to eat when we travel. Usually, it’s a very good experience. Sometimes not.

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Paul Entrekin
Principal Agent
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: paul@insurems.com

Meridian has been my home for 67 years and I love this town. I am a proud graduate of Meridian High School.

I started in insurance in 1974 after college at Millsaps. My family has always been in the insurance industry since I was a child. It is a passion I have to help my clients make sure they are protected.

Although no one wants to suffer a loss, when they do, I take pride in being there for them.

Personally, if you were to ask anyone who knows me they would say my favourite pass time is golf. On the golf course is the best place to find me on the weekends. Even though I love the game, my kids and grandkids are my real passion.

I was very active in community activities when I was younger, but now I relax a little more and enjoy my grandkids.

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Andy Lucovich
Agent
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: Andy@insurems.com

I grew up a military brat before settling in Mississippi.

I graduated from Hickory High School, East Central Community College and the University of Mississippi. I have been in insurance for 31 years. I specialize in personal, commercial and life insurance.

This job is like no other. You can solve problems, help people save money, make sure they are protected and make a living doing clients a great service.

I really enjoy all the different personalities that I have met over the years. Also, all of the service providers that I have come in contact with.

Outside of work I am an avid sportsman. You may find me at a college football game, fishing, playing tennis or spending great time with my family.

My guilty pleasure may be enjoying a great meal and a nice glass of red wine.

I take pride in being a Love’s kitchen volunteer.

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Bill Godfrey
Agent
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: Bill@insurems.com

I grew up in Richton, MS and I am a graduate of Millsaps College. I enjoy helping people with their insurance needs. I am licensed to sell all types of insurance and have been an independent agent since 1980.

On my days off I enjoy playing golf with my wife and my friends. I usually spend my weekends playing golf and attending church.

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Larry Gill
Agent
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: larrygill@insurems.com

I was born and raised in Meridian, MS. I graduated from Meridian High School, Meridian Community College, and received a BA from Mississippi State University- Meridian Campus.

I’ve been licensed to sell Insurance for the past 6 years and have been working in the field throughout that time.

What I love most about my job is having the ability to help people protect their most precious assets – the things and people that mean the most to them.

Personally, I love spending time with my beautiful fiancée, my dogs, and watching football. My favorite way to spend my weekend is coaching and teaching the game of baseball. I’m the President of Meridian Youth Baseball Association- an organization to keep kids interested in and learning baseball for ages 7-12.

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John O Stone
Agent
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: jstone@inscentermdn.com

I grew up in Meridian, MS and I have 40 years of experience in the Insurance Industry.

What most excites me about my work is the fact that I can provide expertise in Property, Casualty & Business. I like to produce business.

On weekends I enjoy spending time with family. I like to go hunting and fishing.

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Chris Lutken
Recruiter/Agency Development
Phone: (601) 502-6680
E-mail: chris@insurems.com

I spent most of my childhood in Jackson Mississippi. I moved to Houston Texas in the tenth grade with my family where I spent the rest of my high school years. After high school, I moved back to Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University.

I have been in the insurance industry since 2005 when I started working as personal lines and small commercial producer. The insurance industry has given me the opportunity and satisfaction of being able to help people protect themselves and their assets. My role in agency development gives me the most satisfaction in helping agents build successful books of businesses and agencies they can be proud of.

Personally, I am passionate about the outdoors and enjoy hunting and fishing with my friends, family and my two children. I also really enjoy cooking. When I am not at work, I can be found either at my family farm or somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Amy H Eggleston
Account Manager
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: Amy@insurems.com

I was born and raised in Meridian Mississippi. I attended Meridian High School where I graduated in 1994. I competed gymnastics through my 10th-grade year and did cheerleading from 6th grade through to the 12th Grade.

I got into the insurance industry in 1998. I received my license in 2000. I enjoy meeting new people, helping them with their insurance needs and saving our current insureds money on their insurance premiums any time I can.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Nate, our children, Izzy, Colin and Sydney and our parents, Wanda and Jay & Ron and Joan.

On the weekends, you will find me at home binge-watching my favorite shows, at the West Lauderdale football game or on the lake in our kayaks. I love camping, traveling and finding new places to have adventures.

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Fran Aycock Snowden
Account Manager
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: fran@insurems.com

I grew up in the town that I love, Meridian, MS. Over the years I have been able to get my Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Along the way, I have obtained several designations: CPIW, CISR and CIC. Education is vital if we want to recognize the new exposures our Insureds may have.

I began working for my parent’s insurance agency every day after school since 1974. 45 years later I am still working in this ever-changing industry.

I love working with our commercial lines accounts because every account is different and creates a new challenge.

I love spending time with my family and my grandchildren. Just give me a few minutes and I will tell you how wonderful they are! When I’m not working my husband and I have a date night and just enjoy our time together. We love our church; Highland Baptist and some of our best times are spent trying to serve our Lord.

One of my guilty pleasures is that I love to sing, but I do not have a voice for a solo. I love music of all types.

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Billie Whit Purvis
Account Manager
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: billiewhit@insurems.com

I grew up and lived in Greenville, MS until 2018 when my husband and I moved to Meridian MS to be closer to family.

I started pursuing insurance on July 1983 and obtained my agent’s license in 1985. I worked in personal lines for 13 years and changed to commercial lines where I have worked for 23 years. Along with my P&C License I hold ACSR and PWCAM designations.

I genuinely enjoy my day to day contact with customers and helping them find the best fit for their insurance needs.

Personally; my family means everything to me. I am a homebody that enjoys being with family and my golden retrievers if I am not working. I enjoy cooking and yard work however, I do LOVE the beach though!

My favorite way to spend weekends is at home, with my sister, children, spouse, and pets! I also enjoy going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week as it is a great stress reliever! My only guilty pleasure is the BEACH- I love going there, it is my happy place for sure!

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Shannon Green Cade
Account Manager
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: shannon@insurems.com

I was born and raised in Meridian, MS. I have lived here most of my life. I am a 2001 graduate of Meridian High School.

I got my start in the industry at a little insurance agency in Georgia about 16 years ago. I knew the very first day on the job that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I love most everything about insurance. I love helping a person understand why they need insurance. A lot of individuals may look at insurance as just something the law requires, but when I explain the need and they understand, my job has served its purpose. I want people to know what they are buying and why. I want them to trust that they will get real answers from me when they call with questions.

Personally, I love spending time with my family. I work just as hard at being the best wife and mom as I do at working with insurance. I love going to football games for my son and dance classes for my daughter. I love encouraging them through whatever activity they are wanting to do at any given time. I am their biggest fan and they make me so proud.

My favorite weekends are spent around the house with my family. I enjoy the quiet and stillness of the house when we all just wake up and don’t have to rush off to work or school. Those are precious moments for me.

Something interesting the others might not know about me is that I love to sing. I don’t usually sing for people other than my family. It really makes me happy, though. It helps to bring out emotions I may not have even known were there. I relate more to blues and rock than anything else, but I love all music.

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Jennifer Brantley
Account Manager
Phone: (601) 693-4405
E-mail: jennifer@insurems.com

I was born and raised in Meridian, MS. I graduated from Meridian High in 1999 and continued my education at Meridian Community College.

What I find most exciting and what I love most about my work is getting to know my customers and helping them understand coverages they have or they may need. I have been working in the insurance industry for 19 years. I first started as a part-time bookkeeper while in college.

I enjoy going camping and kayaking with my family whenever we get the chance. My favorite weekend plans are spending time with my family in the pool or around the pond. Something interesting people might not know about me is that I love to paint or try anything crafty, really.

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Vicksburg Branch
Location

Brandon Amacker
Agent/Marketing Manager
Phone: (601) 456-4056
E-mail: brandon@insurems.com

I grew up in the Brandon/Flowood area and attended Northwest Rankin High School and The University of Mississippi.

I started working in the insurance field when I joined The Insurance Center team in January 2012.

What excites me most about my role is the fact that I am helping people protect the things they have worked so hard for.

On a more personal level, I really enjoy playing golf. I love to spend my weekends with my friends and family outdoors by a BBQ or pool.

Something others might not know about me is that I’ve played soccer my entire life, from high school to college, and even now in an adult league in Madison.

And when it comes to volunteering. I am proud to say that I am an active member at Madison United Methodist Church and a committee member for the Young Agents of the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi Association.

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Brandon Branch
Location

Brandy Gordon
Agent
Phone: (601) 651-3111
E-mail: Brandy@insurems.com

I am a lifelong resident of Rankin County and live at the Reservoir. I am a graduate of Mississippi State University.

I have over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. My career started in the claims department where I handled multiple types of insurance claims and I have been an Insurance Agent for the past five years.

I enjoy taking care of my customers and educating them on their insurance needs. I also value my relationship with my customers and work hard to save them money.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband Steve as well as my children, Katie and Charlie. My other child is my dog, Delta a spoiled Cockapoo. We enjoy watching Katie’s tennis matches and Charlie’s baseball games. Our family attends all Mississippi State baseball and football games and we are supporters of the Northwest Rankin Cougars!

When I’m not working you can find me in my lawn chair watching baseball and tennis or in Starkvegas cheering on our bulldogs.

I have volunteered for Northwest Rankin Athletic Association and IFC Soccer club.

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Tyler Brown
Agent
Phone: (601) 651-3111
E-mail: Tyler@insurems.com

Rankin County has always been my home and I now live at the Reservoir with my wife, Jenne’, and my two children, Georgia and Townes. I am a graduate of Mississippi State University.

I have been an Insurance Agent for five years. Building relationships with my customers and gaining their trust as I assist them with their insurance needs really means a lot to me.

My favorite past times involve my family and me attending football and baseball games at State, riding horses, and hunting at our family farm. Also, we love to go to Colorado to spend holidays and summer vacations with my wife’s family. Hiking, fly fishing, and elk hunting top my list of favorite things to do.

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Hope Bell
Account Manager
Phone: (601) 651-3111
E-mail: Hope@insurems.com

I grew up in Cleveland, MS. I actually am an X-ray technologist by trade and have a degree in Radiologic Technology from MS Delta Comm. College & UMC. I have been in the insurance industry since September 2018.

I love being able to help people. Being able to help people find affordable, good coverage on their insurance is a goal accomplished for me!

Apart from that, I enjoy being at home with my husband and 4 kids. On weekends, I can be found with my family or attending one of our kids’ school functions or sporting events.

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Amanda Hearst
Agent
Phone: (601) 651-3111
E-mail: amanda@insurems.com

I grew up in Monroe, Louisiana and moved to Mississippi in 1997.

I have been in the personal & commercial lines insurance business as an agent since I received my license in 2015. I enjoy helping my customers understand their needs and make sure they are properly insured in order to protect themselves and their assets. I thrive on giving my customers the best service available and letting them know I am here for them and their families.

On a more personal note, I enjoy singing and anything to do with music. I have a degree in Music. One of my favorite pass times is working in our flowerbeds and the yard. I love to be outside in the fresh air. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Vernon and our children, Sophie, Justin and Austin. We love to be out on the water boating in the summer and hunting or going to football games in cooler months. We spend a lot of our weekends with our family and friends.

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Ocean Springs Branch
Location

Richard Mattiace
Agent
Phone: (228) 860-8715
E-mail: Richard@insurems.com

I grew up in Ocean Springs, MS, and graduated from Ocean Springs High School.

I graduated from Mississippi State University in 2009 with a degree in Insurance and Risk Management. Since then, I have spent time in personal, commercial and employee benefit insurance, while also expanding my knowledge by obtaining CIC and AAI designations.

The best part about working in insurance is helping people protect their most important financial assets.

Apart from that; I enjoy boating, playing tennis and golf, and attending sporting events; specifically Mississippi State and the Saints. I also love spending time with my wife Lauren and our two boxers, Muldrow and Stella.

When I’m not at work you can usually find me at Horn Island or at a sporting event. At home, I enjoy cooking with our friends.

My wife and I are members of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Ocean Springs.

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Oxford Branch
Location

Matt Mims
Agent
Phone: 601-218-7854
E-mail: mattmims@insurems.com

I grew up in Vicksburg, MS. I graduated high school from St. Aloysius and graduated college from the University of Mississippi with a B.A in managerial finance, banking & finance, and real estate.

My family has been in the insurance industry for 30+ years. Growing up around the business, I have been surrounded by the nature of it. I am passionate and prideful about my business with my first priority being my clients. I truly enjoy being able to protect my clients’ nest egg. I am proactive with my work and diligently work to find my clients their best deal.

Personally, I enjoy golf, sports in general, Ole Miss, going to church, meeting new people, my family, and my friends. On weekends you can definitely find me at an Ole Miss sporting event or on the golf course. I’m also a member of the Oxford Rotary Club and a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oxford, MS.

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