JSA Leadership

JSA Leadership 2017-08-30T20:17:56+00:00
Wayne L. Sumner
Wayne L. SumnerPresident & Founder
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Wayne L. Sumner is the founder and President of Jackson Sumner & Associates. He entered the insurance industry in 1975 after graduating from Appalachian State University with a BSBA degree.
Danielle Wade, CPCU, CIC
Danielle Wade, CPCU, CICChief Operating Officer
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Danielle joined JSA full-time in 2006 after graduating from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a BS Business Administration degree and a minor in Spanish.

We do what is right, not what is easy.

JSA's Leaders are the finest in our industry. We find that we actually have more experience and insurance education than our company underwriters.

Our Leadership Team

Todd Wood, CPCU, CIC, CRM, ASLI
Todd Wood, CPCU, CIC, CRM, ASLIChief Underwriting Officer
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Todd is a graduate of the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant and also holds an MBA and a Statistics degree from ASU.
Mimi Dobbins
Mimi DobbinsVice President of Operations
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Mimi grew up in Black Mountain and graduated high school in 1976 when she came to ASU, majoring in Business and Psychology. She started in the insurance industry with Wayne Sumner in 1979 with another firm and then became JSA’s first employee in 1981.
Mary Hopkins, CIC
Mary Hopkins, CICVice President of Personal Lines
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Mary Church Hopkins, CIC has been with JSA since 1989. In 1991 she began underwriting homeowners which led to the development of the personal lines division of JSA in 1992.
Tommy Hefner, CIC
Tommy Hefner, CICTransportation Manager
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Tommy grew up in Weaverville, NC and graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Mathematics.
Brian Lambeth, ARM, ASLI
Brian Lambeth, ARM, ASLIChief Information Officer
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Brian grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University,
Stewart Farris, CIC, CRM
Stewart Farris, CIC, CRMVice President of Marketing
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Stewart is a Past President of the North Carolina Surplus Lines Association as well as a past member of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina Young Agents Committee and Membership Development Committee.
Terri Preston
Terri PrestonOffice Manager
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Terri is originally from the small “town” of Ennice, NC. In 2007 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Appalachian State University, majoring in Public Communications with a minor in English.