About Us

Meet Tate Insurance Group

 

While all agencies want to meet the needs of their customer, Tate Insurance Group makes it our top priority. We have assembled some of the top insurance professionals in the area and continue to add to our company as we grow. TIG knows that in order to be the best you must have the best customer service and insurance professionals in the industry.

 

Meet our staff:

 

Principals

 

Scott J. Tate

Owner / President

Scott Tate is a 1992 graduate of Ohio University where he obtained his BBA in Finance with a concentration in Insurance while lettering in varsity football for four years. He continued his education at Xavier University where he obtained a Masters Degree in Marketing and International Business. His insurance background includes ten years with Cincinnati Insurance Company as a Personal Lines Underwriter, a Commercial Lines Underwriter, Field Representative in Kalamazoo, MI, and a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing in Tennessee. After building his client base and reputation as one of the top agents in the Knoxville area, he started Tate Insurance Group in 2008. His book of business includes manufacturing, construction, mercantile, property management, distribution, service, home, auto, life and health insurance business. Scott is actively involved in the community as a youth sports coach and has been involved with Farragut and Catholic High School coaching Basketball and Football. In 2009 Scott was selected and endorsed by Dave Ramsey as an endorsed local provider for property and casualty insurance in the Knoxville area. He is actively involved with the Knoxville Business Association and the Farragut Chamber. Scott and his wife Enid and their son live in the Farragut community and are members of All Saints Catholic Church.


Appointed to the Following Insurance Boards:

Safeco Insurance Southeast Advisory Council

Safeco Insurance National Product Chairman

Liberty Mutual Insurance Southeast Region President's Agency Advisory Council

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Phone

(865) 862-8232 Fax

(865) 386-9618 Cell

scott@tateinsurancegroup.com

 

Stuart Bilbrey

Owner / Vice President

Stuart Bilbrey brings many years of experience in the insurance industry to Tate Insurance Group and was part of the acquisition of HJS. Since the acquisition he has become an owner and the Vice-President of the agency. His duties in the agency consist of the daily operations, market analysis, agency profitability, and works as a producing agent as well. He is a provider for the SDDC which is the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command for the United Stated Army. His book of business includes distributors, restaurant chains, contractors, service industry, mercantile, property owners and industrial processing risks. He is a lifelong resident of the Knoxville area and his experience and service is a valued asset to Tate Insurance Group. Stuart has gained a great reputation in the area as well as the insurance community through his work with clients and underwriters through the years. He is an avid football and basketball fan and in his spare time one can usually find him around Norris Lake or at a University of Tennessee athletic event.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Phone

(865) 862-8232 Fax

(865) 599-5109 Cell

stuart.bilbrey@hjsinsurance.com

 

John Moore

Owner / Secretary

John Moore is a Knoxville native and a University of Tennessee graduate. His background includes a specialization in property management and mercantile risks. While being a successful developer and property owner, John has gained the knowledge and expertise on the insurance side necessary to analyze and insure a wide variety of risks. Having a hands on approach to property management has given him a unique perspective when it comes to insuring risks and helping our customers not only on the insurability side but the cost allocation and loss control part of their business.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Phone

(865) 862-8232 Fax

(865) 603-4785 Cell

john@tateinsurancegroup.com

 

TIG & HJS

 

Agents

 

Katie Eastman

Agent

Katie Eastman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in Risk Management and Insurance. After graduating, Katie moved to Knoxville where she began a career in banking, managing a portfolio of approximately 175 small business owners. Katie's banking experience brings great value when evaluating your insurance needs and provides her clients a unique perspective when evaluating the risks and financial impact that insurance premiums and also claims can bring to a company or individual. Currently her portfolio consists of veterinarians, contractors, engineering firms, hotels, janitorial services, service repair shops, home, auto, life and health insurance clients. She is an active member of the Tennessee Networking Team and the Farragut Chamber. Katie has served as chair and co-chair for United Way when she was employed at SunTrust Bank, and has also volunteered with Junior Achievement and the Alzheimer's Association. She and her family live in the Farragut community and attend All Saints Catholic Church.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Office

(865) 862-8232 Fax

(865) 850-8654 Cell

Katie@tateinsurancegroup.com

 

Billy Anderson

Agent

Billy Anderson is the owner of Insurance House , Inc and a partner with Tate Insurance Group on the property and casualty side of the business. Billy has been in the insurance business and serving customers needs since 1994 in the Knoxville area. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and is widely regarded as one of the top trucking insurance professionals in the South. His book of business includes trucking, transportation, general contractors, industrial and processing, home, auto and health insurance clients. Billy is very active in the community as a youth sports coach and is currently on the staff at Catholic High School as a football coach. He and his wife Melanie and two sons live in the Bearden community.

 

Contact information:

 

(865) 584-0137 Office

(865) 584-1163 Fax

(865) 223-1119 Cell

banderson@insurancehouseknox.com

 

Granvil Radcliffe

Agent

Granvil Radcliff is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and been an insurance professional in the Knoxville community since 1995. He has established himself as a top tier agent in the transportation industry as well as the property and casualty side throughout the years. He has established a large client base that includes trucking, transportation, service, retail, contracting, home and auto clients. Granvil and his family live in the Bearden community.

 

Contact information:

 

(865) 584-0137 Office

(865) 584-1163 Fax

(865) 567-4979 Cell

gradcliffe@insurancehouseknox.com

 

Commercial Lines

 

Tillie Malone

Commercial Lines Manager

Tillie Malone brings over 40 years of experience to the agency and is widely regarded by clients and companies as one of the top commercial Customer Service Representatives in the area. Tillie's background and experience allows the agency to underwrite and service all commercial risks that come to us. She is in charge of the commercial division of Tate Insurance Group and her knowledge of companies, software and the insurance business has benefitted the agencies growth and retention to unmatched levels in the area. Tillie and her family live in the Maryville community.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Office

(865) 862-8232 Fax

tillie@tateinsurancegroup.com

 

Faith Pezzulo

Commercial Lines CSR

Faith Pezzulo joined Tate Insurance Group as part of the merger with HJS. She is currently handing the commercial side of the merger and handles the account servicing of the commercial clients. She is a resident of Knoxville, TN and is active in her church and community.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Phone

(865) 862-8232 Fax

faith.pezzulo@hjsinsurance.com

 

Personal Lines

 

Amy Boles Moore

Personal Lines Manager

Amy Boles experience in the personal lines division spans the past 15 years in the Knoxville, TN market. She is actively involved in the sales of personal lines products while maintaining control of the personal lines department and the managing of placement of new and renewal business. She is also responsible for the development and growth of the Southeast Insurance Company which will be marketing personal lines products to the student loan industry through Tate Insurance Group. She is a resident of Knoxville, TN and her and her daughter reside in North Knoxville.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Phone

(865) 862-8232 Fax

amy@tateinsurancegroup.com

 

Melanie Williams

Personal Lines CSR

Melanie Williams comes to Tate Insurance Group after the merger with Hickman, Johnson and Simmonds. She is a lifelong resident of Oak Ridge and brings over 30 years of experience selling and servicing personal lines products in the independent agency system. She takes great pride in treating everyone with respect and taking care of her clients. Melanie is a proud grandmother to 6 beautiful grandchildren.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Office

(865) 862-8232 Fax

melanie.williams@hjsinsurance.com

 

Dale Chilton

Personal Lines CSR

Dale Chilton has 20 years' experience with Personal Lines beginning in Sales with Travelers Insurance. Her product knowledge allows her to service existing customers with questions and new products. Her background involves training in coverage counseling, which allows her clients to know available options and assure they are properly protected. Dale comes to Tate Insurance Group after the merger and is a resident of Knoxville, TN.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Office

(865) 862-8232 Fax

dale.chilton@hjsinsurance.com

 

Health Insurance

 

Lisa Allen

Employee Benefits Manager

Lisa Allen brings her experience to Tate Insurance Group from The Company Benefits Store. She has many years of experience shopping the market for both new and existing clients for employee benefits, conducts general customer service, prepares enrollment materials and conducts enrollment meetings. She has 25 years' experience in the Human Resources Industry with a focus on Benefits Management. Lisa's HR experience brings value in that she knows from experience what Group clients need from their Account Manager.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 368-9105 Office

(865) 966-3274 Fax

lisa@tateinsurancegroup.com

 

Administrator

 

Jennifer Peck

Commercial Lines CSR

Jen joined Tate Insurance Group in October of 2013 and is handling the office administration duties while she gains knowledge of the insurance industry. She and her husband have three children and reside in the Farragut, TN area.

 

Contact Information:

 

(865) 862-8233 Phone

(865) 862-8232 Fax

jen@tateinsurancegroup.com

 

Insurance Center of Tennessee

 

Nancy Johnson

Personal Lines CSR

Insurance Center of Tennessee

Nancy Johnson has 14 years experience with insurance handling Health, Dental, Life, Auto, Home, watercraft, recreational vehicles and jewelry. She lives in Johnson City with her husband Fred.

 

Contact Information:

 

(423) 283-4320 Office

(423) 283-4109 Fax

nancy.johnson@hjsinsurance.com

 

Rick Kobel

Agent

Insurance Center of Tennessee

Rick Kobel has 20 plus years' experience specializing in all facets of the commercial property casualty industry and bonds. Rick has serviced various industries such as contractors, manufacturers, mercantile, Industrial, and property development businesses just to name a few. He prides himself in developing long term client relationships via his dedicated service. Rick is looking forward to developing these relationships throughout Eastern TN.




Contact Us


Tate Insurance Group

Hickman, Johnson and Simmonds

6423 Deane Hill Drive

Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 862-8233 Phone

(865) 862-8232 Fax


Insurance Center of TN

4104 North Roan St Ste B

Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 283-4320 Phone

(423) 283-4109 Fax