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Administration

Tammy McDaniel, CIC, CISR, CWCA, CRM

Vice-President of Operations
Phone: 423-318-5802
Email: tmcdaniel@strateinsurance.com

Tammy McDaniel, CIC, CISR, CWCA, CRM is Vice President of Operations of Strate Insurance Group, Inc. and has been an employee since March 2001.Tammy has three sons, Jake, Josh, and Jonah. She is a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.


Business Insurance

Kellie Collins, CISR

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Business Insurance Agent
Phone: 423-318-5822
E-mail: kcollins@strateinsurance.com

Kellie Collins became a member of our Business Insurance team in March 2013 as a Service Associate. Having worked in the insurance industry since 2002, Kellie has gained the experience and skill needed to service business insurance customers as is evidence by having received the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation. Kellie also transferred to Strate Insurance Group, Inc. from the Wells Fargo service team.

Kellie graduated from Hancock County High School and Walters State Community College where she played basketball.

When asked why she has chosen to remain in the insurance industry, Kellie states, “I enjoy establishing and maintaining relationships with my clients and I strive to provide them with service that exceeds their expectations.”

Kellie and her husband, Darren, live in Morristown with their three sons, Daylen, Aiden, and Bryson (twins). In her “spare” time, Kellie likes to play rec-league volleyball, co-ed volleyball, basketball and softball.


Cathy King, CPCU, ARM, CIC, AAI, CPIW

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Business Insurance Sales/Account Executive
Phone: 423-318-5810
E-mail: cking@strateinsurance.com

Cathy King, Business Insurance Sales/Account Executive, joined Strate Insurance Group, Inc. from Wells Fargo in March 2013.

A Powell High School Graduate, Cathy has also attended Walters State Community College. Through continuing professional education, Cathy has earned the designations of CPCU, ARM, CIC, AAI, and CPIW. She began her career in the insurance industry in 1976 as a Receptionist and within three years became an Office Manager. Her experience, skill, and interests moved her into the role of Sales and Account Executive.

Cathy remarked that, “It is a joy to meet and get to know my clients. They have become very dear friends.”

Cathy lives in Morristown with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Caitlin.

In addition to her busy career and family life, Cathy enjoys following her daughter’s competitive horseback riding activities, sewing with a church group for cancer patients, walking and exercising. She is a past member of Rotary AM and a past Girl Scout Leader.


Rebecca Leach

Rebecca Leach

Business Insurance Agent
Phone: 423-318-5807
E-mail: rleach@strateinsurance.com

Rebecca Leach joined our Business Insurance Team in November 2015.

Rebecca embarked on her insurance career as a Commercial Lines Underwriter at Cincinnati Insurance Company. During her time at Cincinnati, she attained an in-depth knowledge of commercial insurance coverages, risk management and competitive pricing techniques. Rebecca worked closely with local independent agents to safeguard the interests of policyholders against loss and uncertainties associated with their business operations.

Rebecca graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After spending time in Charleston, SC and Cincinnati, OH, she recently moved back to Morristown and is excited to serve as an active community member. Rebecca is an avid CrossFitter and has a passion for cooking.


Bethany McFall, CISR,AFI

Business Insurance Agent
Phone: 423-318-5836
Email: bmcfall@strateinsurance.com

Bethany McFall joined the Family Insurance team in March 2014 as a service associate. She graduated from Cherokee High School and obtained an Associate’s of Science Degree in Business from Walter’s State Community College. Licensed for both Life Insurance and Property & Casualty Insurance, Bethany is passionate about insurance and the protection it provides for her clients’ families, homes, autos, and other important assets. Bethany is currently working toward a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation as well as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) designation. Bethany lives in Mooresburg with her husband, Justin, and their children, Jayden and Julie. They are active members of Hubert’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.


Tom Strate, CIC, CRM, CWCA

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President – Risk Manager
Phone: 423-318-5803
E-mail: tstrate@strateinsurance.com

Tom Strate, CIC, CRM, CWCA is President of Strate Insurance Group, Inc. in Morristown, Tennessee. Mr. Strate spends a majority of his professional time working with manufacturing accounts. His clients include companies domiciled in Germany, Japan, and Canada. Mr. Strate’s extensive experience and customer advocacy is the hallmark of Strate Insurance Group’s service standard.

Mr. Strate graduated from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, and a major in Insurance and Risk Management. He achieved the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation in 1983, and the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) Designation in 2005 and the Certified Workers Compensation Advisor (CWCA) designation in 2012.

Mr. Strate is very active in civic, community, church, and industry organizations. Some past areas of service include: Past President and Board Member of Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Hamblen County United Way, Past Campaign Chairman of Hamblen County United Way, Past Chairman of Young Agents of Tennessee, and named Outstanding Committee Chairman by Insurors of Tennessee in 1993, and Past Chairman of Rose Center and Council of the Arts. Some of Mr. Strate’s current services include: Board Member of Great Smoky Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America, Board Member of All Saints’ Episcopal School, and Board Member of Morristown-Hamblen Health Care System.

Mr. Strate attends First United Methodist Church with his wife and belongs to the Kiwanis Club of Morristown. He and his wife have two grown daughters. He enjoys camping, hiking, and travel.


Jean Willson, CIC, CISR

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Business Insurance Agent
Phone: 423-318-5813
E-mail: jwillson@strateinsurance.com

Jean Willson joined our Business Insurance Team in March 2013 as a Service Associate.

Jean brought her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation and five years of experience servicing business customers as she transferred with three fellow co-workers from Wells Fargo to Strate Insurance Group, Inc. Jean has also earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Prior to entering the insurance industry, Jean was active in running a small family business.

When asked what she likes about her job, Jean replied, “I remember what it was like to grow up in a small business where we knew our insurance agent and my Dad could call on him anytime. I want to be that type of agent for my clients. I want them to really understand what their coverage means and not just expect them to take my word for it. When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher. I continue to try to teach my clients about their insurance and what all those “buzz words” really mean for them.”

Jean and her husband, John, have two grown sons, Aaron and Jim, and four grandchildren. She enjoys reading, crochet work, and shopping; however, she promises that she does not do all at the same time.


Claims Management

Debra Robinson, AIC, CWCP, CWCS

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Claims Manager
Phone: 423-318-5811
E-mail: drobinson@strateinsurance.com

Debra Robinson joined Strate Insurance Group, Inc. in October 1998. Prior to that, she worked for Travelers and other insurance companies as an adjuster. As claims manager, she is responsible for all aspects of the property and casualty claims process including assisting clients with loss control and risk management reports.

With approximately 30 years of experience in the insurance claims field, Debra is well versed in the claims process.  She received the Associate in Claims (AIC) designation in 2004, the Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) designation in 2009 and the Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist (CWCS) designation in 2012.

Debra grew up in Siler City, NC and graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She resides in Morristown with her husband and they have two daughters. She is an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Debra enjoys watching various sports, reading, shopping and simply spending time with family and friends.


Ralph Sitterson

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Keystone Insurers Group, Claims Management Division
Phone: 570-473-2830
E-mail: rsitterson@keystoneinsgrp.com

Ralph Sitterson is Vice President of Keystone Insurers Group’s Claims Management Division. Mr. Sitterson joined Keystone in 2008, bringing with him 27 years of insurance industry experience. He and his team provide claims management services to more than 230 Keystone partner agencies. He is responsible for enhancing communication with core carriers using a collaborative approach. He is the claim advocate for Keystone partners, core carriers, and the policyholders. He assists Keystone partners with subrogation issues and opportunities, interpretation and resolution of coverage issues and questions.


Family Insurance

Brandi Lane, CISR, PLCS

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Family Insurance Agent
Phone: 423-318-5805
E-mail: blane@strateinsurance.com

Brandi Lane comes to Strate Insurance Group, Inc. with prior customer service insurance experience.

She is originally from Cocke county but now resides in Hamblen county. She loves both communities and their residents. Brandi is excited to service accounts and help customers with their insurance needs. She received her Property and Casualty license in 2010.

She has earned the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Personal Lines Coverage Specialist (PLCS) designations.

Brandi resides in Morristown with her children Teagan and Dominic.


Pamela Cripe, AFIS

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Family Insurance Agent
Phone: 423-318-5821
E-mail: pcripe@strateinsurance.com

Pamela Cripe has been a member of Strate Insurance Group, Inc. since May 2011. She received her Property and Casualty license in June 2012 and her Life, Accident and Health license in June 2013. She has been a Family Insurance Agent since February 2014. She is currently working toward a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation as well as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) designation.

Pamela resides in Morristown with her sons, Kylian and Keefer. They are active members of First Presbyterian Church and the Morristown Theatre Guild, Inc. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Maryville College and is responsible for many of the marketing functions at Strate Insurance Group, Inc.


Employee Benefits

Sherry Price

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Employee Benefits, Benefits Specialist
Phone: 423-318-5814
E-mail: sprice@strateinsurance.com

Sherry Price is a Benefits Specialist, Employee Benefits Services.  She has been employed with Strate Insurance Group, Inc. since May, 2007. She brings to the department a background in banking and accounting.

She received the Tennessee Life and Health Licenses in October 2007.

Sherry and husband, Craig Price, reside in Morristown. Their children are Austin Price (Kathryn) and Lacey Price-Evans (Adam) and grandchildren are Sydney, Addison and Avery. Sherry and Craig are members of First Baptist Church of Morristown and they are active members of the community.


Christine Gosser, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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Employee Benefits Consultant
Phone: 423-318-5818
E-mail: cgosser@strateinsurance.com

Christine Gosser joined Strate Insurance Group as an Employee Benefits Service Associate in March, 2015. Christine provides assistance to our clients using a variety of group health, life and retirement products.

Christine brings a broad knowledge of employee benefits and human resources developed through her role of HR Manager with for-profit and not-for-profit businesses ranging from 3 employees to over 1200 employees. As an HR Manager, Christine managed employee benefits (including medical, dental, vision, life, disability, EAP and retirement plans), compliance and reporting, and employee relations. Christine holds a TN Life & Health license and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources since 2007. Christine is a member of the Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association.

Christine grew up in Delaware, graduating from Dover High School and Delaware Technical & Community College with Associates Degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. Christine enjoys photography, travel, cooking and reading. She resides in Greeneville.


Administration

Tammy McDaniel, CIC, CISR, CWCA, CRM

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Vice President of Operations
Phone: 423-318-5802
E-mail: tmcdaniel@strateinsurance.com

Tammy McDaniel, CIC, CISR, CWCA, CRM is Vice President of Operations of Strate Insurance Group, Inc. and has been an employee since March 2001.

Tammy has three sons, Jake, Josh, and Jonah. She is a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.


Sherry Harrison, CPA

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Manager of Accounting & Finance
Phone: 423-318-5812
E-mail: sharrison@strateinsurance.com

Sherry O. Harrison, CPA, is Accounting Manager for Strate Insurance Group, Inc.   Sherry joined Strate Insurance Group in 2002. She has more than 20 years’ experience in Accounting.

Sherry graduated from Carson-Newman College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.   She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2002 and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Virginia.  She is a member of the Tennessee Society of Public Accountants.

Sherry resides in Morristown with her husband John.   They have two sons and five grandchildren.  They attend Centenary United Methodist Church.


Danielle Kinder

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Director of First Impressions
Phone: 423-318-5800
E-mail: dkinder@strateinsurance.com

Danielle Kinder joined Strate Insurance Group, Inc. in May 2014 as Director of First Impressions. She came to us with 8 years of customer service experience. Danielle is responsible for the daily operations of the facility, customer relations, advertising, and is the assistant to the President and Vice President of Operations.

Danielle graduated from Morristown West and went on to receive her Associate’s Degree from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. She lives in Morristown with her husband, Josh, and their daughter, Naomi.