A. Mark Slater, Jr.
A. Mark Slater, Jr. is the President of Sunbelt Insurance. Mark joined Sunbelt Insurance in 1987 and purchased the agency from Mark Slater Sr and Paul Stancil in 2011. Mark is the past President of the Insurors of Chattanooga also serving many years on its Board of Directors. Mark earned the Insurors of Chattanooga Insuror of the Year award in 2002. Mark also served on the Board of Directors for The Insurors of Tennessee from 2003-2005. A 1981 graduate of the Baylor School, Mark attended the University of Georgia and earned his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1995 and completed the Appalachian State University Insurance Executive Program and Drake University Insurance Program.Mark has two children, Alexa and Matthew and three step-children, Timothy, Jaime, and Tori . Mark is married to Lorrie Slater.
Carolyn Kell joined Sunbelt Insurance as a Producer in Personal Lines in 1995 and has grown her business to include Personal and Business Insurance clients all over the Tennessee Valley.
In addition to her role as a very good insurance agent for her clients, Carolyn is the Operations Manager of Sunbelt Insurance.
Carolyn is married to Jon Kell and has two children, Jonathon and Callie.
Ed Lambert joined Sunbelt in 2007 as a Transportation Specialist and works exclusively with companies involved in the Transportation business.
Ed graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2004 and began his insurance career with a focus solely on Transportation and Trucking risks. After working for one of the country’s largest transportation insurance brokerage firms, Ed came to Sunbelt to become Director of our Transportation Division.
Ed is married to Jennifer, and has 3 beautiful daughters, Caroline, Lucie, and Mary-Frances.
Benny Patterson joined Sunbelt in 2009 after beginning his insurance career May 2007 as a producer for a company specializing in the transportation industry.
Prior to insurance Benny was the Controller for a mid-size transportation company for 15 years with one of the duties being the negotiating and purchasing of transportation coverage’s for that company. Benny’s previous responsibility of being “on the other side” of the insurance transaction helps him better understand and better able to meet his client’s needs for this unique transaction.
Benny’s main focus is working with Trucking and Transportation clients with 1-20 power units in the southeast region. Benny believes that his experience in the transportation industry combined with his insurance knowledge, integrity, and hard work are key components to his continued success on behalf of his clients.
Bob Hill is a personal and commercial lines producer who also has extensive knowledge of life and health insurance.
Bob has been with Sunbelt since 1991 and has been in the insurance business for 23 years.
Bob is married to Kathy Hill. They have one son.
Transportation and Trucking Risks
Daniel graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2007. Upon graduating and moving back to Chattanooga, Daniel entered the Insurance Industry as an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee focusing on personal lines insurance for 7 years as a solid producer. In 2014, Daniel started a new career with Sunbelt Insurance focusing on Transportation and Trucking risks throughout the Southeast region. Daniel has been very effective providing quality markets and service for his clients.
Daniel resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has one son. Daniel enjoys Racing, Boating, and baseball with his son.
Scott joined Sunbelt Insurance in 2018 as a transportation agent. He graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Mathematics and double minored in Bible and Youth Ministry. He has been the youth pastor and bass player at a church in the Chattanooga area since 2014. The passion and integrity that is ingrained in him through his church is the same passion and integrity that he brings to helping his clients. When he isn’t working, he is enjoying the outdoors, hiking, paddle boarding, or playing disc golf.
Tucker A. Wingo
Tucker joined the Sunbelt team as a Transportation Producer in July of 2020. He was born and raised here in Chattanooga where he graduated from Boyd-Buchanan School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Political Science. He served two years on the executive board as a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and continues to mentor as an alumni advisor.
While finishing up at UTC, Tucker interned for a local publicly traded transportation company where he was hired on full time after graduation as a freight broker. His knowledge and experience in the trucking and transportation industry have helped provide him with a strong base to begin a successful career in transportation insurance.
When he isn’t working, Tucker enjoys numerous outdoor activities such as golf, running, hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, and being on the lake. He has completed 3 marathons and has dreams of one day qualifying and running the Boston Marathon.
Sherry Deakins insurance career began in 1998. Sherry has over the last 23 years in the insurance industry. She has had the pleasure of navigating the complexities of different insurance markets and risks. Her vast experience includes; General Liability, Commercial Auto, Workers Compensation and Bonds. She has a passion for insurance which has allowed her to work in many different roles strengthening her ability to help clients find the right coverage to fit their specific needs.
Sherry grew up in the Tennessee Valley attending Chattanooga State. She has three daughters. In her spare time she enjoys hiking the beautiful trails Chattanooga has to offer.
Sunbelt Insurance is an independent insurance agency providing personal and commercial property and casualty insurance as well as life and health insurance. The agency was formed in 1984 with roots that extend into the 1930’s.
Sunbelt Insurance is a full service insurance agency. We are blessed with thousands of customers across the Southeast who honor us by placing their insurance with our agency. We work with individuals and families for all aspects of their personal insurance needs. We also protect businesses of every type and size with the commercial insurance products that best fit the needs of each business. In addition to our broader commercial insurance department Sunbelt Insurance has a dedicated Transportation Insurance Department that focuses their attention solely on the insurance needs of the Transportation Industry. Our agency is also blessed to offer the ServLine Program, created in conjunction with one of our valued insurance company partners, working with Utility Companies, Municipalities, and their customers all over the Southeast.
Sunbelt Insurance is automated in all aspects of our business except how we answer our phones! We operate with the latest version of the AMS360 online agency management system and provide a secure opportunity on this website for our customers to notify us of changes and claims, issue online certificates of insurance, or make payments owed to our agency. We also strive to offer a very personal customer service experience and encourage our customers to work with us by their preferred means of communication, not ours. We can be reached through our website, email, fax, or phone. If you call during business hours you will even be greeted by our valued receptionist instead of an impersonal automated system.
Sunbelt Insurance represents many of the finest national and regional insurance companies in the industry. Our agency has its eye to the future and strives to provide proactive management and technological answers with an aggressive approach to sales in today’s changing insurance market. The staff of Sunbelt Insurance is made up experienced, hard-working insurance advisors driven to provide the best in customer service and assist in providing for our clients’ insurance needs. Our motto: Protection. Personal Service. Peace of Mind.
At Sunbelt Insurance, we strive to:
Exceed the expectations of our clients, prospects, and insurance companies delivering insurance and financial services with excellence and integrity.