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In 1999, Walter Barnett joined The Prewitt Group after a 39-year stint with the IRS. During his 22 years as an agency controller, he not only continued to acquire but also apply an immense knowledge of accounting and legal expertise. While Barnett was incredibly skilled at his job, he also exemplified what it meant to be a team player and was always happy to lend a helping hand at work, earning himself the nickname “Mr. Fix-it” around The Prewitt Group office. It is this mix of expertise, friendliness, leadership, and professionalism that lead us to rename our employee of the year award to The Walter Barnett Employee of the Year Award, upon his retirement from The Prewitt Group, and in honor of his many contributions to our agency and his friendship to us all.

The Walter Barnett Employee of the Year Award honors the achievements and celebrates associates who exemplify the wonderful qualities that Walter possesses. Kim Hayward has been a sterling example of these qualities, which is why we have chosen her to be the inaugural recipient of this award.

Since 2007, Kim has been working with The Prewitt Group carrier’s online rating platforms, rating client accounts with major carriers and working with the Core Business Unit as well as handling the Certificate of Insurance requests. She helps team leaders and account managers make sure their requests are processed as efficiently as possible while also leading the implementation of a new processing program. Kim is not only a skilled employee, but she is also someone who knows the value of being a team player. She works hard daily for both our team and clients alike. Kim does whatever it takes to get the job done and does it with such a cheerful outlook.

We are very pleased to recognize Kim Hayward as the first Walter Barnett Employee of the Year recipient. She is more than deserving of this honor. Congratulations, Kim.

Patsy Taylor Cake

The Prewitt Group Employee of the Year Patsy TaylorThe Prewitt Group is thrilled to honor Patsy Taylor as the 2018 Employee of the Year! After 25 years of serving The Prewitt Group’s clients as an Account Manager who constantly strives to find better solutions to her clients’ problems, Patsy is more than deserving of this honor. To get to know the 2018 Employee of the Year, check out this Q&A:

Q: How did you get into the industry?

A: I began working at an insurance carrier when I was 18 years old. I worked in several positions in the Claims Department before transferring to the Data Processing Department as a Computer Programmer.  When the carrier was closed by the State of Alabama, I went to work for the State of Alabama Insurance Department. I realized that I missed the day-to-day contact with the client and then moved to The Prewitt Group. I really enjoy finding solutions to my clients’ problems and just trying to make things a little better regarding their insurance-related problems.

Q: Are you seeing any new trends in the industry?

A: Yes! There has been a shift to more online communications and less one-on-one communications with clients and carriers.

Q: What’s your favorite part of working for The Prewitt Group?

A: The way we support each other and work as a family.  As a group, if someone is rushing to get an appointment ready or some documentation a producer needs, you will hear several people speaking up to say, “What can I do to help?  Can I get that print for you? Can I run that upstairs for you? One of the things that has as always stood out to me is that when I am rushed, even the producer will offer to help.

Q: Who’s your biggest role model? 

A: Johnny Prewitt – I admire the way he always looks out for his clients’ interests.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: To always work the items in front of you and pay no attention to the other one until I have completed the task at hand.  Each item deserves our full attention!

Q: What are three words that describe you?

A: Loyal. Detailed. Funny.

Q: What’s something most people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I really do love working in insurance!

Q: Favorite quote?

A: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bil Keane

Q: Favorite travel spot/vacation? 

A: Beach /Football/Disney World

Q: Favorite spot to hang out in Birmingham? (Restaurant, park, brewery, bar, etc.!)

A: Mexico Lindo

Q: Hobbies? 

A: My grand kids, and whatever they are into is my new hobby. ????

Q: Anything you want to add about family, pets or personal life?

A: I have two wonderful kids who I am very proud of. My son, Jeremy, is a civil engineer at Gonzalez-Strength & Associates, and my daughter, Jennifer, is a software engineer who works for Exxon. I also have a great daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two wonderful grandkids.  My dog and 3 cats rule my house, but I love them all.  Family is everything to me, so I feel I am very blessed in so many ways!