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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.

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Please join us in welcoming Ashleigh Calvert, Scott Campbell, and Tracy Rathje to the Prewitt Group Family!

Ashleigh Calvert is coming aboard as The Prewitt Group’s newest marketing representative. For the past 7 years, she’s spent her career honing her skills in both the retail and wholesale side of commercial account management. Calvert is motivated by others and excited to work with her fellow Prewitt Group associates. Outside of work, Calvert enjoys hanging out with friends and family or enjoying the nearby lakes and beaches.

Scott Campbell is our newest personal lines manager/risk consultant. His experience is grounded in operations, which he gained while leading both personal lines and small business departments. He’s excited to not only get to know the Prewitt Team but also all the clients. In his spare time, you’ll find Campbell either enjoying time with his family or playing golf.

We welcome Tracy Rathje as our newest commercial lines assistant. For the past 21 years, she’s been sharpening her skills in the commercial insurance industry, spending equal time between both the retail and wholesale side of operations. Having worked with The Prewitt Group in the past, she is excited and ready to get back to helping others in her work family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, cooking, and being around friends and family.

We are excited to welcome these three risk management professionals and are looking forward to what their future at the Prewitt Group holds.

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Ms. Gasque brings a wealth of insurance industry knowledge and relationship building to her new role with The Prewitt Group. Her successes in the industry are evident as her tenure with New York Life produced two successive years of award-winning work. She is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and serves as a local ambassador to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. She also serves as the vice president of the Kiwanis Club of Mountain Brook/Homewood. Originally from Utah, Ms. Gasque is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University.

Please join us in welcoming Deb to the Prewitt Group family as an Employee Benefits Advisor!

Ashley

We are excited to introduce you to Ashley Sherwood! As The Prewitt Group’s receptionist, Ashley is the smile welcoming you to our office and the voice greeting you on the telephone. She keeps our office running smoothly by ensuring incoming calls and correspondence are routed to the appropriate agent in addition to supporting our accounts payable team. To learn more about Ashley, check out this Q&A:

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

A: Being a member of the accounting department is the most enjoyable aspect of my position. We are a close-knit group that strives to support one another. Plus, we have a good deal of fun along the way.

Q: What brought you to Birmingham?

A: I am originally from Slocomb, Alabama. I moved to Birmingham from São Paulo, Brazil to be closer to family and expose my son to the English language for a portion of his childhood.

Q: Who’s your biggest role model?

A: Ruth Bader Ginsberg is definitely my biggest role model.

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

A: Be the voice for the voiceless.

Q: What are three words that describe you?

A: Resolute. Meticulous. Tenderhearted.

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

A: I have fished my whole life. I spent most of my childhood either deep sea fishing a hundred miles offshore, preparing to go fishing or traveling somewhere to go fishing. There is nothing more centering than standing on the bow of a boat as you look out at the place where sky meets sea, the place where you see nothing, yet see everything.

Q: Favorite quote?

A: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” –attributed to Edmund Burke

Q: Favorite travel spot/vacation?

A: I love to visit the seaside towns along the coast of Brazil, specifically Ilhabela where my husband and I spent our honeymoon.

Q: Movie buff, bookworm or Netflix binger? What are you currently reading or watching?

A: I am a bookworm all the way. I am currently reading Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell. It is a memoir on how a group of non-combat trained WWII nurses survived as prisoners of war in the Pacific.

Q: Favorite spot to hang out in Birmingham?

A: We have a 2-year-old son who loves to be outdoors, so we spend a lot of time at Aldridge Gardens. Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe is also a favorite.

Q: Hobbies?

A: I love cuddling with my little boy and reading him stories. I can also be completely absorbed into research on an enlightening topic for hours. Travel, by necessity as we are an international family, is always something I am excited about as well.

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

A: I have a wonderful husband and a cherished little boy. I am doing my best to savor every moment of this stage of my life. I am so blessed and deeply thankful.

Becky Glass ES

As J.R. Prewitt & Associates Personal Lines Manager, Becky Glass aims to please clients with unrivaled customer service. She accomplishes this by abiding by her lifelong goal of treating others the way she wants to be treated. To learn more about Becky, check out this Q&A:

Q: What are your responsibilities in your role? 

A: I help my staff with retaining current customers and providing the best customer service possible to our clients.  I plan with our staff and carriers to meet productions goals and grow our business.  My goal is to be head and shoulders above the competition and make our customers want to stay forever. 

Q: How did you get into the insurance industry? 

A: I started in 1992 as a receptionist at an independent insurance agency in my hometown of Selma.  The rest is history.

Q: How long have your worked for J.R. Prewitt?  

A: A little over 4 years.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working for J.R. Prewitt?

A:  The Prewitts are genuinely nice, caring people.  We have great people here that love what they do, and everyone works together towards a common goal.

Q: Who is your biggest role model?

A: My mother. She was one of the smartest, wittiest and most determined women I have ever known.  She taught me not to wait on someone else to make things happen.  If you want it, you have to go out and get it!

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

A: Treat others the way you want to be treated.  It has been my lifelong goal.

Q: What are three words that describe you?

A: Determined, happy and feisty (my husband’s words 😊).

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

A: I met and shook hands with President George W. Bush on the lawn of the White House.

Q: Favorite quote?

A: “There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell

Q: Favorite travel spot/vacation?

A:  I have so many!  If I had to pick a favorite it would be Palm Island in the Grenadines.  That is where I married my husband.

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

A: My favorite restaurant in Birmingham is Chuck’s Fish on 280.   

Q: Hobbies?

A: Boating – I love the water!

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

A: My husband, J.J., and I will celebrate our 5th anniversary in July.  We have a five-pound miniature dachshund named Lilly (she also loves to ride on the boat).  I have one son, Landon, who is 24 and works for Travelers Insurance in Knoxville, TN—yes, I drug him into the business.  I have two wonderful step sons and a daughter-in -law, and we just found out that we will be welcoming our first grandchild to the family in November!

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J.R. Prewitt & Associates is thrilled to honor Cathi Berry as the 2017 Employee of the Year! After 7 years of serving J.R. Prewitt’s clients as a Claims Coordinator, Cathi is more than deserving of this honor. Cathi not only successfully juggles countless claims, but she also brings a positive attitude to the team and is always a joy to be around. To get to know the 2017 Employee of the Year, check out this Q&A:

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A.Kontomitras

J.R. Prewitt & Associates is excited to welcome Alexander Kontomitras to the team as a Commercial Risk Consultant! In this role, Alexander will be responsible for bringing in new clients and educating new prospects on the changing risks to their current business. To learn more about Alexander, check out this Q&A:

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