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Meet Our Staff

As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business.  Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

Paul D. Mears

Paul D. Mears

Agency Owner/President

Paul Mears graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988 and Gardner Webb University in 2012 with an MBA. He enjoys spending his leisure time hiking the Appalachian trail, playing golf, working as a humanitarian with Rotary and spending time with his wife Alicia and six children Adam, Autumn, Aubry, Alex, Andrew and Ashton. Paul has been a Rotarian since 1995 and was recognized in 2018 as Rotarian of the Year in his local club.

Keith Bowers


Keith is a third-generation Nationwide Insurance agent and started his career back in 1982. Keith graduated from UNC-Charlotte in Business Administration and has been a lifelong Morganton resident. He loves to golf, snow ski, and fly fish in his spare time.

Kelly Bowers-Messenheimer


Kelly joined the Nationwide Bowers agency back in 1993, a few years after graduating from UNC-Charlotte. She is married to Geoff and has two children, Thomas and Molly. Kelly enjoys volunteering, cooking, golfing, and traveling.

Sandra Stephens

Operations Manager

Sandy is an Education major from CCC&TI and ASU. She found out she was more geared towards business management in the 90’s and has stayed in that lane ever since. Sandy oversees the day-to-day operations of our offices. She has been married to her husband, Gene, since 1987. They have two children, Hannah and Adam, who are both in the medical field. Sandy enjoys spending as much time as she can with family and friends, either traveling or just hanging out by the fire pit and grilling. She is also a member of the Red Fox Senior Olympic basketball team and softball team.

Carmen Baldridge

Office Manager

Carmen graduated from Freedom High School in 1990. She is happily married and has two children. Traveling to new places is just one of her favorites things to do, along with spending time with family and friends.

Adam Mears

Life & Commercial Insurance Agent

Adam and all of his 6′ 10″ frame joined our agency in 2018. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. Adam also has experience in social media management, marketing, and web design. Adam enjoys basketball (especially UNC), running, playing guitar, and listening to audio books. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kris, and two children, Rakelle and Alec.

Amanda Lail

Insurance Agent

Amanda graduated from East Burke High School in 2007 and has been in insurance since 2013. She has two daughters, Chloe and Maci, and enjoys hiking and watching her kids play sports. Amanda’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and friends. She also loves sweets and keeps her own secret snack drawer at work.

Rebecca Stotts

Insurance Agent

Rebecca has nine years of experience in the insurance field. She graduated from East Burke High School in 2001. Rebecca has been married to her husband, Michael, for 15 years and they have two boys, Wyatt and Gannon. She loves the outdoors, especially going camping and fishing with her family.

Judy McGuire

Insurance Agent

Judy joined our agency in November 2009 with a background in customer service. She also has 26 years of experience in tax preparation. Judy has four grown children and is Nana to three grandchildren who are the apple of her eye. She loves helping people and has been on several mission trips outside of the country. She also enjoys baking and decorating cakes.

Sheila Crews

Insurance Agent

Sheila has over 30 years of experience in the insurance field. She has one son, David, and enjoys playing golf and kayaking.

Hope Barlow

Insurance Agent

Hope has been a licensed insurance agent since 2014. She joined our agency in June of 2020. She has a son and a daughter whom she loves spending time with. She enjoys woodworking and making furniture. Fun fact about Hope: She can say her ABC’s backwards.

Jennifer Price

Insurance Agent

Jennifer graduated from Freedom High School in 2008 and became an insurance agent in 2018. She is married to Dustin and has three children Chloe, Will and Leyton. Jennifer lived abroad in Europe for three years. She enjoys family time and watching her kiddos play sports!

Zeb Davis

Insurance Agent

Zeb joined our team in 2019 after working in the finance industry. After living in Mexico for 10 years, Zeb is now fluent in both Spanish and English. Outside of work, Zeb devotes time to his family, including his wife of 11 years and their two sons. He also volunteers with his church’s children’s ministry.

Nancy Flango

Insurance Agent

Nancy graduated from the College of New Jersey with a B.S. degree in Education. She has over 25 years experience in the insurance industry as an Underwriter and Customer Service Representative. Nancy enjoys cooking, hiking and is even a member of the Lake James Dragon Boat Team.

Ronnie Crain

Insurance Agent

Ronnie has been an insurance agent since 1991. He is married to Judy and together they have three boys. He is an active member of Mt Home Baptist Church. Ronnie also loves to travel, especially to the beach!