Meet the Team

Benton&Parker_Team
  • Born and raised in Atlanta, GA
  • BBA in Marketing from the University of Georgia
  • Founding partner, along with Frank Parker, of Benton and Parker Company in 1985
  • Resides in Gainesville, GA
  • Married to Dee Ann Carter Benton
  • Two children and four grand daughters!
  • Loves cars and sports car racing
  • Email me! david.benton@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1105
  • Originally from Columbus, GA
  • B.A. in Risk Management from University of Georgia
  • Obtained CPCU designation in 1981
  • After 8 years in the industry, formed Benton & Parker Insurance in 1985
  • 1985 was a big year: While forming Benton & Parker, I also married my wife, Terri Smiley Parker
  • I have two sons: Curtis and Taylor
  • I enjoy long, moon lit walks on the beach with my trusty retriever
  • Email me! frank.parker@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1107

  • Originally from Oakwood, GA
  • Was an Honor graduate of Johnson Highschool
  • AS, Business from Gainesville College
  • Computer Science Major - UGA
  • Worked as a bookkeeper for a steel company from 1990-1996
  • Worked as an office manager for a linear technology company from 1996-1998
  • Joined Benton & Parker in August 1999 working as an accounting assistant.
  • Married and have two sons
  • Hobbies: I run a small farm with horses, goats, dogs and cats, volunteer with local Humane Society, do acrylic/oil painting & art design and enjoy antique cars/trucks
  • Email me! sharon.barnes@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1583

  • Born in Houston, TX
  • Moved to Georgia in 1994
  • Started work in an office of a small-town hardware store my sophomore year of high school and stayed there for 14 years
  • Joined the Benton & Parker team in 2012
  • Received my Diploma in Business Administration Technology in 2012
  • Obtained my Property Casualty Insurance license in 2013
  • Received my Transportation Risk Specialist designation in 2016
  • In my spare time if I'm not volunteering in my community then I'll be camping, hiking, or backpacking with my husband and my dogs
  • Email me! stephanie.brooks@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1580
  • Native of Gainesville, GA
  • Earned a BA in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia in 1985
  • Obtained my Certified Insurance Counselors designation in 1991
  • Began my insurance industry career in 1985, as an underwriter with Federated Mutual Insurance Company
  • Joined Benton & Parker in 1987
  • Married to Barbara; we have one son named Michael
  • Favorite hobbies: bow hunting whitetail deer in the Midwest, and riding horses with my wife
  • Email me! ken.burnette@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1109
  • Born in Gainesville Georgia, lived in Jacksonville for approx, 2 years
  • Started working for Benton & Parker in 2006
  • Have always worked in Customer Service
  • Tries to treat my customers the way I would want to be treated
  • Love the outdoors and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and fishing
  • Also love the Florida beaches and deep-sea fishing
  • Have 2 boys who went to the same school I graduated from
  • Hobbies are outdoor activities

  • Born in Habersham, Georgia - resident of Cleveland, Georgia
  • Worked in Customer Service for 3+ years
  • Graduated Habersham Central High School in 2013
  • Currently attending Southern New Hampshire University online - expected to graduate in August of 2026
  • Joined the Benton & Parker team in 2021
  • Mother of Waylon & Makenna
  • In my free time, I love traveling!
  • The beach and warm weather are my favorites!
  • Email me! kimberley.flanagan@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-503-5559
  • Native of Spartanburg, SC and graduated from Boiling Springs High School
  • Earned an Associates Degree in Computer Programming from Spartanburg Community College
  • Joined Benton & Parker in September, 2002-working full time until February, 2006 and leaving to be a full-time mother
  • Re-joined Benton & Parker in July, 2008
  • Have been married to Greg since 2001, and we have a five-year-old son named Dylan and a three-year-old daughter named Allie
  • Enjoy camping and family vacations
  • Email me! kristin.franklin@bentonandparker.com
  • 864-233-5129

  • Born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Graduated from Johnson High School in 2013 and continued my education in Business Administration at The University of North Georgia in 2015
  • Joined Benton & Parker in August of 2015
  • Obtained my Georgia P&C license in February of 2019
  • Took a year off to stay home with my newborn daughter and recently rejoined Benton & Parker in May of 2021
  • My husband and I now have two daughters Odalis and Barbara
  • In enjoy spending time with my family and being out on the lake
  • Email me! tania.garcia@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-801-8896
  • Originally from Winder, GA
  • Graduated from Winder Barrow High School and continued my education for 2 years at Gainesville College.
  • Worked in the banking industry for several years before changing over to insurance in 1992.
  • Started working for Benton and Parker in 1994
  • Obtained my Georgia Insurance Agent's license in 1997
  • Currently live in Flowery Branch GA. with my Husband Allen
  • Have two 11 year old twin daughters, Bailey and Kendall
  • Enjoy reading and camping with my family
  • Email me! jill.gravitt@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1114

Captain George “Eddie” Gray has 50 plus years of experience in the commercial transportation industry, both in the private and public sectors.

  • After college, worked full time as an over the road driver.
  • 70’s and early 80’s worked with his family owned trucking company.
  • 1987 joined the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, 1997 promoted to the rank of Captain.
  • 2003 joined the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Later moved up to serve as the state’s chief motor carrier compliance administrator.
  • In this role, served on numerous public/private partnership boards and committees that made significant contributions to the current safety programs and regulations administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
  • 2008 Captain Gray Retired and formed GGRG Inc., a transportation safety consulting firm.
  • Over the last 12 years:
    • Has worked as an employee in various safety rolls with several different fleets, while still maintaining his consulting business. In these capacities he has continued to work closely with enforcement officers in the southeast.
    • Serves as expert witness on transportation claims including consulting with trucker defense teams.

Captain Gray is well known throughout North Carolina and the United States for his work and dedication to improving truck and highway safety. He is the owner of GGRG, Inc., a transportation safety consulting firm.

In March of 2022 GGRG, Inc. was retained as a paid consultant for Benton and Parker / PointeNorth Insurance Group LLC. Under this agreement Eddie will answer questions via phone or email concerning safety or compliance questions. He will also put together a monthly safety newsletter and be available to provide other services at a discounted rate to Benton and Parker customers.

Complementary services provided by GGRG, Inc. under agreement:

  • General questions on safety and compliance
  • Advice on Telematics and ELD Systems (General Questions)
  • Answer specific questions regarding violations
  • Advice on how to challenge at fault DOT chargeable accidents
  • Act as a liaison to get insight or interpretations of new / changing regulations

Other services provided by GGRG Inc. that may involve client participation in paying additional charges:

  • Perform Mock DOT Audits
  • In depth work on any driver / safety / compliance issues or alert status
  • Advise and help implementing safety and compliance programs along with protocols for auditing to insure success
  • Advice and detailed analysis of specific Telematics and ELD systems including help with installation

Eddie is familiar with many of the products available in these areas above most of which are available online. He can advise clients which ones may be more suited for their unique operations.

  • Although I wasn’t born there, West Virginia is the place that I call ‘home’.  And yes, I am proud to be a coal miner’s daughter.
  • Primarily worked in advertising until obtaining my insurance agent license in 2004.
  • Between 2004 & 2012, I was employed with insurance agencies in North Carolina and West Virginia.
  • Finally found my ‘work home’ with Benton & Parker Co. in 2012 as a CSR in the Gainesville, Ga office. Moved to Alabama in 2014 and am currently enjoying being CSR for Bonnie Twitchell, a producer in our Greenville, SC office.
  • Email me! pam.howard@bentonandparker.com
  • 864-404-4164

  • Born and raised in Florida.
  • Served in the US Navy.
  • Have been in trucking insurance as an underwriter and agent for over 20 years.
  • Enjoy good food, movies, muscle cars, being outside as much as possible, and weightlifting.
  • By far my favorite thing in the world though is my family. I have an amazing wife, and three equally amazing kids.
  • Email me! robert.johnson@bentonandparker.com
  • 770-604-1827
  • Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia-a true "Georgia Peach"
  • Started in the insurance industry in 1971, as a file clerk with Security Insurance Group
  • Owned H&K Insurance Services with my dad for 13 years-Specializing in Transportation Insurance
  • Joined Benton & Parker in January, 1994
  • My husband Ray and I have three children: Brian, Stefanie, and Christopher-the youngest has a career in the insurance industry
  • When I'm not in the office, I can be found either on a cruise, or at the beach with a good book
  • Email me! cindy.latta@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1112
  • Originally from Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Attended Wando High School before obtaining B.S. in Biology/Premedical studies from Furman University
  • Upon graduating, decided to pursue interests outside of my field of study-and began working for Canal Insurance Company for several years as an underwriter before joining Benton & Parker
  • Married to Laura Lane since April, 2008 and happily resides in Greenville, South Carolina-along with our two dogs, Bailey and Stella
  • Enjoys fly fishing, hunting, and traveling
  • Email me! thomas.louie@bentonandparker.com
  • 864-404-4165
  • Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983 with an insurance/risk management degree
  • Have been in the insurance industry for 27 years covering casualty underwriting, marketing, production, and agency ownership
  • Joined Benton & Parker in 2004 and now leads the North Carolina office
  • Married to Martha for 27 years, and have two sons-Drew, 22, and David, 20-and daughter Mattie, 15
  • Enjoy hiking, tennis, and most sports
  • Email me! andy.newson@bentonandparker.com
  • 704-815-3580

  • Born and raised in Duluth, GA just outside of Atlanta
  • Attended Augusta State University where he played Baseball for 4 years and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
  • Has been involved in the transportation insurance industry since 2013 that took him from SaltLake city, Utah to Houston, Texas and now Greenville, SC
  • Chased his then girlfriend, now wife Jessica Parker, out to Salt Lake City, Utah and have been happily married since October of 2015 with their two dogs Knowshon & Tripp
  • Enjoys Golfing, baseball, Georgia football, and skiing
  • Email me! curtis.parker@bentonandparker.com
  • 864-233-2911

  • Born and raised in Gainesville, GA
  • Graduated from North Hall High School in 2002
  • Worked in the real estate industry for 13 yrs
  • Started working for Benton & Parker in 2019
  • Obtained my Georgia P&C license in August of 2020
  • Single mother of 2 beautiful children whom I adore!
  • In my spare time, I love to read, hanging out with family & friends, camping & swimming
  • Email me! casey.posten@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1586
  • Grew up an Army brat, lived and traveled many places. Charlotte is the longest I’ve lived anywhere!
  • Graduated from St. Petersburg HS in 1993.
  • Received my BSBA in Management at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL.
  • In 1998 married, moved to Charlotte and started a family soon after.
  • My husband, Tucker, and I have two sons, Alex and Carter.
  • Enjoy reading, camping, traveling, outdoor activities
  • Email me! kristin.schenck@bentonandparker.com
  • 704-815-3583

  • Born in Miami, FL and moved to Clearwater, FL in 1995 (FL Native)
  • Began working in insurance on the Insured side specifically Risk Management since 2006 and moved to the Insurance Agency side in 2014.
  • I am a Licensed P & C Insurance Agent as well as a Licensed P & C claims Adjuster
  • Obtained my Certified Insurance Service Representative Designation in 2016
  • Love the outdoors: hiking, fishing, zip lining, shooting and I coach little league soccer when I am not watching my daughter advance in Karate
  • Have 2 children, boy and girl and they are the highlight of my life
  • Email me! brandy.schweiger@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-503-5536
  • Graduated from Pickens High School
  • Licensed in Insurance since 1996
  • Specializing in Commercial Transportation since 1998
  • Joined the Benton & Parker team in July 1998
  • Married since 1991 to Danny and have 2 sons, Jared & Kendall
  • Dog Mom to Jasper (Chocolate Lab) & Prue (Boston Terrier) & Cat Mom to Bastian
  • Love to travel (abroad and locally), camping, hanging with my dogs, hiking, reading, & spending time with family & friends
  • Email me! krystal.slowe@bentonandparker.com
  • 864-404-4167
  • Native of Cumming, GA
  • Graduated from South Forsyth High School in 1992
  • Spent a year at Piedmont College followed by 2 years at Gainesville College
  • Started working for Benton & Parker part-time while still in college
  • In 1993 I became a full-time employee as a receptionist--and was gradually trained to become an assistant CSR
  • In 1997, I began working as a full-time CSR for Ken Burnette
  • In 2010, I became an agent writing business in GA, NC, SC, TN and VA
  • I also work regularly in our remote offices as needed for training issues as they arise
  • Obtained my Georgia Insurance Agent license in 1997
  • Currently live in Lumpkin County, GA.
  • I spend most of my spare time spoiling my nephews, camping and boating with friends.
  • Email me! shelley.stone@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-207-1100
  • Born and raised in Lula, GA
  • Graduated from East Hall High School in 1992 and attended Gainesville College
  • Worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance from 1996 to 2009
  • Worked as a Data programmer from 2011-2012
  • Started with Benton and Parker in 2012
  • Married to Tracy, have 2 children, Connor and Abby
  • Email me! tonya.tompkins@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-801-8884
  • Born in Gainesville, GA
  • Graduated from Lanier Technical College with a Degree in Marketing, and certifications in Advertisement and Business Management.
  • In my free time, I enjoy trout fishing, cooking on my smoker
  • Married to my High School sweetheart.
  • I have two awesome kids. Both boys.
  • Email me! jerry.turpen@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-503-5558
  • Born in Kinston, North Carolina (Lenoir County)
  • I began my insurance career in October of 1978 working in personal lines
  • Changed to commercial lines as a CSR in the Fall of 1988
  • I love insurance because it's ever changing from day to day
  • Obtained my P&C license in 1979 then my Life & Health and Medicare Supplement license in 1990
  • Insurance designations include: CISR, AIA, CRIS, & PWCA 
  • My husband, Johnnie & I have two children, one boy and one girl (both married) and two grandsons
  • I love reading, looking for sea shells, long walks, boating, spending time with my children as they grow older, and watching my two grandsons play basketball, football, and soccer
  • Email me!: sherry.whaley@bentonandparker.com
  • 678-503-5566