TRUSTED PARTNER, TRUSTED ADVISOR.
Reliance Partners was incorporated in 2009 by a group of individuals with a common goal: to be the best independent agency in the insurance industry. Although the US economy was unsteady at the time, Reliance Partners’ foundation– an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a sound financial mind– was solid.
In a short time, Reliance Partners has become a leading insurance brokerage and consultant for the transportation, logistics, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. With a sharp eye on an ever-changing marketplace, Reliance Partners provides its customers with the best coverage at the most cost-efficient pricing. Rather than simply selling insurance products, Reliance Partners offers solutions-based resources aimed at promoting the success and financial well-being of our clients.
A NEW GENERATION OF INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS
What makes our agency unique is the fact that we go beyond what other business insurance agencies may offer. Rather than simply selling insurance products, our agents offer solution-based resources and services, aimed at promoting the success and financial well-being of our clients.
For business owners, our agency is not only committed to providing the right insurance, but also focused on increasing profits by controlling exposure and risk transfer cost. By offering services such as claims review and risk minimization, we can help guide your business to a safer, more secure workplace.
Our agency is proud to specialize in serving professionals in transportation, logistics, hospitality, restaurant, and warehousing industries. It is our great knowledge and experience in these industries that make us your number one solution for coverage. We keep a sharp-eye on the ever-changing marketplace, allowing us to provide the most comprehensive coverage at the best price.
On the personal front, we offer a wide range of products, from home to auto insurance. Once our agents sit down and get to know your unique situation, we can better implement a policy that offers peace of mind—at cost-effective pricing.
The Executive Team
As Co-Founder and CEO of Reliance Partners, Andrew has been an integral part of the company’s growth since its formation in 2009. He built the foundation of the company with an entrepreneurial spirit and a sharp eye on an ever-changing marketplace.
Andrew earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He resides in Signal Mountain with his wife, Ashley, and their children Ava and Tucker. On the weekends, he enjoys spending time outdoors, golfing, fishing and being with his family.
Chad is President and COO of Reliance Partners where he leads sales and operations. He joined the team in August 2015 after 10 years in freight brokerage at Access America Transport and Coyote Logistics. Chad led AAT as President from 2010 until its merger with Coyote in 2014. He continued as President of Brokerage of the combined entity prior to joining Reliance Partners.
Chad graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Business with a B.S. in Logistics. He resides in Signal Mountain, with his wife Ann Marie and son Chandler. Chad enjoys spending time with family, travel and Tennessee football.
Ronald joined Reliance in 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer, where he oversees sales and marketing operations. With more than 20 years of experience in freight brokerage, he brings a strong understanding of the transportation and logistics industry to the team. Prior to Reliance, Ronald worked at Access America Transport from 2007-2014, where he led the team as Executive Vice President. As a result of AAT’s merger with Coyote he joined the Coyote team as Executive Vice President in 2014.
Ronald served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and attended Chattanooga State, where he majored in business management. Ronald lives in Chickamauga, GA with his wife, Kristy, and his children Hayden and Cameron. He is a board member for East TN Make-A-Wish Foundation, serves as a volunteer for the Chickamauga Rec Association, supports Georgia’s Department of Children’s Services and enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his kids in sports and Tennessee football.
As Senior Vice President of Reliance Partners, Laura Ann (L.A.) oversees finance, marketing and human resources. However, her contributions to the organization go well beyond her operations responsibilities. L.A. has a wealth of knowledge of the transportation industry as a whole, having founded an internal flatbed trucking company and brokerage division while serving as the risk manager for Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods.
Laura Ann earned a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Georgia. She currently lives in Chattanooga with her husband Jeff. Laura Ann enjoys road biking, mountain biking and traveling.
Jason is Senior Vice President of Sales at Reliance Partners where he manages a division of the Small Fleet Program. After 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, Jason joined Reliance Partners in May of 2013 as Director of the Small Fleet Program.
Jason earned a B.S. in Animal Science and Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently lives in Marion County, Tennessee his wife Gwen and daughter Reaghan. On the weekends, Jason enjoys time with family and friends, the outdoors and working on his family farm.
Ashley is Senior Vice President of Sales at Reliance Partners where he manages a division of the Small Fleet Program. Ashley joined the team in 2012 after 10 years operating an asset-based trucking company. His experience in transportation and logistics led him to pursue a career with Reliance Partners’ transportation and logistics division.
Ashley earned a B.S. in Finance from Auburn University. He currently resides in Chattanooga, TN and enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and Auburn football.
As Senior Director of Customer Service, Stephen plays a large role on the company’s operations team and leads Reliance’s service department. He joined the team in early 2017 bringing more than 20 years of insurance industry experience in independent agency management, sales and marketing.
Copeland earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from The University of Georgia. He is married with three children. A North Georgia native, Copeland and his family are very happy to be in Chattanooga.