About Reliance

About Reliance

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

Driving Reliance Partners to the forefront of the insurance industry.
Andrew Ladebauche

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 Eichelberger

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.

Laura Ann Howell

As 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 back office 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 Coleman

Jason is 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 Hammonds

Ashley is 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.

Stephen Copeland

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.

Jonathan Wright

As Director of Service Operations, Jonathan works with our large fleet clients and leads our Service Department operations. Prior to joining Reliance Partners in November 2015, Jonathan served in a number of leadership roles with a large business to business services provider. An Active Duty veteran, Jonathan continues to serve in the US Navy Reserves.

Jonathan is a graduate of Auburn University where he earned a B.S. in Secondary Education. He and his wife Beth live in Hismon, TN with their children William and Mary Helen. When he isn’t playing with his kids or cheering on the Auburn Tigers, Jonathan can usually be found cooking something up in the kitchen.