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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.


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.

Our Leadership 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 of Reliance Partners where he is works closely with teams throughout the organization. He joined Reliance Partners 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 Chattanooga and has two children (Chandler & Kate). Chad enjoys spending time with family, travel and Tennessee football.

Thom Albrecht

Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Financial Officer with 32 years of experience in transportation consulting, equity consulting, and M&A.

Ronald Ramsey

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.

Laura Ann Howell

As COO 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.

Brenda Wiser

Brenda Wiser joined Reliance Partners as Chief Marketing Officer in January 2020. An industry expert, Wiser brings 30 years of transportation insurance experience to the Reliance leadership team. Previously Brenda served as Vice President of Transportation with Marsh & McClennan Agency. Wiser is an accomplished insurance professional maintaining both her TRS (Transportation Risk Specialist) and CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designations. Wiser also serves on the board of the Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation and speaks regularly around the country educating industry associates on motor carrier insurance coverage and programs. Brenda graduated from the University of Louisville, earning a B.S. in Business, and she also played varsity tennis.

Brandon Richards

As Chief Sales Officer, Brandon will oversee fleet sales efforts as well as manage the agency’s Austin office. He brings more than 17 years of industry experience in the commercial transportation space. Brandon adds to our group of veterans at Reliance Partners as well. He joined the Army at 17 and served 6 years in Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, and Bosnia. He has been married to his wife Kelly for 19 years and they are both fitness enthusiasts and enjoy travel, great food, and the outdoors.  Brandon also enjoys golf. Kelly and him are active members in Cornerstone Church in San Antonio and also involved in several non-profits.

Jason Coleman

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 Hammonds

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.

John Seidl

As Vice President of Risk Services, John will leverage his knowledge and experience in safety strategy, safety culture, risk assessment, and DOT compliance. He joined the team in 2018 with over 20 years of experience working for the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Seidl is a US Army Veteran and earned a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is married with three children.

Stephen Copeland

As Vice President 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.

Emily Wilkerson

As Vice President of Finance, Emily is a leader on the operations team and manages Reliance’s finance department. She joined the team in early 2016 after working in the manufacturing and transportation industries. Emily earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Freed-Hardeman University. Emily is happy to call Chattanooga her home and enjoys exploring everything the city has to offer.

Jamie Cannon

As Director of Marketing, Jamie leads Reliance’s marketing team and oversees the marketing of our Large Fleet Trucking and National Accounts. Jamie joined Reliance Partners in 2016 with over 15 years of experience in insurance and marketing. Jamie has always been involved in the transportation industry through her involvement with her family’s trucking company based out of Knoxville, TN.

Prior to her career in insurance Jamie worked in real estate and property management. She now resides in Rock Spring, GA with her husband Jeff and three children with whom she enjoys camping, biking, and traveling with her family.

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