The Parks Insurance Group Team
Work: Ron began his career in 1989 selling personal insurance, comprising mostly of home, auto, and life insurance. With a few agency acquisitions and adding business insurance to his portfolio of offerings, he has grown to one of the larger agencies in Charlotte. Ron credits much of this growth to his highly trained staff and his many loyal clients. Over the past 28 years, Ron has achieved many production honors with several carriers, and has served on multiple advisory committees to help steer the insurance industry to better serve their clients.
Education: Appalachian State University class of 1984. Honors Graduate with Bachelors degree in Business Administration, and Risk and Insurance Management
Agent Qualifications: Life Underwriters Training Council Graduate. Fully licensed in multiple states throughout the eastern US.
Community activities: Ron is a member of the Red Shoe Society for the Charlotte Ronald McDonald house, and has been on multiple fund raising committees for various local charities.
Hobbies: Ron is an avid golfer but primarily enjoys travelling with family and friends.
Our Personal Lines Team
Personal Lines Sales Manager
Christine Armstrong, Personal Lines Sales Manager, has been with Parks Insurance Group since 2012. Prior to joining Ron’s Team, Chris was a Personal Lines Producer and Manager for State Farm agencies in Upstate New York and North Carolina. What began as part time clerical job in High School has become a 28 year career in an amazing industry. Chris has built friendships with her clients and cultivated a can-do culture within the office.
“I have seen the Insurance Industry change over the span of my career, most of which has had a drastic impact on our clients from a price point. Now more than ever I feel an obligation to give my clients the exceptional advice and service they deserve. In a world of endless options and rising costs, clients need an Agency they can trust and who values their business”.
Outside of the office, Chris continues her passion for friends and family though travel, Church, socializing at local Vinyards and events, riding the Harley with her Husband – just having a fun time and enjoying life!
Blanca has been in the insurance Industry since 2000, with a focus on Personal Lines. She began her carrier working with a captive agency, transitioning to the multi carrier broker side in 2001. Her experience with carriers allows her to manage our clients from all walks of life, from our Middle Market Accounts to our High Net Worth Clients.
Blanca’s strengths are her superior personalized customer service , as well as the ability to anticipate her clients needs. Her insurance and carrier knowledge extends to multi states. Having coast to coast experience broadens her perspective on national Marketplace trends. She is currently working on growing her insurance knowledge in the Commercial Lines Field.
Blanca enjoys hiking, cooking and baking with her family on her spare time. She also enjoys volunteering in her church.
Nikki Hullender – Account Manager
Nikki started her Insurance carrier this year and is a welcome addition to our Agency! She handles the day to day Administrative duties and is quickly learning all about the Industry – She brings a fun, fresh look into today’s younger clients and can relate to their needs and circumstances. Nikki has a great attitude and willingness to help the Agency with the next Generation of clients.
While out of the office Nikki enjoys spending time with Friends and family.
Jami Bell – Account Manager
Jami Bell is a native of Charlotte and a Graduate of UNCC – She began her Insurance career a little over 2 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Prior to that, she was in Property Management. Jami is so personable and outgoing, she brings a light hearted attitude to work each day which is contagious! She truly cares about each and every client and tries to make a personal connection with them to build relationships.
Jami loves connecting with friends and family but her most prize possession is her Black Lab “Gabby” – and the Beach is her second home.
Misty Laney – Account Manager
I was born and raised in Monroe, NC where I continue to live with my husband and daughter. I have been in the insurance industry for 10 strong years. My concentration is providing customer service to all our valuable clients.
In my spare time I enjoy riding 4 wheelers, motorcycles and camping with my family. I am a volunteer on the board of directors for a local non-profit providing financial assistance to local families whom children are fighting cancer. I am an avid Alabama University fan and love some good competition. Roll Tide!
Our Commercial Lines Team
David came to Parks Insurance Group in March of 2017 after a 25 year career as a local government administrator where he managed several Cities throughout the State of North Carolina. During his time as a city manager David was in charge of all local government departments including human resources where he gained valuable knowledge dealing with all aspects of running a business, certainly including property and casualty insurance programs. This experience gives David a better perspective of what potential clients are looking for when choosing an insurance agency as a valued partner. David will concentrate on commercial insurance and bonds, specifically local government entities and the construction industry, including General Contractors and all type of trade contractors.
David graduated from Appalachian State University in 1990 with a BS in Political Science with a concentration in Local Government Administration. David considers himself a sports fanatic and particularly enjoys App State Football, he also has a fairly extensive background in golf and still enjoys playing and competing every chance he gets. David also loves spending time with his family that includes his wife Shelly and his daughter Lily.
Tara was born and raised in Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and worked primarily in the legal field before joining the insurance industry. In 2008, she moved to Charlotte and has been enjoying the beautiful weather and mild winters ever since! She spent a few years working within the Mecklenburg County court system but eventually transitioned to commercial insurance and has never looked back. She joined Parks Insurance Group in 2016.
Tara specializes in business insurance for a variety of industries — technology, hospitality and the non-profit sector to name a few. She can help with any type of business though and currently handles a wide variety of business accounts. She works with clients in the Southeast – as well as clients back “home” in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Tara enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling. These days, her most common travel route is from CLT to MSP or FAR!
Kimberly is a commercial lines account manager supporting our producers with service and underwriting expertise. She is a Charlotte native who joined the insurance industry in 2013 as a Commercial Lines Agent. In 2016, she also learned the ins and outs of Personal Lines. In 2017, she joined the team at Parks Insurance focusing on business insurance. She obtained her Property & Casualty Insurance License from Central Piedmont Community College in 2013.
As an active member in the community, Kimberly is on the board of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman as the Community Service Chair and is also a board member for the Lake Norman Young Professionals. In 2016 she graduated from the Leadership Lake Norman program through the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.
Kimberly enjoys being around family, rooting for her favorite football teams, and rescuing and fostering animals. She welcomed her first baby boy in November 2017 and loves spending time with him, her partner Caleb, and their three dogs.
Melissa Watt, Senior Commercial Account Manager, has been with Parks Insurance Group since 2003 and primarily supports Ron Parks with sales, service, and underwriting expertise. Prior to that Melissa was a Large Lines Commercial Account Manager for an independent agency, Hatch-Leonard/Markin-Shaw, in Western New York since 1987. A graduate of Alfred State College with an Accounting degree she also has her CISR designation and is in process of completing the CPCU series. She also has experience in the real estate appraisal field.
Like everyone at Parks Insurance Melissa prides herself in the high level of service she provides to customers. The reason we are respected by our customers and even our competitors is our service. Our customers don’t get lost in the maze that you oftentimes have to navigate when dealing with a larger, non-boutique type agency. When our customers call we go over and beyond to help them in a timely, responsive manner.
Outside the office Melissa spends time with her husband of 30 years and two children, enjoys traveling, antiquing, wineries, is a member of St. Therese Catholic church and an avid sports enthusiast. (Go Heels & Bucks!)