Meet Our Team

Thomas C. Adderhold, CIC

Thomas C. Adderhold, CIC

CEO/Owner

Tom is the current CEO / Owner of Preferred Insurance Agency located in Duluth, Georgia and the President of Preferred Insurance Underwriters. He began his insurance career in 1976 by purchasing interest in an existing agency, and in 1979 purchased his present retail agency, Preferred Insurance. Tom has grown this operation to its current level by targeting and cross-selling commercial, aviation, personal lines and life and health accounts.

Prior to purchasing Preferred Insurance Agency, Tom was a Sales Manager for IBM and enjoyed a successful career earning four 100% Sales Club Awards. His unique sales ability and sound business experience provides Preferred Aviation Underwriters with the marketing focus needed to ensure continued success.

Tom is past-president of the PIA of Georgia and currently serves on both the national and local Board of Directors. Additionally, Tom is active on the Legislative Committee and is often called upon to lobby at our State Capital during the Legislative Session. He earned his CIC designation in 1979 and is currently working towards his CAIP designation.

Tom is a licensed pilot, and served as Chairman of the Peachtree - DeKalb Airport Authority for ten years. He graduated form the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. Tom is a member of the Atlanta Athletic Club and was the Chairman for the 2011 PGA Championship. He lives in Duluth with his wife, Bobbie, and enjoys golf, traveling, and bird hunting.


Kimberley J. Stufflet, CPCU, CIC, CAIP

Kimberley J. Stufflet, CPCU, CIC, CAIP

President/Owner

Kim is the President of Preferred Aviation Underwriters, a national accounts program targeting the property and casualty side of the aviation industry.

Prior to working on the retail side of the industry, Kim was the Eastern Region Specialty Lines Manager for Safeco Insurance Companies. Her duties encompassed managing employees in various functions including Umbrella Underwriting, Farm, Boiler & Machinery, Inland Marine, Surety Bonds, and Premium Audit and Loss Control. Kimberley’s career began at Southern Guaranty Insurance Company in Montgomery, AL. where she learned the basics of the industry and began her underwriting career. In 1983 Kimberley joined American States Insurance Company and eventually became the Commercial Lines Underwriting Manager for the Southeast Region.

Kimberley is Past President of the Georgia PIA and serves on its Legislative committee. Kimberley earned her CPCU designation in 1995, her CIC designation in 2003, and her CAIP designation in April, 2005.

Kim serves her community as the Legislative Liason for the North Fulton County PTA and is a Board Member of the Georgia Lupus Foundation. Kimberley has four daughters, two grandchildren, and enjoys golf and traveling with her husband Craig.


Christian P. Carter, CIC

Christian P. Carter, CIC

Office Manager

Chris started his insurance career right out of college with New York Life in July of 2000. In September of 2002 he started with Preferred Insurance Agency and began learning the P&C side of the insurance industry. He has been with Preferred Aviation since it started, learning about the aviation industry and underwriting. Chris is the Office Manager and has accounting responsibilities for all three companies at Preferred: Preferred Aviation, Preferred Intermediaries, and Preferred Insurance Agency.

Chris attended Georgia Southern University and graduated with a BA in Business Finance. He has continued his education by completing his CIC in 2010, is a current Board Member for the Young Professional Committee and received the PIA of Georgia Agent of the Year award in 2016.

Chris was a four-year starter on the GSU soccer team earning All-Conference honors twice and has continued his soccer career in Atlanta by coaching numerous club teams and playing in different men’s leagues. Chris is originally from Greenville S.C. but currently lives in Suwanee with his wife Emily, twin daughters and dog, Abby. He enjoys playing soccer, golf, running, biking, swimming, scuba diving and wakeboarding. His wife is a teacher in Lawrenceville and they love to travel taking them all over the globe.


Paul J. Rippy, CIC

Paul J. Rippy, CIC

Senior Underwriter

Paul joined Preferred Aviation Underwriters in September 2006. His previous experience in the insurance industry was as an Auto Claims adjuster with Gay and Taylor, AIG, and Southern General. Paul’s duties included handling both insured and claimant auto claims, bodily injury claims, theft claims, and, initial litigation as well as total losses.

Paul holds a B.A. in History, Theatre and Secondary Education from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; a Masters Degree in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University; and is a certified paralegal with the National Institute of Paralegals in Atlanta. He also holds a residential estate agent’s license, as well as a Texas teaching certificate for secondary grades.

Paul resides in Duluth, GA with his true boss, a pug named Roscoe! He is a huge Diana Ross and the Supremes fanatic, who believes that the iPod, iPhone and iPad are some of the greatest inventions known to man. Paul is also responsible for keeping everyone at Preferred up to date on the latest news in pop culture.

Paul has continued his insurance education by completing his CIC in 2016 (after 8 very long years).


Beckie Rodriguez

Beckie Rodriguez

Senior Underwriter

Beckie’s original plan for a career was in Early Childhood Education. Throughout College she worked in the Jack and Jill Preschools in St. Louis and following College ran the Chesterfield Jack and Jill. Unfortunately (or fortunately – depending on how you look at it) when she became a single mom, she needed something with more substance and pay – hence her beginnings in the insurance industry. In 1981 she took her first insurance job with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She later found her “home” with Adrian Baker & Company and remained there for 26 years. While at ANB she was asked to take on The ABC Program (Aviation Based coverage) along with her other CSR duties on a temporary basis until they could find someone. It was then that Beckie found her place in the working world. She fell in love with both the aviation world and working with brokers. Eventually, as she grew the Program, she was promoted to the Program Manager and devoted herself to her program until 2012.

After a two year break she is happy to be back in the aviation world with her friends and colleagues.

Beckie works from her home in St. Louis, MO and spends her spare time with her 2 children and 5 grandchildren.


Erica Cady

Erica Cady

Underwriter

Erica joined the Preferred team as an Assistant Underwriter in September 2015. Although new to the insurance world, she has held a variety of different positions from Child Welfare Specialist to Zoo Keeper. Being a military wife and mother of three boys, she is known to be very adaptable and welcomes new challenges.

Erica is originally from Iowa and has now settled in Georgia with many stops in between. Never a dull moment with her thrill seeking husband and three boys. In her spare time (wait…what spare time!??), she enjoys cooking, working out, hiking and the beach.


David Garner

David Garner

Underwriter

David joined Preferred in July 2017 as an Underwriter. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s, Terry College of Business, Risk Management and Insurance program in 2007 and was the Vice President of Communications for Gamma Iota Sigma, the Honors Insurance Society. He began his career in claims with Sedgwick handling the Home Depot account and later joined ACE Group as an Executive Risks Underwriter working with both wholesale and retail agents. In 2013 he joined Wells Fargo as an Executive Risks Broker handling large private and non-profit clients. Later, David transitioned to Property and Casualty with Willis Towers Watson as an Account Manager before joining Preferred.

In his spare time, David enjoys watching Braves baseball and Georgia football. He also enjoys working out, playing golf and hanging out with family and friends.


Wm. Darin Russell, CIC

Wm. Darin Russell, CIC

Senior Underwriter

Darin joined Preferred Aviation Underwriters in July 2017 and has 27 years in the insurance industry with most of his career on the carrier side in an underwriting capacity. Past experiences entail holding positions throughout the insurance chain with retail, wholesale, managing general agency, binding authority, and insurance carrier entities. Darin’s diverse background includes nearly all P&C lines of coverage and a specialized background in Environmental coverages from spending 11 years with Zurich Environmental. Some of his other work experiences prior to his insurance career and graduating college include delivering pizza, fry cook, grocery store stockperson, advertising agency office assistant, and “slinging” packages at UPS for 7 years in various roles.

Darin is a graduate of Clayton State University with a degree in Marketing. He acquired his Property and Casualty license in 2006 and earned his CIC designation in 2008.

Darin is a Georgia native growing up primarily in College Park and is currently living in Duluth with his wife Theresa and daughter Deanna. He enjoys weightlifting, watching football, quiet weekends at home, and is a car guy possessing 2 classics over 25 years old.


Henry Granderson

Henry Granderson

Underwriter

Henry joined Preferred Aviation in December 2017. For the last 11 years, he was a Commercial Multi-Line Underwriter with Columbia Insurance Group. His underwriting experience includes many coverage lines such as auto, umbrella, property, general liability, workers comp and others. Prior to Columbia, Henry obtain his bachelor degree in Business while working as an underwriter at Zurich Insurance.

Henry has spent the last 20 years living in Duluth with my wife and friends.


Donna Ekstrom

Donna Ekstrom

Renewal Underwriter

Before joining Preferred Aviation Underwriters in 2011 as an underwriter, Donna worked as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. From 1996 to 2002 she managed her own business transcribing for court reporters.

Donna was born and raised in New York and went to college in upstate New York. After college, Donna and her husband, Geoff, moved to California where they lived for 11 years. Donna and her family moved to Alpharetta, GA in 1995. Donna and her husband enjoy running, reading, cooking, and spending time with their two children and dog.


Greg Copeland

Greg Copeland

Renewal Underwriter

Greg joined Preferred in February, 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, with nearly 30 years experience in the insurance industry in various disciplines. In addition, included in his work history is service as a tax examiner with the Internal Revenue Service and as a driver with a long haul trucking company.

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Greg now resides in Sugar Hill with his wife Debbie. Away from Preferred, he enjoys time with family, anything railroad, Johnny Walker Red and telling stories about his truck driving days.


Teresa Evanson

Teresa Evanson

Renewal Underwriter

Teresa joined the Preferred team in January, 2014. She began as a rating specialist and now underwrites automatic renewals. Her past experience in insurance includes working for Primerica as a Telecommunications Specialist. Instead of underwriting, she trained underwriters…how to use their phones.

After commuting from Decatur for three years, she recently made the decision to move closer to the office, and now resides in Duluth.

Teresa enjoys traveling to the Pacific Northwest to visit family. In addition, she dedicates some of her free time volunteering for Pink Ribbons and The Dolphin Project.


Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis

Rating Specialist

Lisa joined the Preferred Team in February 2012. Prior to that, she worked in the construction business managing demanding delivery schedules, accounts receivable and providing first class customer service. She has found her experience in the high demands of the construction field have made her transition into her role at Preferred an easy one.

Lisa is originally from Illinois, and is currently living in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband Ben, dog Trixie and cat Miss Kitty. Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and cruising.


Geri Gotwalt

Geri Gotwalt

Rating Specialist

Geri joined the Preferred Aviation team in May 2015 as an Assistant Underwriter/Rating Specialist. Prior to that, she worked in the automotive industry for many years. Geri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Mercer University, Atlanta. After being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, in 2013 Geri made a career change to the insurance industry. She now looks forward to learning more about the aviation insurance industry.

Geri moved to Atlanta from Michigan in 1992. She now resides in Alpharetta with her husband Doug, daughter Sara, and dog Molly. Geri stays very busy with her teenage daughter’s cross country and track schedule. She enjoys reading, taking long walks, an occasional round of golf, and going on vacation with her family.


Peggy Reece

Peggy Reece

Compliance Coordinator

Peggy joined the team in September 2016 as Compliance Coordinator. Prior to joining Preferred Aviation, Peggy worked at State Farm and Chandler Insurance.

Peggy lives in Dawsonville, Georgia with her husband, Frank. She has three children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing, motorcycle rides and cruising with her family and friends.


Debbie Copeland

Debbie Copeland

Rating Specialist

Debbie brings over 30 years of insurance experience and 7 years of aviation experience to Preferred Aviation Underwriters.

She began her career in 1982 with Safeco Insurance Company in the Personal Lines Department. While at Safeco, she worked in Personal Lines Claims, Surety, Marketing and Loss Control. She has also worked at Hartford Life Insurance Company in the TPA Sales Department and Reliance Surety Company. On the agency side, Debbie has worked as an Account Representative in both Surety and Commercial Lines and has also worked as a Marketing Specialist.

In 2007, Debbie took a break from the Insurance Industry to explore the Aviation Industry. She worked for Comair and later moved on to Republic Airlines as a Flight Attendant. She was also a part of the Delay Research Management Team.

In July of 2017, she combined all of her experience and has come to Preferred Aviation Insurance.

Debbie and her husband Greg, have 3 grown children and 2 dogs. She enjoys interior design, shopping, and playing with her dogs.


Amy Bergerac

Amy Bergerac

Compliance Coordinator

Amy has been in the aviation insurance industry for 15 years. Born and raised in Georgia, she lives in Monroe with her husband, 2 teenage kids and 5 (yes 5) cats. When she’s not being a homebody, she spends time volunteering with Pound Puppies N Kittens.