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 and is a current Board Member for the Young Professional Committee.

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 Duluth 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 Duluth and loves to travel taking them all over the globe.


Paul J. Rippy

Paul J. Rippy

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.


Robert Hammond

Robert Hammond

Senior Underwriter

A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Risk Management, Robert’s background in aviation property insurance started in 2005 and he has over 14 years experience in the insurance industry. Robert’s outgoing personality and positive attitude are unmistakable and he has built steady relationships with many brokers that work with Preferred Aviation Underwriters on a regular basis.

Robert and his wife, Jennifer, live in Loganville, GA with their 2 sons John Robert and Charles Patrick. Robert and Jennifer enjoy just about any outdoor activity with family and friends. He is a welcome asset to the Preferred team.


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.


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 recently joined our team as a Rater. Her past work history includes sales, marketing, technical writing and office management. Teresa’s prior aviation “experience” involved skydiving - does that count?

She lives in Decatur, “where it’s greater”, and spends her free time enjoying outdoor concerts and events when weather permits.


John Dershimer

John Dershimer

Underwriter

John joined the Preferred team in Jan 2011. Prior to that, he spent 20+ years in the golf industry perfecting his skills in turf maintenance and customer service by providing excellent playing conditions. He managed a staff of 25 with an annual maintenance budget of $1.6 million dollars. After changing careers John has applied many of those skills to the aviation industry and has found that there are many similarities between the two. Customer service and satisfaction are still his top priorities.

During his free time you’ll mostly find John outdoors camping, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and boating.


Donna Ekstrom

Donna Ekstrom

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.


Erica Cady

Erica Cady

Underwriter

Erica joined the Preferred team as an Assistant Underwriter. Although new to the insurance world, Erica has held a variety of different positions from Child Welfare Specialist to Zoo Keeper to SEO Specialist. Being a military wife has made her very adaptable and she welcomes new challenges. Erica is active with two not-for-profit organizations, Evan’s Dream – a scholarship fund for Entrepreneurs, and Kid’s Against Hunger - humanitarian food aid organization.

Erica is originally from Iowa and now resides in Auburn, Ga with her husband and three boys. When she is not chasing/chauffeuring her boys around, Erica enjoys being outside hiking, cooking, animals and working out.


Rayna Abbott

Rayna Abbott

Underwriter

I am a 1985 graduate of Wofford College where I majored in Political Science. After falling in love with my husband while in college, I decided that law school was no longer in the cards and we were married in 1990. Fortunately, my first post college job was with a regional insurance carrier, State Auto Insurance where I had the opportunity to work as a personal and commercial underwriter in various states. As luck would have it, my office in South Carolina was closed in 2011. I then transitioned from the company side of insurance to the agency side of insurance and became a large commercial account manager for Marsh and McLennan Agency until 2015 when I began with Preferred Aviation Underwriters.

In my various roles, I have seen what it is like on each side of the insurance field and have a larger understanding of both sides of the story. I have worked on very large accounts down to very small ones to include multi lines within each side of the business. I have obtained my CPIW designation and enjoy learning about coverages in this ever changing business.

I have two children, twins, Bradley and Anna who graduated from college in December 2015 and am married to Kapp Abbott who is a Spanish teacher at a local high school. I am an avid Clemson Tiger fan, enjoy all types of sports and family time.


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 where she became a licensed agent in Life and Health/Accident. 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 daughter’s dance schedule and other activities. She enjoys reading, taking long walks, an occasional round of golf, and going to Disney World with her family.


Angie Sonksen

Angie Sonksen

Compliance Coordinator

I joined Preferred in 2014 as the Compliance Coordinator. Prior to this, I was a Commercial Production Underwriter with Allied Insurance Company. My 15 years of commercial insurance experience has made for a smooth transition into my new role at Preferred.

I live in Chattanooga, TN with my husband Mitch, and our two sons. I volunteer my time to various church and community organizations. I enjoy reading, watching my son play sports, and getting to the beach as often as possible.


Jennifer Tillery

Jennifer Tillery

Compliance Coordinator

Jennifer joined the Preferred team in January 2012. Prior to working in insurance, Jennifer worked as a Lead Teacher at a small private school in the Atlanta area. Jennifer is actively involved in the Georgia Lupus Foundations and currently serves on various committees and fund raising projects.

Jennifer lives in Johns Creek, GA with her beagle, "Doobs" and enjoys reading, shopping and traveling.