Inside The Industry: Personal Lines Insurance

Ross & Yerger

Ross & Yerger was founded in the 1800s when two makers of ceramic dinnerware lost their business to a fire. The two were so impressed with their insurance policy and its immediate coverage of their losses that they purchased the agency that helped them. Today, the company has grown to employ 116 dedicated professionals in Jackson, Tupelo, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.  As the oldest independent insurance agency in Mississippi, their business acumen is unrivaled with expertise in almost every industry. 

Producer Gates Skene joined the agency in 2016 and specializes in Personal Lines, including comprehensive portfolio reviews, property/casualty and life/health for high net worth, emerging wealth/young professionals, family offices, and large families.

“As soon as I started my career, I knew I had found an industry that suited me well. I never anticipated being interested in insurance; however, I quickly discovered that serving as a risk advisor was appealing because it allowed me to help individuals and families protect themselves in a very tangible way,” says Skene.

As a 100% employee-owned agency, Ross & Yerger offers a Future Partner Group Program, allowing Skene the opportunity to become a shareholder at the conclusion of a four-year validation period. 

“Coming to work as business owners affects our company’s leadership and culture in a really positive way. It creates a team attitude that trickles down into every facet of our business,” she says. This year, at least five Producers graduated from the program with three becoming shareholders.
Ross & Yerger’s 2018 focus will be on expanding its presence in Louisiana and finding Producers who want an opportunity to become shareholders and leaders for future growth.



Offices in Jackson, Tupelo, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans
504-613-8521 • •