Our Team

Meet the professional insurance practitioners who make-up the CIA organization.

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David Armstrong

Railroads and records tell you a lot about David Armstrong.

David Armstrong is a 40-year veteran of the insurance industry. He is unique because his industry specific focus his entire career has been exclusively on railroads and railroad related engineers, contractors and suppliers.

He has provided comprehensive and financially responsive insurance and bonding placements for large transit systems, regional and shortline railroads and railroad contractors throughout the U.S.  He joined C.I.A. as a principal in 2005 after 24 years with Willis.

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Kevin D. Brons

Kevin Brons

In a company full of entrepreneurs and consultants with an entrepreneurial mindset, Kevin Brons has spent the most time starting and growing companies as his full-time focus.

He is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at age 21, owning more than ten plus companies  In 2012, he sold his last company to a Venture Capital Group which he owned for 17 years.  This background is one reason Kevin has a reputation for finding outside-the-box solutions for unique client challenges.

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David Clayton

David Clayton is not afraid of innovation and change.

Born and raised in Vermont, he attended college at Florida State University and has a diverse professional background. After eight years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in Ohio, he returned to school at the University of Findlay (OH) to then pursue a career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. After ten years in Nuclear Medicine, an opportunity presented itself in the insurance industry and he accepted the challenge to change his career path.

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Brad Dean

Sometimes, clients need a bulldog to be aggressive and work for what is in their best interest, and Georgia “Bulldog” Brad Dean has that reputation.

A Georgia native, he holds a B.B.A. in Risk Management from the University of Georgia, and he’s a big UGA football fan to this day.

Dean joined C.I.A. as a principal and owner in 2003 after 10 years of working for Willis, a leading global insurance brokerage.

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Donald Denbo

Don Denbo

There is no one quite like Don Denbo.

He has the competitiveness of a stand out athlete and offers clients the deep strategic recommendations of an accomplished scholar.

Don played college football and went to the London School of Economics.  The New Yorker published his poems, and he’s a serial entrepreneur who owns businesses in various industries, including scrap, rail, restaurants, software and hospitality.

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Scott Denbo

Scott joined C.I.A. in 2004 after working on fixed income strategy at a boutique asset manager in Los Angeles.

Scott’s risk management experience concentrates on complex property and casualty placements, allowing him to provide clients with creative and cutting edge solutions. While he works with various industry verticals, his practice is currently focused on the railroad and recycling industries, as well as private equity.

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Will Denbo

For 9 years, Will Denbo has been a force of personality at C.I.A.

Denbo joined the team after working in London as a property insurance broker at Besso Limited.

He has developed his practice around the needs of the environmental and recycling industries, currently working with auto dismantlers, scrap metal, paper, plastics, & electronics recyclers across the United States.

He is a driving force for growth and talent acquisition for the firm, in addition to servicing his clients at a high level.

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Cyndie Gainey

Cyndie Gainey

Cyndie Gainey has enough drive and tenacity to go toe-to-toe with other trucking agents in the industry.

She has over 35 years of experience, 25 of which have been focused on trucking.  After years of working for insurance companies and brokerages, she has developed a passion for superior service and claims administration unique to the trucking industry.

She joined C.I.A. in 2009 and has been a key player in the firm’s successful long haul trucking practice.

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Tim Greene

Tim Greene

For almost 15 years, Tim Greene has provided C.I.A. clients with expertise in claims management, analysis and risk mitigation and the placement of environmental insurance.

Tim grew up in Buffalo, New York and Washington, D.C. before attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he received a degree in philosophy. He continued his education at Vanderbilt,  where he was awarded two prestigious fellowships while pursuing his M.S and Ph.D. degrees: an Ingram Fellowship in Engineering Management and the inaugural Bridgestone Firestone Fellowship in Environmental Management.

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Stephen-Halford

Stephen Halford

If you can’t find Stephen Halford, chances are he’s watching, coaching or playing sports.

Originally from the Atlanta, Georgia area, Stephen Halford earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, serving as Social Chair and on the Philanthropic Committee.

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Brad-Holmes

Brad Holmes

Support and patience. Two things you need to play golf and raise three boys, not to mention twins. Brad Holmes knows a lot about both of those things.

His enthusiasm for mathematics, specifically statistics, led Brad to Middle Tennessee State University outside Nashville where he earned a degree in Actuarial Science. While in school, he became an active member of Gamma Iota Sigma, the International Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science Collegiate Fraternity.

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Monte King

Monte King

With a strong background in technology and transportation, Monte King is well-equipped to transfer insurance expense into balance sheet performance for his clients.

King joined C.I.A. in 2015 as a principal.  He has over 10 years of experience placing insurance for the transportation industry.

He holds the STAR designation as a specialist in transportation and risk.  He is an active member of several local, state and national trucking associations.

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Bob Medling

Bob Medling

When you ask him what his favorite part of his job is, Bob Medling says “all of it.”

Medling has worked in insurance for over 40 years in several specialty areas. No matter the industry, Bob is client-focused and driven to find solutions to real, ongoing client issues.

Prior to joining C.I.A., Bob held positions in underwriting, marketing, sales and management with two major insurance carriers and four national and international brokers.

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Craig Menzie

Craig Menzie

Patience, problem-solving and some thoughtful tinkering are skills needed to get a risk management strategy right and to rebuild an old jeep, a project Craig completed a few years ago.

Those are three of Craig Menzie’s skills.

Born and raised in the Nashville area, Craig played tennis and graduated from Auburn University  with a business degree.  He earned an MBA from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.

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Kevin Pomeroy

To say that Kevin Pomeroy is service oriented in all that he does would be an understatement. When asked why he loves his job, his answer is that he loves partnering with clients to secure their assets, being a risk manager for people, and the relationships built while providing a service that protects people he cares about. This industry truly is a relationship business for Pomeroy. He has been in the insurance industry for 12 years, getting his start with Brown & Brown, and then moving on to become a name partner at Coker, Wolf & Pomeroy for the last 7 years in Hendersonville. He joined CIA in May of 2017 and is looking forward to growing his book of business and continuing to focus on construction contracting as well as working with clients in the auto service industry.

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Johnny Thompson

Johnny Thompson

With a background in accounting and farming, Johnny Thompson is a straight-shooter.

After a successful 30-year career as a CPA in a “Big 8” accounting firm, Johnny moved to the insurance brokerage business. After working several years for one of the largest insurance brokerages in the U.S., Johnny and Don Denbo co-founded CIA in 2002. He serves as head of administration for C.I.A. and watches every dollar for the company and for his clients.

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Bob Wagoner

Bob Wagoner

When Bob Wagoner is involved in a project, from community service to coverage analysis to commercial insurance placements, he gets deeply involved and is thorough.

Wagoner has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial lines insurance producer. He has focused on developing, marketing and implementing large property and casualty insurance programs.

Bob has brokerage experience at a major insurance company and three national insurance brokerages prior to joining Commercial Insurance Associates, LLC., exposing him to a variety of clients and insurance market conditions.

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Susan Weimer

Susan Weimer

Susan has over 20 years of commercial lines insurance experience with regional and international brokers.   Before joining C.I.A. in 2007, she worked for a large insurance broker for 10 years.  She began as a client manager and worked her way up to become a principal of C.I.A in 2013.

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Jimmy Whitehair

Jimmy Whitehair

Jimmy Whitehair is almost as passionate about workplace safety and risk management as he is about his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

Originally from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Jimmy received his undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University in Kentucky. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Safety, Health, and Engineering Technology from Middle Tennessee State.

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