About the Blanchard & Calhoun Family
George C. Blanchard and Francis A. Calhoun founded Blanchard & Calhoun in 1919 as a residential and commercial brokerage, property management, and insurance business. The company prospered.
In 1951, John Moss became manager of the insurance department, growing it into one of the largest agencies in the area. Three of his sons continue to work for Blanchard & Calhoun.
Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr., grandson of the founder George Blanchard became President of Blanchard & Calhoun in 1987. In April of 1997, Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency, Inc. was incorporated.
Today our mission is unchanged: We are dedicated to making insurance buying understandable and accomplished with ease. And when a claim occurs, our claims department works with our client, providing advice and counseling. Blanchard & Calhoun is an Independent Insurance Agency that serves its clients first.
In recognition of its unique status as a fourth-generation family operated business, Blanchard & Calhoun was the 2011 recipient of Georgia Trend Magazine's annual Family Business Award.
We appreciate the opportunity for our "family" to look after your family.
Meet Our People
Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr., President/CEOThomas M. Blanchard, Jr. joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 1970 after graduating from the University of Virginia. He has served as President of Blanchard & Calhoun since 1985. Tommy currently serves on the boards of the CSRA Community Foundation, Westover Memorial Cemetery, First Tee of Augusta, and the Augusta Advisory Board for Wachovia Bank. Tommy is the past Chairman of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Augusta Board of Realtors and past President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia.
Phone: (706) 650-6000
Cobbs Nixon, Vice President/Account ExecutiveThroughout his life, Cobbs has served his country, his community and his church: as a US Army Captain in Vietnam, and as President or Board member of countless local and state, civic, cultural, Republican, and Episcopal Church organizations. An Augusta native, he graduated from Richmond Academy and the University of Virginia. He is married, with three children and five grandchildren. Cobbs has several professional designations and has been part of Blanchard & Calhoun's success since 1972.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 305
Preston A. Moss, Vice President/Account Executive
Preston Moss is a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County, and graduated from The University of Georgia in 1979. He is married to Traci Skelton Moss, and he has four children - Preston Jr., Brittany, Carlee, and John Patten. He and his family are members of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Preston has served as the Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Augusta, Past President of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Past President of the Augusta Players, Past Board Member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Past Board Member of University Hospital Healthcare Foundation and Co-Chair of the Jernigan Golf Tournament, Past Board Member of the Augusta Child Advocacy Center, Past Board Member of the Big Changes Start Small Its Spooky to be Hungry, Past Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America Augusta Chapter, and a Past Vice-Chair of Episcopal Day Schools Board of Trustees. He also served on the Kroc Committee and Wounded Warriors Project. Preston is a current Board Member and Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign of the Imperial Theatre, a current member of the Board of Governors, the Secretary of the Augusta Country Club, and the President Elect of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. He has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency, Inc. since 1980 and is an agency Vice President. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 313
Morris H. Moss, Vice President/Account ExecutiveMorris Moss is a native of Augusta, Georgia. In 1981, he graduated from Augusta Preparatory School and in 1986; he achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia. His accomplishments include an Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, Certificate of Merit from Whos Who among American High School Students, Past President of Independent Insurance Agents of Augusta, Advisory Board for Junior League of Augusta, and he sat on the Board of Directors for The Kiwanis Club of Augusta. Morris and his wife, Amy, have two children, Hampton and Megan. They attend Wesley United Methodist Church. Morris is a Vice President of Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency and he has been with the agency since 1986.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 312
Natasha Hendrix Pratt, Vice President/Account ExecutiveNatasha Hendrix Pratt joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 1996 and is a risk manager in Life, Health, Property and Casualty exposures. She is a graduate of Augusta State University and North Augusta High School and currently lives in Columbia County with her husband and step son. Natasha's community involvements included Past President of the Chambers Women in Business, Past President of the Augusta State University Alumna Association, Make a Wish Board Member, Rotary International Board Member, Junior League Member, and Advisor to Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at Augusta State University. Her hobbies include teaching indoor cycle at the Family Y and The Evans Fitness Center. Give Natasha a call for a thorough review of your current coverages and exposures.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 304
Ash L. Smith, Vice President/Account ExecutiveAsh L. Smith is a graduate of Stratford Academy in Macon, Georgia and the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He has been licensed in the insurance industry for over a decade in various risk management areas. He is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Exchange Club of Augusta, Augusta Country Club, Dunaway Hunting and Fishing Club, University of Georgia Alumni Association and the Homebuilders Association of Georgia and South Carolina. He currently serves as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. He, his wife and two children attend First Baptist Church Augusta.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 318
Robbie J. Moore, Jr., Vice President/Account ExecutiveRobbie has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency since 2003. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. He resides in Evans with his wife and 2 daughters. Robbie is currently a member of the Downtown Kiwanis club. He serves on the board for the Young Agents division of the Independent Agents of Georgia (IIAG). He is also on the personal lines committee for the IIAG. Robbie is also very involved with Kingdom Here Ministries which serves the Augusta homeless community. He is an active member of Greenbrier Church in Evans.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 303
John T. Gibbs III, Account ExecutiveJohn Gibbs is a graduate of North Augusta High School and the University of Georgia. He ran Gibbs Auto from 1977 until he sold it in 2005. He joined Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency in July of 2006 after working with Nationwide. John has two daughters, Lauren and Katelyn. He is on the First Tee of Augusta Board of Directors and is a member of the Exchange Club, Augusta Golf Association, Augusta Country Club and Trinity on the Hill Methodist Church. Please call John at 706-650-6000 for all of your insurance needs. He will be happy to provide you with the best quote and rate possible.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 339
Patterson H. Powell II, Account ExecutivePatterson H. Powell, II is a native of Augusta, Ga. He graduated from the Academy of Richmond County and Augusta State University. Patterson and his wife, Suzie, have three wonderful children, Alex, Gable and Isabella who attend St. Mary on the Hill. He has been licensed in the insurance industry since 2003 in various risk management areas. He joined Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance in 2007 after working with Cobbs, Allen & Hall. In 2009, he obtained his Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) designation. Patterson is an active member of the Augusta Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. He is fully licensed in property, casualty, life, health, and accident insurance in Georgia and South Carolina. He is a highly motivated and dedicated team member at Blanchard & Calhoun and is eager to assist you with all of your personal and commercial insurance needs.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 320
J. Patrick Davison, Account ExecutiveA native Augustan, Patrick Davison is the newest addition to the Blanchard & Calhoun family. He graduated from Westminster Schools of Augusta, where he now helps coach middle school soccer. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Valdosta State University. While at VSU, Patrick was very active in the College Republicans, Ducks Unlimited, Students in Free Enterprise, and the Kappa Alpha Order. Since returning to Augusta, he has become an active member of the Columbia County Exchange Club, the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Professionals of Augusta. Patrick is fully licensed in property, casualty, life, health, and accident insurance. The Davisons are members of Trinity on the Hill UMC.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 319
Patty Partridge, Assistant Vice President/Commercial Lines ManagerPatty Partridge has over 30 years of experience in the insurance field. She has been with Blanchard & Calhoun since January of 1995. Patty is the Commercial Lines Department Manager. She and her husband Bobby reside in Lincolnton, Georgia. They have two children and six beautiful grandchildren. Patty loves the game of golf and is on the course whenever possible.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 311
Terri Stone, Account ManagerTerri Stone has been a part of Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance since 1981. She is licensed in property and casualty insurance. She is married, with three children and eight grandchildren. Terri enjoys spending time at the beach with her family.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 337
Marty Banks Willis, Assistant Vice President/Service AgentMarty Banks Willis has over 30 years experience in the insurance industry. She has been with Blanchard & Calhoun since 1996. She is married and has one step-son.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 316
Wendy Dygert, Account Manager
Wendy has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance since 2010. She has over 20 years experience in the insurance and surety bond industry. She is licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance and has obtained her ACSR designation. Wendy is married and has one son.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 335
Janet Rockefeller, Account Manager
Janet Rockefeller is an Account Manager with over 25 years experience in the insurance industry. She joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2011. She is licensed in Property & Casualty insurance. She has two children, loves spending time at the beach and with her family.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 342
Claudia Davis, Service Agent
Claudia Davis has over 13 years experience in the insurance industry, being licensed in Property and Casualty. She joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2012. She is a Notary Public and President of the Westchester Homeowners Association. Claudia is originally from Germany and lives in Augusta with her fianc and their four children. She enjoys long walks, reading, and spending time with her family.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 315
Trisha Phillips, Service Agent
Trisha rejoined the Blanchard & Calhoun team in March 2012. She has 8 years of experience in Commercial Lines Insurance. She is proud mother of two children.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 338
Jennifer Sandlin, Service Agent
Jennie was raised in Columbia County and graduated in 1990 from Augusta State University with a degree in Business Management. She is licensed in Property and Casualty, and Life and Health. In the spring of 2012 she joined the Commercial Lines Department at Blanchard & Calhoun after being self-employed since college as an Independent Courthouse Researcher. Jennie is married and has two sons.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 317
Shannon Downes, Service AgentShannon Downes joined the Blanchard & Calhoun team in 2012. She has over 15 years experience in the insurance industry and is licensed in Property & Casualty as well as Life & Health. She is married with two sons and resides in Evans. Her hobbies include gardening and fishing.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 334
Cathy Rish, Technical Assistant
Cathy has worked in Commercial Lines for more than 20 years. She has been with Blanchard & Calhoun since July 2010. Cathy is married with 2 children, lives in Appling and attends Kiokee Baptist Church where she is involved in the music ministry playing the French horn.
Mary West, Technical AssistantMary started with Blanchard & Calhoun in 2000 as the Receptionist. In 2006 she was transferred to the Marketing Department as a Marketing Assistant, and is now currently a Technical Assistant with the Commercial Lines Department. Mary is originally from Pennsylvania and is married with 3 children, and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time together with her family and a variety of outdoor activities.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 323
Patricia Whighams, Technical Assistant
Pat Whighams has been with Blanchard & Calhoun since 2006. She is married and is the proud mother of three boys. She is very active in her church as the Choir Director, Praise Team Leader, and a Sunday School Teacher.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 302
Virginia White, Service AgentVirginia White joined the Blanchard & Calhoun team in September, 2007. She is an Augusta native and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 336
Larry Dotson, Marketing ManagerLarry Dotson has worked in the insurance business since 1976 and holds the Charter Property & Casualty Underwriter designation. Larry is a graduate of Georgia State University. He is a member of the marketing team at Blanchard & Calhoun. Larry is married and lives in Lincoln County.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 324
Lynn Poythress, Small Business MarketingLynn Poythress has been with Blanchard & Calhoun since February 2008. She has over 25 years experience in the insurance industry and is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health. She is a Commercial Lines Customer Service Agent and enjoys her job and all that is associated with it. She resides in Grovetown and is a graduate of Harlem High School. She is a member of Grove First Baptist Church and a volunteer for the Humane Society. She enjoys bowling, gardening and traveling, to include chasing a baseball around the southeast to watch her nephew play.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 314
Suzanne Gay , Assistant Vice President/Personal Lines ManagerSuzanne Gay is the Personal Lines Manager and Assistant Vice President. She has more than 30 years experience and has been with Blanchard & Calhoun since 1980. Suzanne is licensed in personal lines insurance. She is a native of Augusta and a member of St Mary on the Hill church. She is married with two children and five grandchildren.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 306
Celeatha Schumacher, Account ManagerCeleatha Schumacher has been with the agency since 1995 and has been licensed in personal lines for over ten years. She started in our accounting department and is now a Personal Lines Account Manager. She is originally from Harlem and a graduate of Harlem High School. She and her husband Dave have two daughters, Brittany and Lexi.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 308
Cheryl Dukes, Account ManagerCheryl joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2010 in the Commercial Lines department. She now works as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Cheryl has lived in Augusta since 1970 and has over 30 years experience in the insurance industry. She has a son and a daughter. She is a member of Fleming Baptist Church and her hobby is gardening.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 333
Suzy Dekle, Account Manager
Suzy Dekle has been in the insurance business since 1976, with experience in both commercial and personal lines. Suzy became part of the Blanchard & Calhoun team in 2011. During her career, she has earned the Certified Professional Insurance Woman and Accredited Customer Service Representative designations. Suzy is co-owner of Timeless Specialties, LLC, which makes custom childrens clothing and more. She has two daughters and one grandson.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 321
Amy Dansby, Account Manager
Amy Dansby has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance since 2003 servicing in the Personal Lines Department. She and her two children reside in Harlem, GA. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 340
Bonnie Mims, Claims ManagerBonnie became a part of the Blanchard & Calhoun team in 2009 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. She is licensed in personal lines insurance and now manages our claims department. She is a native of Beech Island, South Carolina. She is married, has two children, and one grandson.
Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 307
Valerie Parrish, Accounting, Licensing, System AdministratorValerie Parrish is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelors degree in Psychology. She has been in the insurance industry since 1999 and joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2003. She is married and has two daughters. She enjoys going to the beach,traveling, watching college basketball, and spending time with her family.
Phone: (706) 855-8844
Cheryl Collins, Receptionist
Cheryl has been a member of the Blanchard & Calhoun family for 6 years. She started working in the Real Estate department and later transferred over to the Insurance Department. Cheryl is married with two children, and four step-children.
Phone: (706) 650-6000