One person to call on; a team of experts to count on! You work directly with an agent and a team of experts who possess an unparalleled depth of knowledge in specific types of insurance. Sterling Thompson Company has chosen to maintain a “personal touch” with a professional receptionist during business hours, to assure prompt and efficient attention to your insurance needs.
R. Alex Rankin grew up in Louisville and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He started his career with First National Bank of Louisville and became a Commercial Lending Officer, before he left to join Sterling G. Thompson Company. He is the current Chairman and attained his CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter) designation in 1985. Alex currently serves on the Board of Directors of the James Graham Brown Foundation, The Bank-Oldham County, Churchill Downs, Inc., the Kentucky Derby Museum and Cave Hill Cemetery.
After three years of coaching college football, Philip Anderton joined Sterling G. Thompson Company in January of 2002, and now serves as President. While running the day to day operations of the agency, he also directs the Producer Development Program. Commercial Insurance for Multi-Family owners and developers are his areas of specialization, with projects insured nationwide. He graduated from Centre College with a BA in History and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Philip and his wife Austin are the proud parents of Mary Sterling and Jack. They are members of 2nd Presbyterian Church where they volunteer in the children’s Sunday school program
As a Kentucky native Benton Keith is passionate about his community. He demonstrates the importance of his deep connection to the area through numerous professional and civic activities. Having served as president of the Louisville Board of Independent Insurance Agents, he is also active in numerous community endeavors, including the Board of Directors to the West End School and the Library Foundation. Keith’s close ties with Louisville are cemented by his commitment to its future, demonstrated by volunteerism, including previous participation as a board member to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, the 21st Century Parks Steering Committee, the Louisville Visual Art Association and longtime service as a volunteer firefighter for the Harrods Creek Fire Department.
Keith graduated from the highly regarded St. Xavier High School and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Prior to the beginning of his career in the insurance industry at Sterling G. Thompson Company in 2004, he graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts.
Brian graduated from Bellarmine University in 2002 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration. While attending Bellarmine he was also a four year member of the Bellarmine Baseball Team. He currently has 13 years of insurance industry experience. Prior to joining Sterling G. Thompson Company, Brian spent 11 years working at The Cincinnati Insurance Company as a Multi-line Claims Representative. During his employment with Cincinnati Insurance he was the Field Claims Manager of the Central Kentucky Territory. Brian was also responsible for the property training of all newly hired employees and assisted with the development of the Property Expert Program.
Callie Wall was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She attended Sacred Heart Academy, and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After graduating college, she worked as a morning news anchor for a local station in Tyler, Texas. Eventually, she moved back to Dallas and began what would become her insurance career at a large employee benefits firm. In January 2013 she moved back home to Louisville and joined Sterling G. Thompson Insurance, where her focus is in serving the property and casualty needs both for businesses, as well as individuals and families. The agency is especially important to her, as that is where her grandfather spent much of his career.
Chapin F. Collins, CIC, is a native of Louisville and Male High School graduate. After graduating from Miami University (OH) in 1990, he began his insurance career with Humana. Chapin became an independent agent in 1994, specializing in employee benefits. He joined Sterling Thompson Co. in 1998 and is currently a co-owner, as well as Vice President, running the employee benefits department. Chapin served on the board directors of the Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters in numerous capacities, from legislative chairman through President. Through the years, he has sat on broker advisory councils for several national and regional insurance carriers.
Garrett consults with middle market companies on strategies to improve their insurance and risk management programs. His experience on the audit team for Kentucky’s largest public accounting firm and managing real estate development for a billboard company gives him a unique understanding of the challenges facing business leaders in our region. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. Garrett holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
Prior to his employment at Sterling G. Thompson, Greg held an Executive Assistant position in both the Jefferson County Fiscal Court/“A” District Commissioners office in Louisville and the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor in Frankfort, KY from 1995-2002. While serving in the office of the Governor and Lt. Governor, Greg also served as the liaison to labor unions, police and fire departments, local governments and the Kentucky General Assembly. After leaving state government and before joining the Employee Benefits field in August of 2007, Greg worked as a contract lobbyist and political consultant. He ran campaigns for the U.S. Senate and a Kentucky Gubernatorial race.
Greg has served as the president of the Greater Louisville Association of Health Underwriters (GLAHU), as well as chair of both the legislative and media relations committees. He is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), and has served on the National Legislative Council. Greg served four terms as the legislative chair for the Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters. Greg is ACA (Affordable Care Act) certified through the Health Underwriters Association. He is a 15 year board member of The Future Fund, Inc., a land preservation trust, and also serves on the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition board of directors.
Has been in the insurance industry for 17 years. 2 years underwriting Architect and Engineer professional liability insurance with Design Professional Insurance Company and 15 years as an Agent. Gwathmey joined Sterling G. Thompson Co. in 2001 adding expertise to the agency in the fields of hospitality risk management, design professional liability and construction. Gwathmey’s commitment to sound risk management and strong customer service has benefited many individuals and businesses throughout the greater Louisville area. Gwathmey graduated Lynchburg College in 1992 is married to Ginny and has two children.
Joseph M. Kaelin, Jr. began his insurance career in 1981 as a surety bond underwriter trainee with USF&G upon graduation from the University of Louisville. In 1985, he was promoted to Bond manager for the state of Kentucky. In 1995, he joined Sterling G. Thompson Co. as a producer specializing in construction insurance and bonding. He is a past president of the Surety Association of Kentucky and has served on several agency advisory councils for various insurance carriers.
Kent Gregory received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from Washington and Lee University. Since 2005, Kent has been an Executive in the Life and Health Department at the Sterling G. Thompson Co. in Louisville, KY. Prior to joining Sterling Thompson, he was a Client Executive with Hartwig Moss Benefits in New Orleans. He started in the insurance industry with Marsh USA as an analyst on large group accounts and advanced to manager of the New Orleans Marsh Advantage America Benefits operation. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Louisville and serves on the Board for The Nativity Academy at St. Boniface.
Linda Hardison is a native of Hopkinsville, KY and a graduate of Hopkinsville High School. She studied at the University of Kentucky and began her insurance career in 1980 as a multi-line independent insurance agent. Linda joined Sterling G. Thompson Company in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching yoga, hiking and scuba diving.
Born and raised in Louisville, Ned graduated from St. Xavier High School and The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He brings over ten years’ worth of experience from the transportation industry. His work began with a railroad operator and service provider, focusing on project management – both in construction and emergency response – and business development. Additionally, Ned most recently worked with businesses in Louisville and the surrounding area to provide freight management techniques, driving down operational costs and improving service. Ned served the local community as a volunteer fire fighter with Harrods Creek and St. Matthews Fire Departments as well as an active role in New Directions Housing’s annual Repair Affair program. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.
Stephanie Hall Barrett is passionate about Louisville’s philanthropic community, specifically the Arts and childhood athletics. Stephanie was a member of the National Team for Lakeside Swim Club during high school, while attending Sacred Heart Academy. Her love for the water transitioned from training for competitions, to teaching children and young adults how to swim. In addition to her athletic achievements, Stephanie attended St. Francis School of Goshen, which taught her appreciation for the Arts. In an effort to encourage artistic education in the community, Stephanie is a Board Member of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, as well as VSA Kentucky.
Stephanie graduated cum laude from Miami University in 2010, with a double-major in Journalism and Spanish. After graduation, Stephanie accumulated five years of sales experience working alongside her father, Steve Hall. Stephanie transitioned from real estate to personal insurance, offering her clients an advantage when addressing coverage needs for homeowner insurance, as well as collections and valuables. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband George and their dog Barry Sanders.