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
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 President 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.
Steve B. Thompson
Steve Thompson graduated with a Business degree from the University of Kentucky and after a brief time with Travelers Insurance, joined Sterling G. Thompson Company. He is the current Chairman and holds a CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation. Steve has served as: Chairman and past Director of Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky, past President of Independent Insurance Agents of Louisville, Director and past President of Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, past Director of Salvation Army of Louisville and past President and Director of Harmony Landing Country Club. Steve is married to Barbara, and in his spare time enjoys his Grandchildren and playing golf.
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 recently 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 Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, the 21st Century Parks Steering Committee, The Rotary Club, and serves as president of the Louisville Visual Art Association. Keith’s close ties with Louisville are cemented by his commitment to its future, demonstrated by volunteerism, including previous participation in the Every 1 Reads program, and longtime and current service as a volunteer firefighter for the Harrods Creek Fire Department. He graduated from the highly regarded St. Xavier High School and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, an honor bestowed upon several American historical figures representing government, science, the arts and business, including President Gerald Ford, Neil Armstrong, Steven Spielberg and Sam Walton.
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.
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.
Hunter Rankin, born in Louisville, is a graduate of Trinity High School. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, he joined Sterling Thompson Co. Now in his sixth year with the firm, he specializes in property and casualty insurance with focuses in equine related industries and manufacturing. Currently, he serves on the board of Family and Children’s Place and Sterling Thompson Co. His interests include horse racing, golf and travel.
J. “Curry” Nicholson, Jr.
J. “Curry”Nicholson, Jr., CFP® is a native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Ballard High School. Curry holds a Certificate in Financial Planning from Bellarmine University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ PRACTITIONER. After graduating from the UK Gatton School of Business with a degree in Finance and Economics, Curry began his career with LPL Financial where he maintains his securities licenses as a Registered Representative. Since joining Sterling Thompson Insurance Company, Curry focuses on providing customized and comprehensive risk-management solutions for his clients. His approach is based on the understanding of a client’s unique circumstances, exposure and implementing planning and risk-management strategies aligned to meet the client’s objectives. He believes this is important in building and maintaining long-term business relationships based on personal service – not just accounts. Curry holds the rank of Eagle Scout and serves on the Board of Directors of Bellewood Children’s Home where he is currently the Chairman of their multi-million dollar Renewal Campaign. Curry also volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana, Brooklawn Child and Family Services, and Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana. In his spare time, Curry enjoys golf, skiing, and traveling.
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.
Philip Anderton joined Sterling G. Thompson Company in January of 2002 after three years of coaching college football. At Sterling Thompson he manages the Personal Lines Department and heads the Producer Development Program. Commercial Insurance for Multi-Family owners and developers are his area 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.