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Katie Banton

Assistant Underwriter | mail me
Continental2Katie graduated from Ferrum College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. While in school, she was very active in a local sorority Theta Gamma Omega. After graduation, she was an Associate Agent at Easley Insurance Agency then moved on to Pembrooke Occupational Health. Katie started at Continental Underwriters at the beginning of August 2014 as an Assistant Underwriter. She is excited to be working in the insurance industry again. Katie has lived in Richmond, VA her entire life. In her spare

Andrew Belcher

Underwriter | mail me
Andrew BelcherAndrew graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in December of 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Risk Management. He was first employed with Belcher’s Trophies as a Production Supervisor, where he worked through college. After graduating, Andrew started with Continental Underwriters, Inc. on April 1, 2013 as an Assistant Underwriter. He is pumped to learn and grow as an underwriter and work with the amazing team of employees at Continental Underwriters. Andrew has lived in Chesterfield, VA his entire life. In

Melissa Berry

Administrative Director | mail me
Melissa-Berry-resizedMelissa serves as the Administrative Director at Continental Underwriters, Inc. Prior to the purchase of Keith D. Peterson in February 2013, Melissa served as an Administrative Assistant at Keith D. Peterson in the Virginia branch beginning in August 2011. Melissa has held various positions in the insurance industry. She spent 5 years working as an office assistant at Virginia Technology Incubator and Security Concepts National Alarm in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her experience also includes 2 years working with Max Specialty. She started her time

Corey Bounds

Director of Risk Assessment | mail me
Corey-Bounds-resizedCorey graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Business Management in 2002. He worked in the family farm supply business growing up where hard work was part of the daily job. In 2002, he began his career in insurance with Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance as a Loss Prevention Representative. In 2007, at the young age of 30, he was promoted to the position of Loss Prevention Manager and in 2011 he was promoted to the position of Regional Loss Prevention Manager for

Lindsey Burns

Underwriter | mail me
lindsey-dashLindsey is an Underwriter at Continental Underwriters, Inc. Lindsey joined the CU Family as an Assistant Underwriter for both Forest Products and Transportation where she learned the ins and outs for two years. Prior joining the team, Lindsey spent five years at Atlantic Specialty Lines, Inc., a Richmond based wholesale insurance broker and MGA, working in various roles from Contract and Claims Management to Bordereau analysis. Lindsey is excited to get into her role on the production side of the business at

Cathy Henley

Financial Director | mail me
Cathy-resizedCathy graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1984 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. As a Certified Public Accountant, Cathy has over 30 years assisting clients with their audit, accounting and tax needs, including 15 years as a public accounting firm shareholder. She has lived in the Richmond area most of her life. She currently lives in Hanover with her husband and teenage son. She is excited to join the

C. Preston Herrington, III

President | mail me
Preston HerringtonAfter spending 17 years as a Managing General Agent and Wholesaler of Property and Casualty Insurance specializing in the Forest Products Industry, Preston started Continental Underwriters, Inc. Helping Agents and Brokers across the United States and Canada with the placement of Forest Products Insurance is his passion. His unique ability to design, negotiate and place asset protection programs on behalf of Agents and Brokers allows them to focus on the client relationship. Preston's key insurance company relationships ensure the most comprehensive

Amanda Huang

Managing Director | mail me
Amanda HuangAmanda graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, never anticipating a career in the insurance industry. She started out as an Administrative Assistant at a Managing General Agent and Wholesaler of Property and Casualty Insurance specializing in the Forest Products industry. She quickly realized she had an affinity for the insurance business. Through continuing education, hands-on experience, and the support of her coworkers, she quickly learned the ins and outs of forest products insurance, and

Bernie Kurtzweil

Underwriting Director | mail me
bernie-kurtzweilBernie is a 26 year veteran of the Property/Casualty Insurance industry. Over this time, he has delivered his passion for finding solutions on both the insurance company and managing general agency sides of our industry. He is a CPCU and has also earned ARM & ARe designations. Beginning his career with Wausau Insurance in the mid 80’s as a Casualty Underwriter, he later joined the Home Office Product Development Team and the Corporate Education Team for training employees on casualty products. In the early

Dale Schmincke

Transportation Director | mail me
Dale SchminckeDale graduated from Radford University in 1995 with a Business Degree in Operations Management.  Shortly after graduation he began his career in his hometown of Forest, Virginia working for Mail America Communication; a direct marketing company. Within a few years Dale was eager to accept an opportunity to move to Richmond, and expand his career working for Catalyst Marketing Group, a young and exciting marketing agency.  During his time with Catalyst, Dale was exposed to a broad range of industries; which

Kristie D. Smith

Assistant Underwriter | mail me
KristieKristie graduated from Old Dominion University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a minor in Community Health Professions. While in school, Kristie was active in several organizations such as Pi Beta Phi, Peer Health Educators, and Finance Club. After graduating, she first started her insurance career in Northern Virginia working with Worker’s Compensation Insurance claims. Kristie then moved back home to Chesterfield, VA in 2014 and started at Continental Underwriters in late September. She is very excited to

Woody Stanchina

Assistant Underwriter | mail me
Charles-StanchinaWoody graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business specializing in Risk Management & Insurance. During his junior year, he became involved with Gamma Iota Sigma, the International Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science fraternity. He was elected to serve as Vice President of the VCU chapter of GIS for the 2015-2016 academic school year. Woody came on board with Continental Underwriters, Inc. in September 2015 as an intern for the Risk Assessment Department and joined Full Time

Christian Towler

Assistant Underwriter | mail me
Continental3Christian is very excited about coming on board with us! Gaining more knowledge every day is what he is all about. Starting his insurance career on the retail side with Allstate, Christian proudly educated customers in various product offerings. Christian is also privileged to have worked for Atlantic Specialty Lines, Inc. of Richmond, Virginia where he started in the policy issuance department. He quickly moved up to a Personal Lines Underwriting Assistant, where he assisted a team of underwriters. Christian’s dedication and