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On January 1, 1993, Curneal-Pirtle, Inc. and Richards & Bowling, Inc., both of Elizabethtown, Kentucky merged their insurance agencies and formed Curneal & Hignite Insurance, Inc. Gerald Hignite was president and sole owner of Richards & Bowling, Inc. and David Curneal was president and sole owner of Curneal-Pirtle, Inc. Thus, David Curneal and Gerald Hignite became President and Vice-President respectively of the new corporation, Curneal & Hignite Insurance, Inc. On February 1, 2001, Gerald R. Hignite became President and Sole Stockholder of Curneal & Hignite Insurance, Inc. Curneal & Hignite Insurance, Inc. purchased Heartland Insurance on October 1, 2007. Joe Stewart is the current President of Curneal & Hignite.

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Ana Paddack


Personal Lines CSR

Ana started her career working as a Sales Assistant in Financial Investing Services where she mainly worked with Financial Institutions. She earned her Financial Services...Read More

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Becky Travis

Claims Manager

Becky has been in the insurance industry since 2002. She has experience working with personal lines, commercial lines and claims. She is the Claims manager and will do whatever...Read More

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Daniel Tabb

Commercial and Personal Lines Agent

Daniel started his insurance career in 2008 as a licensed team member with State Farm. In 2009 Daniel purchased the Burman Insurance Agency as the Principal Agent/Owner,...Read More

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Donna Shelton

ACSR, Personal Lines CSR

Donna has been in the insurance industry since 1981. She has experience in personal lines and claims. She believes that her years of knowledge and understanding of people’s...Read More

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Gerald Hignite

Commercial and Personal Lines Agent

Gerry has been successfully meeting the insurance needs of clients throughout Kentucky and beyond for over 40 years. He began his insurance career as a Claims Adjuster in 1968....Read More

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Jaid Bluestein

Personal Lines CSR

Jaid Bluestein has been in the customer service field since 2005. She earned her Property and Casualty and Life and Health license in early 2012. She has experience in all...Read More

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Jean Troll

Large Commercial Lines CSR

Jean has been in the insurance industry since 1977. She has worked with agencies and companies. She has 16 years of experience in her native New York and has been in Kentucky...Read More

Jeff stiles

Jeff Stiles

CIC, Large Commercial Lines CSR

Jeff has been in the insurance business since 1989. He has commercial agency and Broker experience. His specialty is working with Public Entities and Contractors and he has...Read More

Jennifer hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins

CIC, Commercial Lines CSR

Jennifer has been in the insurance industry since 1999. She started her career in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her current specialty is in the medium to large commercial accounts...Read More

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Joan Close

Large Commercial Lines CSR

Joan has been in the insurance business since 1978. She has experience in claims, personal lines, and agency accounting. Her current specialty is large commercial insurance....Read More

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Joe Stewart


Joe began his insurance career in 1994. As the starting point guard for his high school and college basketball teams, Joe understands the value of team work in accomplishing...Read More

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Justin C. Howard

Commercial and Personal Lines Agent

Justin began his insurance career while attending Western Kentucky University and working as an intern with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. After graduating college he...Read More

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Larry Mitchum

Public Entities Specialist/Commercial Lines Agent

Since 1987 I have worked to provide Property, Liability, and Workers Compensation insurance to Public Entities. These prospects include Boards of Education, County Governments,...Read More

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Loretta Gossett

Commercial Lines CSR

Loretta has been in the insurance industry since 1986. She has worked in all areas of the business including personal lines, commercial lines and claims. Loretta joined our...Read More

Mary kessinger

Mary Kessinger

KACSR, Commercial Lines CSR

Mary has been in the insurance industry since 2001. She is experienced in Commercial Lines and claims. Her current specialty is commercial accounts. She feels that her years of...Read More

Michelle nevitt

Michelle Nevitt

Commercial Lines CSR

Michelle has been in the insurance industry since 2004 specializing in commercial lines. She enjoys the variety of people she meets as a commercial agent, and helping her...Read More

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Michelle Wilmoth

Claims CSR

Michelle has over 18 years of customer service experience. She has a strong commitment to provide excellent customer service and build relationships with new and existing...Read More

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Ruth Edlin

Support Staff

Ruth Edlin comes to Curneal & Hignite with 12 years of experience in the medical field. She knows the ins and outs of medical insurance billing and is excited to learn a new...Read More

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Sandy Thomas

Commercial Line’s CSR

Sandy began her work the insurance industry in 1993. As a creative critical thinker committed to customer service her primary goal is to provide clients with accessible...Read More

Taylor wilson

Taylor Wilson

Commercial and Personal Lines Agent

Taylor brings five years of insurance experience to the Curneal and Hignite Insurance family. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he majored in Management. His...Read More

Terrie hill

Terrie Hill

Accounting and IT

Terrie has been part of the insurance industry since 1983. She began her career at an agency in her native Florida where her experience began with mail handling and expanded to...Read More

Tom major

Tom Major

MBA, Life and Health Manager

I am a full-time life and health agent who thrives on the challenge to provide you with creative solutions to complex situations in this era of the Affordable Care Act. I am...Read More

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Ty Puyear

Life, Health and Benefits Agent

With 12 years of experience focused on the employee benefits industry, I am confident I can find innovative Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant solutions for you or your...Read More

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Wes Dixon

Large Commercial Lines CSR

Wes began his insurance career in 2008 while attending school and interning at an agency in Lexington. After graduation, he worked as a commercial lines underwriter for 7 years...Read More