This month’s employee spotlight is on our lovely Katie Martin. Katie started with Brown & Brown about 2 years ago as our receptionist and has since moved up to small business technician. She and her husband Chris have been together for 11 years and are new parents to their baby boy Chase (who, in our opinion, is one of the cutest babies ever). Outside of being a mom, Katie says that her favorite things to do are go bowling, read Harry Potter, and relax with friends at breweries. Katie’s mom and grandpa were both in insurance long before she came to Brown & Brown, so she’s keeping the tradition alive. We are so happy to have her as part of our insurance family!
This month’s employee spotlight is on our fabulous producer Shane Neal. Shane has been in the insurance industry for 15 years, specializing in commercial insurance and contract bonds. He has been married to his beautiful wife Christa for 23 years, and they have 6 children. When he’s not working, Shane likes to fly fish, go backpacking, and do wood work.
We asked Shane for some interesting facts about himself and he did not disappoint. Shane has flown a plane, is an Eagle Scout, has a Welsh Corgi named Charlie (who is too cute for words!) and bred and trained quarter horses when he was younger. Shane is such a fun guy and we love having him on our team!
This month’s employee spotlight is on the wonderful Karen Fournier in our Taos office. She has been with Brown & Brown for nearly 5 years, about as long as she has been in Taos. Karen and her husband Gary have been married for 32 years and have two sons and three grandkids. Karen also says that she loves to travel with her husband—they especially like cruising. For fun closer to home, Karen says that she and Gary love to downhill ski and golf (and Taos is perfect for both of those!). She is such a help to everyone in the Taos office and we all are so happy to have her as part of our team.
This month’s employee spotlight is on our lovely Andrea Vargas. Andrea is on our benefits team here in the Albuquerque office. She has been working in
insurance for 14 years and has been with us for 6 months.
Andrea says that she is 100% focused on her family. She loves to spend time with her two kids and spends most of her weekends watching her daughter play volleyball and her son play baseball. She just recently bought a house in Los Lunas, figuring out the “country” way of life on two acres of land. Andrea says that her guilty pleasure is watching any of the Real Housewives series, but her real love is the Dallas Cowboys.
Andrea is such a positive and fun person and we love having her on our team!
Our employee spotlight this month is on the wonderful Lupe Watters. Lupe has been in commercial insurance for over 20 years. Most recently, she became Brown & Brown’s Risk and Safety Analyst, and she absolutely loves it. She enjoys working closely with the producers and clients.
Lupe has been married 25 years. She also has 2 sons, both recently graduated college—one from UNM and one from NMSU. While she loves to travel, Lupe loves living here in NM. Lupe says that she loves to cook for ANYONE who will eat the finished product. And, trust us, everyone in the office LOVES that she loves to cook—her food is often gone within minutes of showing up.
This month’s employee spotlight is on the wonderful Barbara Thomas. Barb is located in our Taos office and has been with Brown & Brown for almost 23 years. She has even had the pleasure of meeting Hyatt Brown when he came to Taos. Because she is so active in the community, Barb has become the office liaison for many community organizations.
As Barb says, she is a person of the sixties, so Taos is the perfect community for her and her husband of 52 years. Along with her husband, she has one daughter and son-in-law and one gran
dson. Besides her work at Brown & Brown, Barb also curates art shows, is a textile artist, and makes teepees in her spare time.
This month’s employee spotlight is on our wonderful Tambra Nash. She has been in insurance for 22 years, working her way up from a receptionist all the way to our Operations and Regional Leader.
Tambra has been married for 33 years and has 3 sons, with one still at home in high school. Her favorite place to be is outdoors. She loves going to the lake, camping, biking, skiing and going to football games. Most recently, she has taken up indoor rock climbing. Though she is still just learning, she is having a blast doing it.
While she prefers to be productive away from the home, her favorite things at home are her husband’s cooking, reading a lot of books, and watching the Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead.
Tambra is the glue that holds our office together, and we are so glad that she was selected to share a little bit about herself this month!
This month’s employee spotlight is on Debra Blighton. Debra is in our commercial department and has been in insurance for over 32 years. Here’s a bit about her in her own words:
Debra returned to Albuquerque in October 2014 after a 8 year absence. She, like Georgia O’Keefe found the spiritual aspect of the area compelling and followed her desire to return. She loves all things “New Mexico”; The Jemez, Nob Hill, Sandia Peak, Tent Rocks, La Luz, the colour of the sky at sunset, the art, the culture, and of course the food. She will welcome her first grandchild in April and is over the moon with happiness.
In her spare time, Debra stages houses for a local Real Estate agent, hikes the local trails, and enjoys her family and friends.