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We know that your insurance dollars can be spent in many ways. We’ll earn your business by regularly reviewing your coverage, and helping you receive the best value for your insurance dollar.

About Us

When you call, you will receive the personal attention that you want. You are a valued customer, not an account number.
In the event of a loss, you can count on us to be there for you. We stand ready to follow through on the entire process, making sure that everything goes right. We want to partner with you to make sure you never feel alone at a difficult time in your life.


Helping people with their insurance needs is my top professional priority.
As business owner in a small community, I understand that every family and small business must work within a budget. I also understand that you get what you pay for. So, as an Independent Insurance Agent, I have the unique opportunity to place insurance with many carriers. This means that will I do my best to be sure you are getting the most value out of your insurance dollar.
Around 2005 I saw the writing on the wall that the corporate culture was going to keep pulling me away from my family. In 2006, I made a career change form Dell, Inc to work in the family insurance business. I decided to work for my Father-In-Law’s insurance agency and in 2009 I purchased Dewey Hollingsworth Insurance Agency, LLC and renamed the family business to Whiteside Insurance Agency, LLC.
It would be my pleasure to work with you to help you navigate the stormy waters of the Insurance Ocean.


I have been in the insurance industry for over 30 years. Taking Care of people is my top priority. I have worked for captive companies and feel that working for an independent insurance agency allows me to better serve the diverse needs of our clients.
It would be my honor to help you today.

How To Choose an Agent

We found some excellent advice here, at the National Insurance For Insurance Commissioners. We’ve edited it just a bit.

Selecting an Agent
Whether you’re looking for your first agent or thinking about switching agents or companies, it’s a good idea to have several to choose from. When evaluating your list, consider these things:

Have conversations with prospective agents. Explain your situation and ask for a quote. Simply asking does not mean you have to work with them. This is a chance for you to get a feel for how they work and if you’re comfortable with them.

Many agents and brokers will have letters behind their names on their business cards. These represent designations or credentials they have earned from various insurance groups or associations. Ask them what these letters mean and what they had to accomplish to earn the credential.

Make sure the agent and the company they are writing your policy with are licensed in your state. You can check company licensing information on the NAIC Consumer Information Source (CIS) web page (https://eapps.naic.org/cis/) or by calling your state insurance department. Find their contact details here: http://map.naic.org.

While you’re checking whether the agent and the company are licensed, also check to see if they’ve had complaints filed against them. For the company, you can check the NAIC’s CIS or call your state insurance department. The insurance department can also tell you if any complaints have been filed against the agent. You also might check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any consumers have filed complaints – or compliments – about the agents you’re considering.

Financial Strength of the Company
When evaluating a company, you also want to check its company financial rating. There are five major rating services. Each has their own criteria for rating that uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative numbers to assess the company. Generally, a letter rating from A to F is assigned to the company. Be sure to review how the rating agency assesses the company and understand the rating system.

When you’re applying for a job, you provide references, so don’t be afraid to ask a prospective agent for the same.

Ask Questions
If you’ve had a particularly interesting insurance experience, or have heard of one, ask the agent how they and the company they represent would have dealt with the situation.

When in Doubt
If you’re not sure what questions to ask or you would like more guidance on how to evaluate a potential agent, contact your state insurance department.

What to Expect
Now that you have a short list of potential agents, what should you expect when you go to the office to purchase coverage?

Answers to Your Questions
If you have any questions about the quote or coverage you need, this is the time to ask. If the agent can’t answer the question, they should offer to find out the answer. An agent should never leave a question unanswered prior to your purchase.

Company Explanation
If the agent doesn’t tell you about the company he/she is placing your coverage with and why that company has the best coverage for you, ask why he/she chose that company.

Honest Sales
You shouldn’t feel pressured to choose an agent, a company or a quote. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.