Our Team

John McConnell President and CEO

John is an experienced and dedicated insurance professional who has been in the industry for over 20 years. In that time, John has worked with groups and individuals across several states. John has helped numerous companies implement employee benefits packages, business continuation plans and key man policies all while building lasting relationships with Superintendents, CEO’s and staff members from various companies.

As the insurance world continues to evolve, John has carefully crafted an agency that is able to keep up with the rapid change of pace. Through John’s intentional efforts to provide service through the talented team of service professionals he has constructed, his company has seen growth year after year.

John presents the unique ability to manage multiple projects and navigate through the complex challenges that clients face.

John is a past president of Murray Life Underwriters and a member of NAFIA.

John and his wife Heather exhibit passion for their community by supporting numerous organizations, volunteering through charitable organizations and being active in the church. Along with their 2 children, Cora and Lyndon, the family enjoys being outdoors, all things soccer, travelling to new places and spending time with friends.

Judy Snyder Commercial Lines Specialist and Benefits Coordinator

Judy hhas been in the insurance circuit for over 30 years. Specializing in commercial lines of business and employee benefits, Judy works directly with several school districts in various counties helping to insure them with both property and liability coverage. Judy is consistently assisting employers with budget guidelines to save premium dollars while offering her clients maximum coverage benefits. Judy is reliable, resourceful and intuitive to the individual needs of her clients. Serving as specialist in her field, Judy is a highly valued employee who is an exceptional listener and a dependable agent. After receiving numerous recognitions for her specialty in client services, her passion is clear in taking care of and serving others.

Active in her church leading and serving others, she and her husband Jerry also love to enjoy the great outdoors with their grandchildren.

Payton Arant Account Specialist

Payton was born and raised in Bristol, TN. A 2001 graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting and Communication, Payton worked for NASCAR where she enjoyed travelling frequently. This experience aided in creating Payton to become an excellent communicator and someone who loves to meet new people. In 2009, after joining the McConnell team, Payton chose to focus her passion for helping others by providing them with reliable service though individual insurance plans and Medicare services. Payton is an experienced professional who takes pleasure in helping guide her clients through the insurance process from start to finish. She specializes in Medicare, ACA Healthcare plans, Life Insurance and Final Expense products. Payton enjoys building relationships with her clients and remains dedicated to providing excellent customer service. Payton and her husband Josh have 3 boys. Time spent outdoors on the farm is important to Payton and her family. Payton, Josh and the boys have lots of animals and critters to take care of on the farm and also enjoy raising farm fresh products and gardening.

LaCosta Hays Executive Coordinator of Client and Community Relations

LaCosta joined McConnell Insurance Agency as a highly motivated Account Executive in July of 2015. Prepared to service accounts through an established portfolio, LaCosta prides herself through organizational skills designed to benefit each accounts specific need. A life-long resident of Calloway County, she is a graduate from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and a minor in Organizational Communication. With a clear knowledge of both sales and service, she is a licensed agent available for one-to-one enrollment in addition to functioning as a direct point of contact for the agency. With over 15 years of professional experience in customer service and relationship building, she also serves as a member of the Rotary Club of Murray, Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Angel’s Attic Board Member.

LaCosta and her husband Chris and daughter Jansyn are active members of the community and are members of The Journey Church.

Megan MathisAccount Specialist

Megan is a Calloway County native and a graduate from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. After graduating from MSU Megan joined the AmeriCorps and dedicated a year volunteering with foster youth in the Louisville Metro area. Megan joined the McConnell Insurance Team as an Account Specialist in 2016 and is dedicated to superb customer service. Accomplished in the areas of both Property and Casualty insuring and quoting, Megan continues to help clients find coverages to meet their needs from personal auto and homes to commercial real estate.

Beth Gupton Account Specialist

Beth joined the McConnell team in 2015. Eager to advance in the insurance profession, she has been supportive in aiding her colleagues in overseeing the daily operation of personal and commercial lines. With customer service as her strong suit, Beth continues to build relationships with her clients through online quoting and assisting in all areas of the claims process. Beth also holds a certificate as a Certified Insurance Representative with the state of Kentucky as well as a licensed Agent and Notary Public.

Beth and her husband Steve enjoy traveling on cruise ships and site seeing while on vacation.

Andrew Donohoo Group Benefits Consultant

Andrew was born and raised in Calvert City, KY and has lived in Murray since 2006. He began his career in insurance as a life insurance broker before joining the McConnell team in July of 2014. Andrew now leads the Group Benefits Division of the agency through group meetings and enrollments, specialized account management services and innovative sales and service strategies and proposals. Andrew has dedicated himself to working with various types of business markets, assisting in business continuation plans across the board including Buy/Sell Agreements and Stock Redemption plans. He and his wife, Ashley, recognize the value in raising their family, Jax, Pearl, and Steel in the Murray community. Andrew has a passion for a day spent on the golf course, and enjoys free time spent poolside with his family.

Steve Skaggs Vice President of Group Benefits

Steve has been with McConnell Insurance since 2007 and held the title of VP of Group Benefits since 2010. Having been self-employed for over 10 years prior to coming to work with McConnell, he found that working with employers to find cost effective benefit strategies was a natural fit since he had been an employer for many years. Steve brings a large listing of awards and recognitions to the agency for his knowledge of the products offered and his remarkable ability to engage employers and help them understand suitable benefit packages. Steve is an immense asset to the agency and continues to gain knowledge of new carriers and products offered in the insurance industry.

Steve served in the United States Army from 1987 until 1995 and attributes his motivation, dedication, and problem-solving skills to his military experience.

Steve and his wife, Nickie, have four children and two grandchildren and enjoy travelling and living in the country.

Trent Garland Commercial Property & Casualty Administrator

Trent Garland recently joined the McConnell Insurance team after owning and operating a successful construction business for 15 years. Trent brought with him his knowledge in commercial property and his management skills to the agency. Trent prides himself in customer service going above and beyond to meet the needs of each of his clients. His keen attention to detail and immaculate sense of approach to working with small and large businesses make Trent a valuable asset to the agency. He is also an active member of the Lions Club helping to improve the vision of Murray. Trent has philanthropically partnered with United Way in the past, donating a custom-built home designed and constructed from his business. Trent and his wife Erin reside in Murray with their children, Maddie who loves cheer and Strader who enjoys karate. The family likes to spend their free time enjoying the outdoors camping and hiking at Land Between the Lakes.

Lance Cherry Caitlin John Private Wealth Management

Lance was born and raised in Murray, KY and graduated from Murray State University in 2000. Over the past 10 years Lance has worked in various sectors of the financial industry while helping place and manage over $500 million dollars in client assets. Throughout his career, his focus has been on helping individuals and families with their financial planning and retirement needs. As a Registered Investment Advisor, his focus as a fiduciary is on helping clients meet their goals using a holistic approach that encompasses all areas of the planning process.

Lance is an avid outdoorsman. In his free time he enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and photography.

Austin Bolding Bolding-McConnell Insurance and Risk Management

Austin grew up on a family farming operation in Northwest Tennessee working alongside his grandfather. After attending The University of Tennessee at Martin he went right back to his roots. Farming after college allowed Austin to gain knowledge in the day-to-day operations and management, as well as the importance of utilizing marketing and insurance. While serving a local crop insurance agency for nearly three years, he discovered farmers were in need of property and casualty, as well as life and health insurance. Fast forwarding to 2018 Austin partnered with John McConnell to form Bolding-McConnell Insurance.

Now their team insures more than just farmers, expanding into the commercial business side as well as individual insurance. Austin has serviced multiple states from South Dakota to Mississippi over his insurance career while continuing to seek out others to help with managing their risk. While the insurance world continues to evolve, Austin and John continue to look for new avenues to better serve their clients.

Along with supporting several charitable foundations, Austin and is wife, Mallory are actively involved in Woodland Mills First Baptist Church. They enjoy spending time on the farm with their daughter, Emma Kate.

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