R. Alan Hedrick CIC | Owner
Alan started in the business in January of 1990 as a producer for County Wide Insurance Agency. Initially working in a small outlying office, Alan developed his sales as well as his ability to manage the office workflow and promotions. After coming to the Dexter office in 1993, Alan developed his risk management skills with a strong focus in commercial and business insurance, as well as agency technology development. Alan is committed service of the insurance industry as well as the community. He has serviced as a Past-President of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents and a member of the Agency Council for Technology, with the National Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc. He also holds various other civic positions in his church and community.
Jason Comfort | Commercial Lines Agent
A life long resident of Stoddard County, Jason graduated from Dexter High School in 1996. He then went to college at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, with Business Administration as his desired major. After college, he returned to Dexter, and was with Holden Pallet & Lumber for seven years, as plant manager. Jason joined the County Wide team in January 2005, and has spent most of his time focusing on commercial property, commercial casualty, and all agriculture products. Coming from a blue collar background, Jason will always roll up his sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done, and that is the message he wants to send to all of his customers. Very active in the community, Jason has coached little league football for over ten years and he is one of the voices of Dexter Bearcat Football on Unity 90.3, along with Rob Mayer, Alan Hedrick, and Bret Dorton. He makes his home in Dexter, with his wife Cristi, and daughter, Maci.
Lisa Kirk | Insurance Sales Producer
Lisa started her insurance career in 1991 with Met Life specializing in worksite life and estate planning. While with Met Life she won various sales awards and more importantly service awards. In October of 1995 she accepted the position as District Sales Coordinator with AFLAC. While with Aflac she won 3 National Conventions, 5 State Trips, and 13 Founder's Awards for Management Excellence. Lisa's District produced over $8mil. Lisa is licensed in all lines of insurance and received her Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow accreditation in 1993. She joined the staff at County Wide in January 2006 working in Life, Health and worksite. She has held positions as Secretary of the Fashion Exhibitors of America 1989, Secretary/Treasurer of the Community of Parma Renewal Corporation 1997 to present, and served as alderman on Parma City Council 1999 to 2001. Lisa and her husband of 28 years, Don, reside in rural Parma and own the D & L One Stop in Parma.
Ed Gargas | Producer
Ed Gargas was born and raised in Kennett Missouri. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University and a Masters in Business Administration from William Woods University. Since August of 2006 he has held the position of MO/AR Regional General Manager for NewWave Communications. Prior to that he was the Marketing Manager for KMC Construction/ServiceMaster Clean as well as Project Manager for the six months prior to leaving to join NewWave. Ed is a commissioned officer in the Missouri National Guard; currently, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel. He serves as the Brigade S3, Operations officer for the 35th Engineer Brigade. Previous duty assignments include: company commander, battalion operations officer, battalion executive officer, and division engineer. He is also a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism. Ed and his wife, Tina are the proud parents of one son, Nate. Ed is a member of First Baptist Church, the Dexter Chamber of Commerce, and several other community and civic organizations.
Jayme Fulkerson | Personal Account Executive
Jayme grew up in Dexter and was a DHS Bearcat in the Class of 1979. Her career path took her to the great State of Texas in 1981 where she worked for years as an executive secretary in a law firm. She returned to Dexter in 2010 and became a member of the County Wide team shortly after. Jayme is a very dedicated brilliant lady that has a kind personality to guide customers through the insurance process. She enjoys volunteering with the Preschool Ministry at First Baptist Church and attending any sports related activities.
Cherie Wallace | Personal Account Executive
Cherie brings over twenty years of processing and office experience to the County Wide family. She started working in an accounting firm in the early 1980's when computer technology was just taking flight. Nearly three decades later, the explosive progress of data entry has given her the opportunity to work in a field of motivated learning that she truly enjoys. After several years of working in the data processing department verifying customer information from paper and digital formats, Cherie now works as an agent in our personal lines department. Cherie resides with husband, James, in Dexter, MO. Her interests are fishing, antiques, and the bevy of adopted strays that have come to their door.
Sharon McCord | Commercial Account Executive
Sharon is the Commercial Lines manager for County Wide Insurance. She has over twenty years of experience in the insurance industry and has been with the company since 1998. Sharon strives to provide the best service to County Wide customers by regularly attending commercial lines CIC classes. Her hobbies include spending time with her children, grandchildren, and gardening.
Debbie Stidham | Life & Benefits Service
Debbie was welcomed by the County Wide team to assist clients with health and life insurance, as well a group health insurance. She retired from Tyson Foods in 2008 after 20 years of service in various capacities from benefits to food safety. Her family has deep roots in Dexter and Stoddard County as evidenced by the extensive genealogy information she has on the Miller family. She and her husband, Mark and son, Brent, live just outside the city limits on the same omfort hill that she grew up on. They enjoy the outdoors, travel and their two granddaughters, Lily and Holly. Debbie and Mark are both active in the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Dexter.
Marla Buchanan | Office Manager & Accounting
A life long resident of Stoddard County, Marla is a graduate of Dexter High School and has been married to her best friend, Dallas, for 37 years and to this union they have 1 daughter, 1 son, and 2 granddaughters. Marla joined the County Wide Ins team in 1994 as the file clerk, got her insurance license in 1995, and she is now the Office Manager along with taking care of the accounting for County Wide Ins. Marla enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In her spare time she like to shop the flea markets and antique shops allowing her to be creative in home decorating.
Dave Ellinghouse | Agency Operations
Dave Ellinghouse was born and raised in Piedmont, Missouri. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University. From 2002 to 2008, he worked in long term care as a nursing home administrator and prior to that taught high school mathematics at Bloomfield High School for three years. Dave currently serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Dexter and serves on the Keller Public Library Board. Dave and his wife Amy are the proud parents of Andrew and Anna. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, friends and church family; coaching his son's little league sports teams and playing golf.
Shelia Murdock | Personal Lines Service
Shelia came originally from Naylor. Born to a farming family, she married her high school sweetheart Steve in 1975. God blessed them with 2 wonderful sons Jimmy of Dexter and Brad of Fair Grove Mo. This proud mom believes the world is a better place with those 2 young men in it. She also has 1 grandson Jacob and 1 granddaughter Kaylea. She and Steve moved to Dexter 10 yrs.ago, and her favorite pastimes' are watching grandchildren playing sports, dirt track racing and nascar-nascar-nascar.
Tracy Horton | Personal Account Executive
Tracy joined County Wide in Summer of 2011. With a true spirit of service and pleasing customers, Tracy is quickly learning the ropes of insurance and preparing herself to help our customers with all aspects of their personal insurance. Tracy is very committed to being active in both community and church events. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Tracy is married to Allan Horton and has two children, Brandon and Blake. As a recent transplant from "The Land of the Rebels" (Richland Rebels), Tracy enjoys attending school events and is noted as one of the greatest Bearcat fan in the area!