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Meet Our Team

  • Lynne Stoddard

    Personal Lines Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2017
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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  • Susan Beets

    Commercial Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2019
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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  • John Buchanan, CIC, CRM, CPCU

    Vice President, Secretary, Account Executive
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2009
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    With an extensive insurance career dating back to 1972, John joined the BRIA Insurance & Risk consultants team in 1983.  For more than 30 years, John has gathered immense experience in serving commercial insurance customers, specializing in commercial property insurance, general liability, commercial auto insurance, workers compensations, and bonds.

     

    A testament to his expertise, John is certified as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Certified Risk Manager (CRM).

     

    John stays active in the Austin, Texas community.  He currently servers the Rotary Club of Austin and is a member of Hill Country Bible Church.

     

    Outside of work, John enjoys playing golf and tennis, as well as camping and kayaking throughout the area.  He and his wife are parents to Paul, Beth, and Sarah, a captain in the Marines currently stationed overseas in Okinawa.  John is also the proud grandfather to four grandsons.

  • Dee Dee Carney

    Commercial Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2050
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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  • Melanie Hamm

    Personal Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2016
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    A personal account manager at BRIA Insurance & Risk Consultants, Melanie began serving insurance customers in 1993 as a CSR while attending college at Texas State University.  She stayed on with that company, advancing to a personal lines manager after graduating until the agency was sold in 2009.  After taking a year off to be home with young children, Melanie joined the team at BRIA in 2010 to continue serving all forms of insurance for our personal lines clients.

     

    Melanie and her husband, Ben, are the proud parents of Ryan (10) and Allie (8), as well as two pugs.  When not staying busy with the kids and their various sports and extracurriculars, Melanie enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.

  • Ron Hargis

    Benefits/Life/Health Account Executive
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2004
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    With nearly three decades of experience in the insurance industry, Ron is well-equipped with his LUTCF certification to serve our life and health insurance customers.  While not in the office, you can find Ron out on the golf course.

  • Sindy Juen

    Receptionist/Executive Assistant
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2000
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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  • Eloisa Jefferies

    Commercial Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2015
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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  • Vera Kirkham

    Personal Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2013
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    With a career spanning almost 50 years, Vera has a vast knowledge of the best routes to serve the personal insurance customers of BRIA Insurance & Risk Consultants, especially homeowners, renters, auto, umbrella, watercraft, motorcycle, and RV insurance policyholders.  Her CISR certification further solidifies the professionalism and exceptional service provided to every client.

     

    In the Austin, Texas community, you can find Vera at the Active Abiding Love Lutheran Church.  She also servers as secretary of the Family Reunion Committee and in her free time, Vera enjoys spending time with friends and her family of three children.

  • Tony McAlister, CRA

    Commercial/Benefits/Life Account Executive, Vice President
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2026
    Mobile: 512-695-5065
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    With an insurance career spanning more than a decade, Tony handles the commercial/business insurance and group benefits accounts at BRIA Insurance & Risk Consultants.

    Tony is proud to be a born and bred Texan, enjoying Austin for the past 17 years.  He is a founding member of the Austin Round Table, a local leadership training and networking group.

    Married with three children, Tony spends his time outside playing with his kids, hiking, fishing, gardening, and cycling.  He also concentrates on fitness and enjoys cooking.

  • Nancy Montecalvo

    Accounting Assistant
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2018
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    New to BRIA Insurance & Risk Consultants last year, Nancy specializes in Accounting Firm Insurance, as well as personal lines and commercial lines.  Nancy stays fit while hiking the Greenbelt and is a member of both Emmaus Catholic Church in Lakeway, TX and the Texas Exes (alumni association for University of Texas at Austin graduates).

  • Bill Russell, CIC, CRM, CRA

    President, CEO, Account Executive
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2008
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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  • Bob Russell

    CFO, Treasurer, COO
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2012
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    With an insurance career beginning in 1970, Bob's history of excellent service accompanied by his LUTC certification means that he can take care of your risk management needs swiftly and effectively.

     

    Bob enjoys hunting and fishing outside of work.  He is married with children.

  • Don L. Runnels, CRA

    Account Executive, Vice President
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2048
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    Don has a nearly 25 year career in insurance, serving our personal insurance customers, as well as commercial lines in construction, excavation, quarries, marinas, commercial auto, and more.

    Don is active in a variety of local organizations, such as the Marina Association of Texas, Boating Traders Association of Texas, Home Builders Association, and the Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association.

    When he finds free time, Don enjoys travel, boating & water sports, cars, mountain biking, hunting, and ranching.

  • Lauren Bain

    Personal Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2027
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    A personal account manager since 2008, Lauren serves the needs of our personal insurance lines customers, primarily for homeowners, auto, personal umbrella, jewelry, and boat insurance customers.  She has earned her Associate in General Insurance (AINS) certification to best serve her clients.

     

    Lauren is a member of the Capital City A&M Club, supporting scholarships for area highschoolers to attend Texas A&M University.  She also rides and shows her horse at the national level in Arabian horse shows.  Lauren is looking forward to getting married on April 9th of this year.

  • Liz Terrell

    Assistant Commercial Account Manager
    Office: 512-343-1106 x2021
    Fax: 512-343-1864
    9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 350
    Austin TX 78759
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    Holding her ACSR certification, Liz has spent more than two decades in the insurance industry, currently serving our commercial insurance lines customers.  She is a mother of two.