J. Buckley Strandberg, CRIS
President / Account Executive
"My grandfather began working with Standard Insurance in 1935, followed by my father in 1952, and I joined the company in 1982. I focus on property and liability insurance to individuals, families and businesses."
Buckley has been a licensed Property and Casualty Agent since he joined the agency in 1982. He graduated from the United States Fidelity & Guaranty's (USF&G) School of Insurance in 1985. In addition to a Property & Casualty license, Buckley is a licensed insurance and real estate broker.
Buckley graduated high school from Rocky Mount Academy and received his BS in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is Past President of Benvenue Country Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Rocky Mount Merchant's Association, Nash Community College Foundation, the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Rocky Mount Area United Way. He is currently President of the Rocky Mount Community Foundation and a former board member of the the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rocky Mount Community/Futrell-Mauldin Fund. Buckley has served on agents advisory councils for Companion, Builders Mutual and Metlife Home and Auto Companies. In May of 2012 Buckley successfully completed Appalachian State University's Insurance Executive Program, which is a management development program designed specifically for independent agents.
Buckley enjoys travel, snow skiing, golf, fishing, and spending time on the coast at Nags Head, NC. He is the father of three daughters. His oldest daughter, Tyler, was killed in a tragic climbing accident on August 22, 2015 in Jackson Wyoming. A website has been created in her memory. Please visit: http://tetonty.com
John T. Smith, AAI, AFIS, CPCU
Vice President / Account Executive
"My specialty is creating and maintaining risk management plans for companies large or small. We bring value added services to our clients ideally to identify the cost of risk, reduce risk and increase that company’s bottom line. Implementing and maintaining the proper risk management plan is crucial to the success of any business."
John T. Smith has been a licensed insurance agent and broker since 1991 and joined Standard Insurance in 2001. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990 with a BA in Political Science he went on to the Hartford School of Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut and completed risk management studies in 1993.
John T. started his career with Associated Insurers, a large independent insurance broker in Raleigh and in 1996 went to work for another large agency in Rocky Mount, Betts & Company, which was later purchased by RBC Centura. He joined Standard Insurance as a partner in 2001 and has been awarded the professional insurance designations of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) by The Institutes; the Agribusiness Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) by IBA West Education and the Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI) by The Institutes.
John T. is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilson, a founding member of the Wilson YMCA, member of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce and is an annual Sponsor for Ducks Unlimited and participates in various non-profit organizations within his community. He enjoys outdoor activities including travel, hunting, fishing, boating, and coaching. John T. and his wife Stephanie live in Wilson with their three children, John T. Jr., Carr and Louise.
P. Kim Bletsas, CRIS
Agency Manager, Agent
"Although I'm the Office Manager, I am still involved with Insurance Coverage Reviews of our agency's larger accounts."
As the Office manager, I have the pleasure of managing a great staff that cares about their clients, and each other. I have also had the fortune to stay involved with the clients and conduct Insurance Coverage Reviews for some of the agency's larger commercial accounts. Some of these accounts have been with this agency for over 25 years, and that’s when you know you are doing something right.
Kim joined Standard Insurance & Realty in 1989, and obtained her Property & Casualty license that same year. She started her career as a Personal Insurance Customer Service Agent and in 1992 was promoted to a Commercial Account Manager. Kim later took on the full-time position of Office Manager in 2000.
Kim is married and has a daughter and son. Being a wife and mom are the most rewarding jobs ever. Over the years she has enjoyed serving as PTO President, and acting as a Senior Advisor for a civic club her daughter was a member of. Kim also supports the United Way and American Heart Association.
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