Meet The GUS BATES Family

Our Team

Commercial Property & Casualty


Matt Orlie

Sr. Consultant

I love being with my family.  On the weekends you can find me coaching my son’s sports or I’m on the lake.


Russ Morris, PLCS

Sr. Consultant

Outside of Gus Bates, I am spending time with my family, riding motorcycles, fishing, camping and woodworking.


Chanda Yim


Whether it’s traveling, cooking, reading or tattoos, I am always giving too much affection to my cats.


Dillon Hawkins



Dana Guinn, CISR

Account Manager

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, getting involved in youth sports, and supporting and attending our son’s athletic games and meets.


Juli Willmott, ACSR

Sr. Account Manager

Outside of work I am reading, riding bike trails, spending time with family, traveling and hiking!


Karen Harden

Sr. Account Manager

Outside of work I like spending time with my family, shopping with my granddaughters and volunteering with Union Gospel Mission.


Kathy Roosz, CIC, ACSR

Sr. Account Manager

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also spend time cycling Trinity Trails and through Benbrook State Park.

Employee Benefits


Cammie Nowell, CBC

VP, Employee Benefits

My favorite thing outside of work is spending time doing active things with my husband, Jimmy, and two children Olivia & Mitchell and dog Coco. I also love to travel, snow ski, cycle, hang with friends, go to church and anything outdoors especially TCU & Aggie sports!


Gary Lewis

Sr. Consultant

Gary loves spending time with my wife Megan, and their boys Locke & Cal.  He also likes to travel and support TCU athletics!


Justin Phipps, CBC

VP, Employee Benefits

I love spending time with wife Michelle and sons Parker & Mason whether it’s hunting, fishing and watching sports.


Peter Welch

Sr. Consultant

I love being outside – whether it’s hunting, fishing, cheering on the Frogs, or spending time with my wife, Morgan, and our yellow lab, Packer. A cold beer on a patio is tough to beat, too!


Mark Grace


I like to remain active with golf, fitness, and TCU & Texas Tech sporting events.


Matthew Hawkins


I enjoy hanging out with my family, being outside, and anything sports related!


Mitchell Traver


Husband to Olivia. Horned Frog for life. Lover of the Green Bay Packers, Heim BBQ, and C.S. Lewis books.


April Harris

Sr. Claims Manager

When I am not spending time with my granddaughter, I am either reading, playing with pets or outside hiking/ camping.


Claudia Deleon

Internal Service Representative

When I’m not at work, I love doing things with my family. It’s what I live for.


Davina Golden

Senior Account Manager

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Davina moved to Texas in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading and shopping!


Elizabeth Valdez

Account Manager

Outside of Gus Bates, I enjoy traveling and listening to live music.


Elaine Birdwell

Account Manager

Salt water fishing, hunting, riding horses, ranching, and cooking are my favorite things in the world behind my husband and two children, Beau and Maci!


Jennifer Reed

Compliance and HR Technology Consultant

I love spending time with family and friends! When time allows, I am all about photography.


Jose Valles

Customer Service Representative

In my free time, I enjoy watching football and MLB baseball. I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan!


Megan Lewis

Sr. Account Manager

I always stay active with my boys, traveling, cooking or trying out new restaurants.


Michelle Turner, CBC

Sr. Account Manager

I travel, ride bikes, play soccer, exercise and spend time with my family on our boat or just playing games.


Molly Whitaker

New Business Manager

I love to travel, cook, and spend time with my family – especially my 5 nieces and nephews!


Olivia Cummings

Account Manager

Chances are you will have to be outdoors to catch me outside of Gus Bates. I enjoy hiking, running, skiing, playing tennis, watersports, tropical vacations, spending time with friends and family.


Ryley Denson

Account Manager & Wellness Coordinator

When I’m not spoiling my dogs Madi and Murphy, I love spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and hiking with family and friends.


Shara Coufal, CBC

Sr. Account Manager

Family time is a must with three children and their many involvements (barrel racing, baseball, basketball, and track)


Sylvia Uranga

Sr. Account Manager

You can find me at church, leading bible study, spending time with grandsons or watching Joshua play high school baseball.


Tara Lazarine

Account Manager

I enjoy reading the Bible, spending time with my family and friends, exercising, traveling, eating, learning, and being outside.


Tara Daniels, CBC

New Business Manager

I enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time with family.

Financial Services


Gus Bates III


In my free time, I enjoy golfing, traveling, collecting baseball and sports memorabilia, watching sports and being active by working out and swimming.


Paul Faidley, ChFC

Sr. Consultant

You can find me at a Texas Rangers game, playing golf or watching sports in general.


Susan Whitby, PSA, CAP

Sr. Account Manager

Outside of Gus Bates you can find me at the movies, trying new restaurants, reading, walking, singing and gathering with family & friends.


Linda Berry

Sr. Account Manager

Outside of work I enjoy reading, going to the movies and cheering on the Texas Rangers!



Gus S. Bates


When not cheering on the Horned Frogs, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends.


Matt Morris, CBC


I love spending time with my family, including hunting, fishing, camping, and anything outdoors. Also enjoy reading & traveling.


Bailey Foldi

Accounts Receivable Manager

I enjoy reading, bowling and spending time with family, friends and my dogs!


Brenda Benthall

Office Manager

I love going on vacation with my husband & family! Taking my granddaughter, Christina for walks in the park, to the FW Zoo, Chuck E Cheese and to the movies, she just melts my heart!


Cassidy Bates

Marketing and Development Associate

In my free time, I enjoy volunteering with Saving Hope Animal Rescue, traveling and watching TCU football!


Katey Douglas


Outside of work I am spending time with my family or traveling with family & friends.


Kristi Brhlik

Management Coordinator

Kristi enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering with the Junior League of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.


Megan Valusek


Whether I am with friends, family or traveling, I truly enjoy being outside!

Personal Property & Casualty


Anna Pamplin, PLCS

Vice President, Private Client Group

If I’m not watching my husband and son rodeo or watching my daughters play softball, I’m bowling!


Mackenzie Wiatrek


In my free time I love spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, wake boarding, and water skiing.


Jackie Ilich

Account Manager

I love to travel, spend time with my kids and go to concerts as much as possible. A patio, music and nice weather are my favorite things!


Meagan Moore

Account Manager

Meagan enjoys staying active as a yoga instructor and running/walking the Trinity Trails! She loves drinking coffee, hosting parties, traveling and eating breakfast foods!


Whitney Will


When not chasing my 3 year old around, I enjoy listening to live music, connecting with friends and family, eating delicious food and catching up on the latest Netflix and Amazon shows!

Retirement Plan Services


Kip Adams*+

VP, Retirement Services

I love spending time with my twin daughters and golfing.


Blake Hiett*


Outside of work, I enjoy hunting & fishing, playing golf, live music and hanging out with friends & family.


Abbie Cone

Account Manager

Abbie is originally from Georgia! As a University of Georgia graduate, she enjoys watching Georgia football and cheering on the Bulldogs! Abbie and her husband Jarrod enjoy traveling, cooking and exploring new restaurants!


Susan Blassingame*

Sr. Account Manager

Pick a sport and I am there! I enjoy attending or watching sporting events (Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Baylor Bears) and spending time with family and friends.


Victoria Smaldone

Education Specialist

I enjoy being outside, gardening, skiing and spending time with family and friends.

Voluntary Benefits


David Fisher

Senior Consultant

Personally, I golf, fish, workout, and love live music. I also enjoy family time and watching my children participate in their sports (Ella – golf, Jack – baseball)

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