Meet Our Team
Born in upstate New York, Steve spent 24 years there. He started working as a disc jockey at the local radio station and then designed and operated the entertainment for one of New Yorks largest disco’s. Once the disco era passed he put away the silk shirts and white boots and began his career in the insurance industry eventually moving to South Florida, starting a family and purchasing House of Insurance. In 2000 the move to Asheville was made for a slower pace of life and where the second House of Insurance was opened. Bringing nearly 40 years of experience Steve specializes in auto insurance and is the agency’s claims handler overseeing all auto claims. Steve enjoys his time off with family and playing golf, fishing and kayaking.
What I enjoy the most about my work: Believe it or not I love working claims. Since we are an independent agency we do not work for any insurance company directly and can therefore be actively involved in our clients claims and hold insurance company’s feet to the fire to make sure our clients get a fast and fair settlement in their claim whether the claim is with one of our company’s or thru the other party. I also review all the auto insurance renewals and requote them for our clients. Every renewal is shopped for the best price just like when we first wrote the policy. It’s like hitting a home run when we can save the client money at renewal. Our 52 years in business I think is a testament to our dedication to our clients and how seriously we take saving them money and make sure all claims are processed just like we would want our own claim handled.
Agent/Managing PartnerA native, Pennie enjoys going to the lake, fishing and hiking in the wonderful surroundings that WNC has to offer. Enjoying time with her grandchildren brings her the most joy. When it’s too cold to venture out, she enjoys painting what-nots and bric-a-brac while trying to keep her furbabies (2 cats) out of the paint. The winter is a special time for Pennie as she volunteers for a local rail line as a Christmas elf helping multitudes of people and happy children ride the trolley & visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Having worked in the Hot Cocoa car at times where everyone enjoyed the cookies & hot cocoa makes volunteering fun & easy.
WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT MY WORK: Being an agent for over 12 years has brought to the table many challenges and so many opportunities to learn new things. When I was taking the class to become an agent I was so eager to share with my clients all that I could about each subject. Everyday brings a new lesson that I can’t wait to share with our clients. Over the years I have grown to expand my knowledge from personal auto policies to home owners and commercial. I would have to say my favorites are Commercial policies! I love working for House Of Insurance and think we have grown into a terrific team with the best clients! I have never worked for a company as eager to help out their clients as House Of Insurance does. Let us help you today!”
Born and raised in Candler, Sonja loves spending time supporting her lil softball allstar and hanging out on the many softball fields of North Carolina and by relaxing, listening to her oldest daughter play the piano and trying to keep up with the bug loving keep you on your toes kinda youngest one. She also loves playing in the creeks with her girls, “I join them and get to act like a kid myself again”.
WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT MY WORK: For years I was a client with House of Insurance. Pennie and Steve were always trying to get me the lowest rate which was especially challenging due to my “slightly” blemished driving record. When I had an accident and really needed help and direction Steve took his time and walked me thru the entire claims process. So when there was a position open I jumped at the chance to join the team. I love working as an agent because I enjoy sharing the information that I have learned about insurance and how it works and having a relationship with our clients. I love the work environment with the great people I work with. It’s very upbeat and I have never enjoyed any job more than where I am.