About Client First Insurance Solutions
Our primary focus is the needs of our valued clients. We’re dedicated to getting you the best rates on the insurance that you need.
Meet Our Team
Yes, it’s “Kirk”…as in Captain Kirk. And that’s a good analogy for my husband, because he is always at the helm of his insurance agency boldly going places other agencies don’t always venture: putting the client’s needs above those of their business’. You can always count on the fact that Kirk will search the stars for the best coverage at the lowest price for you, whether it’s in health insurance, home and auto, life, disability, workers’ comp, and many commercial lines. I’ve been on your side of the desk before, and I know the difference between a good insurance agent and a bad one. Believe me, you want Kirk on your team.
Kirk became interested in insurance when he realized the positive effect it had on the low-income families we worked with through Habitat for Humanity. Simple and affordable policies ensured that families wouldn’t be financially ruined in the event of a catastrophic illness or because of a house fire. Kirk made sure that the Habitat families had sufficient insurance coverage they could afford.
With the increasing uncertainty about health insurance, Kirk will promise you two things: he will monitor the changes to insurance rules daily so he knows how to best help you, and he will always offer you the best of what he can find for you. If he can’t find better coverage than your existing policy, he will never try to talk you into a different one just because he might make a little money on the deal.
That’s unethical and just not his style. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution didn’t interview him three times because he’s a top insurance seller, but because of his reputation for working honestly and with integrity for people who need help.
Take a look at the list of insurers Kirk is licensed to sell. That’s a lot of companies. And that’s because the more options he has, the more options you have. Are you interested in a new policy? Or maybe you have an existing policy that’s up for renewal? Kirk can shop around for you and suggest policies with the most coverage at the most affordable rates. And if he can’t beat what you already have, he’ll tell you so.
The whole insurance industry can make you feel vulnerable, but with someone like Kirk on your team, you can rest assured you’re in good hands and that someone who actually cares about your situation will be guiding you through it.
I hope you come to appreciate Kirk’s compassion and expertise as much as I have – I certainly don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to insurance, so I had to marry him. You don’t have to go that far, but I’m convinced you’ll love the service you’ll get and you’ll value the integrity he brings to the insurance industry.
If you have any questions at all about insurance you can reach him just about any time. He knows things come up after business hours, and wants to be available to you when you need him. And I don’t mind sharing. — Cori Lyman Barner
Kirk’s Civic and Professional Memberships
Kirk is the co-founder of three affordable housing ministries
Tamma Phillips hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. After living in a warm climate for many years, she misses the cold weather and snow. Of course she’s a fan of ice skating and hockey, but the true driving force in her life is her faith. This motivates her to help anyone in need however she is able.
Her compassion for others is evident in her desire to become an American Sign Language interpreter. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Communications in 2021. Tamma is a dedicated Agent and an integral part of the Client First team.
There is life after retirement and Jody Wade proves the point. A fourth generation resident of Sumter County, Jody was educated in the public school system and received his BS degree at Georgia Southwestern State University. His career has spanned over 60 years and includes experience in retail, sales, and real estate. Jody became well versed in mortgage lending practices, real estate law policies, land development, permitting processes and marketing of large housing developments. But the most important principle Jody learned was the value of working well with people.
Jody is involved in the community through several organizations but his favorite is The Americus-Sumter Fuller Center for Housing where he serves as president (and is a hands-down favorite of the visiting volunteers). Here, people with lower incomes receive a “hand up, not a hand out” to improve their home environment. This organization builds and refurbishes homes to make them safe and affordable. He is also involved with and has served as President of Americus Kiwanis Club which is focused on the children of Sumter County and the world.
Now Jody is combining his accrued knowledge and experience to bring outstanding service to Client First Insurance as the lead in commercial insurance for local businesses. His lifetime spent in Sumter County has earned him a reputation as a good, honest, and thorough businessman, and it is that reputation which makes him the perfect candidate to work with local businesses, farmers, and homeowners who need coverage to keep their livelihoods safe.
Jody's Civic and Professional Memberships
Grace Lyman Barner
Grace Lyman Barner (yes, they’re related) has been around the insurance industry most of her life. Since her father founded Client First Insurance Solutions, Grace has been steeped in the ethics of putting the client’s needs first, without regard for profit. She graduated from Piedmont College where she had a full scholarship, and learned that she has a gift for administration. As Vice President of Personal Lines, Grace researches insurance carriers to make sure they fit that most important need, whether it’s auto, home, or life insurance. She’ll find the best fit and make sure you feel like you have your own personal insurance agent, ready to review your policies regularly to make sure you constantly have the best product at the best price. Come say hello to Captain Kirk’s daughter and see what she can do for you!
Who said that new beginnings never happen? Tiffany Price has made quite the change in her life by joining the Client First team – after having been in the nursing industry for a long time, she was ready for something different, and she found it in insurance. She says, “It is definitely a change, but a happy one that I am embracing with a smile! I’m enjoying learning more about insurance, cars, houses, business, and more.”
Tiffany is a very compassionate person – she finds joy in helping others in any and every avenue that she can. Her children encourage her to press forward, looking for new adventures in her life. No matter where she goes, from New York to Virginia and now to Georgia, her family and her faith keep her going.
Come by or call, and Tiffany will be delighted to help you in every way that she can, all with a big smile and a kind heart!
Customer Service Representative
For Dashia Eley, joining our Client First family is a new beginning. She graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and has studied culinary arts, forensic science, and communication and emerging media. She took culinary arts because she enjoys cooking, but quickly found out that it wasn’t her thing. Insurance is a new field for her, but she’s ready and excited for the challenge of learning something new.
She thanks the Lord for leading her to this opportunity – she’s already learned so much about different types of insurance and about meeting customers’ needs. She’s excited to learn even more and be a great asset to the Client First Insurance Solutions team. Dashia is also using what she already knows about social media marketing to take over as our social media manager. So come follow Client First on all our platforms and see Dashia’s great work!