Williamsburg Team

Joe Harrow
Joe Harrow
President

Joe Harrow has over 30 years of experience in the banking and insurance industries. He began his career as a private bank lending officer at SunTrust Bank in Williamsburg, VA, where he as lived since 1987. In 1994, he began his insurance career when he joined the "family business" and became the President of Middle Peninsula Insurance Agency. Since then, the agency has grown from a small office in the country with a few employees servicing the local community to a company with three locations and over 20 employees servicing the entire state and beyond.

Joe has also been very active in the Williamsburg community and the insurance industry for several years. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of EVB Bank and the Board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia.

He is a past chairman of the Williamsburg Land Conservancy and Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg, and served on the James City County Educational Foundation. He is the past chairman and served on agent council boards of several insurance companies, including Selective Insurance Company, Northern Neck Insurance Company and Donegal Insurance Company.

Joe is an active speaker in the insurance industry focusing on ethics in business and growing your business the right way. Of special note, Joe spoke at the Annual Investor Conference for Selective Insurance Company in 2006 on why Selective is a valued contract to have for an independent agency.

In addition, Joe is a 1986 graduate of Randolph Macon College. Joe's hobbies include gardening, golfing, running, reading and many other outdoor activities. Joe and his wife have 5 children -- they are now empty nesters and enjoy traveling to visit their children and experiencing new places, too.

Steve Rice
Steve Rice
Chief Operating Officer

Steve has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years working for both a national insurance carrier and an international broker. He has lived in Williamsburg since 2007 and joined Middle Peninsula in 2011 as Senior Vice President responsible for managing MPIA's sales department, as well as their personal and commercial property/casualty divisions.

Steve has been very active in the community as well as the insurance industry. He currently coaches several Williamsburg youth sports teams and is a member of the Rotary Club of the Historic Triangle. He is a past director of the Professional Insurance Wholesale Association of NY, past director of the Glens Falls YMCA and a past member of the City of Glens Falls Planning Board, Planning Board of Appeals and Ethics Committee. He is also a past Chairman of the Glens Falls Republican Committee.

Steve earned his BS degree from Siena College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife Robin and four children; Sarah, Sam, Spencer and Emma.

Matt Slye
Matt Slye, CIC
Vice President of Sales

Matt joined Middle Peninsula Insurance and Financial Services in January of 2008. Prior to joining MPIA he began his insurance career with Nationwide Insurance where he worked for three years. Matt was the 2013 Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia Young Agent of the Year. Matt has also been selected as a 2011-2016 Home and Auto Insurance Professional Award Winner by Coastal Virginia Magazine. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor.

Matt was raised in the Williamsburg area and is a graduate of Lafayette High School. He is a 2004 graduate of UNC-Greensboro. He and his wife, Jackie, reside in Williamsburg with their son, Drake. Matt is a member of the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy Board and the Williamsburg Jaycees. He is also a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Historic Triangle class, a program which provides the foundation necessary to develop effective leaders within the community. When not working with his clients, Matt enjoys many outdoor activities including boating and auto racing.

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Hope Harrell
Director of Account Management

Hope joined Middle Peninsula in June 2010 as a Commercial Lines Account Manager. New to the insurance industry, she was highly motivated, adapted quickly and progressed to managing middle to large-sized accounts. Most recently she was promoted to Director of Account Management for both Personal and Commercial Lines Departments.

Prior to joining the agency, Hope worked for a custom home builder as their Office Manager and Client Liaison.

After graduating high school Hope served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Since beginning her insurance career she has earned the designation of Certified Builders Insurance Agent from Builder's Mutual Insurance Company. She is currently working on her Accredited Customer Service Representative designation.

Hope resides in Hayes with her partner Dan and two daughters, Tara and Allison. In her free time she enjoys touring wineries, gardening and following the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Commercial Lines

Tina McPherran
Tina McPherran
Commercial Lines Account Manager, AAI, AIAM, ACSR

Tina Joined Middle Peninsula in December 2012 as a Commercial Lines Account Manager. She handles small to mid-sized commercial accounts. She brings to the agency 25 years of experience in the insurance industry with a background in both Personal Lines and Commercial Lines insurance.

 

Tina graduated from Princess Anne High School and Old Dominion University with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and a Minor in Art History. Over the years Tina has earned designations as an Accredited Advisor in Insurance, Associate in Insurance Account Management, and Accredited Customer Service Representative. She is currently working on her Construction Risk Insurance Specialist designation.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Tina now resides in Williamsburg with her husband, Johnny, a Masonry Foreman, and her son, Matt, an ODU Student and Army National Guard Reservist. When it's time for R&R, Tina enjoys going to the beach, camping, fishing, canoeing, watching Chicago Bears Football and spending time with family and friends in Virginia Beach and Wilmington NC.

Terri Barr
Terri Barr
Commercial Lines Account Manager

A native of Long Island, New York, Terri recently moved to the Williamsburg area from Newport News. She has held a Personal & Commercial License for over 30 years and has experience in personal lines and commercial - both small and large and life and health. Terri has attained the designations of AAI, AIS and ASLI and has taught continuing education and Personal and Commercial Pre-Licensing Courses.

In her free time, Terri enjoys sewing, quilting and crocheting, as well as spending time outdoors camping and fishing.

Personal Lines

Kim Tahey
Kim Tahey
Personal Lines Producer

Kim worked in the mortgage industry for 15 years before joining Middle Peninsula Insurance Financial Services, Inc. as Personal Lines Producer in 2012. She has lived in Williamsburg since 1992, where she began her career at Pepsi as a Market Development Representative for the Military.

Kim is the past chair for the Williamsburg Montessori School and past board member for the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club and Walsingham Academy Parent Board. She has never been a featured speaker anywhere except at home and no one pays any attention to her!

Kim has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1981 and her Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Investments from George Washington University. She lives in Ford's Colony with her husband, Phil, and her two sons, Matthew and Patrick. When not assisting clients, Kim enjoys scrapbooking, exercising and wine tasting (though not necessarily in that order).

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Jennifer Jenkins
Personal Lines Sr. Account Manager

Jennifer has been with Middle Peninsula Insurance since 2002. She has been a licensed insurance professional since 1985. Jennifer resides in Gloucester County and enjoys traveling with family and friends. She also enjoys volunteer work in her spare time.

 

Terry Whittaker
Terry Whitaker
Personal Lines Account Manager

Terry worked in the Sales & Marketing industry for over 15 years before joining Middle Peninsula Insurance as a Personal Lines Account Manager in 2014.  She has lived in Williamsburg since 2001 but originally hails from Deep River, Connecticut.

Terry graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an Associate of Science degree in Marketing.

She served on the Williamsburg Montessori School Marketing Committee and was an active member of the Junior League of Hampton Roads from 2004 – 2012, and earned her Sustainer status in 2013.

Terry lives in Fords Colony with her husband, Brent and their two sons, Price and Ashton.  She can often be found at the baseball field cheering for her sons’ teams!  In her free time (ha), Terry enjoys volunteering, going to the beach, walking, traveling, baking her signature sugar cookies, spending time with family & friends, and cheering on the Boston Red Sox!

Administrative

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Kim Reiss
Administrative Assistant

Kim joined Middle Peninsula in July of 2010. She has 10 years experience as an administrative assistant. Kim is a native of Virginia and resides in Gloucester County. Kim and her husband Adam have 3 children. She loves going fishing and spending time with their family and friends.