Meet Our Team
James D. Galloway, Jr. (Jimmy) is a Rock Hill native. He is a graduate of Winthrop Training School. After graduating from Winthrop he earned his BS degree in Business Administration at The Citadel, in Charleston, SC. From January 1952-February 1954, Jimmy served in the US Army, on active duty. In 1954 he joined First Insurance Agency; they sent him to Philadelphia to attend Insurance Agent Schooling, where he graduated from the Insurance Company of North America. This was the start of his dedicated career to the insurance industry. Thirty one years later, in 1985, First Insurance Agency partnered with Peoples Trust Company to become Peoples First Insurance. Jimmy has served as President/CEO since that partnership took place in 1985 until recently when his grandson, Alexander Galloway assumed the role of President. He enjoys working with his staff, clients and the insurance markets. His hobbies include hunting and fly fishing. He is married to Erika Coulson and together they have three children, four grandchildren and one great grandson.
Zander Galloway, CRA, CWCA
Zander began his career with Peoples First in the summer of 2009 as an intern in the claims department. He continued his employment with Peoples First in 2010 when he came back to work as an Account Executive in the Commercial Lines Department two weeks after graduating from Davidson College. After a year away from the company in 2014, he returned in January 2015. In January 2016 Zander was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and in June of 2017 took over as the President of Peoples First Insurance. Working in a variety of positions here at Peoples First has helped Zander learn the business from the ground up and continue his family’s legacy as President of one of the most established insurance agencies in the area. In his free time he enjoys Jiu Jitsu, traveling, reading and spending time with his wife Tamara and son Dalton.
Ben Galloway is a native of Rock Hill. He graduated from Rock Hill High School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College. After college, he worked in banking: 10 years as a bank examiner in Florida and 10 years for Rock Hill National Bank. At Peoples First, Ben serves as the operations manager in charge of the automation and accounting departments. He also oversees the maintenance of the physical facilities. Ben Enjoys running, exercising, and yard work. He is married to Lisa and they have two sons. Alexander is a member of our staff and William is a software writer in Virginia.
Lois has been a part of the Peoples First team since 2009 and currently serves as the Accounting and IT Manager. She is originally from New Jersey where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from NJ City University and also pursued her MBA in Accounting at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Lois has worked in accounting for more than 20 years in various industries, but has found her niche in insurance accounting. Lois enjoys gardening, hiking, photography and loves watching her home team the New Jersey Devils play hockey. She is passionate about the environment and all animals and is an avid supporter of Carolina Wildlife Center, the Humane Society of York County, and the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project. Lois resides in Fort Mill where she spends as much time as possible with her two children, Sara and Erik.
Ellen Hayslett, CWCA
Human Resources Manager/Claims Specialist
Ellen considers herself a native Rock Hillian even though she lived in Tennessee for 12 years. Rock Hill has always been considered home. Ellen graduated from Winthrop with a degree in Business Administration. She worked in the area of benefits and human resources for eleven years before working in real estate for three years. Ellen began working in the insurance field in 2013 and joined Peoples First in May of 2014. She splits her time at Peoples First between the claims department and human resources. Customer service is a role that she definitely enjoys.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outside enjoying all the parks in the area. Her husband Randy also grew up Rock Hill and they have three children and one granddaughter.
Judyann is originally from New York and moved to the Carolina’s in 2005. Prior to joining Peoples First, she had a long work history as an Executive Assistant, Auditor and Financial Rep with two major Government Defense Contractors. Judyann joined Peoples First in January 2016 as the Executive Assistant. Besides her executive assistant duties, she is the companies licensing agent and also helps the staff with licenses, continuing education class registrations, company appointments, commissions and paying vendor invoices. Judyann was very impressed with Peoples First values and dedication to its customers as well as the great people that work here and was very excited to join the team. When she is not in the office, Judyann enjoys spending time with her family, doing crafts, and spending time outdoors. She is married to Darryl and between them have three boys (Joe, Ben and Josh) and six grandchildren (Cameron, Hunter, Chase, Ava, Ryker and Rylee). They also have a dog and cat (Lacee and Oscar).
Peggy has been the receptionist at Peoples First for four years. Rock Hill is her home town. She has been married for 35 great years to her husband Tim and they have a mini schnauzer named Magoo. Outside of work Peggy enjoys spending time with her family, friends and enjoys going to Forest Hill Church. She also likes to cook plus enjoys being outdoors, walking, camping and traveling.
Mac Ellerbe, CIC, CPCU, CWCA
Commercial Lines Producer
Mac began his career in Insurance as a Contract Bond Agent for Travelers Insurance Company. He then obtained his own Insurance Agency and was very successful as an owner and Commercial Lines Producer for many years. It was during this time that he earned his CIC and CPCU Insurance Designations. Mac has been with Peoples First Insurance as a Commercial Lines Producer for ten years and during this time has earned his CWCA Designation in Workers Compensation Insurance. Mac enjoys helping customers with their insurance needs and/or problems. In his free time, Mac enjoys living on Lake Wylie and playing golf.
Commercial Insurance Advisor
James began his career with Peoples First in August 2017. Their unique approach to risk management, consultative sales process and ability to provide innovative customer solutions attracted James to the company. Prior to joining Peoples First, he spent the last 20 years as an outside sales professional representing companies in transportation, material handling, plastics manufacturing, consumer goods, logistics and building supply materials. In his spare time, James enjoys coaching youth wrestling, volunteering with nonprofits, watching sports, cooking, reading and spending quality time with his wife, Melissa, and their two daughters, Gianna and Sofia. His family are die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fans and can be seen on game day proudly wearing black and gold attire.
Commercial Risk Advisor
Jimmy grew up in Rock Hill where he attended Northwestern High School. He then went on to play soccer at Spartanburg Methodist College for 2 years, before graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2010.
Prior to joining Peoples First Insurance in 2018, Jimmy held various positions with a specialty in Workers' Compensation and Environmental Liability. After 6 years as an underwriter with Johnson & Johnson, Inc, an MGA based out of Charleston, SC, he had an opportunity to move back to the area where he was a Workers' Comp Underwriter with TriNet Group Inc. His passion for building long standing professional relationships and providing tailored insurance solutions is what attracted Jimmy to Peoples First Insurance.
Married since 2013, he and his high school sweetheart Nicole now reside in Fort Mill, SC. Outside of work you will find him spending time with family, playing golf, and following his many sports teams.
Ronnie joined Peoples First as a producer in 2006. Ronnie attended Winthrop University and then began working in the insurance industry in 1990 with Life of Georgia. He operated his own agency for a few years before joining Peoples First. Ronnie is originally from Clover, SC. and currently lives in Rock Hill with his wife, son, and two dogs. He also has a daughter who lives in Rock Hill with her husband. When Ronnie is not working, he enjoys coaching youth sports, playing golf and spending time with his family. Ronnie is currently coaching the Rock Hill Middle School baseball team.
Employee Benefits Producer
Amanda comes to People’s First by way of Newport News, VA with 18 years’ experience as an Independent Health Insurance Agent. She has extensive knowledge on the Affordable Care Act and prides herself on educating Business Owners on the law and the potential risks involved with not staying compliant. Growing up in a small business family, Amanda knows that Business Owners’ wear many hats and she enjoys providing solutions that make the complicated Benefits world less of a headache. Amanda is also a single mother of her 4 year old son, Caleb. Whether she is the goalie for their hockey games or the bad guy when playing superheroes, he keeps her on her toes.
A native of nearby Clover, SC, Matt graduated from Clover High School, followed by the University of South Carolina, where he earned a BA degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.
Matt’s professional career has provided him with a plethora of experience in a variety of fields, including; small business management, operations management, and sales.
Matt joined Peoples First in 2017. Their unique, consultative and wholistic approach to risk management for both the commercial client and the individual is what ultimately led Matt to pursue a career with the company.
Matt has been married to his high school sweetheart, Cameron, since 2011. They live in Lake Wylie, along with their two dogs, Zoey and Mitzi. Outside of the office, Matt is an avid supporter of South Carolina Gamecocks athletics, attending their sporting events all over the southeast. He is also a lifelong Carolina Panthers fan. Matt is a current board member and Past President of the Lake Wylie Rotary Club, which he remains active in.
Debbie Jarriel, CWCA
Customer Support Manager
Debbie has been with our agency for a total for 37 years, and is an officer of the corporation. She has served in various capacities over the years, but her focus is on taking care of our clients. Debbie is currently our Customer Support Manager, and works closely with all staff to attain a high level of customer satisfaction. She also manages the insurance for several large commercial clients and specializes in developing programs to fit the specific needs for each. Debbie enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading and supporting the USC Gamecocks.
Susanne Player, ACSR, CISR, CWCA, CIC
Claim Department Manager
Susanne is a Rock Hill Native, venturing away for college and a few years after marriage. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and has worked in insurance for 26 years. Susanne joined Peoples First Insurance in 2006. She manages the claim department and really enjoys helping clients during their time of need. In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and traveling when possible. She is an avid football fan and loves all things Carolina…. Gamecocks and Panthers! She is married to Trent and they have two children and a dog who all lovingly refer to as the “third child”.
Jeanne Bryant, CISR, AAI
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Jeanne joined Peoples First in 2001. She is loyal to her insureds and has a mission to please her customers and for their transactions with Peoples First to be a positive ones. Before coming to Peoples First she had a variety of jobs including working as a waitress, bookkeeper, banking, Winthrop Financial Aid department and working as a legal assistant for about ten years; lots of customer service experience. Family is very important to her and she loves to cook and host family gatherings.
Debbie Ellerbe, CPSR, CIC
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Debbie has been working in the insurance industry for 46 years. She began working for Peoples Trust Company in 1970 and has worked in the commercial lines department at Peoples First for ten years as an Account Manager. When Debbie is not at work, she enjoys working outside in the yard, exercising and going to the beach with her family.
Michelle Isola, CIC, CLCS, CWCA
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Michelle is from Charlotte, NC. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte working on her Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Michelle is a former business owner and started her career in insurance 10 years ago. She finds her experience as a business owner gives her a good perspective when relating to her clients on a daily basis. Michelle is a member of our Commercial Lines Account Management Team. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends when away from the office. She likes to travel and loves to bargain hunt. Sunday afternoons are often spent watching the Carolina Panthers play football. Michelle and her husband David spend a lot of free time watching their daughter dance in performances and competitions, for which she has a passion. They’re sure keeping up with their teenager keeps them young.
Lisa Longhurst, CISR, CWCA
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Lisa was born in Charlotte, NC and was raised in Waxhaw, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. During her senior year in college Lisa began working at an insurance agency, Price, Dulaney and Company, where she worked for 9 years. Lisa worked in personal lines, claims and then in commercial lines. During this time Price, Dulaney and Company was purchased by UCB Insurance and then BB&T Insurance Services. Once Lisa’s two daughters were born she decided to stay at home with them. During this time she earned her real estate license and began selling for Farms and Estates Realty. When the real estate market took a down turn Lisa decided to return to insurance and began working with Charlotte Insurance and now with Peoples First Insurance where she has worked for 4 years. Away from work Lisa enjoys church activities, kickboxing, camping and cheering on the Carolina Panthers. Lisa married her high school sweetheart, Chris, and they have two daughters.
Dale Peek, CISR, CBIA
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Dale was born and raised in Lancaster, SC. While she considers Lancaster her hometown, Rock Hill has been her home since 1998. She has worked in Rock Hill since 1987 after graduating from York Technical College where she earned her Associate Degree in Secretarial Science. Her first job was working as an adjuster at Gay & Taylor Insurance Adjusters, where she worked for four and half years before switching to the agent side in 1991 at The Insurance Centre. Insurance has become a lifelong career and she celebrated 10 years with Peoples First Insurance in November 2016 as a Commercial Account Manager. She has also earned her Commercial Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation as well as her Certified Builders Insurance Agents (CBIA) designation and continually takes classes to expand her insurance knowledge and know how. Dale enjoys working with and handling her business partners insurance needs from contractors to manufacturers to landscapers. They all are just as important as the next and she thrives to make a personal connection to provide exceptional service to each one. Nothing is more exciting than to secure coverage for a client and enjoy the teamwork high fives that made it happen. In her life outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two sons and their family pets. She takes annual trips to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida as well as Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida due to her love and passion for marine life as well as the big to small four legged animals. She also enjoys many crafts from canvas painting, knitting, scrapbooking, and photography. She also likes to save money and is an avid couponer.
Benefits Account Manager
Delcine has been working with the public in the service industry for more than 35 years. She began her work career with Belk Department stores and transitioned to the insurance industry from there. She has more than 25 years experience in this industry and is licensed in Property & Casualty, Life and Accident Health. Delcine has been with Peoples First Insurance since March 19, 2007 and works in our Benefits Department with both Employee Benefits and Individual Benefits clients. When not at work, Delcine enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Richard “Dean” Hunt and they have three sons, Lamar, Chonce’ and M. Jerrell; seven grandsons and one granddaughter. Delcine is the youngest of six children and following in her mother’s footsteps, she looks for opportunities to pull the family together. Delcine enjoys reading, walking, cooking and serving others. She is an ordained pastor and serves at The Anointed Vision Church, Inc. in Rock Hill, SC. In addition to serving at church one of her other passions is the time spent volunteering with The Dwayne F. Mattison Scholarship Committee which was established in honor of her uncle in 2014, after his sudden passing in 2013, to award annual scholarships to area student athletes.
Jamie Page, CISR
Benefits Account Manager
Jamie is a native of Keene, New Hampshire. She relocated to South Carolina to avoid the harsh New England weather. She earned her BA degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. In 2007 she joined Main Street America Group where she started her insurance career. She joined Peoples First Insurance in 2014 as a personal lines account manager, and later moved to the Employee Benefits Dept. Jamie lives in Rock Hill with her husband Todd, three dogs, and one kitty. They are very active and have recently taken up running. In September 2017 they completed their first half marathon and are setting their goals on completing a full marathon. She has a strong passion for animal rescue and has said that if she ever wins the lottery she will have a huge animal sanctuary.
Bridget Wiley, CISR
Personal Lines Account Manager
Bridget moved to York, SC after college, where she still resides. She has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years. Bridget began her career with Nationwide Insurance and came to Peoples First in 2003. Bridget has three sons and four grandchildren. She loves to read, craft and you can find her on many weekends directing weddings.
Personal Lines Account Manager
Leslie is from York, SC and has lived in Rock Hill for 12 years. She has been in the insurance industry for 17 years and can’t imagine her career being anything else. Her compassion, determination and optimistic personality allow her to help/relate to clients in a positive way. She has 2 children Trey & Nora and 1 grandson, Parker. She enjoys camping, anything outdoors, painting and making memories with family.