About The Piedmont Group Insurance Solutions
Founded in 1999, The Piedmont Group’s sole purpose is to provide insurance programs with tailored coverages, for less premium than our competitors, while providing best-in-class customer service to business owners, farm owners, and the residents in the states of which it serves. While these areas are a central focus for The Piedmont Group, certain agents and staff members have licenses throughout other parts of the country as well.
We specialize in, but are not limited to, traditional agriculture, equine, wholesale growers, contractors, arborists, and wineries/vineyards. We pride ourselves in our ability to customize each clients’ insurance program to meet the unique needs of their business or family. We serve companies and individuals in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. As well as other states across the country.
The Piedmont Group has grown from two insurance agents working primarily in the field to a multi-line insurance provider with multiple agents and specialists to assist a wide range of clients. Our insurance agents and staff are fully licensed in both Property & Casualty and Life & Health, to ensure the best service possible.
Andy Bennett, Managing Partner
The word insurance is not typically associated with positivity and optimism, usually, because something negative must happen for insurance to be put into action. Andy seeks to change the way folks think and feel about insurance. Andy is strong on mindset and outlook, and with that comes his firm belief that he is here to educate and advise entrepreneurs who are willing to work with him and the folks at TPG. Andy feels a strong responsibility to train, educate and advise agents, staff, and clientele on the intricacies of insurance, risk management, and planning. This is done through candid conversations, where listening is critical. The goal is to always have folks come away with a new sense of confidence and clarity regarding their insurance and risk management planning. Andy has his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Business Administration and Management, from West Virginia University. Andy is married to his wife Allie and together they have two boys, Henry, and Jack. They live on their working sod farm, Bullfrog Sod, that Allie manages daily, with the help or her mom and dad. Some of Andy’s other pursuits are golf, performing negotiation techniques with his boys, and studying entrepreneurialism.
|Aaron Hoopes, Multiple Line Agent
Aaron works with businesses of all sizes, focusing on large greenhouse operations, nursery growers, traditional agriculture, and equine facilities. Aaron conducts his business using a “hands-on”, approach when assessing his clients’ daily risks and offers personalized, tailored solutions based on his clients’ individual needs. He has a vast knowledge of all facets of the aforementioned industries, giving him the understanding to know how to offer the best protection for his clients. In addition to insuring businesses, Aaron also helps families plan for their future with personal lines and life insurance. He prides himself on working closely with his clients and advocating for them. He listens to his clients’ concerns with genuine care and helps guide them through the process while addressing any questions and concerns they may have. Aaron started his career with The Piedmont Group in 2007 after working for over 10 years in the hospitality industry. This experience gained his strong work ethic, organization, and belief that putting the customers’ best interests first will lead to success. In 2020 he took on a new role as an Associate General Agent assisting in the training and mentoring of new agents with American National. This position has allowed Aaron to “set up” the next generation of agents for success by sharing his experiences about the industry, which he enjoys. Aaron has an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from Johnson and Wales University. Aaron lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys freshwater fishing, golf, camping, and spending time with his family. He also supports his favorite charity, A Wider Circle. awidercircle.org
Aaron is certified as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS)
Awards & Honors: Presidents Club 2017 , 2019 , 2020 , 2021
Career Club : 2018, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2008
Qualified Senior Agent (QSA) 2020
License information – AL, CA – 4006776, MD, VA, FL, CO, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WV
|Amy Foster, Account Executive
Amy joined our team in 2012, to help service our clientele. Currently, she leads our production team as our lead Account Executive. If you ask Amy what she loves most about her work, it would be building personal relationships with our clients. Learning how each client got their business off the ground, what they are most passionate about, and how they plan to evolve and grow in their industry, is what drives her to show up and do her best for them on a daily basis. Amy is sure to quickly gain your trust and provide the confidence that what you have worked so hard for, is protected. She particularly loves working with traditional farms, wineries/breweries, and contractors. To ensure she is at the top of her game, Amy has worked to earn an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist designation, from the International Risk Management Institute. She has also been designated as a Certified Insurance Service Representative by the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives. With 3 young boys, a landscape supply business, and helping out on the family beef farm, Amy and her husband, Brian, do not have much free time. When they take time to breathe, they enjoy family camping trips or just gathering at the farm around a fire, with friends and family.
|Morgan D’Angelo, Customer Service Manager
Morgan joined The Piedmont Group in 2015, to help service our clientele. Currently, she leads the customer service team as our Customer Service Manager. A typical day for Morgan includes assisting the staff, working on office administration, and keeping everyone organized. Her favorite days are when she can help solve a difficult billing question or spend time planning future projects for the office. Morgan’s biggest passion at The Piedmont Group is developing continual employee training. In this industry, and in life, you never stop learning. Morgan is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health. She holds the Certified Insurance Service Representative designation from the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives. Morgan graduated from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV with a concentration in Financial Planning and a fashion minor. Morgan lives with her husband Kevin and dog Lindy in West Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys playing with Lindy, reading, and learning Korean.
|Lexi Dorsey, Customer Service Representative
Lexi is a Customer Service Representative who joined The Piedmont Group family in November 2020. Lexi was born and raised in Boyds, Maryland where she currently lives along with her adorable dog Jasper (Jazzy for short). After graduating from Endicott College in May 2019 with a degree in hospitality management she decided to make a career change and joined The Piedmont Group. Since joining the company she has loved helping clients and being a part of the TPG family. She is fully licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health in Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and spending way too much time watching videos on YouTube.
|Kelsey Bateman, Administrative Assistant
Kelsey joined The Piedmont Group in August 2022 as an Administrative Assistant. Kelsey graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a bachelors in psychology and an emphasis in child psychology. For the last 10 years she has been a kindergarten teacher, but is now enjoying the transition to a new line of work. Kelsey and her husband, Trent, live on their farm with their their 3 daughters, where they raise cows, pigs and chickens.
|Michael Cawley, Customer Service Representative
Michael joined The Piedmont Group in September of 2022. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. For the past few years, he has been working as an Elementary School teacher, but decided to make a career shift back to his customer service roots due to his extensive background in the Restaurant/Hospitality industries. In his free time, he can be found reading, listening to music, or exploring everything the Frederick area has to offer.