About Our Agency

Stephens & Hobdy Insurance Agency

Stephens & Hobdy Insurance is an independent insurance agency. We represent a carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies. We place your policy with the company offering the best coverage at a competitive price.

Stephens & Hobdy Insurance was founded in 1998, the result of a merger of Stephens Insurance Agency (founded in 1920), and Hobdy & Company (founded in 1945). Currently, Stephens & Hobdy Insurance serves the insurance needs of about 2,500 individuals and families, and the insurance needs of 500 business concerns in Southwest Mississippi.

Stephens & Hobdy is a member of Leavitt Group, one of the largest insurance brokerages in the United States. As members of Leavitt Group, Stephens & Hobdy has access to and offers the strength of a national insurance brokerage and the personal touch and attention of a locally owned agency.

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Our Staff

Braxton Hobdy Jr.

Braxton, Co-owner, started out with Travelers Insurance Company in 1970 as a commercial lines underwriter. In 1983 he bought his own agency in Natchez where he grew up. He enjoys helping the young producers and personnel as Stephens & Hobdy Insurance evolves into a more progressive value-added agency for their customers.

Catherine McDaniel

Catherine grew up in Natchez where she graduated from Cathedral High School. She has two children, David and Leighton. She has 3 grandchildren, with one on the way. Catherine enjoys hunting and fishing. She has worked at Stephens & Hobdy for 12 years as a commercial lines CSR.

Kala Miller

Kala has lived in Natchez all her life. She is happily married to Mark, and has 2 children, Kacie and Alex. Kala has been working at Stephens & Hobdy Insurance for 22 years. She is the Office Manager and handles the accounting.

Susan Harris

Susan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State University and her Master of Arts degree from Jackson State University. Susan has 5+ years of insurance experience, and has received multiple awards and recognition for both the Property & Casualty and Life Insurance lines. Susan and her husband have two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends during her free time.

Suzanne Foster

Suzanne has lived in Natchez/Vidalia area the majority of her life. After graduation from Vidalia High School she went to work in insurance, and has worked in commercial & personal lines, claims, and accounting. She has worked in insurance for over 40 years, the last 11 being with Stephens & Hobdy. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandson in her free time.

Sylvia Hewitt

Sylvia just recently joined the Stephens & Hobdy Insurance team. She has held a Property & Casualty License for 27 years and a CISR Designation since 1990. Sylvia and her husband have two children. She enjoys working and spending time with family and friends.

Tate Hobdy

Tate grew up in Natchez, and graduated from Cathedral High School then attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Tate started his insurance career in Atlanta, GA in 2009, and continues to strive to bring new and creative insurance and risk management products and services to his clients.

About Leavitt Group

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Long-Term Relationships

We work to develop lasting client relationships. As a privately-held firm, we have the flexibility to make long-term decisions with you. Our performance is not judged by Wall Street every quarter, but rather by the quality of relationships we maintain.

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Experience And Resources

As the 13th largest privately-held insurance brokerage in the nation*, we bring you the national resources, experience, problem-solving skills, and key insurance company and underwriting relationships that will result in an effective risk management and employee benefits strategy.

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A Greater Commitment To Your Success

As a result of our local managing co-owner and on-the-ground decision makers, our interest in your success results in a greater level of service and commitment to your business. We match solutions to your needs and geography.

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We believe in operating with complete integrity and transparency. We have a long history based on this principle, and it is a vital part of our culture. As we bring people into our organization, we look for those who share our values, thus fostering relationships based on trust—for employees, insurance companies, and clients.

*According to Insurance Journal, August 2017 issue.

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Tate Hobdy
Vice President

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