P.O. Box 879,
Gastonia, NC 28053

(800) 849-9287

Protecting What's Important

Lincolnton Team


Neal Rhyne
Neal  H. Rhyne
Commerical Lines Agent 
Email 
704-874-4700




Education:

Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration

Community Involvement:

Lincoln County Home Builders Association – Board Member
Lincoln County Realtor Association – Member
Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce – Member
Lincoln Economic Development Association – Member

Neal joined the Watson Insurance Agency team in 1996 with a background as CFO for a large Furniture Manufacturer for 25 years and specializes in manufacturing, construction – commercial and residential, restaurants, machine shops and fabrications, non-profits and home health care providers.


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Renee Allen
Personal Lines Account Manager
Email
(704) 874-4705

 



Education: 

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from UNC Charlotte

Community Involvement: 
Cherryville High School Sports Booster Club 
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce - Member
Lincoln County Realtors Association - Member
First United Methodist Church, Cherryville, NC
- Member

Renee joined the Watson Insurance Agency team in 1994 and specializes in Personal Lines coverage including Auto, Home, Umbrella, Boat, and Motorcycle.


Kathy Benfield 
Kathy Benfield
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Email
(704) 874-4703



Education:

Gardner Webb College
 
Awards/Accreditations:

CPIA - Certified Professional Insurance Agent
NC Property & Casualty License
NC Life & Health License
Prime Management Quadrants

Community Involvement:

First United Methodist Church Dallas/Choir and Staff/Parish Relations Committee
Past Member of Gaston Insurance Women
Past Member of Charlotte Insurance Professionals
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Having worked for Watson Insurance Agency from 1999 - 2003, Kathy re-joined the Watson Insurance team in September  2014 bringing 20 years of experience and is specializing with mid-market commercial accounts.



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Deborah Mackey-Carpenter
Personal Lines Account Manager
Email
(704) 854-4635





Education: 

East Gaston High School
Associates of Applied Science in Business from Gaston College

Awards/Accreditations:

NC & SC Licensed for Property & Casualty Life & Health, Long Term Care, and Medicare Supplement

Community Involvement:

Dallas Optimist for 10 years Gaston County Museum – Member

Debbie joined our agency in 2011 bringing 13 years of experience in the Personal Lines and Life and Health fields.  She is currently specializing in Auto, Home, Umbrella, Boat, and Motorcycle Insurance. 

 


  
Mellissa Slaughter
Mellissa W. Slaughter, CPIW
 
Commercial Lines Account Manager
Email
(704) 854-4664





Education:

Gaston College

Awards/Accreditations: CPIW

Community Involvement:

Attends Life Church

Mellissa joined the Watson Insurance Agency team in 1995 bringing with her 19 years of industry experience varying from company to agency work.  She has been a rater and bond underwriter, an Assistant Underwriter as well as Commercial Lines Underwriter.  Mellissa specializes in large property schedules, medical professional liability, and miscellaneous professional liability.