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Team HAWK Advisers

Rand Wright

President

Rand has lived in the Roanoke area all of his life and is the President of HAWK Advisers. The most meaningful part of his career is problem solving and being able to travel around meeting new people and businesses. Having had the privilege of traveling to a variety of places, his favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is being able to experience all four seasons and the beautiful views that surround this area.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Golfing, camping with family and being outdoors.
  • Hidden Talent: I can make fantastic guacamole.
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Alabama, Roll On

Stephen Hamilton

Executive Vice President

Stephen was born and raised in the Star City and is the Executive Vice President of HAWK Advisers. The most meaningful part of his career is having the privilege of working with incredible people that challenge him every day. Stephen believes that knowledge is meant to be shared and he enjoys collaborating with others to find a solution. His favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is residing in one of the most beautiful places on Earth—it is truly the best playground for anyone that enjoys being outside.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Taking day trips with my family. We do not have to travel far to find a good trail, farmers market, or festival.
  • Hidden Talent: I can play a mean drum solo on the back of my steering wheel.
  • What song best describes your work ethic? I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

Faith Goyer

Account Manager

Faith has lived in Roanoke, Virginia her whole life. She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2014 as an Account Manager, where the most meaningful part of her work is being able to work with people from all over the United States. She enjoys being able to teach clients how to best protect their business and their customers in their facilities. Her favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is the scenery and enjoying the outdoors.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Spending time with my husband, sons and daughter!
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
  • If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be? A Golden Retriever. They are kind and friendly animals, but they can be fierce when they need to be.

 

Marie Morris

Account Manager

Marie has lived in Moneta, Virginia her whole life and still lives there currently. She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2003 as a Commercial Account Manager. The most meaningful part of her work is knowing that she is able to provide a service to clients that they truly need. Her favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge are the beautiful mountain views! The changing of seasons and all the activities we have available in the Blue Ridge are an added bonus to the view.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Moneta, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Reading, spending time with my husband, dining out and playing with my dog.
  • If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be?  I would be a Maltese, but not just any Maltese, I would by my Maltese because he is spoiled!

Robert Lowery

Commercial Lines Manager

Robert has lived in Roanoke, Virginia for 35 years, but is originally from West Virginia. He joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 1990 and holds the position of Commercial Lines Manager. The most meaningful part of his work is interacting with customers and trying to make their experience the best. His favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is being close to lots of family activities, the view of the mountains and the hometown feel here in the valley.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Beartown, West Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Being with family, playing with my two grandsons, camping and working around the house and yard.
  • What is your hidden talent? Part-time mechanic, more puzzle marker than mechanic, I like to take things apart and then put it back together.
  • If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be? St. Bernard. They are loyal, big, mostly friendly and will share with those in need.

Sandy Hamilton

Employee Benefits Manager

Sandy has lived in Roanoke, Virginia her whole life with the exception of one year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 1999 as a Corporate Secretary/Benefits Manager. The most meaningful part of her work is providing clients with real value when it comes to product, price, benefit administration and compliance.  Her favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is how family friendly it is—the Blue Ridge has great educational and cultural opportunities, jobs, and medical facilities.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Playing with my grandchildren, reading, and relaxing at Smith Mountain Lake.
  • Hidden Talent: The ability to manage multiple projects at once and see them through to completion.
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams

Susan Carter

Claims & Commercial Lines Specialist

Susan is from Salem, Virginia where she currently resides today. Go Spartans! She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2018 as their Claims & Commercial Lines Specialist. The most meaningful part of her work is being there as a support to clients when they need it the most and being able to assist them with navigating the claims process. Her favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is the spectacular mountain view any time of the year. 

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Salem, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Spending time with my family and friends, walking and playing with my two Boxers, cooking, photography and shopping.
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Taking Care of Business
  • What is your hidden talent? I sing really well…but only in the shower!!

Rebecca Griffith

Director of Marketing & Client Engagement

Rebecca moved to Roanoke in 2015 with her husband and their pug, Rocky. She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2017 as their Client Engagement & Marketing Associate. The most meaningful part of her work as Director of Marketing & Client Engagement is being able to develop relationships with customers and deliver the value of insurance through our blog, social media, daily interactions, and events. Her favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is watching the leaves change colors every autumn and a good snowfall in the winter.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Ruckersville, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Cycle class, yoga, cheering on my husband’s basketball team, a good book and being a mama to my daughter, Lucy!
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Whistle While You Work
  • What is your hidden talent? I can make a mean stuffed french toast

Hannah John

Commercial Risk Adviser

Hannah was born and raised in Botetourt County, Virginia and joined the team at HAWK Advisers in April of 2019. The most meaningful part of her role as a Commercial Risk Adviser is being able to develop relationships with business owners and local community members. Her favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge is being surrounded by the mountains and the astonishing views they bring year-round.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Botetourt County, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Traveling with my husband, cheering on the Hokies and shopping, of course!
  • Hidden Talent: On my drive home from work, I turn my car into a Pop2k concert!
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Hall of Fame by The Script

Meredith Jamison

Accounting & Administrative Assistant

Meredith was born and raised in Salem, Virginia! She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2021 as an Accounting & Administrative Assistant, where the most meaningful part of her position is helping the agency run efficiently and effectively! Her favorite part of living in the Blue Ridge are the mountains, she tries to soak in the views each and every day!

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Salem, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Spending time with her husband & two daughters, spending time with friends, designing with her Cricut, photography, trying out new dinner recipes and snuggling with her boxer, Cash!
  • Hidden Talent: My investigative skills!
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Count On Me by Bruno Mars
  • If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be? A boxer – because they are determined, loyal, protective, energetic, friendly and goofy.

Devon Travis

Employee Benefits Adviser

Devon is a Roanoke transplant, originally from South Carolina and a Clemson University alum. Go Tigers! For the last six years, she has lived in Houston, Texas, and is excited to hike the many trails offered in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with her husband and their Collie mix, Bowie. Devon joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2020 as an Employee Benefits Adviser, where the most meaningful part of her work is building relationships with clients and helping them navigate the ever-changing landscape of employee benefits.

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Clover, South Carolina
  • Favorite Things: Hiking, CrossFit, running, and trying all of the restaurants in Roanoke!
  • If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be? Yellow Lab – I am very loyal, yet strong and independent!
  • What is your hidden talent? Recreating my favorite meals from restaurants and making them better. PF Chang’s Mongolian beef has nothing on me!

Sheralyn Basham

Personal Risk Adviser

Sheralyn was born and raised in Botetourt, Virginia! She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2021 as a Personal Risk Adviser, where the most meaningful part of her position is educating our clients so they can make the best insurance decisions for their family. Her favorite thing about living in the Roanoke Valley is the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the James River, and the Blue Ridge Parkway! 

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Botetourt, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: Kayaking on the James River with friends, horseback riding, online shopping, and spending time with my nieces and nephews!
  • Hidden Talent: I can juggle, it’s kind of my party trick!
  • What song best describes your work ethic? She Works Hard for the Money by Donna Summer

Lisa Quesenberry

Personal Lines Account Manager

Lisa was born and raised in Salem, Virginia! She joined the team at HAWK Advisers in 2021 as a Personal Lines Account Manager, where the most meaningful part of her work is the ability to learn and acquire knowledge. The saying “learn something new every day” is a certainty in insurance, especially with the knowledgeable team at HAWK Advisers. She loves being able to apply the insurance knowledge she acquires towards helping our personal lines customers! 

Fun Facts:

  • Hometown: Salem, Virginia
  • Favorite Things: I love CrossFit. Time at the gym always makes a bad day better and a good day great. I also enjoy golf, reading, music and crafts like crochet and cross stitch. I take advantage of every opportunity to spend time with my kids.
  • Hidden Talent: Photography! I enjoy taking day trips to small towns and going on scenic drives – always with my camera in hand.
  • What song best describes your work ethic? Work Hard, Play Harder by Gretchen Wilson

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“I’m really happy with Hannah and the HAWK team; they are responsive and genuinely interested in the best policy for my business. I would highly recommend chatting with them before you renew your current policy.”

– Ryan

Hannah John was a joy to work with. We were able to get quotes and insurance in a timely manner. She was responsive, informed, and always polite! I look forward to working with her and Hawk Advisors for years to come….

– KC