About JT Bates Insurance Group

The Most Trusted Name in Equipment Dealers Insurance Programs

With over thirty years of highly specialized experience in equipment, company founder James Ricker identified a need for a company that provides comprehensive physical damage coverage and enhanced equipment dealers insurance programs. For those reasons, he founded JT Bates Insurance Group, a company that values integrity over profit and always puts our clients–our strategic partners–first. At JT Bates Insurance Group, we call this You First. The entire team at JT Bates Insurance Group embraces You First in all that we do. By fostering relationships and working with only “A” rated carriers to ensure superior risk management product quality, JT Bates Insurance Group continues to delight one satisfied client after another. And the business keeps growing. From rental to leasing and certificate management, JT Bates Insurance Group designs the products that help equipment dealers and rental houses grow their businesses and manage risk.

Our Core Values

  • We are humble.
  • We are adaptable.
  • We are accountable.
  • We are proactive.

Jim Ricker

Company Founder

With over thirty years of experience in the equipment industry, Jim founded JT Bates Insurance Group and developed Rental Equipment ProtectionTM after recognizing a need for better coverage at competitive rates. Prior to this, Jim worked with John Deere, now Sentry, before moving to a career in insurance consulting. He now consults as a Program Development and Procurement Specialist for national accounts.

Jayme Bates

Chief Executive Officer

Jayme has over 13 years of experience as an insurance producer and an extensive background in accounting and contracts. In her new role as the Chief Executive Officer for JT Bates Insurance Group, she is honored to be a part of the family legacy. Her dedication to the dealers she works with truly sets Jayme apart from other entrepreneurs in this industry.

Brad Bates

Chief Technology Officer

After helping Reagan defeat the commies in the 80s, Brad started his journey into technology.

He loves: Jesus and his Family

Amanda Murphy

Marketing Director

Amanda has over 15 years of marketing experience under her belt working in branding, advertising, social media and sales team support. As the Marketing Director for JT Bates Insurance Group, she’s excited to promote a company that truly cares for and invests in their customers. Amanda lives with her husband and four children in central Ohio.

Miriah Smith

Operations Manager

Miriah came on board with JT Bates Insurance Group with over twenty years of management experience. At the company, she has definitely put that experience to good use, overseeing Operations and the Compliance Services Team. Miriah keeps her hands full away from work, as well, juggling four children and their new puppy, Marlie, with her husband.

Ryan Allison

Senior Developer

Ryan joined the team of JT Bates Insurance Group in 2018. Since graduating Baylor University in 2011, he’s racked up over seven years of experience in web development. As their Senior Developer, he enjoys building web systems that make the lives of their customers easier. You can usually find Ryan supporting the Baylor football team with his wife and daughter.

Ashley Nunn

Claims Advocate & Training Manager

Ashley has been with JT Bates Insurance Group since 2015, and has been able to grow with the company. She became a licensed property and casualty insurance agent in 2018. As the Claims Advocate and Training Manager, she ensures dealers receive the best coverage. Ashley is the loving wife and mother to a growing family.

Kimberly Orza

P&C Insurance Agent

Kimberly holds over 14 years of professional sales and sales management experience. Her favorite part of her job is working with clients on products and services that improve their go to market strategies and helping them win new business. In her spare time, she's passionate about working with nonprofit organizations in Atlanta that provide food, housing assistance, family services, job training, and life skills training to families in need.

Our goal is to be the leading provider of rental protection built on a reputation that precedes us.

Jayme Bates | CEO

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