About JT Bates 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 Group, a company that values integrity over profit and always puts our clients–our strategic partners–first. At JT Bates Group, we call this You First. The entire team at JT Bates 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 Group continues to delight one satisfied client after another. And the business keeps growing. From rental to leasing and certificate management, JT Bates 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.

“We strive to glorify God by providing superior products to our customers and meaningful work for our employees.” – CEO, Jayme Bates

Jim Ricker

Company Founder

With over thirty years of experience in the equipment industry, Jim founded JT Bates 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 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 Information 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 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

Director of Operations

Miriah came on board with JT Bates 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 while not working as well, juggling four children and their new puppy, Marlie, with her husband.

Ryan Allison

Senior Developer

Ryan joined the JT Bates Group team 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.

Chad Warren

Corporate Chaplain

Chad was appointed the JT Bates Group Corporate Chaplain in January of 2020. Since graduating from Oregon State in 2004, he has operated in many different ministerial and educational roles across the United States. Chad lives with his wife and three children in central Texas.

Ashley Nunn

Claims Advocate Manager

Ashley has been with JT Bates 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.

Lindsey Berrigan

Compliance Service Manager

Lindsey has been with JT Bates Group since 2016. Currently, she serves as the Compliance Service Manager for the administration team. She is also a licensed Casualty & Property Insurance Agent! Her passion for excellence is contagious throughout the team. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three amazing kids.

Nick Latta

National Sales Executive

Nick joined the JT Bates Group team in August of 2020. He first learned about REP while working as a rental coordinator for a large equipment dealership. Since joining JT Bates has become an expert in helping dealerships solve their coverage problems. Nick lives in Missouri with his wife Mallory and their two daughters.

Polly Marmon

Compliance Services Team Lead

In 2014, Polly joined the JT Bates Group team as a certificate administrator. In 2020, she was promoted to Compliance Services Team Lead. When she's not working, she spends as much time as possible with her three wonderful grandkids!

Allison Dorco

Rental Shield Specialist

Allison began her career with JT Bates Group in 2018. She is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent specializing in our product Rental Shield. When she isn’t working, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and Luna the yellow lab.

Kate Davis

Executive Assistant

Kate joined JT Bates Group in January of 2020. In 2005 she graduated from Wheaton College. Since then, she has worked in various non-profit and educational roles in Arizona and Texas. Serving others is a passionate lifestyle that Kate lives out daily. Currently, she lives in central Texas with her husband and three children.

Seth Hird

Digital Marketing Specialist

In the fall of 2019, Seth came on board with JT Bates Group. He is in his junior year at Thomas Edison State University studying marketing. When he isn't working, he can be found playing music, working out, or drinking coffee.

Administration Team

Janetra Burton


Janell Raica


Nicolia Roberts


Annie Bates

Administrator / Claims Assistant

Stephanie Mann


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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