As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business. Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.
Marc Jessup is a North Carolina native who graduated from Mississippi State University in 1987. Marc began his insurance career in New Bern later that year. He since earned his RHU (Registered Health Underwriter) designation and continues to work towards other professional designations. With knowledge and expertise in a broad range of employee benefit services, Marc assists businesses throughout Eastern North Carolina with their group medical, dental, disability, and life programs. As a compliment to employee benefits he is able to advise businesses with all aspects of their property and casualty insurance needs. He is active in the community, serves on various boards including the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as participating on the Advisory Council for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. When not working with clients, Marc enjoys duck hunting, golf, the beach, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Debra Tomchesson joined the agency in 2014 as a Sales Executive. Licensed in Property & Casualty, Life, Accident and Health she works closely with individuals assuring all of their insurance needs are met. Debra, a New York native, has called North Carolina home since attending East Carolina University. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Debra pursued a career in the financial services industry. Away from the office, Debra and her husband enjoy attending the athletic and academic events of their very active 5 children.
Mary Boney joined Marc Jessup Insurance in 2007. She is a licensed agent in Health, Life, Medicare Supplement and Long Term Care and specializes in the individual products. Mary is certified trained in all aspects of the Affordable Care Act; assisting individuals with their Tax Credit eligibility and enrolling in the Healthcare Marketplace. She strives to establish and maintain long lasting relationships with our clients by guiding them in making the selection that best suits their needs. She works directly with the carriers to assist in any service, billing or claim issues to relieve this inconvenience from the individuals. Mary prides herself in providing solutions to all clients health insurance needs and to become their “trusted advisor.”
Matthew Knortz, a native of Long Island, NY, fell in love with New Bern, NC over seventeen years ago and has made it home ever since. Matt graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy and worked at sea for over six years and for the past twenty years, Matt has worked in solution based selling in a number of industries. Over the past five years, Matt has found that his real niche is in the insurance industry, where he specializes with Group Health and both personal and commercial property and casualty lines, Voluntary Employee Benefits as well as Major Medical, Dental, Vision and other ancillary products. He is proud to call North Carolina home and when he’s not working, Matt enjoys time cooking, fishing and spending time with his three adult children.
Stedman joined The Jessup Group Team in 2014 after a 15 year career as an account representative in the construction industry. Stedman is licensed in all personal and commercial lines. He specializes in Succession Planning, Buy- Sell/Cross purchase protection, Income Protection, Property and Liability coverage for all types of businesses. When not assisting clients he enjoys bow hunting, fishing, boating and spending time with his wife and children.
Mallory Stephens is a native of New Bern and joined the agency in 2013. As the Strategic Account Manager, Mallory supports both small and large group accounts; as well as serve as the primary point of contact for any questions or concerns group accounts may have regarding their insurance needs. Prior to joining The Jessup Group, Mallory worked in the medical area and brought with her over 10 years of medical billing and coding experience, which is extremely valuable when assisting the agency’s group accounts with claims or benefit questions. As a licensed agent, Mallory has been fully trained on all of the Affordable Care Act Market Place plans and fully understands the multiple facets of an ever-changing industry surrounding health care reform. When away from the office, Mallory enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Emily Knortz has lived in New Bern for the past 15 years. She attended Campbell University, where she was recruited to play Division 1 soccer and graduated with her Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management. Emily is also licensed in property, casualty, health and accident.
Emily serves as the Commercial Sales Executive for our small, medium and large commercial accounts. She also assists with the prospecting and servicing of some of our Employee Benefit groups. When away from the office, Emily enjoys fishing, the beach and spending time with her two labs, Bella and Lacy.
Ashleigh joined The Jessup Group in 2014 as a Customer Service Representative. Working closely with both Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and the federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace, Ashleigh is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and how it relates to the individual. A graduate of East Carolina University, she is an enthusiastic Pirates fan. Away from the office Ashleigh spends time with her family and friends as well as her beloved dog Emma.
Carol Wilcox joined The Jessup Group in 2016 as front desk coordinator and customer service representative. Prior to The Jessup Group, Carol was a receptionist with H & R Block for 25 years as well as a receptionist at a local pharmacy. She lived in Michigan before moving to New Bern 5 years ago with her husband of 38 years. Carol and her husband love the beach and look forward to spending time with their two grown children.
Jessica Fillingame, a New Bern native, has joined The Jessup Group as the Accounting Administrator. Jessica has many years of experience in the financial industry, working prior for the State Employees’ Credit Union as well as Carolina East. As Accounting Administrator, she will use her knowledge and organizational skills to assist with the financial records for The Jessup Group. Away from the office, Jessica loves the beach, hunting, sports, and spending time with her friends and family, including her 7 nieces and 4 nephews.
Lesli Smith has joined The Jessup Group as an Account Executive. Licensed in Property & Casualty since 2006 specializing in Commercial Lines, Lesli will focus on growing the Commercial Lines division of the agency.
Lesli is a New Bern native and graduated from the University of Mount Olive in 2002 with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management. Away from the office she enjoys the beach, traveling, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.