Our Team of Experts
Senior Financial Group has been assisting Medicare beneficiaries and their families for almost 40 years. We provide expert, unbiased assistance to Medicare recipients who expect, and deserve, the highest-quality insurance at the best price.
Our licensed, independent advisors treat everyone with dignity and respect, and always operate with professionalism and integrity. We have built our reputation on excellent service, helpful guidance and education at no cost. You can trust that you are receiving the most complete health insurance coverage.
David Bottoms Benefits Consultant
“My favorite part of this job is interacting with the community. I like helping people minimize their health care costs while maximizing their coverage for their budget and making sure they get the care they need.”
David Bottoms is originally from a small town in North Carolina, but he moved to Seymour, TN in 2002. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in economics and a minor in business. David started in the insurance industry right after graduating from UT in 2012.
“My grandfather passed away without any life insurance and it seemed like a good career to help people.”
David started in life insurance but transitioned to a Medicare-focus in 2016. He likes being an independent benefits consultant with Senior Financial Group because it allows him to provide his clients with a larger portfolio of options.
“You’re not a captive agent here, which means we work with all the companies and carriers. That allows me to offer products and plans that better meet the specific needs of my clients.”
David’s philosophy is to always do the right thing by the client and to treat people the same way you want them to treat you. David has a wife, Victoria, and a daughter, Della, and enjoys family time, golf, video games, carpentry, handyman work and drawing.
Dave Budde Benefits Consultant
“SFG is an organization that puts people first.”
Dave is an insurance advisor that enjoys helping our future and current clients find the solution to their needs.
Dave and his wife have three adult sons and five sweet grandchildren. He is actively involved as a coach for a little league baseball team, adult mentor at his church, community basketball participant, and a high school football booster club board member.
Jerry Emert Benefits Consultant
“The team atmosphere at Senior Financial Group is not like anywhere else I’ve worked. There is great leadership and a deep level of commitment to service from my fellow co-workers.”
Jerry Emert is from Houston, TX but grew up in Karns, TN. After working in term life insurance, Jerry joined Senior Financial Group to help Medicare beneficiaries with their insurance benefits.
Some interesting personal details about Jerry: he holds a certificate from the Diamond Council of America for clear stones, and he has four daughters. “The three oldest keep me busy with their hobbies- I have an equestrian, a musician, and an artist.”
Jerry’s professional philosophy is to work hard and do no harm, and he look forward to having a long-lasting career helping seniors navigate the complexities of Medicare.
Denise Farris Benefits Consultant
Denise has a bachelor’s degree in information technology and an extensive background in the Life & Health Insurance Industry. Having been in several roles, including a claims adjuster at Provident Insurance and a Life & Health Claims Supervisor at Settlers Life. Denise focuses on helping seniors understand their options in today’s complex Medicare marketplace.
Richard Fleming Benefits Consultant
“What I like about SFG is the work environment of excellence. They have a great supporting staff that helps you strive to be your very best.”
Ricky has been serving the senior population since 1995 and has clients across 10 different states. He enjoys helping people by providing the best available plan that meets all their medical and financial needs.
Ricky was born and raised in Meridian MS and moved to Knoxville in 1996. He and his wife Jennifer have a beautiful daughter, Madeline. They enjoy hiking, traveling, and just being outdoors.
Seth Gibson Benefits Consultant
“I’m excited to work for a company that constantly emphasizes integrity and doing what is right for our customers. I plan to be a true help to as many customers as possible by providing honest and helpful consultation.”
Seth has worked in the insurance industry since 2017. He joined the Senior Financial Group team in March 2021 as a Medicare Benefits Consultant. He advises clients on their Medicare options, supports them through the enrollment process, and assists them with their current or future coverage options.
Prior to joining Senior Financial Group, Seth worked in personal lines insurance and in 401(k) administration. He is from Seymour, TN and has a degree from the Faith Bible Institute. Seth loves reading and spending time with his wife and children.
His personal and professional philosophy is to always do what is right, always be learning, communicate effectively and honestly, and to value each customer. When asked what makes Senior Financial Group different than other organizations, Seth references the focus of integrity throughout the company.
“There is a consistent emphasis by everyone here on integrity. It is not just stated in a set of core values, it is truly integrated into this company’s culture.”
Nik Kakanis Benefits Consultant
“SFG cares and treats everyone like family. Working for SFG gives me great satisfaction in connecting with and helping clients with their needs.”
Nik enjoys in his spare time reading and learning about different cultures, traveling and spending time outdoors with the family.
John LaMacchia Benefits Consultant
“Each of our advisors has one main objective: To seek the care of each client. Our help is exclusively for the benefit of the client. I personally enjoy working at SFG because of the company atmosphere of friendship. We just simply enjoy each others’ company. The most unique aspect of our company is the leadership. Their high expectations, yet without micro-managing allows a relaxed working environment. It doesn’t hurt that everyone has a great sense of humor!”
John is a licensed Medicare/Insurance Advisor and has been working in this industry for the last 6 years. John says his specialty is anyone turning 65 and seeks a clear, easy, and non-biased explanation and education on Medicare.
As a retired teacher, John uses his background in education to comprehensively educate his clients on the ins and outs of Medicare in order to make the best coverage decision(s). John has led a series of educational Medicare seminars in both Knoxville and Erwin, TN.
John and his wife Ann of 36 years have three sons: John Jr., Michael, and Pierce. John Jr., his eldest, is a Pathologist and Medical Research Scientist in the Harvard Medical Complex in Boston. Michael and Pierce own K Brew Coffee shop here in Knoxville. In his free time, John enjoys cycling. He once rode across the United States, and plans to do so again when he turns 65!
Art Mearns Benefits Consultant
“I enjoy working at Senior Financial Group and helping our clients with their insurance needs. I think it is most important to respect and treat all clients as I would like to be treated.”
Art has lived in Knoxville for the last 16 years but he’s originally from upstate New York. He loves to spend his free time with his wife biking or skiing in the great outdoors. One of his favorite hobbies is photography of the beautiful East Tennessee landscape. He also has a dream to take a trip with his wife to Europe and have an adventure aboard a river cruise.
John Morrison Benefits Consultant
“SFG allows you to work independently with great support staff. SFG has all of the major carriers to meet any client’s needs.”
John has been licensed in the insurance industry for 38 years. He has worked in the Medicare market for the last 20 years. During John’s career, he has been an agent, sales manager, and sales executive, as well as a business owner.
John is originally from South Portland, Maine. He moved to Tennessee in 2011 to enjoy the warm weather and lower cost of living. He is married to his wife, Patty. He is proud of his three children and nine grandchildren. When he is not working, he loves to play golf and supports all the New England professional sports teams.
Marc Nieman Benefits Consultant
“As I began my career with Senior Financial Group in 2009 my intentions were that this was only a temporary stop while waiting for the oil and gas industry to recover and I could resume my original career path. However, I never dreamed how blessed my life would become as a result of this opportunity. I’d never before done something so hands-on and rewarding as this. Not just writing an insurance policy, but helping people down the path with financial aid and community services that they were previously unaware of. I always heard that if you find something you love to do for a living you’ll never work a day in your life. I think they were right.”
Marc enjoys golf, fishing, fundraising events with his BBQ smokers, his church, working with young people, and of course family time.
Randy Norris Benefits Consultant
I know insurance is a crucial component of a solid financial footing for any family. This foundation will naturally carry through retirement if appropriately constructed and maintained. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet
Randy is a Medicare health & life Insurance agent in 18 states, primarily in the Southeast and Midwest regions. While most individuals are retiring earlier and living longer, benefit options, including our healthcare coverage, are a significant area of concern for most Americans.
Randy enlisted in the United States Air Force out of high school and served his country during Operation Desert Storm. He attended college as a full-time working adult and parent. His wife Lisa is constant support and partner from whom he has continued to draw strength since their vows. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. He enjoys camping in his RV and family activities in his spare time.
Harris Ogburn Benefits Consultant
“I believe that always helping people and doing what is advantageous for the client will consistently lead to both my success and the well-being of the people with whom I interact.”
Harris was born and raised in Raleigh, NC, graduating from North Carolina State University. He has worked in the insurance and financial services industry for more than 20 years, previously concentrating on retirement planning for individuals and groups. Harris moved to Knoxville in August 2019 and prior to joining Senior Financial Group worked at AIG Retirement Services.
When asked what he likes about working at Senior Financial Group, Harris says “great people, great products and the desire to do what is right for the client.” Harris enjoys woodworking and woodturning and likes to go camping in his free time.
Adriana Paredes Benefits Consultant
“SFG provides me the opportunity to share my Medicare knowledge when it is most needed. I’m rewarded in many ways by helping others and earning a living at the same time!”
Adriana is a licensed insurance advisor and specializes in consulting Medicare beneficiaries. She has been assisting seniors with Medicare since 2014 and is truly passionate about what she does. She is currently licensed in 37 states and is eager to help families find the solutions they’re looking for.
Adriana has one daughter and a precious husky named Romeo. When Adriana is away from the office, she enjoys reading, walking and hiking, and traveling with her family. Adriana was born in New York but has done quite a bit of traveling, spending some years in South America. Tennessee has been her home for more than 22 years.
Adriana is bilingual and is licensed in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI and, of course, TN.
Regon Paris Benefits Consultant
“I believe if something needs to be done, it must be done right.”
As a successful electrical/plumbing contractor and entrepreneur, Rick has always helped people and has been a problem solver. He looks forward to continuing to help people discover the best possible options for their specific situations.
Rick was born in Virginia but was Raised in McMinnville, TN. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Teresa, since 1983 and blessed with 2 children and 6 grandchildren.
Jason Pearcy Benefits Consultant
“Every day Senior Financial Group is making a difference in the lives of thousands of seniors in East Tennessee.”
Jason’s role at Senior Financial group is Medicare Consultant/Insurance Producer. His duties include personally serving clients as they navigate their insurance needs. Jason has worked in the insurance industry since 2015 but has worked in service-based industries for his entire career. He specializes in identifying and providing for the insurance needs of individuals and families in every age bracket.
Jason is married to his college sweetheart and the two have a daughter named Rilan and a son, Jamon. He enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and reading. Being raised in the home of a Pastor, he has served numerous young people that are subject to the pressures of growing up in ministerial homes. He also has worked with multiple non-profits that benefit troubled youth and mission workers.
Bobby Peterson Benefits Consultant
“A good advisor must listen to hear and understand, not simply to reply. I try to understand and empathize with each situation. This allows me to customize the most comprehensive protection and level of support for each person’s unique and individual needs.”
Bobby grew up in Louisville, TN. After attending Emory & Henry College, where he was a double major in vocal performance and acting performance, he moved back to his family homestead.
Bobby has been a licensed Insurance agent since 2010, specializing in Medicare benefits, life insurance, and supplemental health insurance. He joined Senior Financial Group in March 2021 where he is responsible for advising clients on their Medicare options, supporting them through the enrollment process, and assisting them with all available coverage choices to ensure comprehensive care.
Prior to joining the SFG team, Bobby was the Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager for Dave & Buster’s in Sevierville, TN. An example of a true southern Renaissance Man, Bobby is a classically trained opera singer who enjoys singing, playing his banjo, and making music in general. He also loves to cook and enjoys cheering on the Vols, the Braves, and the Colts.
When asked what makes Senior Financial Group unique from other insurance agencies, Bobby says it is the sincerity of doing the right thing, not only for our clients but also for each person on our team.
“The culture of honesty, appreciation and the deep investment in our clients and employees is refreshing and rare in the insurance industry.”
Andrew Price Benefits Consultant
“Although everyone has different needs, everyone wants the same thing regarding their Medicare plan. They want a plan that they don’t need to worry and stress about if it’s going to protect them.”
Andrew has been helping assist people figure out their Medicare options since 2008. For the first two years, he worked with a single company called Today’s Options. He then discovered to help people the most he needed to represent all the companies in our region. Andrew has been a partner with National Contracting Center since 2010 and decided to come fully on board with SFG in 2022. Andrew gives his personal cell phone number out to all his clients so that you can always reach him. If you call him in the afternoon, you will probably hear children in the background.
Andrew and his wife have 3 children and decided to adopt 3 local foster children in 2018, giving them a house full of 6 children. When Andrew isn’t assisting people with their Medicare or wrangling children you will find him fly fishing on a trout stream.
Brittney Rupert Benefits Consultant
“I treat every client the way I would want anyone to treat my grandmother. Everyone has a right to feel heard and understood. Medicare is a complex program that came into existence during the lifetime of a lot of the population using it and has had many changes. A little compassion and patience go a long way.”
Brittney was raised in Athens, TN but has spent most of the last ten years in various other cities and states. She joined the U.S. Navy at 17, working in their Nuclear Power Program. She then completed a medical assisting program and worked in the industry for several years before switching to personal training. Now, she helps navigate Medicare to ensure each individual has the best coverage for their specific needs. Her favorite group of clients in any field is the senior community which stems from a very close relationship with her grandmother. She believes in finding the Medicare plan tailored for YOU.
Brittney enjoys weekends with her family and dotes on her adorable pup, Lani. She also continues to work as a personal trainer and yoga instructor. When not otherwise engaged, she is an avid reader and coffee connoisseur who spends every fall rooting for the Vols.
Steve Smith Benefits Consultant
Steve Smith joined Senior Financial Group in September 2022 as a licensed Medicare Benefits Consultant and has been working in the insurance industry for more than a decade. He is committed to ensuring his clients have all the support they need throughout their Medicare journey.
Born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL, Smith attended Berean Christian School and Palm Beach Community College. He now resides in Knoxville with his wife of 30 years. The couple is blessed with two children and three grandchildren.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and getting involved in church.
Linda Williams Benefits Consultant
“I became part of Senior Financial Group in 2022. My goal is to always keep learning and seeking knowledge in order to better myself and to have the most updated information for my clients. Senior Financial Group is all about keeping agents well informed and current.”
Linda is an RN and has worked in healthcare, including insurance Utilization Review and Case Management. She recently retired after having a forty-seven-year career in healthcare. As an RN case manager in a hospital setting, Linda knows how to identify a person’s overall needs, not just relating to insurance coverage.
Linda has been a licensed insurance agent in TN since 2015, in addition to her full-time career. Linda’s focus as an insurance agent is assisting people turning sixty-five or retiring. She loves to connect with clients in their early 60s to provide education regarding their Medicare options and feels it’s never too early to start this process.
She has been married to her husband Eddie for forty-five years and they have two adult children, Jared and Karrianne, and have been blessed with four grandchildren. Linda enjoys reading, board games, gardening, church, travel, and spending time with family and friends. Linda and Eddie have traveled to all states except Hawaii, which is on the bucket list along with river cruising, ocean cruising, and international travel.
Tarran Allen Insurance Operations Manager
“I pride Senior Financial Group for having the best customer service. Our friendly staff is eager and ready to help. There is nothing like having the satisfaction of a happy customer at the end of the day.”
Tarran enjoys crunching numbers and serving as our liaison between the admin staff and agent team.
Tarran is a full-time working mother of two beautiful girls. In her downtime, which is not often, she enjoys reading, swimming, Zumba, and having movie nights with her family.
Greg Boling Business Development Manager
“Doing Medicare Differently” means doing the right thing for the customer. Our goal is to build long-term partnerships through honesty and diligence.
In his spare time, Greg enjoys the abundant outdoor activities Knoxville offers. Some of his favorites are hiking, boating, and bicycling. He believes Knoxville is a great place to live and work.
Haifa George Human Resources Manager
“I believe in the importance of focusing on helping others while being true to oneself in the process.”
Haifa is the Human Resources Manager at Senior Financial Group. She is responsible for managing all aspects of HR including talent acquisition, benefits, strategic planning, compensation, policies & procedures, employee relations and development, payroll, etc. She has served in HR in a variety of industries of the past 20 years.
In her free time, you can find Haifa at home with her twins and husband or out walking the greenways. She enjoys music, painting, reading and spending time on her screened-in porch.
Nicole Guzowski Administrative Assistant
“I’m here to learn as much as I can about Medicare to help our clients and support our agents. If you need me, I will do my best to help you, because I know you will do the same for me.”
Nicole was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where she graduated from Buffalo State College. She moved to Knoxville in 2016. A mother of two, Nicole worked at Farragut Middle School before joining the team at Senior Financial Group, where she supports the agents and ensures that the office runs smoothly.
Nicole loves working at Senior Financial Group because of the people. “Jerold is amazing and so down to earth, he creates a work environment that is really enjoyable. Honestly, everyone that I work with has been easy-going, helpful, and willing to listen.”
Nicole’s hobbies include playing frisbee golf, paddle boarding, hiking and spending time with her family. She enjoys exploring new places in Knoxville with her family.
Jerold Johnson President
“We create a stable environment at Senior Financial Group so that next year you’ll be working with the same agent. Every year, companies and plans change. They’ll send you a 78-page booklet that you have to read through to find out what’s different. But we do that for you and are always on the lookout for ways to save you money.”
Meet Jerold Johnson, President of Senior Financial Group
When Jerold Johnson started Senior Financial Group in Knoxville more than 30 years ago, his aim was to fill an under-served niche in the East Tennessee community, but in a vastly different way than his competitors.
More than 10,000 Americans sign up for Medicare each day, and Johnson says, “everyone assumes—including most insurance companies—that those policies need to be similar, but here we recognize that everyone is in a unique situation”.
Johnson has made sure his approach and philosophy have carried through to the rest of the company by hiring and retaining insurance agents that are trained to offer personalized help so clients can choose the right path. “We tailor their plan without concern for our commission or which insurance company they wind up with.”
Jenny Lucas Administrative Assistant
“People should choose Senior Financial Group for their insurance needs because we were voted as Knoxville’s Best Insurance Agent several years in a row. Our licensed agents are personable, kind, and considerate and can give you a sense of security that your insurance coverage is fully taken care of and works with your needs.”
Jenny has been with Senior Financial Group since 2012, and is part of our administrative support team.
Jenny loves to hike, fish, and spend time in the mountains. She is also the lead singer of a local band called Midlife Crisis!
Katherine Whitehead Marketing Specialist
Katherine Whitehead was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, she began working as a true crime television producer before making a career change to marketing.
Prior to joining the SFG team, Katherine was the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Del Conca USA where she created and implemented marketing programs for major customers, including Lowe’s Home Improvement, The Home Depot and Wayfair. She also worked in marketing and public relations for major corporations and nonprofits, including UScellular, Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Highway Transport.
She joined Senior Financial Group in September 2022 and is responsible for developing innovative marketing and advertising strategies to support business objectives, as well as managing internal and external communications.
In her free time, Katherine loves to cheer on her alma mater at UT football games, explore downtown Knoxville, attend music festivals and spend time with her fiancé Ryan.