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About Rakestraw Insurance Center

Rakestraw Insurance Center, founded by Harry W. Rakestraw in 1990, has become a driving force in the insurance industry in the Southeast.
Providing quality service to both local and regional customers. Our agency has had much success growing to ten full time insurance agents and gaining representation of numerous independent insurance companies. We provide quality insurance products and services for personal and commercial clients.

If you have an insurance need, we have the ability to give you the best product, customer service, and pricing available.  We have a Personal lines department, Commercial lines department, and an Agribusiness division. We offer a no cost, no obligation review and comparison of your current insurance policy. "It does not cost you to compare, but it might cost you if you don’t!"

At Rakestraw Insurance Center, we are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have proudly been serving the Southeast for more than 20 years. We are an independent agency with the customer in mind. We have relationships with dozens of insurance companies, allowing you to get the right price with the right service. Whether you have the ideal history, preferred companies desire, or a not-so-perfect history, we find the right coverage with the best company at the best price for you. With our site you are able to quickly and easily submit your quote information. As an independent insurance agency we offer the right coverages with the personal touch you would expect from your neighborhood insurance agent.

Rakestraw Insurance Center Mascot - Cletus
Harry Rakestraw - Agent

Harry Rakestraw, LUTCF
President/Consultant - All lines

Harry founded our agency in 1990. He has over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry and enjoys sharing his knowledge with customers and training new agents.  He is licensed in property, casualty, life and health insurance and graduated from NC State University with a Bachelors of Science.
In his spare time, Harry enjoys farming, hunting and fishing; however, most of his time is devoted to spoiling his 5 grandchildren.  He is also a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x210
Fax (336) 427-8155

Janet Rakestraw - Agent

Janet Rakestraw
Vice President

First of all Janet is not an insurance agent. You may see her riding around with Harry seeing clients though. She is a retired school counselor, although she is busier than ever with 5 grandchildren, growing garden, serving on various Non-Profit boards, and being involved in community mission projects.

Phone (336) 427-5181
Fax (336) 427-8155

Jason Rakestraw - Rakestraw Insurance

Jason Rakestraw, AAI, AIS
Consultant - All Lines, Agency Partner

Jason began his career at RIC in 2002. Jason is a producing agent of Commercial, Agribusiness and Personal Lines of Insurance. He obtained his AAI (Accredited Adviser in Insurance) and AIS (Associate in Insurance Services) designations in 2011. Jason graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Jason is married to Sarah, who is the Agency Manager. They have 3 boys, all two years apart, that keep them very busy. Jason enjoys spending time outdoors, farming, fishing and hunting. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Reidsville, NC, and Rockingham Community College Foundation.
Other Roles: Commissioner of the Wentworth PTA Ball Program, Wentworth, NC Recreation Committee, Rockingham Community College Foundation Fund Raising

Phone (336) 427-5181 x204
Fax (336) 313-0972

Katherine Rakestraw - Rakestraw Insurance Center

Katherine Rakestraw Hall, CIC, AAI, AIS
Consultant - All Lines, Agency Partner

Katherine has been working with our agency since May 2006. She is a producer in all lines including Personal, Commercial, Agribusiness, and Life. She obtained her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation in 2009, her AAI (Accredited Adviser in Insurance) and AIS (Associate in Insurance Services) designations in 2011. Katherine is a member of the Independent Agents of North Carolina's Education Committee. She is also a member of the Independent Insurance Agents Professional Development Committee and a member of the CIC Advisory Council

Katherine graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. As a producer, Katherine is able to meet with clients in our office, at a customer's home, business or job site.

Katherine resides in Wentworth with her husband, Justin. They have 2 children, Hunter and Emma Kate. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hunting and fishing, coaching youth sports, and living on the family farm. Katherine is a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x208
Fax (336) 355-7495

Sarah Rakestraw - Rakestraw Insurance Center

Sarah Rakestraw, CISR
Agency Manager

Sarah has been working at RIC since 2004. She is the Office Manager and occasionally assists in personal lines customer service. She obtained her property and casualty insurance license in 2004 and her CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representive) designation in 2010. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts.

Sarah is married to Jason, who also works at the agency. Sarah loves spending time with her family, traveling and appreciating the great outdoors. She also enjoys cheering for her 3 boys in various sports and activities.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x203
Fax (336) 355-7496

Neil Bowman - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance

C. Neal Bowman
Commercial & Agribusiness Consultant

Neal began working for RIC in 2016 and has 7 years experience in the insurance industry. He lives on his family’s dairy farm in Brown Summit, NC where he is still active milking part-time on the weekends. Neal has a passion for agriculture and is very experienced in growing strawberries, greenhouse tomatoes, growing vegetables for a roadside stand, and working on a dairy farm.

Neal is a graduate of N.C. State and is a former athlete for the Wolfpack. He is an active member of the Varsity Club and enjoys following N.C. State athletics. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x333
Fax (336) 447-6113

Blair Comer - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance Center

Blair Comer
Consultant All Lines

Blair started with Rakestraw Insurance in 2016. She has 2 children that keep her busy with band, volleyball, wrestling, and football.

She is an active member at Comer’s Chapel Baptist Church, the McMichael Band Boosters and school PTAs. She loves her community and any activity to help it grow.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x211
Fax (336) 355-7499

Adam Peterson - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance Center

C. Adam Patterson
Commercial & Agribusiness Consultant

Adam came to work for Rakestraw Insurance Center in 2015 and lives/works out of China Grove, NC in the southern part of North Carolina. Growing up in a family milk hauling business as well as living in an agricultural community has given Adam knowledge of the ins and outs of how Ag works and the related unique exposures. All of this makes Adam a great addition to our staff.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x222
Fax (704) 413-3200

Kim Hurd - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance Center

Kim Hurd
Personal Lines Customer Service Manager

Kim has been with our agency since its founding in 1990. She enjoys spending time with her family and the love of her life. In 2017 the Certified Insurance Service Representative Committee named Kim Customer Service Representative of the Year (for 2016).

Phone (336) 427-5181 x200
Fax (336) 427-8155

Holly Hockett - Agent - rakestraw Insurance Center

Holly Hockett
Personal Lines Customer Service Representative

Holly is a proud US Air Force mama and enjoys spending time with her husband Rich; together they like taking spontaneous trips and creating adventures. They have 4 grown children whom they adore and love to hang out with. She is very involved in her church, Ruffin United Methodist.
Holly has been a part of the Rakestraw team since 2015.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x102
Fax (336) 427-8155

William Teague - Agent - Rakestrw Insurance Center

William Teague, CISR
William Teague, CIC, CISR

Will joined our agency in 2013, and has over 17 years of experience in the insurance industry. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. Will also acts as the agency IT (Technology) expert.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x205
Fax (336) 355-7501

Debbie Valentine - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance Center

Debby Valentine
Commercial Lines Customer Service Manager

Debby has been with our agency since 2005. She has over 45 years experience in the insurance industry and a vast knowledge of insurance products.

She always puts customer service first!

Phone (336) 427-5181 x106
Fax (336) 355-7493

Lori Walker - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance Center

Lori Walker
Commercial Lines Renewal Manager

Lori has been with our agency since 1998. She and her husband, Kenny, have 3 children. Lori enjoys frequent trips to the mountains and spending time with her church family.

Phone (336) 427-5181 x207
Fax (336) 355-7498

Loreeta Gardener - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance Agency

Betsy Darst
Commercial Lines Customer Service

Betsy is married and has three children. She enjoys spending time with her family. She has been in the insurance industry for 9 years. Betsy enjoys serving and helping others. She is excited to have joined the Rakestraw Team in August of 2018 and looks forward to serving our customers in the Commercial Lines Department.

Phone (336) 637-8099 x202
Fax (336) 355-7493

Loreeta Gardener - Agent - Rakestraw Insurance Agency

Loretta Garner
Commercial Lines Customer Service

Loretta joined the Rakestraw Insurance Center team in 2014. She has over 30 years experience in the insurance field.

Phone (336) 637-8099 x202
Fax (336) 355-7493