Meet the Team

myra palmer

Myra Palmer

President
Myra Palmer, president of the Palmer Agency, is an advocate of the life insurance industry. With more than thirty years in the agency she brings knowledge, passion, and experience; carrying on a family legacy that began when her father, Howard H. Palmer founded the Palmer Agency in 1961. Myra has deep respect for the advisors that choose to work with our firm and an ongoing commitment to the growth of their personal business. Leveraging the past she is able to energize the future as a true leader.

Myra is a student of the industry and is actively involved. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) and several carrier advisory boards. She has served on NAIFA’s Independent Advisors Task Force, is Past President of The Charitable Foundation of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA), Insurance and Financial Leaders of the Southeast and has served on the Oxford College of Emory University Board of Counselors. Myra is an active member of NAIFA, SubCenters, The Marketing Alliance, and SAGE (a second generation study group).

With a compelling story of love, loss and lessons learned, Myra understands the value of life insurance products from a professional and personal perspective. This story is featured in an article written by Myra and published in Broker World Magazine October 2015. This experience, along with her compassion, allows her to more effectively help others – she understands the challenges a small business faces, including the loss of two key men (her own brother, past president Alan Palmer and 32 year business partner, Exec VP, Jimmy Harrington), she has navigated the challenges of Long Term Care, and she has personally benefited from the value of life insurance (she lost her husband Dave in 2012).

Myra enjoys time with family and friends. She plays golf, runs, reads, travels and is a wine enthusiast. Myra has three sons, Chase, DJ and Palmer, a daughter-in-law Taylor, a beautiful grand-daughter June and a great companion in Blenner, her Golden Doodle.

Ron-Holmes

Ron L. Holmes, CFS

Vice President

Ron graduated from Georgia State University in 1991 with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. After graduation, Ron earned his Series 6, Series 63, Variable Life and Variable Annuity licenses and joined a local Career Agency in Atlanta where he worked closely with families and business owners to protect their financial security. While working in a career agency, he brokered his “tough to place cases” through The Palmer Agency for the next four years until he was asked by Howard Palmer to join the agency in 1995 as a Brokerage Sales Manager. Ron was promoted to Vice President of The Palmer Agency in 2003 and became a principal of the agency in 2013. Ron is always available to assist advisors to find the right solutions for their clients and help them grow their business.

Ron is involved in many charities including Wheelchair Foundation, Frontline Faith, Winship Cancer Institute, and Special Olympics. Ron comes from a family of insurance professionals including his wife Betsy. They are the proud parents of their Chocolate Lab “Hogan” and enjoy spending their spare time at the lake and traveling to the beach.

Philip Verlander

Philip Verlander

Marketing Director

Philip is an Atlanta native with over twenty years experience in the insurance world. He graduated from Berry College with a dual degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Upon graduation he entered the insurance industry as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual. During his tenure there, he was a Million Dollar Roundtable producer who specialized in small business succession planning and estate planning. In the fall of 2007 Philip joined the Palmer Agency as their Marketing Director. In this capacity, he focuses on agent recruitment and support. He assists agents in case design, product presentation, underwriting assessments, and sales support.

Philip and his wife Nicole reside in Decatur with their son Quinn and their daughter Aven. As a scratch golfer, Philip competes in a number of regional and national tournaments, but more importantly loves entertaining agents on the links.

Amanda-Turner

Amanda Turner

Life Case Manager

Amanda is a graduate of GA State University with a BBA in Marketing. Prior to joining The Palmer Agency, Amanda worked in the Banking industry for five years as a loan processor. She joined The Palmer Agency in 2008 as a Life Case Manager. She maintains life case status and works as a liaison between the agents and the carriers. She has experience with Life Insurance, Long Term Care and Disability.

Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, playing kickball and running in half marathons across the United States.

Sheri Williams

Sheri Williams

Life Case Manager

Sheri joined our agency December 1, 2014. She brings 20 years of Life Insurance Experience to her position as a case manager.
Sheri has experience working with agencies large and small and enjoys the concierge service she can give agents at The Palmer Agency. Her focus as a liaison between the carriers and agents is to provide streamlined service.

Sheri is a native of Georgia and has a son Justin. She enjoys traveling, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.

Kathy-Nichols

Kathy Nichols

Commissions

Kathy joined the agency in 2006 and brought with her nine years of insurance industry experience. She currently serves as commission’s manager & social media director. She supports our licensing and contracting department, marketers, case managers and our agency management system.

Kathy is a native of Atlanta, married with four children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family. She loves RV camping, lake life, photography and watching her children and grandchildren in sports. She is also an avid Baseball and NASCAR fan.

Sarah Billard

Sarah Billard

Individual/Group Marketing Manager/Licensing Manager

Sarah Billiard joined The Palmer Agency in 2010 after graduating from Wright State University in Ohio with a degree in communications. Sarah manages the licensing and contracting department for the entire agency. She also runs the Small Group, Ancillary Business and Individual Health Department.

Sarah played basketball for Weber State University until she transferred to Wright State University. Her passion for basketball is now fueled by officiating women’s college basketball games. She is married, enjoys spending time with family and friends, running half/full marathons and loves to workout!

Sandi Karl

Sandi Karl

Executive Assistant

Sandi joined The Palmer Agency in 2004 as an Executive Assistant. She is the first voice you hear when you call our agency. She maintains the workflow within the agency and assists each department as needed.
Sandi enjoys the outdoors, riding bikes, running half marathons and 5K’s. She has three children and two grandchildren, Chase and Connor.