July 16, 2012. LifeStore Insurance, headquartered in West Jefferson with branch locations across the High Country, recently announced new agency acquisitions in Ashe County, as well as in North Wilkesboro and Lenoir.
In April, LifeStore acquired the James Epps insurance agency in Lenoir. The Epps agency was integrated into LifeStore’s existing Lenoir location at 324 Morganton Boulevard SW. Epps employee Kay Connor joined the LifeStore team at that time and has continued serving her former Epps customers as well as LifeStore’s other insurance clients.
In June, Jan Noffsinger, former owner of Parkway Custom Insurance Associates, Inc., joined LifeStore Insurance. Her focus will be on business insurance. Jan will operate out of offices in LifeStore’s Boone and West Jefferson locations. She has worked in the insurance industry for the past 29 years, beginning in Florida and working in the High Country for the past 17 years.
Earlier this month, LifeStore insurance also purchased Elite Insurance Group. Cynthia Staley, former owner of Elite Insurance Group, joined LifeStore as the Branch Manager of LifeStore’s North Wilkesboro office at 315 Main Street. A native of Wilkes County, Cynthia will be assisting customers with a full menu of insurance products including home, auto, business, life and health insurance.
“We are pleased to welcome each of these ladies into the LifeStore family,” said Jody Brown, President of LifeStore Insurance. “Their experience in the industry and knowledge of the communities where they work and live will be a strong asset to us.” Brown went on to say that he is “very encouraged about the future of LifeStore Insurance. We have locations in six counties and are one of the largest independent insurance agencies in northwestern North Carolina. These recent purchases will help us continue to grow our business and remain successful.”
LifeStore Insurance is an independent insurance agency providing its clients with options for their auto, home, business, life or health insurance needs. They are located across western North Carolina with offices in Boone, Elkin, Lenoir, North Wilkesboro, Sparta and West Jefferson.