Team EIA: Your dedicated insurance consultants
Our team of insurance experts will take the time to understand the unique risks in your life to ensure you have the best possible protection plan in place. We proactively evaluate each aspect of your policy to avoid any potential gaps. Our goal is to alleviate your worries as much as possible so you can focus on the situation at hand. When it comes to your protection, we don’t take chances.
If the unexpected occurs, we strive to give you piece-of-mind. Rest assured, we will be there for your major life changes and every moment in between.
Founder & President
Since opening the EIA doors in 1980, Jerry has been committed to protecting his insureds' most important assets through the development of customized insurance programs. His goal is to provide personalized attention to every client to ensure they receive a protection plan that fits their unique needs and lifestyle.
Jerry embraces the opportunity to be a part of every clients' story. Whether they are buying their first home or purchasing coverage for a new business, he's by their side every step of the way. You can always count on him to give you the advice you need to know when it matters most in your life.
Jerry's vision for the future of EIA is to maintain the personal service that has been the backbone of the agency for over 36 years. He plans to continue growing the agency by providing clients with the high-quality insurance options, competitive pricing, and excellent service that they deserve.
In 1994, Nicole Ellis-Thompson began her insurance career working alongside her father Jerry during her junior year of high school. She takes great pride in the establishment that her Dad has worked to build over the past 36 years. Her goal is to take the family business to new heights and continue to grow EIA's legacy of success. Nicole is a San Antonio native and the proud mom of 2 adorable boys. She is a big movie buff and enjoys staying active through CrossFit training. Nicole also considers herself an honorary Aggies fan, thanks to her husband Dan.
Neal joined EIA in 2006 after graduating from UTSA. He originally planned to play pro soccer but decided to learn the family business alongside his father Jerry and sister Nicole. Neal's favorite aspect of working in the insurance industry is the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of his clients. He has lived in San Antonio his whole life and is a huge Spurs fan and foodie.
Kevin has been with Ellis Insurance Agency since 2000 and specializes in all types of Commercial Insurance products. He received his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation from The National Underwriters Company and The Hartford School of Insurance in 2007. Prior to joining EIA, he worked as a general contractor for many years and became very experienced with the special needs businesses require. Kevin is from a small town in East Texas and is a skilled woodworking craftsman. When he is not mountain biking, he loves building furniture for friends and family. He has been happily married for 27 years and has 5 kids and 2 grandkids.
After a short retirement, Gilbert could not stay away from his passion for insurance and joined EIA in 2009. He previously owned and operated an independent agency focused on writing commercial insurance. His experience as a business owner allows him to provide expert commercial insurance advice to his clients. Gilbert is very active member of his church and devotes his extra time to ministry work.
Eddie has been in the insurance industry for 14 years. In 2013, he moved from San Francisco back to his hometown of San Antonio to join EIA. He graduated from UTSA and is a Certified Insurance Counselor, Personal Lines through The National Alliance for Insurance. Eddie was presented Safeco’s elite H.K. Dent Society award, given to 10% of agents nationwide and was a recipient of Safeco’s Award of Excellence, representing 2% of agency force, for 2011 and 2012. He is a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the River City Business Networking Group, and volunteers for Habitat For Humanity and Communities In Schools. His interests include baseball, mountain biking, fishing, and camping with friends.
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Debra has been in the insurance business for 3 years. Prior to joining EIA in 2013, she worked in the sales, promotions, and customer service industry. Her #1 goal as an agent is to develop long-term relationships with clients as their trusted advisor. As a San Antonio native, Debra is very involved in the community. She is a member of several organizations including NAPMW (National Association of Professional Mortgage Women) and is Secretary of VAREP (Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). Debra is a self-proclaimed "movie junkie" and takes great interest in films. She is also a member of BOK, a literary circle. Debra has been married to her husband for 42 years, has 2 married sons and a grandson.
Personal Lines Account Manager
Becky is originally from Kentucky but considers San Antonio her home. She has been working in insurance since 1987 and has worked in several different agencies since 1996. Becky is an excellent communicator and is skilled at building personal relationships with clients through one-on-one consulting. She is married with 2 stepsons, 1 daughter-in-law, and 5 grandchildren. When she's not spending time with her family, Becky loves to dance. She competes in country-western and swing dancing competitions.
Commercial Lines Manager, ACSR CISR
Karen has been working in insurance since 1981. She is a native Texan and has lived in San Antonio most of her life. After attending San Antonio College, Karen worked at several different insurance agencies and learned the insurance industry inside and out before joining EIA in January 2014. She's married with one son, 5 stepchildren, and 15 grandchildren. In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, Karen has a unique passion for exotic birds, especially parrots.
Personal Lines Account Manager
Silke has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years. She received her degree in International Business Management and specializes in sales, customer service, and billing. Silke is originally from Bremerhaven, Germany and moved to the US as a military wife in 1999. After settling down in San Antonio, she joined EIA in 2013. Silke enjoys working in insurance because it's a dynamic business and there's always an opportunity to learn more every day with every client. Her hobbies include traveling, spending time with her family, and being outdoors.
Lori Van Dyke
Lori joined EIA in March 2016. She loves working for a family-owned business and enjoys getting to know clients. Lori is a San Antonio native and part of several local organizations. She is an active member of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and the San Antonio Parrot Head Club (served as President of Sponsorship from 2010-2012). She is part of several community service projects for non-profit organizations including the Alzheimer's Association, Soldiers Angels, and the Ronald McDonald House. Lori is a proud Navy Mom and loves spending time with her 9-month-old granddaughter. She is also a huge Aggie fan and loves country dancing, lake days, beach trips, Jimmy Buffet, and family BBQ's.
Prior to joining EIA, Jenna graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations. She has a diverse background in nonprofit management, marketing, sales, and business development. All of these roles contributed to her passion for creativity, writing, and communication. In May 2016, after living in Austin for 9 years, she returned to her hometown of San Antonio and began managing EIA's new marketing department. Her goal is to continue the future success and growth of EIA by implementing the agency's first-ever digital marketing initiative. Jenna is a big music lover and Longhorn fan (Hook 'em!).
Jazmin is the newest member of the EIA family. She graduated from Blessed Hope Academy and previously worked at Cornerstone Church for 5 years as a lead teacher in the child care department. Jazmin was born in El Paso, TX and moved to San Antonio at the age of 9. Her favorite hobby is doing makeup for her friends and her goal is to become a freelance makeup artist. She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and baking. Jazmin is also bilingual in Spanish.
Personal Lines Account Manager
Melissa started at Ellis Insurance Agency in 2003 and has nearly 10 years in the insurance industry. She recently rejoined the team after 4 years of working at her church. We're excited to welcome her back as our newest Personal Lines Account Manager. Melissa has lived in San Antonio her whole life and has a passion for baking, especially cupcakes! She recently got married and is enjoying her time as a newlywed with her husband, stepdaughter, and kitten. In addition to traveling, Melissa enjoys scary movies, game nights, and all things Disney.