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 Johnte' Archer, JD
Johnte' Archer, JD
CEO | Founder
Johnte' Archer, JD
Johnte' Archer, JD 
CEO | Founder

Biography

Johnte’ Archer, JD is the CEO of J. Archer Insurance Group/Archer Commercial Insurance Group, a multi-national independent insurance brokerage. Founded in 2009, the affluent firm, is a notable Arthur J. Gallagher Connect Partner, AON and Willis Towers Watson Diversity Solution partner, an M/WBE firm selected based on their proven capabilities and their track record of exceptional performance. The firm has experience serving the risk management/insurance needs of clients ranging from high net worth individuals to multi-national public and private organizations.

Johnte’ is a proud graduate of the University of Houston (Go Coogs!) and Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, CA where she earned her law degree. She is no stranger to community service and advocacy with roots firmly planted through her membership into the illustrious Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in the Spring of 1998. She has a distinguished background as a participant in the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP), The Mickey Leland Congressional Internship Program, and as a Legislative Aide for the US House of Representatives. She is a champion for girls and children evidenced by her early service as a law clerk with the Children’s Law Center in Los Angeles, CA and Guardian Ad Litem work with Child Advocates.

Johnte’ Archer is also the Founder/CEO of The SHE IS A CEO Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to encourage entrepreneurship, enrich character and develop a love for charity among girls. Through its programs, the foundation strives to create entrepreneurs one little girl at a time and support other organizations that educate and enrich the lives of girls. Johnte’ is proud to say that the organization will have served over 1000 middle school girls through its Entrepreneurship Academy, Conference and Pitch competition since its inception in 2015.

Supporting her community, girls and other women in business is Johnte’s passion. She serves as the finance chair for the board of St. John’s Church Downtown, and is a current board member of Temenos CDC/II & III, a community housing development corp. She is a supporter of such charities as The Houston Furniture Bank, The Bread of Life, Inc., Yellowstone Academy, & St. Jude’s to name a few. She also proudly served as a host committee member for the Heroes for Children’s Annual fundraiser for families with children battling Cancer, “Heroes for Handbags.”

Johnte’ has received numerous recognitions including Top 30 Most Influential Women of Houston, The Vanguard Award during Houston’s Iconic fashion week, and was recognized as a Top 10 Women In Business & Top 50 Female Attorney by the National Diversity Council. But above all, her proudest accomplishment is her family, spiritually led by her husband, Ike and grounded by the daily adventures of their 4-year-old son John Christopher.

 Richard Miles
Richard Miles
VP Business Development | Client Relations
Richard Miles
Richard Miles 
VP Business Development | Client Relations

Biography

Richard is a connector and lifelong educator, trainer and business development specialist with over 25 years of experience. His strength is building strategic and fortifying genuine relationships in order foster win, win, win propositions. He brings value to individuals, small businesses, corporations, municipalities and governmental entities by introducing them to the leadership and expertise of the risk managers and consultants of our firm. Most importantly, he promotes The J. Archer Way of doing business, where the culture is client-centric and fueled by exceptional customer experiences.

 Gayla Robbins Mair
Gayla Robbins Mair
VP Operations
Gayla Robbins Mair
Gayla Robbins Mair 
VP Operations

Biography

Gayla Robbins Mair is the VP of Operations at the J. Archer Insurance Group. Gayla received her B.S in Chemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and her M.A. in Organization and Leadership from Columbia University in New York, NY. Mrs. Mair is an active member of The Links, Incorporated and currently lives in Houston, TX with her husband, Dorian Watford-Mair.

 Sylvia Perez
Sylvia Perez
Senior Advisor | HNW Personal Lines
Sylvia Perez
Sylvia Perez 
Senior Advisor | HNW Personal Lines

Biography

Sylvia is a bilingual insurance consultant with over 13 years of insurance industry experience and 16 years of providing outstanding customer service. She provides “Exceptional Client Experiences” for our High Net Worth and Personal Lines clients at J. Archer Insurance Group.  With the success and growth of each our clients, their transition into high net worth products, expanded coverage and concierge service delivery is vital.  Sylvia’s in-depth product knowledge and ability to ask the right questions makes the difference in eliminating gaps in coverage and providing our clients with a comprehensive personal insurance portfolio.

If you are lucky enough to work with Sylvia, you will discover a level of care, follow-through, and quality of work that is second to none.  As Sylvia continues to grow her role she is excited to connect with you and is looking forward to servicing all of your personal insurance needs.

 Wayne  Hailey,  CLCS,  PWCA
Wayne Hailey, CLCS, PWCA
Account Manager | Commercial Lines
Wayne  Hailey,  CLCS,  PWCA
Wayne Hailey, CLCS, PWCA 
Account Manager | Commercial Lines

Biography

Wayne Hailey is a Commercial Insurance Account Manager at J. Archer Insurance Group/Archer Commercial insurance Group with over eight years of property and casualty insurance experience, and over a decade of customer service experience through various business sectors. He understands the challenges that many businessowners face and enjoys helping clients overcome complex situations.
Wayne graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is certified as a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist and a Professional Workers Compensation Advisor.

 Meehui Messina
Meehui Messina
Account Manager | Commercial Lines
Meehui Messina
Meehui Messina 
Account Manager | Commercial Lines

Biography

Meehui Messina is a Commercial Insurance Account Manager at J. Archer Insurance Group/Archer Commercial insurance Group with over six years of property and casualty insurance experience, and over a decade of customer service experience. She has worked at independent insurance agencies in Texas, the DC Metro Area, and the Mid-Atlantic. Meehui has earned numerous awards and recognition for going above and beyond for her clients. Her number one priority is to provide real and simple solutions to minimize overall business risks, so they can spend more time focusing on maximizing their profits. She is a vital member of our team of trusted advisors, and strives to provide solutions to protect your assets.

She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and minor in Risk Management in Insurance. She is a member of Alpha Upsilon chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, a Risk Management fraternity; the Theta chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the U.S. Honorary National Mathematics Society; and the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, where the motto is “The reward is in the doing.”

 Cynthia Pears
Cynthia Pears
Senior Account Manager | Life, Health & Employee Benefits
Cynthia Pears
Cynthia Pears 
Senior Account Manager | Life, Health & Employee Benefits

Biography

Cynthia Pears is a Senior Account Manager at J. Archer Insurance Group located in Houston, Texas.  Cynthia is a graduate of Texas Southern University, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration.  She also obtained a Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.  She began her insurance career with American General Life – AIG in 2000 and has since worked for several large insurance corporations.  She has almost 20 years of insurance experience in not only life & health account management but also property and casualty.

Cynthia has established and trusted relationships with all of our life and health clients.  She is well respected in the industry and by carrier underwriters. She is excited to partner with you to strategically manage your insurance portfolio.  You can reach Cynthia directly at 281-849-9531.

 Rachel Breeden, CPCU, AIC, ARM, AAI, AIS
Rachel Breeden, CPCU, AIC, ARM, AAI, AIS
Lead Underwriting Specialist | Commercial Lines
Rachel Breeden, CPCU, AIC, ARM, AAI, AIS
Rachel Breeden, CPCU, AIC, ARM, AAI, AIS 
Lead Underwriting Specialist | Commercial Lines

Biography

Rachel Breeden is the Lead Commercial Lines / Underwriting Specialist for J. Archer Insurance Group.  Since entering the insurance industry in 2012, she has been quite aggressive developing her knowledge and expertise, earning six professional designations including her CPCU, the highest and most respected designation in our industry. She also has experience with Personal Lines and Life Insurance products. Rachel says that her top priority is providing a comprehensive insurance program that is the perfect fit for the client and carrier.

Rachel received her Associates Degree from Campbell University while serving on active duty as a United States Marine. After successfully serving her country, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Finance from Manhattan College.  We are proud of Rachel for her service to her country and thank her for carrying that same dedication to the clients we serve.

 Viola Santiago
Viola Santiago
Account/Client Relations Manager | Commercial Lines
Viola Santiago
Viola Santiago 
Account/Client Relations Manager | Commercial Lines

Biography

Viola Santiago is a bilingual insurance specialist at J. Archer Insurance Group and focuses on small commercial accounts and is also well versed in personal lines. Viola started in the insurance business “by accident” in 1997 and has never looked back. With over 20 years of insurance experience, clients value her wealth of knowledge and the pride she takes in exceeding client expectations. She touts being a “good listener” as one her most valuable assets and is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.

Viola Santiago is a native Texan who grew up in the Stafford and Sugar Land areas of Houston. She is happily married and mom to three beautiful humans. She “loves God, Family, Animals & Cooking!” We are so grateful to have Viola on our team, and we’re certain that you’ll feel the same.

 George Ferrel
George Ferrel
Senior Loss Control Specialist | Construction OCIP, ROCIP & CCIP
George Ferrel
George Ferrel 
Senior Loss Control Specialist | Construction OCIP, ROCIP & CCIP

Biography

George Ferrel is an accomplished manager with seventeen+ years of experience as a construction safety professional with experience in all aspects of construction safety, health and environmental activities at the general contractor and subcontractor levels.  He has direct experience managing large and small scale Environmental, Health and Safety Programs with a strong focus on Safety Management Systems and Behavior Based Safety.

George’s career reflects a proven record of implementing and delivering progressive safety management, processes, and systems and we are privileged to have him on our team.  George has certifications including OSHA #502 for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers, Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC), and Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST).

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