Meet Our Staff

Gary Benson, Agent 

A graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX, Gary began as an agent in 1983. The majority of Gary’s insurance career has been focused on insuring churches and non-profit organizations. Teaming with Insurance One Agency in 2003 he has helped developed Insurance One’s center for church and non-profit organizations into one of the largest independent insurance agencies serving that clientele.

Insurance One has over 15 offices across Texas and over $75 million in sales. The strength of Insurance One’s combined resources can provide customers with some of the finest insurance companies available. With that, Gary understands that while price is always an issue, he offers a total commitment to customer service that price cannot always buy. No matter the size of the account, Gary still believes in personal service and takes great pride in the commitment he makes to his customers.

Gary and his wife Sharon have three daughters and nine precious grandchildren. Gary is an active member of Crossroads Baptist Church in The Woodlands.  

Paula Burns, CIC, CRM, Agent 

Paula Burns specializes in insuring larger churches and non-profit organizations and has been in the insurance industry since 1984.  She has earned the designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM).   Her career began in property and casualty claims laying a foundation for Paula to be an advocate for clients when they need her the most, during a claim or crisis. Paula is a faculty member of The National Alliance and teaches classes to other insurance professionals, risk managers, and non-profit organizations regarding risk management. She also serves on the board of the Church CO+OP and Shield Bearer non-profit ministries.  When she is not teaching, or at the agency, you can find her on her horse farm close to Whitney, TX with her husband of 23 years. She and her husband Gary have two children, Brandon and Lindsey.  She joined Insurance One Agency in 2010 because they have a heart to serve those who serve.

Tara Coleman, Sr Account Manager

Tara began her career in commercial insurance in 2000 as an assistant account manager issuing policies and managing claims but since 2004, her focus has been as an Account Manager, servicing commercial clients and non-profit organizations.  She is a native Houstonian, married, and active in her son’s little league baseball league. 

Lindsey Lyons, Account Manager

Lindsey started her insurance career in 2011 but grew up in an insurance family.  She served as an insurance apprentice for two years before joining the Insurance One team full-time in 2013 gaining invaluable insight into Insurance One’s dedication to servicing their valued clients.  She has earned an Associate of Arts degree and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree.  Her husband, John, is the Young Life Associate Director for The Woodlands area schools.

Janie Lawrence, Auto/Home Customer Service Representative

Janie Lawrence has been in the insurance profession since 1995, bringing decades of experience to Insurance One. She has predominantly worked with personal lines (auto and homeowner) during those years so that experience is a great asset to our agency and to our auto and home clients. Janie and her husband have five children and 10 grandchildren.


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