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Meet Our Team

Joe Kennedy
Agency Owner

My experience in the insurance industry has taught me that it is essential that we approach each interaction with the intent to establish a long-term relationship. A lot of people view insurance as just a bill until there is a need for it and they don’t have the protection they need. My duty and obligation is to make every effort to prevent that from happening to anyone my agency deals with.

I grew up in Southfield Michigan which is just outside of Detroit. I moved to AZ in 2005 and after 13 years I finally feel comfortable calling it home now! (other than my sports teams, all Detroit!). Being able to protect families, individuals, and businesses while providing career opportunities to people and helping others in the community as my living is a true blessing that I never take for granted.

I love my wife and being a father! My oldest son is almost 2 and his little brother arrived this past May. My father passed away when I was 6 weeks old so I’ve always envisioned being the father I wished I had and now that is my motivation each day. My full name is Walter Joseph Kennedy III and I named my son the IV. I’ve always felt the need to keep the name going since I never met my father. 4.0 is my nickname for my firstborn and that is what prompted me to name my second agency location 4.0 Insurance.

I have 3 dogs and I try to get them to the park on the weekends when the weather permits it. Summer is tough but on hot days they love the pool! We got one of our Dogs (Hank) from a dog rescue called P.A.W.S Fur The Cause AZ and I’ve sponsored several adoption events but I had to pull back because I have a hard time leaving without a dog! We also adopted our 3rd dog Ace from the Pinal County dog pound the day before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He has been an amazing addition to the family! We are huge dog rescue supporters and if you’re reading this we encourage you to adopt!:)

My older brother Steve recently began a nonprofit called “Elephant Care Unchained”. He spends several months throughout the year traveling to other countries to help improve the wellbeing of elephants. He is incredibly passionate and dedicated to this cause and if you would like to learn more about it you can visit http://www.elephantcareunchained.com/ for more information. He sells awesome hats and t-shirts that help raise money for his efforts and if you mention The Kennedy Agency you will receive 20% off any purchases you make 🙂

Amanda Vanover
Agency Supervisor

My experience in the insurance industry has been great! Earning people’s trust and establishing a long-lasting relationship with every person I speak with is my goal. Getting to help people understand what they are actually paying for monthly and explaining coverage options that will put them in the best situation possible is key. Most people look at the insurance policy as a bill, I try to explain that it is actually protection against a HUGE bill in the future if you aren’t properly protected. I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am a Hoosier at heart with a new-found love of the Arizona heat! What excites me most about my job is my relationship with our clients. I love hearing about their growing family or their new house they just purchased. I really enjoy the phone calls and walk ins from our clients just to chat about life. They make my job worth coming to everyday.

I love spending time with my family. My husband and I are dedicated to making family a number 1 priority and I love it. I have a 10-year-old and a 1 year old and they are the light of my life! When I am not working I’m usually at the baseball field with my son. I love watching his games and practices. I do have a guilty pleasure… I love Netflix! I love to binge watch shows with my family. I am very passionate about pet adoption. I have adopted both of my dogs, Lucy and Zeus. I encourage people to check their local animal shelters before ever buying a dog from a pet store.

Chris Koller
Licensed Sales Producer

I serve as a trusted advisor to all of our clients and prospects to ensure they have the best coverage at the best price. I was born and raised in San Diego, California and moved out to Phoenix to attend school at Grand Canyon University. I graduated in December of 2017 and made the decision to stay in Phoenix because I love it here! One of the most fulfilling aspects of my job is giving people a true understanding of their coverage and how it can impact their life in the event of an unfortunate accident.

My favorite personal activity is spending time with my family and friends! My favorite activity outside of work is spending time at the lake and desert. My one extremely guilty pleasure is my love for Taco Bell and all the delicious unhealthy food they offer. I am passionate about helping out local animal shelters with donations whenever I can to support all the pets that can’t find homes.

Austin White
Licensed Sales Producer

I am new to the insurance industry willing to learn and perfect the duties appointed to me. I am from San Diego, California. I am currently attending Grand Canyon University in my senior year for my business administration degree. What excites me the most about work would be the environment I am in, able to help people with any concerns. Being able to contribute is a great feeling in order to see the company grow along with people around you.As being an employee, I bring a positive attitude and hard work ethic to contribute to the company.

Personally, things I enjoy are helping people out in any way along with promoting positivity. Personally, I enjoy being around family and friends. Something I can’t stop talking about would be sports. When I am not working you can find me at the dog park or relaxing at home. A typical weekend for me would consist of hanging out with friends making great memories. Something fun that is currently of interest for me is the stock market, I enjoy learning new thing about trading and crypto-currency.
 

Maribel Garcia-Kedelty
Licensed Sales Producer

I began working in the insurance industry last year here at the Kennedy Agency and I have been working and learning the business ever since. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in Rio Rancho until I moved to Arizona for college. I am currently earning my Bachelors in Biological Sciences at Arizona State University. I truly appreciate being able to provide someone with great coverage at a good price that eases the insecurities they may have.

I absolutely love traveling and learning about all of the different languages and cultures in the world! When I am not working I am usually at ASU studying but I prefer to spend my weekends with my family. My guilty pleasure is of course French fries. A fun fact about myself is I can also hold a handstand for a really long time! I am a volunteer at Arizona Animal Welfare League and go as often as I can!

Gabby Garo
Licensed Sales Producer

My experience in the insurance industry has been exciting! I am able to form long-lasting friendships and able to help people along the way. I grew up in a small town in Indiana. I spent a lot of time in Indiana doing community work for the Indianapolis Zoo and their dolphin exhibit. What excites me most about working with the Kennedy Agency is knowing I can make a difference in someone’s life. Even as simple as being the shoulder to cry on during a tragic event. I want to make sure that everyone is always properly covered for the worst-case scenarios and know they have someone they can trust to lean on for support and help.  

When I’m not in the office, I love spending time with family and being outdoors My husband and I have 2 kids my son, 9 and our daughter, 4. We all love to get outdoors and hike and I could talk all day long about the beautiful places there are to see! Any chance we get we are taking the kids out to adventure. We have collected a number of treasures from our adventures like small pieces of gold and some very cool rocks. I do have one very big guilty pleasure and that is my love for Netflix! If you ever need to know the best shows to watch, I am your person!

I am very passionate about animal welfare and nature preservation. I encourage everyone to visit their local shelter!

Roger Gates
Licensed Heath and Life Advisor

I help individuals solve problems related to health and benefits. Most of my clients don’t know where to turn for answers until the talk with me. I grew up in Wisconsin and tried everything I could to stay warm till I grew up. I graduated from Kendall College in Evanston IL with a degree in culinary arts. I have always had a tendency to help others and this job gives me the opportunity to do that a lot. I can sleep well at night knowing that I am providing a valuable service to others. I really enjoy the excitement that others get when I am able to help them solve these problems. I can’t stop talking about the feeling of joy this brings me in my career. When I am not in the office, I love to spend my time fishing. You would have to buy a boat and search one of the many lakes to try and find me on a weekend. My biggest guilty pleasure is how much I love eating ice cream with fresh fruit late at night even though it is not the best idea right before bed. I am a solid Christian and attend church regularly to worship my Lord and Savior for all he has blessed me with.

Matthew Garcia
Personal Financial Representative

I have been in the financial services industry for 10 years. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  I attended Stephen F Austin State University near Houston, Texas before being recruited to the Phoenix area. I most enjoy working with families and getting to know what is important to them financially. The part of life that brings me the most joy is hand down my wife Tasha and son Elijah (3) and Gracie (1) they are so much fun; they are such a blessing. My favorite hobbies include Church events, Crossfit, hiking and biking, golf, and reading. I love to play the guitar and piano. I also make it a point to volunteer at my church and at the kid’s club at my local Crossfit gym, Laveen Crossfit.

Jenny Palmer-Georges

I started working in the insurance industry while I was attending Arizona State University.  After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology I decided to try my hand in the mortgage industry.  Now, after almost 10 years,  I’m back. I grew up in Missoula, Montana.  I love my Montana roots, and try to visit at least once a year. I am very excited to be able to help people in our community to protect everything that is most important to them in their lives. I have two boys, ages 8 and 1, who are my world.  On a typical weekend, you can find me with my family.  If we are not at a swim meet for my 8-year-old, then we are usually chasing our 1-year-old around our neighborhood. If I am not with my boys, I enjoy catching up with friends. Or you can find us at a sports bar cheering on our favorite team…the Montana Grizzlies. As a military spouse, I enjoy assisting our military and veteran families through the Military Assistance Mission.

Kelly Bigliazzi

My experience with the insurance industry has allowed me to build long-lasting relationships with customers and giving them confidence that I will be their trusted adviser. I have 8 years of experience as a licensed sales agent in 3 different states. I grew up in Peoria, IL which is right smack in the middle of Illinois. My husband and I relocated to San Antonio, TX in 2014 and now have relocated to AZ for the family.  I find AZ to be absolutely stunning! I really enjoy helping our customers!  I look forward to hearing from all of our customers and their great experiences. Whether it be a new baby, house, graduations, or if they are just having a bad day.  I want them to know I’m here for them. I have 8 years of insurance experience with some of the best agents I could have asked for.

When I’m not in the office you can find me spending time with my son.  He is my pride and joy!  Gio is 3 years old and is a ball of fire.  He has been such a blessing to our family.  I also have a 3-year-old Granddaughter who is full of life! I spend most of my weekends on the road riding my bike.  I am an avid road cyclist and also do a little road cycle racing.  I  also love taking my son to museums or just hanging out at the pool. But overall just love being outside. My biggest guilty pleasure is PIZZA.  I love Chicago style deep dish pizza! I am a retired competitive women’s bodybuilder.  I had to retire due to a motorcycle accident. I have 2 dogs who we adopted so I encourage everyone to support their local animal shelters.