Meet Our Staff

As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business.  Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

Olean, New York Insurance Agent

Chip Dimmick

Chip Dimmick is a graduate of The Shippensburg University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He spent several years after graduating as a policeman. He credits one of his football coaches for giving him his start in the insurance world. Chip worked as a Claims Adjuster for Pennsylvania National Insurance for a few years before taking a position with Erie Insurance as a claims adjuster in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Chip and his family moved to North Carolina when given the opportunity to become the first Claim adjuster for the new branch in Charlotte. He continued his career with ERIE for several years obtaining his AIC and CPCU designations during that time. Chip made the transition from employee to Agent after more than 17 years in the business in the year 2000 with the start of Partners Insurance Agency. He currently holds his P&C, Life and Health and Brokers licenses. He is licensed to do business in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut and New York. He splits his time between the Cornelius, Mount Holly and Albemarle offices and is always available to customers in any location.

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Marlene Kennedy, Albemarle Insurance Agent

Marlene Kennedy

Marlene is a resident of Locust in Western Stanly County. She has a son, a daughter, and (5) grandchildren. Marlene has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years. She currently has licenses in Property & Casualty, Life, Accident & Health, Medicare Supplement & Long Term Care.

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Renee Owens, Albemarle Insurance Agent

Renee Owens

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Karen Dimmick

Karen is a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Penn State. She graduated with a degree in Art and worked as a graphic Designer before joining Chip in the Insurance Industry. She currently holds a Property & Casualty License.

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Linda Fox, Albemarle Insurance Agent

Linda Fox

Linda was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Linda is married and lives in Huntersville with her husband and two daughters. One daughter is currently attending UNC Chapel Hill and the other daughter attends North Mecklenburg High School. Linda worked for years in the mortgage industry before joining Chip and Karen at Partners. Linda currently holds a P&C license as well as a Life & Health License. She has worked for the last 4 years as a CSR focusing both on personal and commercial lines.

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April Echstenkamper, Albemarle Insurance Agent

April Echstenkamper

April is a native of Ohio and a graduate of the Ohio University. She has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Several of those years she spent with ERIE as a claims adjuster. She has worked with Partners for the last 10 years as a CSR. She currently holds her P&C and Life and Health license. She is married with 3 children. April is an animal lover, loves the Boston Red Sox and any Ohio sports team.

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Robert Lackey

Robert J. Lackey is an independent agent with Partners Insurance Agency, Inc, born and raised in North Carolina. He is a graduate of UNC Wilmington with a Degree in Business Management, with seventeen plus years of experience in the insurance business. Through his experience, Robert has realized that although it is easy to find someone to sell you insurance, finding an agent who knows the value of service after the sale is hard to come by. Robert’s customers will tell you that customer service has, and will always be, his number one goal, and is what sets him apart from other agents. His focus is on each client in helping them to make the right decision before the sale, providing support during a claim, and answering billing questions. He also offers coverage reviews at renewal, when you buy a new car or home, and even for “what if” scenarios if you have the misfortune of getting a speeding ticket.

Since joining Partners he has rounded out his book of business to include race car teams, manufacturing plants, metal roofing companies, machine shops, carpenters, plumbers, painters, and heating & air contractors. During this time Robert has never lost his focus on the individual. So with this varied product line and his experience, if you need to insure your home or your race team Robert can now help YOU!

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Hannah Dimmick

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Cornelius, North Carolina Insurance Agent

Tyler Johnson

Born and raised in Iredell County, Tyler graduated from North Iredell High School, studying mostly Computer Aided Design and Drafting. While in high school and for some time after, he dedicated his free time as a Volunteer Fireman. Starting out working at McDonalds as a cashier, he quickly worked his way into Management. After feeling accomplished in the fast food business, Tyler pursued a job as an Electrician. Up until early 2016, when he decided he wanted a career change, and chose Insurance. He currently holds a Property and Casualty license. Looking to further what he can do for our customers, Tyler became a Notary Public and offers his services for our customers.

In Addition to working in the agency, Tyler is enlisted into the North Carolina ARMY National Guard. His occupation with the National Guard as a Motor Equipment Operator, has not only taught him how to drive and maneuver all sorts of Military Vehicles, but also the value of hard work, motivation, and dedication. The same hard work, motivation, and dedication he implements here for us at Partners Insurance Agency.

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Jackson, Albemarle Insurance Agent


The Dimmick’s Golden Retriever Jackson is the favorite employee. Jackson replaced Bailey (retired) as the official greeter for the Agency. Many of our customers choose to visit us just to say hello to Jackson. Unlike the other employees, he will work for food.

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Robert Black, Albemarle Insurance Agent

Robert (Bobby) Black

I was fortunate to be raised in Mount Holly, a small town where my parents came in 1950 after they finished college at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia. My father was Robert H. Black who was the beloved band director in Mount Holly for 35 years. My sweet 85 year old mother, Betty Black, started the preschool kindergarten program at First United Methodist Church in 1966 and still finds joy in seeing some of the many children she taught now as adults with children and their own children attending the same wonderful program at FUMC. She still lives in Woodland Park, which was the best neighborhood a kid could grow up in. Some of my childhood friends from 1954 are still be best friends 59 years later!
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Cindy W. Payne, Albemarle Insurance Agent

Cindy W. Payne

Cindy was born and raised in Mount Holly, NC. She is the daughter of Tommy and Sally Williams. Cindy has been married to Jack Payne since 1973 and together they have three wonderful children. She has been blessed with 7 beautiful grandchildren. Cindy loves spending time in her sewing room making garments for her three granddaughters. When Cindy isn’t involved with her family she enjoys vacationing in Holden Beach, fishing and reading novels.

Cindy graduated from Mt Holly High School in 1972. She earned my Property and Casualty insurance license in 1996 and Life and Health insurance license in 1997. Cindy has been employed with Robert D. Black Insurance Services, Inc. since March 17, 1999. Cindy and Bobby (Robert) Black are lifelong friends and she feels very fortunate & blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him servicing the insurance needs of the Mt Holly community.

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Anna Summerlin, Albemarle Insurance Agent

Anna Summerlin

Anna has spent most of her life as a Mount Holly resident. She graduated from East Gaston High school in 1997. She became married to Jamie Summerlin in 2003. They have two beautiful children, Cooper and Sadie, and a standard poodle, Amos.

Anna and her family are members at First Baptist Church in Stanley, NC. When Anna has free time she loves spending it with family, traveling, reading and working outside, all weather permitting. Anna really enjoys helping her father with his insurance business and looks forward to helping you with all your insurance needs.

  • Anna became licensed in Property and Casualty in 2001
  • She joined Robert D. Black Insurance Services in 2001
  • Anna also graduated from Winthrop University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts History Degree
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Sarah Dimmick, Albemarle Insurance Agent

Sarah Dimmick

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