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We are your trusted independent insurance agency.

Your family, your business and your possessions are all important to you, but you may not know how to best protect them. We have the experience to navigate the unique risks you face, serving as your insurance advisor.

Insight Risk Management was founded in 2013 via the merger of McDonnell Insurance and Menard, Gates & Mathis, two of the leading agencies in the Mid-South.

Finding a shared culture of putting our clients and their needs first, the principals agreed that merging would allow the opportunity to serve customers better as we invest in the resources to benefit them as well as invest in our growth. Insight Risk Management has four Mid-South locations:  Cordova, TN, Nashville, TN, an office in Marion, AR, and an office in New Albany, MS.

Our History

McDonnell Insurance was founded in 1919 by Paul McDonnell after returning from World War I, and 30 years later his sons Lewis and Jim joined him. Through the next four decades, the agency flourished under Lewis and Jim’s leadership as their client list grew steadily and staff expanded. As their growth continued, other key employees became shareholders and helped perpetuate the client-centered culture of the agency. Their model proved so successful that when Lewis’s son David McDonnell took over responsibility for managing the agency, their growth required the agency to relocate to today’s present main office in Cordova, Tennessee.

In 1983, Dale Menard worked with Gene Mathis and Bill Gates to form Menard, Gates & Mathis. As they grew and established a reputation for exceptional technical capabilities not only in insurance but also in surety bonding, the breadth of their offering expanded to include commercial lines, personal lines, surety bonding, and benefits. The agency continued to grow with the addition of key equity partners Joe Evans, Alex Mathis, and Van Menard. Using service as their key differentiator, their team expanded from the core group of employees to about 50 at the time of the merger.

Today, Insight Risk Management remains an employee-owned firm that takes great pride in knowing that our clients continue to return to us for advice year after year. As we evolve, add office locations, and serve an ever-growing number of clients, we are privileged to know that our clients trust us to serve their needs.

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Agency Associations

As an independent insurance agency we have great relationships with many well-known, reputable insurance companies, giving you the power of choice.


Our insurance advisors have years of experience in the insurance industry and serve as your advocate from selecting coverage through filing a claim.


Our insurance advisors have a strong passion for insurance and protecting what you value most in business and in life. We treat our customers like family.

At Insight Risk Management, our mission is very simple. We strive to provide a true, concierge client experience which is unique in the insurance industry. We give clients the power of choice from top-rated national and regional insurance carriers.

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As an independent agency, we offer multiple options at competitive prices.

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