Our History

Tracing our roots back to 1919, Insight Risk Management was established on the principles of providing total coverage and service to our clients. This remains a cornerstone for the foundation of our company today as we continue to develop long-lasting relationships with our clients.  Our staff includes some of the finest insurance and surety professionals around, as demonstrated by the exceptional breadth of experience and professional designations that they hold.  We help our clients operate in all 50 states as well as internationally through our offices located throughout the Southeast.   With a team of about 100 professionals organized into industry practices groups, we ensure that we deliver the best advice and coverage available in the marketplace.

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 common culture of putting our clients and their needs first, the principals agreed that merging would allow us to better serve our customers as we invest in the resources to benefit them as well as invest in our own growth.  Insight Risk Management has three Mid-South locations: a location in Cordova, TN, a location in Nashville, TN and a location in Marion, AR.

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.