Forging a Path with a Servant Heart

Elizabeth Hobdy Jones shares what it means to be a leader, mother, business owner and friend

Article by Scott Bell

Photography by Lyndsey Sayles Photography

Originally published in Gallatin Lifestyle

Gallatin is full of amazing women leaders among us. One of those, Elizabeth Hobdy Jones, fits that billing to perfection as a Gallatin wife, mother, business owner and insurance extraordinaire. Elizabeth, local owner of Farmers Insurance in Gallatin, is well-rooted in Sumner County, having come from multiple generations of Sumner County residents.

Decades ago, her great-grandparents were also area business owners and respected leaders in our community. Her mother was a part of the first graduating class at the local high school and years later, Elizabeth danced as a Wavette and graduated as the president of her senior class at Gallatin High School, herself. Needless to say, her roots run deep in Sumner County and she is as proud as anyone of what that means!

Interestingly, Elizabeth wound up in insurance through unconventional means. Early on, she experienced multiple rejections in the business world. However, Elizabeth being the resilient woman that she was, did not let those obstacles become defining hindrances. Instead, she chose to view those obstacles as a part of God’s master plan for her life, leading her straight into the opportunity of a lifetime: starting her own business and creating a community-focused insurance agency organically from scratch at the age of 21.

Elizabeth truly has a servant’s heart and she knows she has been called to be in this place at this time to make a difference in the lives of many. She thrives in her daily roles and responsibilities as she cultivates authentic relationships with people on a daily basis. She and her team of nine enjoy helping people and serving their families in their greatest times of need.

Elizabeth’s agency sets itself apart by working all of their customers’ claims in-house, avoiding the dreaded 1-800-number transfer. They take their time working through routine and specialized needs and events and Elizabeth even has her dad helping out in the office (even having retired several years ago), making this a true Gallatin family business!

Dedication to her craft and realizing that her customers are her biggest asset have led Elizabeth to some amazing notoriety in the industry. As a member of the President's Council, she has achieved this most elite distinction for the third time in her career, given only to the top 1% of agents nationwide, putting her in the top tier of more than 11,000 Farmers agents and managers. In addition to this prestigious distinction, she has also been named Tennessee Agent of the Year three years in a row and running, a direct reflection of her passion and dedication to service.

With so much local success in Gallatin, Elizabeth has recently opened a second location in Murfreesboro, as well. As she puts it, when you take care of people and make your business about them, you want to expand how you can continue to help those in our area.

Outside of the office, Elizabeth continues to serve our community in other roles. She is very active in the Gallatin Rotary Club and is involved in the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce. She adores her home church, Renovation Church here in Gallatin, where she assists with the children’s ministry and even leads worship services. She and her husband Brad have been together for 15 years and they now have a beautiful family, raising two sons and a daughter. Together, they enjoy attending church, being active in community events and frequenting new local restaurants. Elizabeth, in particular, loves sipping on a good cup of hot tea as she dreams up ideas for her agency and new ways to serve both her customers and her community.

Gallatin is full of amazing women and stories and Elizabeth’s contributions to our community are exactly what makes our area truly shine! @yourfarmersagent615

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