Meet Our Team


Sherry Burrell


Sherry is an Atlanta native and grew up in Atlanta, graduating from Fulton High and attending Clayton State University. She began her insurance career while still in college, starting with a small 2 person agency, moving to larger independent insurance agencies and eventually purchasing with her business partners, Grimes Insurance in 1999. She is licensed in 15 states and has completed advanced designations of Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Charter Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Sherry provides management for accounting, human resources and technology services within the agency. Sherry has current and past leadership roles with the Board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, the Education Committee of the Applied Client Network and the Board of SecureRisk. Sherry also presents educational sessions for the Applied Client Network at its National and local chapter meetings. She is married to her lifelong sweetheart Vince and enjoys time with her three children, Jared, Kerry and Angela and their families, that include seven wonderful grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, sewing and quilting.



David Yoak

Vice President, Commercial Lines

David is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a BA in Economics and Political Economy. After graduation, David pursued a career in banking and shortly turned his sights on insurance with an emphasis on the needs of small to medium size businesses. His success led him from working with an insurance company to a career as an independent agent. After 12 years of working for others, he and his business partners acquired Grimes Insurance. David is a licensed agent in 35 states and has attained his designation as a Certified Insurance Counselor. He has served on several insurance advisory boards, presented to various trade organizations and local governments as an expert in the field of insurance. Within his local community, David has served as a mentor in his church as a Sunday school teacher and Confirmation class leader. He has coached youth baseball, youth soccer and served as a youth leader and Charter Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts of America. Throughout his life, David’s journey has been devoted to God and his family. His college sweetheart and wife Kimberly together with their two wonderful children Griffin and Kerby, enjoy traveling and spending time at the lake.



Jared Burrell


Jared is an Atlanta native and graduate of Georgia Tech. He has worked in the insurance industry since 2003 and joined Grimes Insurance in 2008 as a commercial insurance agent helping small businesses in the Atlanta Area. Jared runs the National JATC and JATT Programs and Craft Brewers Program helping those in those industries with specialized knowledge and custom built risk management solutions. He takes a consultative approach to the insurance business, preferring to educate you about your potential exposures and the insurance coverage needed to protect you and your business.



Kim Smith

Producer-Account Manager-Personal Lines

Kim started her insurance career straight out of High School with a Major Insurance Company in NYC.. She moved to Georgia in 1993 and transitioned to the agency side of things. She is well versed in all aspects of insurance but has found her niche as a personal lines producer. Kim enjoys building a long lasting trusting and professional relationship with her clients. She is married with two awesome sons. She loves to travel and enjoy having fun in the sun with family and friends.



Melissa Garrett

Account Manager - Commercial Lines

Melissa was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Loganville High School in 1992. She began her insurance career in 1999 and became a licensed agent in 2002 for Property & Casualty. Over the span of almost 20 years, she has sold and serviced Personal, Commercial and Aviation Insurance. Melissa is an animal lover. She also loves being outdoors, camping with her husband, son and two dogs


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