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At Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial Services, we are working for you, not an insurance company!

Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial Services is a group of independent insurance agents based out of Jacksonville, Arkansas, with additional offices in Jonesboro and Springdale. We pride ourselves on working for our clients, and not for a company. Mary Alice Hughes began Insurance Advantage in 1995 and partnered with Lisa Bamburg in 2010 to form Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial Services. We specialize in working with Arkansas Public School Employees and their families. We strive to always help our clients make the best decisions possible. Below you will find more information about our owners and the entire IA/LMA team. We are an A+ Better Business Bureau accredited company and we are also endorsed by the Arkansas Retired Teacher's Association.

Our team is experienced and focused on providing you exemplary customer service

Meet Our Team

Mary Alice Hughes

Owner - NPN 833859

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

maryalice@ia-office.com

Mary Alice is a 1991 graduate of Arkansas Tech University and has been a licensed insurance producer since January 1995 when she founded Insurance Advantage LLC. She is endorsed by the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association and is an exclusive agent for their long-term care insurance, dental and vision insurance, cancer lump sum insurance and heart/stroke lump sum insurance. Mary Alice also provides tax-deferred annuities and Medicare-related products.

Read more about Mary Alice by clicking here.

(NPN 833859)

Lisa Bamburg

Owner - NPN 16145696 CRD 6458715

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

lisa@ia-office.com

Lisa is graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a finance degree. She is a Registered Investment Advisor with CoreCap Advisors, Inc. and a licensed insurance agent. Lisa is also endorsed by the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association.

Read more about Lisa here.

(NPN 16145696)

Linda Valley

Agent - NPN 11006873

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

linda@ia-office.com

Linda is a licensed insurance agent with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She joined Insurance Advantage and LMA Financial Services in 2008 and is the office manager. Linda has broad expertise in dental and vision insurance, health insurance, cancer policies, heart and stroke policies, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare prescription drug plans.

Learn more about Linda by clicking here.

(NPN 11006873)

Haley Hickingbotham

Agent - NPN 18736133

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

haley@ia-office.com

Haley came to our team in February 2018, after graduating from Henderson State University in the fall of 2017. She was born and raised Jacksonville and is a licensed insurance agent. She can assist our clients with retirement, Medicare, dental and vision and cancer/heart/stroke plans. Haley’s favorite season of the year is fall because she can watch the Hogs every Saturday!

Laura Babcock

Agent - NPN 18885130

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

laura@ia-office.com

Laura BABCOCK
Laura’s career has been diverse, having served both as a marketing leader and a professional ballet dancer. Laura’s work with the staff is primarily focused on client relations and learning about insurance and the retirement/
financial planning industry. She is the mother of three grown boys and is also married to a Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force.
Laura likes to work in her garden, play golf and enjoys telling stories about her dancing days.

Becca Reynolds

NWA Agent - NPN 18902083

479-347-2039

479-347-2311

becca@ia-office.com

Becca Reynolds is our Northwest Arkansas agent and works out of our newest location in Springdale. Becca joined our team 2018, after nearly 15 years in corporate retail. Since then, she has enjoyed getting to know our clients and learning through hands-on training. Becca has a degree in Business Management and appreciates being able to help people make informed decisions as they plan for and enjoy retirement.

Becca and her husband, John, love chasing after their two beautiful girls, Jacquelyn and Emelyn. Becca volunteers with her church and daughter’s preschool and supports the American Diabetes Association. In her free time, Becca and her family enjoy attending the many local events and attractions offered in NWA and when able, they love to travel.

Jeff Altemus

Agent - NPN 18993294

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

jeff@ia-office.com

Jeff Altemus

Jeff is the former Deputy Superintendent of Marion Schools and has decided to come out of retirement to join our team!  With 33 years of experience in Arkansas Public Schools, including 15 years sitting on the benefits committee at EBD, Jeff brings his vast knowledge of school administration to our business to better serve our school employee clients.

Jeff has been married for 35 years to Marci (formerly Tucker) of Bryant and together they have two grown children, Michael and Allison.

Jeff has more hobbies than we have room to list here, but the highlights are building hot rods, hunting and tennis.

Tina Clegg

Office Staff

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

tina@ia-office.com

Tina is originally from Coweta, Oklahoma, and has lived in the Jacksonville/Cabot area for over 20 years. Tina is likely the first person you speak with when you call our main, Jacksonville office. She enjoys working with Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial Services and feels like her teammates are family!

Tina has two grown daughters, a grandson, a grand daughter and another grand daughter on the way. Her hobbies include: hanging out with family and friends, meeting new people and she is also a BIG fan of the Razorbacks and the Cowboys.

Blake Howard

Agent - NPN 19018014

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

Blake@ia-office.com

Blake is a licensed insurance agent who has completed his Investment Series 6 and 63 and works in both the Jacksonville and Jonesboro offices. Blake grew up in Paragould, AR, but currently lives in Little Rock with his wife, Hannah, a law student at UALR. He enjoys working close to his current home while also being able to go back to Jonesboro to see friends and family after he’s finished with work for the day. 

Blake’s hobbies include hunting and hanging out with his wife and friends.  Blake is a huge fan of anything Razorbacks or New Orleans Saints!

Lisa Seward

Agent - NPN 1675619

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

Lisal@ia-office.com

Lisa has lived in the Little Rock area for 30 years. She is a 1997 graduate of UA Little Rock in Business Administration.  She is a licensed insurance agent, with previous experience in the industry.  Lisa enjoys getting to know our clients and learning through hands-on training. She is excited to be working at Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial, and is grateful for the positive work environment and close-knit team.  She has one grown son, and rescue dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, traveling, crocheting, and any activity where dogs are involved.

Michele Fawcett

Office Assistant

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

Michele@ia-office.com

Michele is retired from teaching after 27 years.  She received her BSE and MSE degrees from the University of Central Arkansas in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences and Gifted Education respectively.  She has been married to her husband Rocky for 27 years.  She has a son who is a second-year dental student at UMKC and another son who is completing his sophomore year at Vilonia High School. In her free time, she enjoys watching her younger son play sports, traveling, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.  She is very excited to be working at Insurance Advantage and LMA Financial Services. It allows her the opportunity to assist our team at helping teachers throughout the state prepare for retirement and enjoy the fruits of their labor! 

Rocky Fawcett

Agent - NPN 19204459

501-988-2726

501-988-2725

Rocky@ia-office.com

Rocky retired from teaching, coaching and administration after 35 years and soon after joined the team at Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial Services. He received his BSE from Ouachita Baptist University in 1983 and his MSE from the University of Central Arkansas in 1991. He has been married to wife Michele for almost 28 years and they have two sons. Rocky enjoys going to high school football and basketball games to cheer for his youngest son Jake who is completing his sophomore year in high school. He also enjoys talking anything Razorback with his oldest son Reid who attends dental school in Kansas City.