Reliance Partners

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Reliance Partners
IndustryInsurance Services
HeadquartersChattanooga, Tennessee
Number of locations
Key people
Andrew Ladebauche, Co-Founder, CEO
Chad Eichelberger, President
Laura Ann Howell, COO
Ronald Ramsey, CCO
Jason Coleman, EVP of Sales
Ashley Hammonds, EVP, Business Development
Brandon Richards, CSO

Reliance Partners is an insurance agency offering commercial insurance products. The company is privately-held and based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reliance Partners specializes in transportation with a focus toward trucking companies, third-party logistics providers, and warehousing operations. In addition, the company offers business, workers' compensation, and personal lines insurance.


Reliance Partners was founded in 2009 by Andrew Ladebauche and a group of Chattanooga logistics entrepreneurs.[1] The company initially focused on the transportation space before expanding to other verticals. Reliance expanded to offer warehousing and other commercial lines insurance in 2010. In 2013, the company relocated offices to Warehouse Row in downtown Chattanooga. In August 2015, Reliance Partners appointed Andrew Ladebauche as CEO and hired Chad Eichelberger as president and COO.[2] Eichelberger previously served as president of Access America Transport and president of Brokerage with Coyote Logistics.[3]

In November 2015, Laura Ann Howell joined the team as vice president after working for Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods where she also founded a trucking company and freight brokerage[4] Reliance Partners relocated to the Cornerstone Building in Chattanooga in December 2015 to accommodate additional growth. A Birmingham, Alabama branch opened in December 2016. The branch is led by former Access America Transport Vice-President, Eddie Claridy.[5] In March 2017, CityScope Magazine featured Reliance Partners in "8 Companies to Watch" due to their innovative culture and strategy in a traditional industry[6] In May 2017, Reliance Partners relocated to the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center in downtown Chattanooga to once again accommodate the additional growth of the company. A Chicago, Illinois branch opened in November 2017 to expand market presence in the Midwest.[7] Reliance Partners opened an office in Vero Beach, Florida in April 2018. [8] Brandon Richards joined the executive leadership in 2018 as Chief Sales Officer and to lead the new Austin, Texas branch. [9]. Reliance opened a Milwaukee, Wisconsin branch lead by John Seidl. Seidl, a former Wisconsin state trooper, also leads the agencies compliance services division.[10]


  • Trucking Insurance: General liability, Auto Liability, Cargo, Physical Damage, Bobtail, Non-Trucking Liability, Excess, Umbrella, Workers' Compensation
  • 3PL Insurance: Contingent Liability, Motor Truck Cargo, Contingent Cargo, General Liability, Excess, Umbrella, Errors & Omissions, Workers' Compensation, Cyber
  • Freight Forwarding Insurance: Shippers Interest, Cargo Legal, Errors & Omissions, Third-Party Liability, Contingent Liability, General Liability, Workers' Compensation
  • Warehouse Insurance: Warehouse Legal Liability, Motor Vehicle, General Liability, Workers' Compensation, Inland Marine/Cargo, Equipment Floaters, Rolling Stock
  • Business Insurance: General Liability, Business Owner's Policy, Commercial Auto, Property, Professional Liability

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "Flush with cash, Lamp Post plots road ahead".
  2. ^ "Reliance Partners Appoints New Members To Executive Team".
  3. ^ "Coyote Logistics and Access America Transport Merger Complete - Coyote". 31 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods".
  5. ^ "Reliance Partners Taps Claridy to Lead New Alabama Office". 9 December 2016.
  6. ^ "8 Companies to Watch - CityScope Magazine".
  7. ^ "Business Briefs: Chattanooga-based Reliance Partners adds Chicago office".
  8. ^ "Reliance Partners Taps Johnson".
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  11. ^ "150 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For". 17 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Best Small Workplaces 2017". Great Place To Work United States.
  13. ^ "Spread the Word: Reliance Partners Is No. 461 on the Inc. 5000 This Year!".
  14. ^ "Reliance Partners".
  15. ^ "Winners announced: 2016 Best Places to Work in Insurance - Business Insurance".
  16. ^ "150 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For". 17 October 2017.

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