Founded in 2005, CJ Hester Inc is the culmination of over 35 years of service and dedication to the insurance industry, beginning in 1976 in Winter Haven, Florida, when Cathy J. Hester began her insurance career working for a small independent agency. It was a one-woman office, and Cathy learned the basics of policy coverage, underwriting and claims. She took this knowledge to Mobile, Alabama in 1982, where she again worked for an independent insurance agency for a year before leaving to pursue her current vocation as an insurance adjuster.
In 1983 Cathy began working for Green, Hastings & Harbin Inc. This independent adjusting company had the UAC/Continental franchise. Cathy’s initial training as a multi line adjuster afforded her the opportunity to work on CAT teams and become the Third-Party Administrator for Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, handling its worker’s compensation claims, an account she handled for 20 years, as well as handling multi line claims for Continental Insurance Company and other insurance companies, many of which Cathy still services today.
In 1987 Green, Hastings & Harbin, Inc. was sold to Gay & Taylor, Inc. a national independent adjusting company. Cathy continued her career with Gay & Taylor, Inc. and became Assistant Branch Manager, before leaving Gay & Taylor in 1995 to partner Green & Hester, Inc., which mirrored the philosophy of the previous companies Cathy worked for:
Seeing a need for growth and to keep the momentum moving in a positive direction, for the good of her clients, Cathy started CJ Hester Inc, a company that is an extension of not only her previous employers but of her previous company. The philosophy and dedication of CJ Hester Inc to provide exceptional claim service to the industry is second to none. Today Cathy serves as CEO and her company’s territory has grown to include the entire states of Alabama and Mississippi, North Central and Southern Georgia, North Florida and Middle South Tennessee. Please see our Coverage Area map.
Cathy works right along side the other adjusters of CJ Hester Inc and continues to do what she loves with the same enthusiasm and dedication to the claims industry she has had for over 35 years. CJ Hester Inc is a member of the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters (NAIIA), Mobile Claims Association, Mississippi Claims Association, Montgomery Claims Association, Atlanta Claims Association (ACA), Claims and Litigation Management (CLM), Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Alabama Workers’ Comp Organization (AWCO), National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII), Honorable Order of Blue Goose International (HOBGI), American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), Property & Liability Research Bureau (PLRB).