For more than 100 years, the members of Legacy Risk Solutions have actively involved themselves within the fabric of their communities throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Led by our senior management team, we are committed to work together towards a common goal. Each of our 18 independent offices is empowered to make local decisions and individualize the service they provide to their clients.
We believe in a culture that promotes the development of our people by fostering personal and professional growth for every employee. This culture promotes an environment where the staff is encouraged to expand their knowledge and ability. Our succession strategy provides a pathway for the next generation of agency leaders.
Chief Executive Officer
Robert (Bob) Norton is an experienced insurance executive with a strong business development and entrepreneurial background. He is the CEO of Legacy Risk Solutions, President of Norton Agency Insurance, and Founder of realprotect, The Nsure Network, comparerates.com, and NAI Holdings. Bob graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Management. In the past, he has served as the Chair of Georgia Agency Partners, and is a graduate of Fireman’s Fund National Agents Training School. Bob is married to Amanda and is a father of 5.
Preston Moss has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency, Inc. since 1980 and serves as the agency President. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and is fully licensed in all lines of insurance in several states. Preston has earned his Certified Authority on Workers Compensation designation. Preston is married to Traci and is a father of 4.
Senior Vice President
Tommy Blanchard joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 1970 and has served as President of Blanchard & Calhoun since 1985. Tommy is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and currently serves on the boards of the CSRA Community Foundation, Westover Memorial Cemetery, First Tee of Augusta, and the Augusta Advisory Board for Wells Fargo Bank.
Executive Vice President
Jason Griffith has been in the insurance business since 1997. He has been with Norton Agency Insurance for over 10 years, leading him to step into his role with Legacy Risk Solutions. Jason graduated from Clemson University where he was an All-American and All-ACC Golfer as well as Academic All-American. Jason is married to Michele and is a father of 3.
Michael Mellars, AAI
Chief Operations Officer
Michael Mellars is responsible for day-to-day operations of the agency and ensuring all systems, procedures, and people are aligned to meet agency goals. Michael has a B.S. in Business from Kennesaw State University. After 10 years with Pritchard & Jerden (now Sterling Seacrest Pritchard) as Commercial Lines Manager, Vice President of Operations, shareholder, and member of the board of directors, Michael is joining the Legacy Risk Solutions team as the Chief Operations Officer. Previously, Michael was also the Branch Manager for Southern States Insurance for over 10 years. Michael acquired his AAI designation in 2011. Michael sits on the executive committee for the IIAG as Past-President and is also the Past President of the Metro Alliance of Independent Insurance Agents. Michael is married with three young girls aged 16, 14, and 12.
Chief Financial Officer
Cheryl Major joined the Norton Agency in 2004. Prior to her current role as Chief Financial Officer for Legacy Risk Solutions, she served as Controller for W. L. Norton Agency, Inc. and its various partnerships. Cheryl earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oglethorpe University. Her hobbies include bowling and enjoying Atlanta Braves baseball.
President of realprotect
Lee Rogers serves as the President of realprotect, a division of Legacy Risk Solutions that was begun in 2014 in response to the emerging opportunities recognized in residential real estate investment. He works with real estate investors, lenders, property managers, and marketplace platforms to serve real estate investors by providing innovative insurance solutions. Prior to joining Norton Agency Insurance in 2010, Lee owned and operated his own agency, beginning his insurance career in 1998. Lee is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance. With clients based globally, Lee and the realprotect team insure over $5 billion dollars of residential real estate throughout the United States.
Director of Sales
Greg Smith has vast experience in the insurance industry, both on the insurance company side as an underwriter, and now on the agency site. He joined Norton Agency Insurance in 2008, became a partner in the agency in 2013, and is now the Director of Sales for both Norton Agency Insurance and Legacy Risk Solutions. Greg graduated from the University of Georgia, majoring in Risk Management and Insurance, as well as Mathematics. He earned his Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation in 2010 and is a graduate of the State Autos Pacesetter Sales Program. Greg is married to Jennifer and is a father of 2.
Scott Lewis is entering into his 28th year in the insurance industry. Scott is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. Scott believes in partnering with his clients to create a proactive plan to protect their assets as well as their futures. He is regularly sought out for his guidance from other industry leaders and has been honored with earning his Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager designation for the National Alliance Institute for Insurance Education.
Ben Gilleland is a second-generation insurance agent who has watch and learned the insurance business all his life. He began his career in 1996, eventually joining Norton Agency Insurance to become a partner and the President of the Norton Mountain Insurance division. Ben graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BBA in Finance with an emphasis in Risk Management & Insurance. He has held a designation of Certified Insurance Counselor since 2001 and Certified Authority on Workers Compensation since 2015. He is currently working on his Certified Risk Manager designation and will complete the required courses in 2021. Ben is married to Amber and is a father of 2.
Todd Marks joined Norton Agency Insurance as an equity partner in March of 2015 after a 25 year career in underwriting with some of the nation’s top commercial insurance carriers. Todd is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. He specializes in Commercial Risk Management, Insurance, and Loss Prevention. Todd holds the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter and Accredited Advisor in Insurance Designations.