[ About Us ]

AFR Insurance's roots date back to 1905 with the establishment of the membership organization, Oklahoma Farmers Union. They formed the Oklahoma Farmers Union Mutual Fire and Lightning Insurance Company to serve the rural areas and created the foundation which we have built on for more than 100 years.

As one of the oldest insurance companies in Oklahoma, we have worked hard to hold true to our traditions and history while also paving the way into the future. We strive every day to provide the best-in-class insurance products and services to our policyholders. AFRMIC is recognized as a leading domestic insurance carrier in Oklahoma and specializes in Home, Auto, Farm & Ranch, and Life insurance with a variety of coverages to cover you and whatever life throws at you. 

Our customers are our neighbors and friends and we treat them as such with a fast and fair claims process. When you write your business with AFR Insurance, we understand it isn't just a piece of paper. It's our promise to you to be there when life turns upside down. We insure you so you can focus on what matters. 

Our agents and employees are the heart of our company and we pride ourselves in having knowledgeable, successful and determined employees who work hard for you, our policyholders.

Over the past 100 years, we have experienced many changes and growth but our dedication to you remains grounded in our roots. We will continue to look towards the future and grow to best fulfill your needs. 

[ AFR Cooperative History ]

Mission Statement

 

To provide the best-in-class insurance products and services to policyholders using leading-edge technology, trained, motivated, service-oriented employees, and community-minded agents.

Vision

 

 

 

To earn the position of largest and most respected rural insurance provider in the state of Oklahoma.

 

 

 

Values

 

 

  • Customer Focus
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty

 

Get In Touch


Mailing Address

PO Box 24000
Oklahoma City, OK 73124

Phone

Local: 405-218-5400
Toll Free: 800-324-7771

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Executive Leadership


Bernadette Autrey (2)

Bernadette Autrey
                      interim Chief executive officer                     and chief financial officer

Before being named Chief Financial Officer in December of 2019, I was a member of the AFR Accounting Department where I served as a Senior Accountant since 2014.  Prior to joining the AFR family in 2013 where I started as a Treasury Accountant, I was an Insurance Defense Auditor for seven years with Farmers Insurance Group in Oklahoma City. All together, I have over 27 years of experience in Insurance Defense and the Accounting Industries. If I am not working, you can usually find me at a hockey rink or a dance competition watching and cheering on my grandkids.

Robson Cardoso

Robson Cardoso
VP of Information Technology 

As the VP of Information Technology, I have overseen the AFRMIC Information Technology department since August 2020 adding over three decades of IT experience in financial and manufacturing business, including 15 years in insurance companies like Kentucky Farm Bureau and Aflac. I earned an MBA from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Management Information Systems degree from FASP (Faculdades Associadas de Sao Paulo), Brazil. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog, traveling around the world, and exploring new places to eat!

 

Mark Hayhurst

Mark Hayhurst
Director of strategic Planning & operations

I joined as Director of Strategic Planning & Operations in October 2021.  I have over 25 years of experience as an executive manager in various industries. In the roles of Army Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Program Manager, Vice President of Operations & Chief of Staff, I’ve been part of high-performance organizations with multi-million-dollar annual revenues and considerable invested capital. I’ve been responsible for both strategic business planning and international operations with the Department of Defense and Fortune-ranked companies. Faith, family, and outdoor adventures are how I recharge

 

 

 

Kimball Lynn

KIMBALL LYNN
DIRECTOR OF UNDERWRITING & OPERATIONS

I bring over 35 years of wide-ranging P&C insurance industry experience to my role as Director of Underwriting & Operations. My prior leadership experience includes the disciplines of underwriting, customer care, product management, product development, state management, and marketing. I have worked at insurance carriers of varying sizes with business models that span the distribution spectrum—independent agency, captive agency, affiliated agency, and direct-to-consumer. I am very excited to work for an organization so connected to its agents and the communities and clients they serve. My wife and I have 5 children who are now grown with families of their own. They bring us great joy.  We are very active at church, enjoy visiting and exploring new places, and gravitate to HGTV renovation shows whenever time allows.

 

 

Darin Miller

Darin Miller
Director of Claims 

I was a lifelong Nebraska resident until June of 2020 when I moved to Oklahoma to become the new Claims Director at AFR.  I added the Underwriting Director role in September of 2020 and served in that role until April 2022.  Prior to joining AFR, I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services (based out of Des Moines, Iowa) for 29 years with the last 5 years serving as the Catastrophe Team Manager.  I have attained several industry designations including CPCU, SCLA, AIM, ARe, API, AIS, AIC and AINS.  When not working I enjoy spending time with my family or playing golf.

 

 

 

 

Chad Yearwood

CHAD YEARWOOD
Director of Claims OPERATIONS

I began my insurance career in 1997 with AFR Insurance. Over the course of nearly two decades, I held various positions within the claims department, eventually rising to the role of Director of Claims. In 2016, I made a transition to a corporate risk management and claims position in the energy industry, and later filled the role of a Claims Specialty Practice Leader advocate in a brokerage setting. My credentials include an MBA and a Master of Legal Studies degree, accompanied by several professional insurance designations. Growing up on a family farm in western Oklahoma has been an integral part of my background. My wife, Lori, and I find joy in trying to keep up with our two active children during our leisure time.

 

 

 

 

Stacy

Stacy Pederson
Human Resources Director & general counsel

Prior to joining the AFR team in October 2021 my professional background included a blend of experience in human resources and insurance.  I have experience as an employment attorney and human resources director in Oklahoma state government. My insurance background includes 17 years in claims management, defense litigation, and general counsel work.  Although I’ve lived in the Oklahoma City area for 30 years, I’m originally from the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, and I enjoy spending time in the Adirondacks in Northern New York State. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trent Davis

Trent Davis
Director of Pricing & Product Development

After earning my degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma, I worked in the Actuarial department at a competitor of AFR for 9 years.  I made the move to AFR in 2015.  I have been the Director of Pricing & Product Development since August of 2020.  Industry designations that I've attained include ACAS, CPCU, and ARe.  Outside of work, I love to stay active and travel with my wife and son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Riddle

Amanda Riddle
agency relations director

I started my insurance career as a producer/office manager with an independent agency in 2008. In 2012, I accepted a position at the Oklahoma Insurance Department as the first field representative in the newly created Field Representative Division under the leadership of State Insurance Commissioner John Doak where I helped build the division from the ground up. After my tenure at the Oklahoma Insurance Department, I accepted a position as a Farmers Insurance Agency Business Consultant/Assistant District manager in Southwest Oklahoma before joining AFR. I am a Pauls Valley native. I have two daughters Maci of Oklahoma City, Madison and her husband Kurry Stucks of Pauls Valley. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my daughters, family, helping my Dad and Papa with Dacus Cattle/Farms in Lindsay, Ok.

 

 

 

 

 

AFR Insurance Board 


Mutual group

Roger Edenborough

Roger Edenborough
Independent Director District 1

Roger L. Edenborough was born in Stillwater, Okla., while his father was attending graduate school at Oklahoma State University. He was raised in the Oklahoma Panhandle, specifically Goodwell, where he attended school and graduated from Goodwell High School. He then attended college at Goodwell at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. While attending college, Edenborough was active in the student senate and held academic honors at the time of graduation. Edenborough attained his CPA in 1992 and joined his father as a partner in the accounting firm, Edenborough and Edenborough, CPAs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry

Barry squires
Independent Director District 2

Barry Squires has been a resident of Southwest Oklahoma his entire life. Barry's collegiate studies began in the late 1980' s at El Reno Junior College, where he played baseball and judged livestock. Squires then furthered his education at Oklahoma State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Squires then attended the University of Oklahoma School of Law where he received a Juris Doctorate degree and was later admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1993. 
For the past thirty years, Squires has practiced law in rural Southwest Oklahoma. He is currently the Senior Partner at Buzbee, Upchurch, Squires & Eastwood in Anadarko, where he focuses on real estate, estate planning, and solving rural business challenges. Squires and his wife of thirty-two years, Kim, have a farm and ranch where they grow irrigated corn and cotton.

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Shelton

Jim Shelton
Independent Director District 3

Jim Shelton and his wife, Sara, live near Vinita and are lifelong residents of Craig County. In 2010, Shelton retired from a 35-year banking career with Oklahoma State Bank of Vinita to expand the cattle operation. The Sheltons operate a 3,500-acre commercial cow/calf and stocker operation. He has served on the AFR Board of Directors several times. Shelton earned a bachelor’s in animal science from Oklahoma State University and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loyd Steward

Loyd Steward
Independent Director District 4

Loyd Steward values work ethic, which is the driving force of his life. He acquired this trait from his parents on the family farm near Dale, Okla. Steward was active in sports, 4-H and FFA and earned a B.S. in Agriculture at Oklahoma State University. Loyd and Becky have celebrated 47 years of marriage while residing in Bethel Acres. They raised two children, Jon and Jennifer, and now have five grandchildren. Steward operates a cow/calf operation.

 

 

 

Mason Mungle

Mason Mungle
Statewide Independent At-LArge Director

Mason Mungle currently serves as the AFR Statewide Independent At-Large Director and the AFRMIC board chair on the Board of Directors. Mungle has been an AFR member and insured for more than 40 years. He worked for AFR in cooperative development and legislative affairs from 1997 to 2007. Mungle earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University.

 

 

 

John Porter

John Porter
Agent Director District 1

John Porter is a third-generation full-time AFR agent; he owns Porters Insurance in Edmond. Porter attended Central State University in Edmond, where he specialized in business administration and was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard from 1965 to 1971. He was hired by Oklahoma Farmers Union as an adjuster in 1973. During a 37-plus-year career with the company, Porter worked directly with several of the company presidents in various capacities. He was elected in 2010 to the office of AFR Vice President and now serves on the AFR Board of Directors.

 

Dustin Tackett

Dustin Tackett
AGent Director District 2

Dustin Tackett and his son Hudson live north of Fort Cobb on the farm Tackett’s great-grandfather bought in 1913. Tackett has been an AFR insurance agent since 2004 and has served in several capacities before sitting on the AFR Board of Directors. Tackett is a two-time Oklahoma State University graduate with a bachelor’s in agricultural economics and an MBA.  He owns agencies in Fort Cobb and Anadarko.  Tackett is currently the President of the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Board of Education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Lane

Will Lane
Agent Director District 3

William Lane grew up in Northeast Oklahoma at Jay, Okla. He attended school at Jay and graduated in 1992. From there, he attended NEO and was a member of the livestock judging team. After NEO, he attended Oklahoma State University and was on the livestock judging team there as well. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1993. He was a member of Class 10 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. William is a third-generation AFR insurance agent. His grandfather Claud Cagle started in the insurance business in 1974 when he purchased an AFR agency. William owns an AFR insurance agency in Gentry, Ark., and helps his mother with her AFR agency, Cagle Insurance, in Langley, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan

ryan plemmons
Agent Director District 4

Ryan Plemmons, 49, was raised on a diversified poultry, swine and cattle farm near Battiest, Okla. Plemmons attended Connors State College and Oklahoma State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Ryan and his two children, Kaylan and Blaine, reside on a small cattle and hay farm near Battiest. Plemmons owns and operates Plemmons Insurance Agency in Broken Bow and has been an agent with AFR for 23 years with a combined 28 years’ experience in the industry. Plemmons currently serves as the vice president of American Farmers & Ranchers Cooperative, a term that will expire at the upcoming convention. He has served as past President of the AFR Agents Association and chair of the AFR Policy Committee. Additionally, Plemmons has helped with numerous events sponsored by the organization and initiated the AFR Livestock Judging Contest. Plemmons has served on the Battiest School Board and the McCurtain County Fair Board, chaired the McCurtain County Spring Livestock Board, and been involved in many of his community’s activities and events. Plemmons currently serves on both the Local 295 and McCurtain County Farmers Union Boards and helped implement and develop the AFR Strive Program. Plemmons enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family and working on the farm in his spare time.

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