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About our Insurance Services The Akin Insurance Agency began in 1954 by Edith Akin as a one person agency in Vienna, Georgia. These were the days of manual typewriters, crank adding machines and $.03 postage stamps.

Shannon Akin entered the agency in 1964 as a primary sales producer. Market conditions were difficult and company underwriting was strict but the agency maintained it's philosophy of sales and service. Shannon purchased the agency in 1967, realizing small agencies would soon be history, he developed a growth plan through sales, mergers and acquisitions.

Akin Insurance Agency, Inc. merged with the Cliff Hearn Agency in January of 1995 and then the Cobb Insurance Agency in September of 2001. In 2008, Shan joined the family owned business to primarily focus on sales.

Today, the agency maintains offices in Cordele and Vienna allowing customers the convenience of either office.

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John Shannon Akin, III "Shan"John Shannon Akin, III "Shan" - President and Personal and Commerical Lines Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-268-4751)

Shan was born and raised in Dooly County. He graduated from Fullington Academy in 1989 and later attended Valdosta State University. Prior to joining the family insurance business in 2008 to focus primarily on sales, Shan was a farmer. He now uses that background to specialize in servicing area farm and agri-business clients.

Shan is married to Joan Mason Akin and they have two daughters, Kathryn Grace and Caroline Lawson. They are members of Vienna United Methodist Church. Shan is an avid shooter and hunter.
John Shannon Akin, Jr  “Shannon”John Shannon Akin, Jr “Shannon” - Owner and Vice President - (Direct: 229-268-4751)

Shannon was born in Cordele and later moved to Vienna at the age of 10. Shannon entered the family business in 1964 as producer and agency manager. Shannon completed the advanced Personal Lines Insurance and Commercial Account Development Schools sponsored by The Hartford Insurance Group.

Shannon is a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Vienna where he has served as Past Chairman and Sunday School teacher. He is an active choir member. Shannon also serves on the board of directors at Bank of Dooly.

Shannon is married to Grace Akin. He enjoys spending time with his grandkids, hunting and working on his farm.
Harley Michael Shurley "Michael"Harley Michael Shurley "Michael" - Vice President and Commercial Lines Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-268-4751)

A native of Vienna, Michael attended Dooly County schools before graduating from ABAC in 1984 and then attending the University of Georgia.
Michael joined Akin Insurance Agency in 1986 and has dedicated his entire insurance career to serving the local community. Michael began by servicing personal insurance and over the years has worked in all lines of coverage available in the agency. He currently focuses on commercial clients and federal crop insurance.
Michael is one of the very few agents in the area to have earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, having done so in 2003. He has served on the Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 20 years as firefighter, training officer and currently as an assistant chief and has twice served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Dooly County Chamber of Commerce.
He has three sons, David Lee, Aaron and Keegan. Michael enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his boys.
Sherry BrownSherry Brown - Personal Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-268-4751)

Sherry was born and raised in Pulaski County, Georgia. She graduated from Baker Academy and attended Middle Georgia College. She began her career in insurance in 1986. Sherry joined Akin Insurance Agency in 2001 and she is licensed in property & casualty insurance.

Sherry is married to Bobby Brown of Brown Brothers Construction and lives in Rochelle, GA. They have four children and five grandchildren. She is a member of Double Run Baptist Church and the Gideon Auxiliary. Sherry's favorite activity is spending time with her grandchildren.
Gwen MaxeyGwen Maxey - Operations Manager and Personal Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-273-1264)

Gwen was born and raised in Crisp County. She graduated from Crisp County High School in 1988 and later completed courses at The University of Georgia continuing education center in banking operations. Gwen joined Akin Insurance Agency in 2009 and is licensed in property and casualty insurance.

Gwen is married to Jim Maxey of Maxey Fabrications and they reside in Dooy County. They have two daughters, Heather and Maci. They are members of Vienna United Methodist Church. Gwen is the treasurer for the Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept ladies auxiliary.Gwen enjoys photography, camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Therese EllisTherese Ellis - Personal Sales Supervisor

Therese graduated from Fullington Academy in 1982. She began her insurance career with Akin Insurance in 1983. In 1999, she was hired by Southern Trust as a personal lines underwriter. She was promoted to Sr. Underwriter in 2004, Sr. Underwriter Specialist in 2006 and to Supervisor in 2012. She is licensed in property and casualty and life and health insurance. She obtained her Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2005. Akin Insurance is proud to have Theresa back as of August of 2014. She is married to Bill Ellis and they have one son, Robert. They reside in Unadilla and are members of Unadilla Baptist Church. Therese enjoys reading, watching football and spending time with her family.
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Jefferson Franklin Cobb "Jeff"Jefferson Franklin Cobb "Jeff" - Commercial, Personal, Life and Health Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-273-1264)

Jeff is a native of Cordele where he graduated from Crisp County High School in 1970. He then attended and graduated from Georgia Southwestern in 1974. Jeff has been in the insurance business since 1970. He owned Cobb Insurance, a local family business. He has been with Akin Insurance Agency since 2001.

Jeff is married to Candy Kipp Cobb and they have two children, Ben and Meredith and two grandchildren, William and Anna Leigh Crowe. They attend First Methodist Church in Cordele. Jeff and Candy enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Johnnie Clifford Hearn, Jr "Cliff"Johnnie Clifford Hearn, Jr "Cliff" - Personal, Commercial, Life and Health Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-273-1264)

Cliff began his insurance career in 1977 working for the Johnnie Hearn Agency. In 1984 he started his own agency, The Cliff Hearn Agency. In 1995 he joined Akin Insurance Agency, Inc. Cliff earned his BBA in business administration from Georgia Southwestern State University in 1978.
Cliff is married to Wanda Barry Hearn and they have two children, Heather and Hagen and two grandchildren, Brayleigh Jace Denham and Braxton Kaise Denham.
Shirley KingShirley King - Personal and Life & Health Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-273-1264)

Shirley is a lifetime resident of Cordele and Crisp County. Shirley graduated from Crisp County High School in 1966. She began her career in insurance in 1968. Shirley is licensed in propety & casualty and life & health insurance.
Shirley is married to Johnny W. King and they are members of Northern Heights Baptist Church. Shirley sings in the choir and is the assistant music director. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Shirley enjoys reading in her spare time.
Juanita PullenJuanita Pullen - Personal Sales Specialist - (Direct: 229-273-1264)

Juanita was born and raised in Ellaville, GA and moved to Vienna in 1988. She is a graduate of Tri-County High School and South Georgia Technical College. Juanita joined Akin Insurance Agency in 2011 and is licensed in property and casualty insurance.
Juanita is married to John Pullen and they have one son, Hilton Pullen. They attend Riverview Baptist Church. Juanita enjoys spending time with her family and photography.
Devae SmithDevae Smith - Personal Sales Specialist

Devae is a native of St. Marys, GA where she graduated from Camden County High School. From there she attended ABAC studying Forestry and Wildlife Management. After owning her own business for the past 12 years, Devae came to Akin Insurance in 2013. She is licensed in property and casualty insurance.
Devae married Ken Smith from Ashburn, GA, and together they own Smith Diesel Repair at I-75 in Wenona. They have three sons, Kenny, Will and Ben. Devae enjoys music, being outdoors, and weekends with family.
101 Union Street / P O Box 387 Vienna, GA 31092 | Phone: 229-268-4751 | Fax: 229-268-7120 | Email Us | Get Map
702 16th Ave E/P O Box 608 Cordele, GA 31010 | Phone: 229-273-1264 | Fax: 229-273-5866 | Email Us | Get Map