OUR TEAM

Sierra Knight Magee

Sierra Knight Magee

CO-FOUNDER

Sierra Knight Magee, co-founder and co-owner of Knight Magee Insurance, is a Richmond native and graduate of University of Richmond. Sierra brings years of experience in the insurance industry, along with prior experience in contract law and management.

Sierra started her career in 2007 as an insurance agent for Liberty Mutual where she gained valuable experience and built a solid reputation as an insurance expert. In 2011, she joined forces with Kate Magee to start Knight Magee Insurance. The two envisioned an agency where customer service was #1, along with a consultative approach to insurance. Today the agency represents multiple carriers and prides itself on having no allegiance to one company, but instead to each client and what is in their best interest. In addition to operating Knight Magee Insurance, Sierra has partnered with Smart Choice a national network of over 7000 agents to help mentor and support agents looking to start or grow their own business.

“I decided to become an independent agent because I wanted to be able to tailor my products to my client’s needs. Our agency has built solid relationships with top quality carriers and we are committed to working for our clients. Any agency… can provide you with an insurance quote, but at Knight Magee Insurance we believe it’s our responsibility to not only offer competitive products, but also offer you the best service, service you can count on! I am committed to working to find you the best product at the best price and being there for you every step of the way.”

Kate Magee

Kate Magee

CO-FOUNDER

Kate Magee co- founder and co-owner of Knight Magee Insurance is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Kate started her career in the health insurance industry working as a Provider Relations Representative for Cigna Healthcare.

Kate has also worked in sales as a Corporate Account Manager for Nextel Communications and Verizon Wireless.

“Having worked in sales for many years and having a background in health insurance, starting Knight Magee Insurance seemed like the perfect way to combine my experience with something I love to do, which is helping people. Being an independent agent affords me the opportunity to always put my clients first and that’s a great feeling. My clients know that when they are working with Knight Magee Insurance, they are going to get expert advice, great rates and excellent customer service.”

 

Rion Phillippi

Rion Phillippi

LICENSED SERVICE MANAGER

Rion grew up outside Jamestown, NY and attended Niagara University in Lewiston, NY for undergraduate work, and then Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA for masters work in creative writing. Family brought Rion to Virginia, and the weather in Richmond is more than enough to dissuade any more moves! When not working at Knight Magee Insurance, Rion keeps busy as a published novelist, audiobook narrator, freelance editor, and obligatory wait-staff for a very pampered cat.

“Since I set foot in the industry, insurance has fascinated me. It’s my ultimate goal for each and every client that I make their interactions with both our agency and their provider at large as painless and easy to understand as possible. I’ve always made providing ‘Incredible Customer Service’ a goal in any job I take on, and Knight Magee Insurance is absolutely no different. Growing up, my family’s insurance agent treated me like family before I could even drive; I strive to bring that feeling with me to Knight Magee Insurance as well.”

Jo Ning

Jo Ning

LICENSED ACCOUNT MANAGER

Growing up, Jo spent her childhood in Africa, Asia, and North America. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Longwood University in Farmville VA, she decided to settle in RVA because of the array of outdoor activities and sunshine. When Jo is not at work, she keeps up with her native Mandarin skills and likes to self-teach Korean. Jo also likes to do yoga, walking, meditation and volunteering. She has volunteered for several RVA yoga related non-profit organizations. Jo has worked as an account manager in many insurance related industries such as banking, mortgages, loans and automotive for over a decade. After many years of working for big firms, and being a client of Knight Magee Insurance, she decided to join the agency because she believes in Knight Magee’s philosophy of “putting the client first.” 

“I have been a client of Knight Magee Insurance for many years. As a client and before working here, I was always impressed by the agency’s solid reputation and level of customer service. After spending many years working for corporations, I decided I wanted to work for a company that genuinely cares about their clients and puts their needs first. From the day I started working at Knight Magee Insurance, I knew, I had made the right choice. I am happy and confident in knowing when I am offering a solution or service, It’s based on the same level of customer service I have come to know and love.”

Amy Schalla

Amy Schalla

LICENSED SALES MANAGER

Amy grew up in Northern Virginia and in Long Island, NY.  After graduating from SUNY Empire State College, she relocated to Richmond, Virginia to be closer to family.

Amy started her career off in the hospitality industry and has worked for Starwood, Marriott, and Hilton hotels.  She has over 12 years of successful experience in event planning and hospitality sales.  When Amy decided to transition her career into the insurance industry, she was thrilled to become a part of the Knight Magee Insurance team.

“I am excited to work for an agency that truly values their clients, and is committed to providing excellent customer service, while offering competitive products and expert advice.  I’m looking forward to helping people with their insurance needs, and really making a positive impact on people’s lives.”

When Amy is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She loves going to concerts, trying new restaurants and breweries, and she is happiest when she is active and outside.

Courtney Donnelley

Courtney Donnelley

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

Courtney grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a degree from Wake Technical Community College with core certificates in marketing, communications, and accounting. Courtney has spent over 10 years in the service industry and loves making connections with people. She recently transitioned to the insurance field working with Medicare and is excited to expand her knowledge into property and casualty insurance.   

“I am so excited to work for this amazing team at Knight Magee. I am excited to develop relationships with amazing clients and become an indispensable asset to them. I love that Knight Magee is a company that cares about their employees and their clients and doesn’t just look at them as a number. “The client truly does come first” and I’m excited to be a part of a company that values client relationships as Knight Magee does because that is what makes a job fulfilling.” 

When Courtney is not working, she is spending time with her husband and son at parks, zoos, museums or anywhere with the opportunity to explore. She also loves any and every game you think of and frequently dominates at game night with friends and family.  

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