Our Team

Meet the team who strives to meet your needs.

Benjamin “Rush” Powers

President/CEO

Rush Powers, President of Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc., is a graduate of Tennessee High School and Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. He began his insurance career with USF&G Insurance Co. as an underwriter in Nashville, TN. Rush has 35+ years in the insurance industry and has served on several insurance boards and committees, including serving as a board member of the Insurors of Tennessee. He and his wife, Lea, have three adult children and two grandsons.

Lea Powers

CFO

Lea and her husband, Rush, have resided in Bristol for over 30 years. During that time she has been active on numerous boards, served as the President of the Junior League of Bristol, and has participated in her family’s church and schools. Lea Powers is originally from Nashville, TN, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Education. She also has an M.Ed. in Administration. Mrs. Powers has 17+ years in education and administration. Having been raised on a lake, she enjoys spending time on South Holston Lake and gardening.

Elise Powers Taylor

Office Manager

Elise Powers Taylor is a graduate of Tennessee High School and the University of Tennessee. She has grown up in the insurance business and is a third generation associate. Elise lives in Bristol, TN, with her husband Charles Taylor, their two pups Cooper (a blue-tick hound, Go Vols!) and Dolly (a black lab), and their two sons Charles Jr. and Winston. Elise loves summer on South Holston Lake and fall football games, as well as cycling on the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Andrew Powers

Commercial Lines Producer

Andrew Powers is a graduate of TN High School and the University of Tennessee where he earned his degree in Enterprise Management. He has been surrounded by the insurance industry all of his life and is a third generation associate. Andrew loves to wakeboard at the lake and tailgate for the Vols. He currently resides in Bristol, TN.

Charles Taylor

Commercial Lines Producer

Charles Taylor, a native of the Tri-Cities area, is a graduate of TN High and the University of Tennessee. He brings 10+ years of experience in the Insurance Industry and is very knowledgeable in the areas of Commercial Lines and Worker’s Compensation. He currently resides in Bristol, TN, with his wife, Elise Taylor, and their two sons. Charles enjoys hunting, fishing, and all athletics.

Trinka Felty, CPIW, CPSR

Claims Manager

Trinka Felty has served as the Customer Satisfaction/Claims Manager for 24 years and has a total of over 45 years of experience in the Insurance Industry and holds the CPIW and CPSR Designations. Ms. Felty is a native of Bristol, TN, and a graduate of Virginia Intermont College. Trinka is active in her church, has served on many committees, and is a member of the church choir.

Melanie Tadlock Buhls

Personal Lines Producer

Melanie Buhls joined the agency in May of 2012, bringing twenty-five years of experience in the insurance industry. She is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College with a degree in Business Administration-Merchandising. She is active in her church, singing on the Contemporary Praise Team, and is an elder. She also enjoys painting, taking classes at the YMCA, and going to music festivals and concerts. She lives in Bristol, Tennessee, with her husband, Pete, and their black lab, Rhythm.

Chrissy Chapman

Protection Specialist

Chrissy Chapman is a graduate of King College where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in English and Theatre, and of Liberty University where she earned her MBA in International Business. She has been with the agency since 2015. Chrissy is a native of Bristol, TN, where she lives with her husband and their two cats, Chess and Gypsy.

Alayna Holden

Protection Specialist

Alayna Holden graduated from Milligan College and joined the agency in 2017. She is a home-grown Bristolian and lives with her husband and their two labs, Gus and Chaska. Alayna loves to ride horses and has two of her own, Stormy and Rayne, and in her free time she enjoys being on the water at South Holston Lake and capturing memories through photography.

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