Meet Our Team

E. Stephen Owens
President

Direct Line: (910) 726-9043
Fax: (910) 392-5934
Email: stepheno@sowensins.com

I began my insurance career in 1993. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, I went directly into the insurance field by working as an associate agent for Nationwide Insurance. By combining my insurance knowledge with skills I gained from working in my family’s business, I established Owens Insurance Agency & Financial Services, Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2000. When an opportunity arose to merge my agency with one in my hometown, I knew that I had to take it and I opened my second agency in Burgaw, North Carolina in 2004. Throughout my 26 year career, my agency and I have served the Southeast by providing competitive products for personal lines, commercial lines, life insurance, and financial services. My dedication to the field, along with the support of my staff, has earned me numerous honors, such regular qualification for the President’s and Champion’s Conference Club, as well as awards given by various companies my agency represents. Outside of the office, you can find me relaxing with my wife, Janelle, and my kids, Madison, Brooke, and Ross. I also enjoy spending time on my farm and pursuing my many outdoor hobbies, such as hunting and fishing. Overall, my greatest passion lies in building relationships with people and families to make positive contributions in their lives during times of need.

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Burgaw Office
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Daniel Woelk
Associate Agent

Office: (910) 789-8008
Text: (910) 663-1011
Email: danielw@sowensins.com

I have over 3 years of insurance experience helping people with auto, home, life, and health insurance. The most exciting part of my job is helping an individual in need of insurance and making the experience extremely easy and taking care of their needs. I was born and raised in North Carolina and still, am a North Carolina resident! I was born in Greensboro, migrated to Raleigh and now live in Burgaw on the NE Cape Fear River. In my time, I enjoy riding on my boat, watching sports and sitting by a fire with my friends. My favorite way to spend a weekend is starting with a pontoon boat ride and finishing it off with a good meal and a campfire. One of my favorite passions in life is playing golf with some close friends as it is a ton of fun; I just wish I was good at it! I make sure to participate in 4 to 5 Love is Bald events in the local Wilmington, NC area to help raise money and awareness for families that are dealing with cancer.

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Ronda Dezso

Phone: (910) 789-8002
Email: rondad@sowensins.com

I have been a licensed insurance agent since 2005 and have loved every second of it! I really enjoy being able to help people with their insurance needs on a day-to-day basis. It is rewarding to use my experience and knowledge to assist families and create new relationships. I grew up in the state of North Carolina, however, with my father being a minister, we moved around a lot throughout my early life. I have three boys who I love dearly. Curtis is my oldest son at 25 years old, Will is 20, and James is 9! They truly are my heart. I enjoy fishing at the river and just enjoying the quietness of the woods. I find nature to be so peaceful! I am very active in the Autism Awareness community and support Autism Awareness as much as possible!

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Robyn Eason
Personal Lines Account Manager

Phone: (910) 789-8003
Email: robyne@sowensins.com

I have been in the insurance industry for 19 years now and I have loved every bit of it! It is such a rewarding job and I am so happy to assist customers every day! My favorite part of my position is meeting new people and being able to build relationships with them while helping them with their insurance needs at the same time! I grew up in Lindenhurst, New York. I enjoy spending time with my husband and son on my weekends. We can usually be found at a zoo or aquarium! I also love all things Disney so getting to Disney is always such a treat! I am also an animal lover and before getting into the insurance industry, I was a dog groomer. I am truly happy being in the insurance industry and love to assist!

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Wilmington Office
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R. Stuart Franck
Agent

Office: (910) 726-9048
Text: (910) 515-0888
Email: stuartf@sowensins.com

I have been a licensed insurance agent since 2009. I previously spent 18 years in the real estate building and development arena. It is gratifying when you know the product you have provided a client is beneficial in protecting a cherished asset of theirs. I love being able to help! I can normally relate to customer needs due to my real estate background. I tend to see things through the eyes of the customer. I grew up in coastal North Carolina and have been living in Wilmington since 1995. My time as a kid was spent at the beach and continues to be spent that way when my free time allows. Personally, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids either outside or on the beach along with our pet dog Irie Lou Lou. When I am not at work you can find me surfing, passing basketballs to my oldest son Brodie to shoot or hitting tennis balls with my youngest son Elijah. A good weekend to me is staying busy with a combination of things ranging from time with my wife to a few hours of surfing and followed up by a nice dinner at home as the sunsets. I have also worked on homeowners boards and various nonprofit boards. Giving back is something we all need to do more. The world is better when you give back a little of your time.

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Jennifer Murphy
Office Manager

Phone: (910) 726-9047
Email: jenniferm@sowensins.com

I have been a licensed agent since 2005 and I have held my CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation since 2007. I am committed to making sure our customers’ insurance needs are met and are well taken care of! Wilmington, North Carolina, is my home place but as a child, I lived in Charleston, South Carolina, and Moultrie, Georgia. I am well-traveled! I enjoying singing and going to the movie theatre. When I am not working, I am spending time with my husband Mike, our 5 grandchildren, and traveling with the Wilmington Celebration Choir. I actively volunteer in Autism Awareness as it is extremely important to me as I have a niece who is Autistic.

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Michelle DiGiovanni Hulsmann
Commercial Lines Account Manager

Phone: (910) 726-9046
Email: michelleh@sowensins.com

I am extremely passionate about the value of insurance and the importance of the independent insurance world. I believe it is what allows me to put my whole heart into an industry and truly enjoy my career! In my opinion, an insurance agent is not just a job, it’s a calling. I love what I do, and that is protecting all that matters to my customers! I grew up in Pender County where my family owned their insurance agency for 42 years! Insurance has always been my passion! I enjoy spending time with my family and my two dogs Bella & Sarah. When I am not at work you can find me out shopping somewhere!

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Bryan Crosco
Commercial Lines CSR

Phone: (910) 726-9051
Email: bryanc@sowensins.com

I have nearly 10 years of experience in the insurance industry and love helping customers protect their assets. I believe in fast reliable service to make sure customers are my top priority! I like solving customers’ problems and saving them money while offering them the best coverage. I was born and raised in a small, snowy, Maryland town in the Appalachian Mountains. I love the beach and exploring new places as well! Traveling truly is my hobby. Being able to experience new places and creating new memories is something I enjoy. I love my friends and family as well and really love to spend the weekend on the beach or relaxing by the pool!

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Alice Taylor

Phone: (910) 726-9044
Email: alicet@sowensins.com

I am licensed in property, casualty, and life & health. I have been providing sales and service in the insurance industry for a little over 3 years now and can’t wait to add more years of experience in this field! I really enjoy making sure that my customers have the coverage they need in case something unforeseen and unfortunate may happen. It’s rewarding to know that I assist in the safety of individuals in case things out of our control take place! I’m from a very small town in the midwest. I have a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and a master’s degree in business administration. I love spending time at the beach and I’m a huge Kansas City Chiefs football fan! When I am not at work you can find me at the beach!

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Bryan K DeBose

Phone: (910) 726-9049
Email: bryand@sowensins.com

I have been in the insurance industry since 2011. I hold licenses in life & health, property and casualty, medicare supplement and long term care. I enjoy making a difference for my clients and finding solutions to meet their needs! I am happy when I can see that I make my customers happy! I grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, where I graduated from John T Hoggard High School, then attended UNCW and graduated from The University of Mount Olive. I studied vocal music performance with an emphasis in opera while attending UNCW! It has always been a passion of mine! I enjoy hunting, spending time with family and performing either in choral concerts, musical theater or opera. When I am not working you will find me spending time with my family or in the woods at the farm. I am also the current president of the Alumni Association at The University of Mount Olive!

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Catherine Jones
Receptionist

Phone: (910) 392-1985
Email: info@sowensins.com

I am the receptionist at the agency! I exceed to provide excellent customer service to our customers on a day-to-day basis. I did not have any prior experience in the insurance industry, but I have been the receptionist at the agency for 6 years and now have great knowledge of the insurance industry! I enjoy making our customers happy by providing excellent customer service that each of them deserves. I grew up in a small town in northeastern North Carolina, Murfreesboro. My family summered in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and now I call that home for over 19 years. I went to Louisburg College for 2 years and then transferred to the University of North Carolina, Wilmington to receive a degree in business. I really enjoy being outside and going to the beach. I also enjoy trying new restaurants, food, and recipes. When I am not at work you can find me at the beach!

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David Batson
Associate Producer

Office: (910) 726-9747
Text: (910) 512-6694
Email: davidb@sowensins.com

I just recently started my career in the insurance field in 2019 and I am so glad I decided to make the switch! Having a career in insurance really gives me the chance to help people protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property! I love being able to know that I am the key component in assisting others and providing the information needed to make sure everyone is in the best possible situation with their insurance! I grew up in southeastern North Carolina where I took a high interest in boating, the beach, and outdoor activities. I love nature and being able to spend as much time as possible outside. If I’m not outdoors somewhere, I’m usually spending time with my family!

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