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Our Team

Meet the award winning team.

John Purdom, CIC


John has been with The Murray Insurance Agency for 20 years specializing in commercial and personal lines risk management. He serves as the President alongside his business partner, Jason. John graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry and received his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2001. John has been a lifelong resident of Murray where he is a member of The First United Methodist Church and has served on the board of trustees. John has also served on the Board of the American Red Cross where he received the Clara Barton Service Award. He currently resides in Murray with his wife Sherry and two daughters Chandler and Meredith.

Jason Billington, AFIS CIC


Jason Billington is a third generation insurance agent following his grandfather, Guy Billington and his father, Bob Billington as owners of The Murray Insurance Agency. He started his insurance career with The Murray Insurance Agency in 1996. Jason has cut out a niche as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) having obtained that designation in 2015. Furthermore, he obtained the Certified Insurance Counselor designation (CIC) in 2001 and is currently working towards his designation as a Certified Personal Risk Manager (CPRM). Community endeavors are of importance to Mr. Billington as he has served on the Board and in leadership as Chair of The Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board and in leadership as Chair of The West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance. Professionally, Jason has served on the Board of The Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelors of Science from Murray State University graduating Summa Cum Laude. He furthered his education by obtaining a Master of Science degree from Saint Louis University. Jason is a member of Hardin Baptist Church where he will lend a hand and a smile as a greeter on Sundays. He and his wife, Jennifer Jeffrey Billington reside in Kirksey, KY on a small ranch with animals big and small.

Donna Marquardt

Property and Casualty Agent, Life and Health Agent

Donna has been with The Murray Insurance Agency since 2007. She is licensed in Life, Health, and Property & Casualty. Donna is also certified to sell Medicare and Part D plans. She is currently working on her CISR Designation. She and her husband Butch reside in Murray. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Diane Lilly

Property and Casualty Agent

Diane joined The Murray Insurance Agency in 1990 as a Customer Service Representative. In 1995 she became a licensed Personal Lines agent in Property and Casualty. Her main focus is on homes, autos, boats, motorcycles, and all recreational vehicles. Diane enjoys servicing our current customers and their changing needs as well as prospecting and quoting new customers. Diane graduated from Marshall County High School in 1982 and then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Murray State University in 1986. She resides in Murray with her family and enjoys summer’s boating at the lake. “Peace of Mind Made Simple” Call Diane for a quote today!

Chandler Purdom

Property and Casualty Agent, Customer Service Representative

Chandler has been a licensed property and casualty agent since February 2016 and employed as a Customer Service Representative from 2015-2016. Chandler also helps with overall marketing, social media marketing, and sales. She is the daughter of John Nix Purdom CIC, President of the Murray Insurance Agency. A 2012 Murray High School graduate, Chandler graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics, graduating cum laude, and later completed her master’s degree in Agriculture Science at Murray State University in December 2016. She serves as a member of the Young Professionals group of Murray associated with the Chamber of Commerce and also serves as a committee member for Emerging Leaders associated with Independence Insurance Agents of Kentucky (IIAK).

Tara Burkeen, CISR

Property and Casualty Agent, Customer Service Representative

Tara has been a member of The Murray Insurance Agency since June 2000 and is currently the commercial sales and support representative. She is a licensed property and casualty agent who services commercial and personal accounts. Tara received her Certified Insurance Service Representative Designation in September 2007. Tara lives in Murray with her husband, Yancy.

Jonathan Carter

Customer Service Representative

Jonathan Carter joined The Murray Insurance Agency team in 2018. He is happy to be working alongside his dad, Jason Billington, and to continue in the family business and legacy. Jonathan is passionate about community relations and local missions. He serves as Event Coordinator for Heartland Ministries Radio and teaches Sunday School at Hardin Baptist Church. Jonathan lives in Farmington with his two children, Landon and Kylee.

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