ABOUT US

 History

Laris Insurance Agency LLC has held a strong and constantly growing presence since its inception in South Louisiana in 1939.  We continue to uphold the values instilled by our founder, Sidney J. Laris:   hard work, dedication, fairness and personal service.  Our main office is located in Lockport with satellite offices in Metairie, Houma, and New Iberia.  Laris’ local ownership gives us a unique perspective with which to evaluate and address the complex interactions of the insurance business, diverse industry sectors and the economic climate nationwide.

As a 4th generation company, we deliver the highest quality, professional, personal service with a local touch.  With over 40 employees, including an aggressive sales force, we strive to maintain a personal relationship with all of our clients.  These attributes have allowed us to become one of the largest, locally owned agencies in the state.

It will always be our commitment to be there when you need us.


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 EXPERIENCE

Laris Agency specializes in providing insurance programs to the oilfield, energy and marine industries. We continuously strive to be at the forefront of knowledge and innovation when developing comprehensive coverage solutions for our clients who work within these diverse and complex industries.  Laris proudly dedicates all of our personnel and resources to continuous growth through education and research regarding our client’s industries and their insurance needs.   Thus we assure our continuance as one of the state’s leading commercial property and casualty insurance agencies for these sectors of industry.

We pride ourselves in maintaining close customer relations. Our producers and account managers strive to remain in close contact with our customers. This close working relationship helps us to recognize changes in conditions that might require adjustment in your insurance program.

As a full service agency, Laris provides solid and affordable insurance coverage consisting of personal, life, health, and commercial business to clients throughout Louisiana and the Gulf South. The agency’s premium volume is 80% Commercial Lines of Business, 10% Personal Lines of Business, and 10% Life and Health. Consistent with our business plan, our agency has achieved stable and significant growth over the past decade. As an Independent Agent, Laris Agency represents a number of major insurance companies. We have an exclusive membership with ARMS, which is an insurance association that provides our customers with access to many of the largest insurance companies in the world.



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 Laris Team

OWNERS:

Laris Insurance Agency LLC has a staff comprised of forty-two dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced insurance professionals. The agency is owned by four members of the Laris family. Owners, Rudy Laris Sr., and his sons Rudy Laris Jr. and Ross Laris are agents / account managers, primarily active in commercial sales. They also oversee marketing relations with the numerous insurance companies which Laris Insurance Agency LLC represents.  Rudy Sr. and Rudy Jr each hold a B.S. degree from Nicholls State University. Rudy Sr.'s daughter, April, is the fourth owner and she is a graduate of Loyola University. Her primary responsibilities are in the financial and office managements aspects of the business.

SALES AGENTS / ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES:

The agency has a total of nine Sales Agents / Account Executives, who generate the agency's sales to new customers and maintain the agency’s relationships with existing customers. Our agents are knowledgeable and active in all lines of insurance. In addition to Rudy Laris Sr., Rudy Laris Jr., and Ross Laris, the agency has six agents servicing our clients. They are Clyde Hartman, Philip Hadaway, Rudy Laris III, and Robert Boudreaux in the Lockport office, and Brian Desselles and Tate Zyroll in the Metairie office. Craig Romero is also a sales agent working in our New Iberia office, as well as Blaine Vedros in our Houma office.
 

COMMERCIAL LINES:

The commercial lines department is comprised of a friendly and professional staff of nearly twenty.  Together they have accumulated an unprecedented number of years of insurance knowledge and experience.  Allyson Eschette serves as Office Manager, as well as a Senior Account Manager for existing clients.

COMMERCIAL NEW BUSINESS MARKETING:

The commercial lines department also includes marketing manager Letia Clement, whose primary responsibility is marketing for new business customers. Letia is dedicated to servicing the needs of prospective commercial clients. She consults with them to gather vital information concerning their businesses. By getting to know the client and their business operations, she hopes to convince them to become long-term clients of Laris Agency by providing an exceptional insurance coverage program with excellent price economics. In doing so, Letia will utilize a vast network of top rated insurance companies and brokers throughout the world.  Through these companies Laris Agency strives to acquire insurance coverage that is best suited for each individual client.
 

CLAIMS:

Sonny Breaux, a licensed claims adjuster, along with his assistant, are also members of our commercial department. With a specific role dedicated to benefit our clients, Sonny’s duties are to guide and advise our clients through all aspects of the process should they be involved in a claim. Sonny can assist in the claims reporting process and advise during the adjusting and settlement phases.

Allyson, Letia, Sonny and the remainder of our staff are devoted to our clients through an emphasis on prompt, courteous and reliable service.
 

PERSONAL LINES:

Our agency has a full service department that provides personal insurance to satisfy all of our clients' needs. Michelle Boudoin and Amber Hebert are senior personal lines account managers. They assist the agency’s existing clients in all aspects of their personal insurance, such as Auto, Home, Flood, Mobile Home, RV, Motorcycle, Boat, and Umbrella. They consult with major insurance companies such as Progressive, Unitrin/Kemper, La. Citizens, and Lighthouse to obtain the most coverage at the best price.  Missy Womack assists with the needs of new prospective clients.
 

LIFE AND HEALTH:

Philip Hadaway is the senior sales agent regarding all policies and coverages for Life and Health insurance in the Lockport office. Philip has a vast knowledge in the field with which to help customers understand the important facts needed to purchase the right individual life or health insurance policy to fit their needs and budget. Philip will utilize his over 30 years of experience and his close working relationships with companies such as Humana and Blue Cross. Tate Zyroll is the sales agent for all Life, Health and Benefits insurance in the Metairie office. Policies are available to cover life, hospitalization, dental, vision, Medicare supplements, and prescription drug coverage. He can also provide businesses with the most comprehensive and economical group health insurance plans for their employees and their families.
 

ACCOUNTING AND I.T.:

Our Accounting / I.T. department is managed by Mark Theriot, who has a B.S Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. Mark coordinates the operations of the agency’s state of the art agency management system which is used to maintain all client information and account billing information. Customer data is stored in an out-of-state secured data facility. Other members of the accounting department staff include Monica Poole who specializes in the insurance company payables area. Sally Juneau is the member of the accounting department who handles the areas of vendor payables and human resources.
 

RECEPTIONIST:

Paula Breaux is the main receptionist at Laris Agency. It is Paula’s cheerful voice that will first greet you when you contact our principal office in Lockport.  She will gladly connect your call to the Metairie or Houma office as needed. Donna Trahan is the receptionist answering calls made to the Laris Insurance Agency office in New Iberia. They will happily determine which of our staff can best satisfy your needs and will connect you with that person as timely a manner as possible.

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