Meet Our Team of Experts

Andrew H. Knox
Andrew H. Knox

President, Community Supporter, and Bulldog Fan!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Andrew has been with Watson & Knox since January 1978 and is passionate about making it the best that it can be. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in 1972 and a MBA in 1973. Andrew is a proud father and grandfather and has been married to his beautiful wife for 38 years. During the fall season, you can find Andy at Thomson High School and UGA football games. Also, he is affiliated with the Boy Scouts and the Rotary Club. Andrew serves at First United Methodist Church of Thomson as the chairman of the finances committee. His current long-term project is cleaning up the Lovelace lot on the corner of Lee St. and Mesena Rd. in Thomson.

Julie Cort
Julie Cort

Animal Lover, Traveler, & Commercial Lines Account Manager!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Julie has been a Commercial Accounts Manager at Watson & Knox since 2002. She is originally from Thomson, Georgia and is happily married to her husband, Robert. Julie and her husband enjoy vacationing to destinations including the Western United States and the Caribbean. Julie is an animal lover, especially when it comes to her horses, and spends most weekends trail riding.

Tori Florence
Tori Florence

Accounts Manager, Risk Advisor, Mother of Two, and Beach Bum

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Tori is the Benefits Accounts Manager at Watson & Knox, who has worked for the agency for over 4 years. She and her husband Racy have two children, Finlay and Alex. Tori and her daughter enjoy riding their horses, especially fox hunting. She also enjoys quail hunting with her family and their three Llewellin Setters. During the summer, you can find Tori relaxing on the South Carolina coast either on a boat or the beach.

Cathy Shelton
Cathy Shelton

Mother, Vacationer, & Commercial Lines Account Manager!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Cathy has been a part of the Watson & Knox team as a Commercial Lines Account Manager since 2013. Cathy is passionate about seeking improvements in all areas; she is currently working towards her CIC designation and serving in IT assistance to help keep our agency technologically advanced. Cathy is married and has two children Caitlin and Carson. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to movies, traveling to the beach, mountains, and camping at the lake.

Ashlee Akers
Ashlee Akers

Mother of Two Girls, Vacationer, & Bookkeeper!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Ashlee is the Bookkeeper for Watson and Knox Insurance, Real Estate, and Property Management Division. Ashlee graduated from Thomson High School and Augusta State University with a Degree in Accounting. Ashlee and her husband have two girls, Rabun and Rylee. She enjoys spending time with her girls doing what they love, being outdoors. In her spare time, Ashlee likes to read and also enjoys vacationing with her family at the beach, mountains, and the lake.

Cole Daniel
Cole Daniel

Outdoorsman, UGA Fan, and Personal Lines Account Manager!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Cole joined the Watson & Knox team in August 2019. He is new to the insurance industry, but we plan to train him well! Cole attended UGA and is a huge dawg fan. He is from Watkinsville and now resides in Tignall with his wife. Cole is a hobby photographer, who also enjoys playing golf, cooking and tasting good food, and exploring the outdoors as an avid outdoorsman and waterfowler. Cole is also a member of Clark Station Baptist in Tignall, GA.

Jayme Usry
Jayme Usry

Loving Father, Devoted Husband, & Employee Benefits Advisor!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Jayme is a new addition to the Watson & Knox Family, but brings over 16 years of experience in the insurance industry. During his career, he has enjoyed the honor of being nationally recognized as a “Top Producer” in his field as an agent. He has also spent 9 years managing a team of over 30 agents that consistently exceeded growth targets and earned the designation as one of the CSRA’s leading sales organizations for insurance. However, the accomplishment he is most proud of is being a husband and a father to an amazing wife and 3 wonderful kids.

Austin Knox
Austin Knox

Golfer, UGA Graduate, and Producer!

Phone:

706-877-8805

Fax:

706-595-6897

Originally from Augusta, GA, Austin is excited to start his new career in the insurance industry. As a graduate from the University of Georgia in May of 2019, he has built many great connections and has learned a lot over the years in school. Some of his hobbies are playing golf, watching football, and spending time with his Golden Retriever. He is excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to helping individuals out with their insurance needs.

Rachel Brooks
Rachel Brooks

Mother, Alabama Fan, and Receptionist!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Rachel is our receptionist at Watson & Knox. She is proud wife and mother of two beautiful girls and one handsome boy. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on her favorite teams, University of Alabama and the Atlanta Braves! Rachel strives to live by her favorite verse, Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Her faith is essential to her daily life, because without it she would not be who she is today.

Andrew H. Knox, Jr. CIC
Andrew H. Knox, Jr. CIC

Commercial Lines Risk Manager, UGA Fan, and Father!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Andy Jr. has served as a Commercial Lines Risk Manager at Watson & Knox for 10 years and enjoys helping customers by using the Risk Management approach of insurance. He graduated from Thomson High School and the University of Georgia. He continues his support for UGA as a Georgia Football fan. Andy and his wife, who works at the Family Y, have two rambunctious boys and one girl. As a family, they enjoy playing football, golfing, and wrestling, like many young boys do. Andy participates in the Georgia Carolina Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Boys Scouts of America, the Boys and Girls Club, the Rotary Club, and First United Methodist Church.

Angela Hammond
Angela Hammond

Artist, Proud Grandmother, & Personal Lines Account Manager!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Angela has been working with Watson & Knox since 1983. She works with Personal Lines as an Account Manager and Producer. Angela has been married to her husband, Lee, since June,1983. They have two children, Katie and Will. Angela has seen many changes in the Insurance industry and is grateful that she can advise her many loyal customers through those changes. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 Grandson Grant and Garrett, and time at the lake with family and friends. Angela definitely has a passion for arts and crafts and enjoys sharing her talent with others. She started art lessons at the age of 10 and enjoys seeing young children interested in art.

Karlee Hunt
Karlee Hunt

College Graduate, Community Supporter, & Commercial Lines CSR!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Karlee joined Watson & Knox as Commercial Lines CSR in 2016. She is a graduate of Augusta State University with a degree in Kinesiology. Karlee believes it is important to build strong communities by investing in our children. Outside of her responsibilities, she enjoys being outdoors, riding her horse, traveling with her husband, or spending time with her family and friends.

Brooke Howard
Brooke Howard

Proud Mom, Outdoorswoman, & Personal Lines Accounts Manager!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Brooke has been with Watson and Knox as a Personal Lines Account Manager since 2016, and also serves as the department’s supervisor. She was born and raised in Thomson and currently lives in Dearing with her husband of 13 years, Robbie, and their two beautiful children, Dallas and Dakota. As a family, they love spending time together, especially outdoors. Both Robbie and Dallas are avid wakeboarders, so you can always find them cruising around the lake on Summer days. When not on the lake, they enjoy riding dirt bikes, snowboarding, and attending a variety of sporting events, especially cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs!

John Osborne
John Osborne

Husband, Deacon, and Personal Lines Producer!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

John Osborne started as a Personal Lines Producer at Watson and Knox in 2017. He is from Cleveland, North Carolina; he is a Georgia Football Letterman and a graduate from the University of Georgia with a Degree in Biology. He is married to Laura Osborne, a middle school teacher here in McDuffie County. He has two children Charles and Elizabeth. They attend First Baptist Church here in Thomson, where he serves as a deacon. They have lived in Thomson since 1996. John looks forward to serving you for all your insurance needs!

Josh Choi
Josh Choi

Husband, Fisherman, and Personal Lines Agent!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Josh Choi started as a Personal Lines Agent at Watson and Knox in 2019. He was born and raised in Augusta, GA and graduated from Georgia State University of Atlanta, GA with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is married to Dr. Lindsey Choi, a physical therapist raised in McDuffie County. He is very passionate about fishing and spends most of his weekends traveling and competing in kayak bass fishing tournaments. When not on the water, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends, eating a good meal, watching Friends, and going to the gym.

Courtney Johnson
Courtney Johnson

Mother, Personal Lines Account Manager, & Claims Representative!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Courtney Johnson is our personal lines claims representative. She has been happily married to her husband, Josh, since May of 2016. They are now proud parents of two boys, Grant and Cooper. Courtney graduated from Thomson High School in 2009. She is a fan of all sports, and her all-time favorite team is the Georgia Bulldogs! In her spare time, Courtney enjoys hunting, going to concerts, and vacationing at the beach. She and her family are members at First Baptist Church of Thomson.

Nicole Evans
Nicole Evans

Thomson Native, Mother, and Receptionist!

Phone:

706-595-4951

Fax:

706-595-6897

Nicole Evans started as our Receptionist at Watson and Knox in 2018. This is Nicole’s first time in the insurance world, but she has adapted well. Nicole and her husband, Michael, were both born and raised in Thomson. They have a daughter along with their first-born chocolate lab. In her spare time, Nicole loves reading, relaxing, spending time with her family, walking her dog and being outdoors in the sun no matter the location.