Meet Our Staff

As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business.  Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

J.W. Potts

J.W. Potts


J.W. was born in Fairmont, WV. He graduated high school in Wetzel County at the smaller school of Pine Grove Valley High School in 1984, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from West Virginia Uiversity in 1988. J.W. achieved a perfect score of 36 on his Math ACT. His 3 years experience with State Farm in Claims provided the groundwork of customer service immediately out of college. Licensed in 1991 with Prudential, passing his Series 6 and 63 for Variable products and investment capabilities, as well as his Property and Casualty and Life and Health.

Outside of work, J.W. has always been involved in coaching sports from baseball, football, basketball, girls softball, and a National Championship Powerlifting team in 2014 where all 14 members won their respective weight classes. After high school some Division III opportunities were available in his primary sport of Basketball but a decision to focus on academics was made. Beginning in 1985 powerlifting became a love and still is though things have shifted to coaching and being an International Referee. Competing in many countries, J.W. has personally won 10 National Bench Press Championships, 3 Gold Medals at World Championships, Best Lifter all weight classes by formula in 2014 twice, Competed at the Mr. Olympia Bench Press Championships available to only the top three lifters Nationally in each weight class. He holds the West Virginia Heavyweight record of 683 lbs in the Bench Press. American and World Records are still held in multiple weight classes.

When then agent, Jeremy Bates, fought Evander Holyfield he had the opportunity to train Jeremy and work the corner in Dallas Texas in 2006. After competing in England at a World Championship in 2012, He was cast as an extra in the Fast and Furious 6. He became a member of the Stand Strength Team smashing concrete blocks, boards, baseball bats, bending steel, and other strong man feats of strengths in schools where anti-drug and anti-bullying programs were presented, Prison ministry, and Churches where teaching was done by feats of strength parable teaching, while in Churches presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and team building within the local Congregation.

He is a fourth generation entrepreneur. He credits his Grandfather “Jink” Potts and a formal 7th grade education as his mentor of common sense. His father, James Potts, Sr. as giving him an unparalleled start as an apprentice as a 45+ year Insurance Agent, and, now his Father-in-law, Bill Bailey, still working at 85, adding to his knowledge and experience. These men have openly shared their key life lessons and provided a post graduation education that cannot be found in a University.

Travel, hunting, camping, and enjoying family round out his non-insurance past-times.

Beth Potts

Beth Potts


Beth is a true West Virginian, born in Vienna, WV. Raised in an ‘insurance family’, Beth’s parents taught her the value of commitment, collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit. Beth graduated from West Virginia University with a
Bachelor’s of Arts in English. She has been an agent for over 25 years with a P&C and Life License in WV and OH. Along with her love for insurance, she enjoys coaching cheerleading, reading, painting and working out with her husband. Beth prides herself of being a Child of God and loves a great sense of humor. Her goal is to make a positive impact in others’ lives.


Tammy Allison

Licensed Agent

Tammy began her insurance career in 2007. She has worked as an Erie agent in all lines of personal and commercial including life in WV and OH. Tammy is passionate about the needs and goals of her clients. Her knowledge can save you time and money and create the value you’re looking for. She enjoys watching her daughter play softball and spends her weekends relaxing at home.


Amber Price

Licensed Agent

Amber holds a P&C and Life license in WV and OH. She is a long term member of the Parkersburg community. She is always willing to go the extra mile. Amber servces clients in our valley, providing knowledgeable, and thoughtful advice. A mother of 2 teenagers, you will see Amber out at Parkersburg High School Big Red Marching Band and softball events supporting her kids. She has a love for music, animals, travel, and her husband’s band.

Lee Ann

Lee Ann Poling

Marketing Director/Licensed Agent

Lee Ann is one of the newest members at J.W. Potts Insurance. Her hometown is in Williamstown, WV. A licensed agent for 2 years in P&C in WV and OH, building long lasting relationships with our customers is what means the most to her. Lee Ann enjoys meeting new people. Marketing and Business Development is her specialty. In her free time, she likes to spend it with her family and going to the park with her 3-year-old daughter.

Beth Ritz

Beth Ritz

Licensed Agent

Beth lives and works in New Martinsville, WV. She started her sales career in insurance in 2002 and holds a Property and Casualty and Life licenses in WV and OH. She has over 16 years of experience in insurance and has worked in both commercial lines and personal lines of the industry. Beth is a hard worker and wants to provide the best coverage possible for her clients. Outside the office you will most likely find Beth with her family.


Betsy Thomas

Licensed Agent

Betsy has been a licensed insurance agent since 1995 and with the New Martinsville agency for 18 years. Her hometown is Pine Grove, WV. As a creative critical thinker committed to customer service and education, her primary goal is to provide clients with accessible expertise and an honest, thoughtful, problem-solving approach to insurance and risk management. She is licensed in Life and well as Property and Casualty in WV and OH. She enjoys spending time with her family and visiting new places.


Angel Hickman

Office Manager

Angel has been with the New Martinsville agency for 18 years. She was born and raised in New Martinsville. Angel graduated from Magnolia High School and then attended West Virginia Northern. She welcomes the opportunity to work with new and established customers that desire a proactive insurance professional. Angel has a property and casualty and life license in WV and OH. With an open mind and a positive attitude Angel approaches life with passion and resilience. She enjoys spending time with her family, her 3 cats and loves being outdoors.


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J.W. Potts Insurance Agency, Parkersburg