Ross is the president and owner of Mountain State Insurance Agency. He is a 1985 graduate of Marshall University with a degree in Finance and Business Law concentrating in insurance. He attended the National Association of Surety Bond Producers William J. Angel Surety School in 1990 and earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation from the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors in 2013.
Ross entered the insurance industry in 1985 as a sales executive for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and entered the ranks of independent insurance agents in 1986 with the Robert F. Silverstein Agency in Charleston. He then moved to the Carson Insurance Agency in 1988 specializing in Contract Surety and Construction Insurance. In 2000, he bought a controlling interest in Mountain State Insurance Agency.
In 2014 and 2015 Ross served as the president of the Independent Insurance Agents of WV. During Ross’ service to the IIAWV, the association was completely reinvented and stabilized. At the conclusion of his presidency, the IIAWV board named Ross the 2015 Earle S. Dillard Agent of the Year, an honor that was also received in 2002. Ross is the only two time recipient of this award.
Ross has served as a member of the Agents Advisory Council for State Auto Insurance Company located in Columbus, Ohio, and BrickStreet Insurance located in Charleston. In addition to his professional service, Mr. Johnson as served several terms on the Board of Trustees for Christ Church United Methodist, where he has been a member for 28 years.
Ross and his wife, Dee, have two sons, Taylor and Will, and reside in Charleston. Ross welcomed Taylor to the agency as Corporate Treasurer and Account Executive in 2014, and in 2016, Taylor accepted the role of Vice President.
- Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)