Meet Jim and Barbara, the team behind Folks Insurance Group

Jim Folks began his career with Willis Faber North America, a reinsurance broker and a division of the Willis, Group Ltd., where he worked in both the New York and Greensboro, NC offices. He worked with many regional and mutual insurance companies placing various degrees of risk in both the domestic and international markets. With a long-term goal of becoming a retail broker, Jim took a position with American International Group, during which time he worked for National Union's Directors' & Officers' Liability Division as an underwriter. In this capacity, Jim became astute in the procedures of risk management as he researched, evaluated, and finalized decisions concerning the assumption of risk for Fortune 100 companies. In addition, Jim successfully passed the "Certified Insurance Counselor" designation, courses and examinations. Prior to his pursuit of the CIC designation, Jim began course studies for the CPCU and has four exams to his credit.

Barbara Lyons is the Vice President and Manager of the Personal Lines Department for Folks Insurance Group. Barbara has been with Folks Insurance Group since they opened their doors in September 2001. As a licensed insurance broker and agent, seasoned office manager, and executive, Barbara has demonstrated expertise directly related to over twenty-seven years of experience. Barbara has built a career specializing in dedicated support of her customer's needs. She was awarded an academic scholarship upon graduating with Distinction with her Associates in Arts degree from Suffolk Community College. Barbara continued on to earn her Bachelors in Business Administration degree two years later from Dowling College. Additionally, Barbara has earned the designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and is a member of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.


I am a real estate broker for over 25 years and pride myself and my business on Above and Beyond Service to our clients. I am able to offer services beyond the scope of my profession ranging from contractors, attorneys, cleaning services, insurance needs, permits and more. I usually choose the best 3 and let the client decide who they are most comfortable with. Folks Insurance has been the agency that my clients always seem to go with because of their efficiency and best rates and customer service practices. Barbara Lyons is my agent as well on my own home and even when she is not available –which is rare – her team is the best. They are always professional, friendly, and show the clients exceptional services at the best rates possible. I highly recommend them and am happy knowing that when I do-my clients are in good hands! Thank you for all you do! Your services have been exceptional and I will be happy to keep recommending you to my clients and future clients.



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