Erik has acted as the Agency Principal since Atlantic Shield’s inception in 2004. He has successfully helped the agency grow and prosper with over 14 years of insurance industry experience. Today, his main focus is on the team’s continued success and development.
Erik is an active tennis player who plays competitively with the Charleston Pro League. He enjoys spending time with his wife Julia and daughters Ella and Kairi, and his hobbies include boating, reading, and practicing his ukulele.
Erica joined the Atlantic Shield team in January of 2018, she brings 15 years of office management experience and is thrilled to be able to play an essential role in the continued growth of our thriving agency. She is a College of Charleston graduate in corporate communications and has lived in Charleston since 1996. She resides on James Island with her husband Joe, daughter Emery and dog Leroy. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, going to the beach, and boating.
Tara is Atlantic Shield's Personal & Commercial Lines and Department Manager. She's got close to 15 years experience in the insurance industry, and makes sure our personal account managers are working as efficiently as possible.
She enjoys local cuisine, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
Jason is our private client advisor that works with successful households and their financial partners to manage all their household risk.
Outside of the agency, he enjoys golf, boating, spending time with his wife Ann Taylor and twin boys Samuel and Coleman, and is a deacon at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church.
Commercial Lines Advisor Peter Vaska focuses on assisting clients with hard to place risks, including the hospitality industry, condo assocations, lessors risk, tech, and medical companies.
Outside the office, you can find him golfing, enjoying hockey, or traveling.
Susie is Atlantic Shield's Commercial Lines Manager. She works specifically with condominium and homeowners associations and large lessors' risk accounts.
When not at the agency, she enjoys her life in Mt. Pleasant with her husband and two children. They like to travel and spend time outdoors.
Melissa Sills joined the Atlantic Shield Team over 9 years ago and has over 16 years of service in the insurance industry. She currently serves as a Personal Lines Account Manager, where she is able to provide her clients the highest level of customer satisfaction by utilizing her extensive knowledge. A consummate professional, Melissa tirelessly seeks to further her knowledge of our industry in ways that are relevant to better serving our customers.
She currently holds the Professional Designations of Associate in Personal Insurance & Associate in Insurance Account Management. She is pursuing her CPCU Designation at this time. Melissa has served in numerous managerial roles throughout her career with Atlantic Shield, and elected in 2017 to move back to Knoxville so that she could be closer to family and friends. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and remains an avid Vols fan.
Virginia has accumulated over 15 years of overall insurance industry experience, as well as 5 years at the agency, with her most recent stint starting last December. Virginia is CISR and PLCS licensed, and is working towards an AIAM designation. With an emphasis on personal lines products, Virginia is always looking to be a helping hand!