Our Independent Agency represents the best insurance companies in the region.
With access to multiple carriers and the most competitive rates, we provide the best coverage value at the lowest possible cost.
Our carriers include:
Our staff of licensed agents has over 100 years of insurance experience.
Everyone has different insurance needs. Call us today for a personalized business or individual assessment.
We provide easy to understand proposals and policy summaries, and can customize coverage to meet your specific needs.
We are a family owned and operated, independent insurance agency. We have operated in the Maryland for over 30 years and are engaged in our local community.
We pride ourselves in building lasting relationships with our clients in the hope that we can be relied on as your trusted adviser.
Kristen McArdle began with the Agency in 2004 while completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Maryland. After graduation, she spent 3 years in hospitality management with Holland America Cruise Line. Kristen came back to the Agency and has continued her profession as a personal and commercial agent. Kristen has earned both the Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist and Certified Insurance Counselor designations. Kristen is very active in the local community, having spent several years as the Chair of the Walk to End Alzheimer's, participating in multiple 150-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer cycling events, and volunteering with local charities. Kristen earned the Erie Insurance Giving Network award in 2015 for charity work. Kristen enjoys cycling, playing soccer, running and playing with her rescue dog!
Brendan McArdle began with McArdle Insurance Agency in 2008 while completing his MBA at The University of Maryland. Brendan has also earned his Certified Insurance Counselor's designation. Prior to joining McArdle Insurance Agency, Brendan earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and worked for several years as a Civil Engineer. Brendan is an active member of the Columbia Business Community and many young professional networks. Brendan was married in 2012, had twin boys in August 2014, and added a third son in May 2018.
Agency founder, Mark McArdle, started his insurance career in 1978 as a Claims Adjuster with Erie Insurance. Mark later became a Branch Sales Manager and Assistant Vice President with Erie before opening The McArdle Agency in Columbia in 1987. Mark is a lifelong Maryland resident and graduate of The University of Maryland. Mark holds the CPCU designation, the leading professional designation for the insurance industry. He also holds the Certified Insurance Counselor designation. Mark is an active member of the Columbia Business Community. Mark is proud to see Brendan and Kristen become second generation owners of the business he has built. Mark attributes his success to a lesson he learned on his first day with Erie in 1978, "Abide by Erie's Golden Rule . . . to treat others as you yourself would like to be treated".
Pam has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 30 years. Pam holds the Certified Insurance Counselor designation and enjoys constantly furthering her insurance knowledge. Pam and her husband have three children. Pam is now a grandma and has 4 grandchildren! In her spare time, Pam enjoys gardening, exploring local restaurants, taking road trips, traveling around the globe, and giving back to others.
Toni Divver is a licensed insurance agent who specializes in home, auto and life insurance. Toni has worked in the insurance industry for over a decade. Toni enjoys spending time with her family, photography, camping, The Ravens, and playing sports with her son!
Daniel Bryant joined the McArdle Insurance Agency team in March 2018 after previously working with two other carriers. Daniel brings a wealth of competitor knowledge to the team, and a great sense of enthusiasm. He always looks for the best ways to provide his customers with the most coverage for the least possible cost. In his spare time, Daniel coaches High School baseball at St Johns College High School. Daniel was recently married and they enjoy being dedicated Cat Parents.
Khanessa Derisca joined the McArdle Insurance Agency team in August 2019. Khanessa specializes in personal auto and homeowners insurance.
Rosemarie McArdle is a licensed insurance agent and specializes in commercial account management. In her free time, Rosemarie enjoys reading, landscaping her yard, traveling, and spending time with her husband (Mark) and their grandchildren.
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