Allen was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. He graduated from Leon High School and moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. He majored in Finance and minored in both Accounting and Economics. Allen received his BSBA from the Burnett Honors College at UCF graduating with Honors in May 2005.
Immediately after graduation, Allen returned to Tallahassee and began his insurance career working for a local State Farm Agency. During his 4 year State Farm Agency tenure, Allen earned his 2-15 Life & Health and General Lines 2-20 insurance licenses, as well as his Mortgage Brokers License, Series 6 Securities License. In 2008 he was accepted as a State Farm Agency Candidate.
In May of 2009 he opened the Tallahassee branch of VanAllen Insurance Agency with Michael. They grew and managed that office until January 2015 when they founded the McGinniss Himmel Insurance Agency.
Allen has been married to Amanda McGinniss since 2008 (he still says it the best sale he’s ever made) and were blessed in May 2014 with twin daughters, Alyssa & Audrey, and again in February 2016 with Andrew. They also have two German Shepherds, Ava & Apollo, and their cat Annabelle.
Allen is an avid Disc Golfer and enjoys vegetable gardening and relaxing with his family and friends in his free time.
Michael D. Himmel
Michael moved to Tallahassee, FL to attend Florida State University. He graduated from the College of Business with a degree in Risk Management/Insurance in 2006.
Upon graduation from Florida State, Michael went to work for a local State Farm Agency writing all lines of insurance. During his State Farm Agency tenure, Michael earned his 2-15 Life & Health and General Lines 2-20 insurance licenses, as well as his Mortgage Brokers License, Series 6 Securities License. Michael was a Financial Services Representative and Office Manager until 2009.
In May of 2009 he opened the Tallahassee branch of VanAllen Insurance Agency with Allen. They grew and managed that office until January 2015 when they founded the McGinniss Himmel Insurance Agency.
Michael is a sports enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors during his free time. He has been an avid supporter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and has been a mentor since 2010.
David W. Bentley
David, formerly a Georgia native, relocated to Florida to attend Florida Southern College in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Master in Business Administration from Florida Southern. Upon graduation, David headed north to Tallahassee to be closer to his family and to be able to actually enjoy four seasons out of the year.
During his time in college, David began his insurance journey working for GEICO and acquired his 4-40 CSR license. His 5 year stay with GEICO allowed him to gain valuable knowledge of the insurance industry that helped build the foundation of his insurance career.
In 2015, David joined the McGinniss Himmel team earning his 2-15 Life & Health and General Lines 2-20 insurance licenses. In 2019, David became a Member of the McGinniss Himmel Insurance Agency.
David enjoys the outdoors during his free time and looks forward to hunting season. He will always support his Georgia Bulldogs but has grown to love Florida State.
Kira L. Meiners
4-40 Licensed CSR
Kira moved to Tallahassee, FL in 1986 with her parents from Orange Park, FL. She is a graduate of Leon High School, and in October 2005 started working for a local State Farm Agency. During her tenure at the State Farm Agency, Kira built a long time friendship with Allen as well as earned her 4-40 Customer Service Insurance license.
Kira’s upbeat personality, 8+ years of insurance agency experience, and ability to make everyone smile, made her the perfect fit to join Michael and Allen (again) at the VanAllen Tallahassee office in January 2011.
During Kira’s free time, she loves to cook, watch movies and spend time with her friends, family and her adorable bassett hound Jessie.
2-20 Licensed Agent
Kelly grew up in Northern Virginia before moving to Tampa to begin working in the financial services industry. She came to Tallahassee in 1995, and while raising her kids began volunteering with the schools and local non-profit organizations.
She spent 5 years working with YoungLives, coordinating volunteers as well as working with local businesses and churches to organize donations.
Kelly began her insurance career spending 3 years at a local State Farm agent. She was the office manager as well as earned the 2-20 General lines and 2-15 Life and Health license. Joining McGinniss Himmel in 2016, she started as Agent and has promoted to the Director of our in house Claims Liaison program. She is also our Renewal Manager where she monitors clients renewals to ensure rates are appropriate and our clients loyalty isn’t being taken for granted by the insurance carriers we represent.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys being outdoors, spending time at the gym and cooking. She has two dogs, who are considered the youngest of her children, to keep her busy. Her basic outlook on life is simply to do what you can to help others.
2-20 Licensed Agent
Larry joined our team in 2017 and brought 4 years of State Farm agency experience. He has quickly become a top agent. Larry is a coach at heart and it shows when he helps people navigate the world of insurance. His ability to understand the needs of his clients and then give individual, experienced guidance is only second to his drive to take care of his clients and the people he talks to.
2-20 Licensed Agent
A graduate of Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Corwin relocated to Tallahassee in 2014. After promoting through the ranks and becoming assistant manager of a furniture store, he realized he loved working directly with customers. He studied for and passed the 2-20 insurance license in about 1/3rd the time of a typical experienced agent – with ZERO insurance background. Joining the McGinniss Himmel team in 2018, he’s quickly shown the ability to understand the needs of the clients he works with, and already knows how to help them get the best insurance value for their situation.
2-20 Licensed Agent
Austin grew up in Inverness Florida. He is a former Farm Bureau agent and joined our team in 2018 and loves coaching baseball and flag football in his spare time.
4-40 Licensed Agent
Tara Schroeder-Ray joined our team in 2019. She is a fearless agent who is passionate about making your insurance experience a little less daunting than expected. Having worked in mortgage lending previously, this economics grad brings a real-world common sense coupled with a sparkling personality to the team. When she isn’t searching for discounts or defending your policy, you’ll find Tara playing outside with her young children, searching for fantastic flamingo memorabilia or binge-watching Netflix documentaries.