Graham Bates, President
Our intrepid leader is a native Englishman who enjoys fellow UK imports The Beatles and his Scottish terrier Albert.
Married 48 years, Graham has four children, nine grandchildren & one great grandchild. A veteran of the US Air Force & Viet Nam veteran, Graham began his insurance career in 1970. In addition to an extensive brokerage marketing background, Graham has held positions as Deputy Commissioner of Health Insurance for the Missouri State Department of Insurance and Assistant to the President of an insurance company. Through his extensive insurance career he has lived in New Jersey, Missouri, Colorado, Indiana, Florida and since 1994 in Arizona.
His international travels include: Europe, Panama, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Turkey, Mexico, and Korea. He is also the founder of Least of These Ministries and Rebecca’s House Orphanage serving children in Mozambique, Africa.
Adam Bates, Vice President
Adam’s passport has been stamped on five continents. A true world traveler, Adam understands the benefits of travel insurance. “Our most loyal customers are those who have used their international insurance policies—they see it works,” he says.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he mastered surfing while earning his business degree. He enjoys the outdoors, movies and cooking. He has a big appetite and rumor has it he can consume four authentic Philly cheesesteaks in under 24 hours.
His most recent international travels include a honeymoon trip to both Brazil and Argentina where Adam and his wife enjoyed caipirinhas, feijoada and a lot of steak. He has two daughters and hopes to take them one day to surf at Ipanema, Brazil.
Alyssa Wright, Broker Advisor and Plan Specialist
Alyssa Wright joined the Insurance Services of America gang in early 2012 and serves as a Broker Advisor to thousands of agents across the US. Alyssa has a background in marketing, sales and management for a variety of businesses including property management companies. A well-rounded individual to say the least, Alyssa holds an associate’s degree in piano performance as well as a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Arizona State University.
Her affinity for athletics and music have allowed Alyssa to enjoy work as a health coach and also play piano for ASU’s vocal coaches. In her free time, she sings at her church and alongside local jazz musicians. She is a proud mother of two and though she hasn’t traveled much, dreams of exploring her German roots by one day visiting Berlin.
Rachel Piccione, Group Plan Specialist
Hailing from Illinois, Rachel brings some Midwest flair to ISA. As a music marketing student of Lewis University, she adds bright and cultivating ideas to our internet advertising realm. Rachel has been familiar with the insurance/marketing world having witnessed her father in the same profession for 20 years. She has also attained experience working as an online media marketing intern with a well known marketing agency in Chicago, Illinois.
Rachel was a collegiate volleyball player, captain, and 2 time All-American while attending Lewis University. Her traveling includes England, Scotland and Hawaii. Rachel is also the proud parent of Toby and Nelly, her two dogs.
Suzanne Munson, Broker Advisor and Plan Specialist
Suzanne joins the ISA team from the Mid-West. She has 15 years of experience in the international insurance industry and thrives on assuring anyone she encounters has whatever it is they need to make an informed decision. Providing superb customer service is at the core of her existence stemming back to when she was a young girl working for her family’s Dairy Queen business.
Married 11 years, Suzanne has two daughters, a 1 ½ year old Labrador puppy, and a very large “dog like” cat! Suzanne is an avid reader and enjoys golfing, swimming, cooking, and spending her time with family and friends.
Suzanne is also a PADI certified scuba diver. Her international travels include: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, New Zealand, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos, St. Lucia, Belize, and Honduras.
She attended high school at Culver Academy, famously known for their Black Horse Troop which has marched in the Presidential inaugural parades since 1912. Her collegiate alma mater is Purdue University, in West Lafayette, IN where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sales and Sales Management.
Aussie Seaman, Assistant to the President
Utah born and Arizona raised, Aussie has lived in the “Valley of the Sun” for over 27 years. Although new to the insurance world, Aussie brings a whole new meaning to experience. Her skills range from animal hospital customer service and hospital clinic administration, to teaching math and being the head volleyball coach at the high school levels. She believes that knowledge, respect, trust, and honesty are keys to living a successful life and is excited to see what time brings her way.
Aussie graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with Bachelor of Art in Mathematics and has a certificate in secondary education. She spends as much time as she can spare with family and friends and enjoys watching movies, painting with her best friend, hiking, playing volleyball and ultimate Frisbee, and finding new adventures.
She has traveled to 24 of the 50 states, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Dominican Republic, Canada, and in 2016 will be married in Jamaica. Even though she can’t wait to explore more of the world, she is still a proud to be an Arizonian and loves to be able to go home, relax, and cuddle with her dog, Mina.