About BIIA

Stable. Affordable. Local.

Our Mission

Building Industry Insurance Association is a stable company providing comprehensive insurance products at reasonable rates. Each of our insureds, regardless of size, receives personalized attention including loss control and safety training at no additional cost. We do this to ensure that their business plan is not negatively impacted by preventable losses that deteriorate their business’s capital, effectiveness, and efficiency. This is a mere reflection of our commitment to Virginia Domiciled businesses.

Our Story

Building Industry Insurance Association has been providing workers compensation coverage throughout Virginia since 1999. While it was originally designed by and for those in the home building industry, it has since been expanded to service a wide range of business professionals.

In 2004, BIIA developed a general liability product to respond to the needs of the industry. At the time, contractors were finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable coverage among carriers that had renounced writing residential contractors or had dramatically increased their rates.

The commercial auto program was introduced in 2011. Since then, we have extended our products and services to provide businesses with all of their insurance needs in one package.

Our Staff

Patty Letchworth

Patty Letchworth

Partner & COO

Hobby: Reading murder mysteries
Favorite Saying: “It is what it is”
Most Proud of: BIIA and it’s staff
Folks may not know that: I like action sports like skydiving and white water rafting

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Call Me: 757-305-9048

Jane Kabana

Jane Kabana

Marketing Specialist

Hobby: Reading
Favorite Saying: “It takes all kinds to fill a freeway”
Most Proud of: My nieces and nephew who knew such smart, witty, personable and awesome people could come out of the Kabana gene pool
Folks may not know that: I have two different color eyes

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 Call Me: 757-305-9010

Marguerite Dunbar

Marguerite Dunbar

Underwriting Manager

Hobby: Hanging out in junkyards
Favorite Saying: “Don’t let your alligator mouth overload your humming bird butt”
Most Proud of: Myself for staying in the insurance industry for 15 years without ending up in a mental hospital
Folks may not know that: I was a licensed Private Investigator with a weapons permit

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 Call Me: 757-305-9026

Jacqueline Adkins

Jacqueline Adkins

Loss Control Specialist

Hobby: Gardening, kayaking, hiking, biking, horseback riding
Favorite Saying: “Music…will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
Most Proud of: Outstanding Leadership & Service Award 2003, Virginia and National Independent Insurance Agents
Folks may not know that: I have a theology degree and worked in missions for a year

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Call Me: 757-615-9819

Nenaya Simmons

Nenaya Simmons

Underwriting Specialist

Hobby: Reading and writing
Favorite Saying: “Like…seriously?!”
Most Proud of: My first published novel, Souls Intertwined
Folks may not know that: I was a huge computer geek in high school

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Call Me: 757-305-9004

Darla Panasewicz

Darla Panasewicz

Underwriting Specialist

Hobby: Playing pool on APA league
Favorite Saying: “Amen to that one!”
Most Proud of: My daughter Alyssa DeSimone
Folks may not know that: I have 2 Border Collies Mixes that are “My Girls – Carly & Miley,” and I am related to Betsy Ross

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Call Me: 757-305-9006

Ann Rutter

Ann Rutter

Underwriting Specialist

Hobby: Disc golf
Favorite Saying: “You go, girl!”
Most Proud of: The accomplishments of my children
Folks may not know that: I am a distant relative of the Wood Brothers who have a NASCAR Race Team

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Call Me: 757-305-9023

John Harvie

John Harvie

Programming Consultant

Hobby: Crosswords, blogging, swimming and diving, sailing
Favorite Saying: “Piece of cake!”
Most Proud of: Our blended family of children thru great grandchildren
Folks may not know that: I review academic scholarship applications for VA Tech’s local board

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Aja Martin

Aja Martin

Comptroller

Hobby: Working out
Favorite Saying: “It’s life”
Most Proud of: Losing 20 pounds
Folks may not know that: I am from Mississippi

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Call Me: 757-305-9008

Cecily Clark

Cecily Clark

Account Receivables Specialist

Hobby: Reading & watching basketball
Favorite Saying: “Believe what you like”
Most Proud of: My son being in college
Folks may not know that: I would like to work with teen mothers (community outreach)

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Call Me: 757-424-3130

Rebecca Griffin

Rebecca Griffin

Audit/Collections

Hobby: Trash to Treasure
Favorite Saying: “Strive to be the person your dog thinks you are”
Most Proud of: My family
Folks may not know that: I can’t whistle

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Call Me: 757-305-9066

Annemarie Torres

Annemarie Torres

Audit Processing

Hobby: DIY Projects
Favorite Saying: “Don’t be a hero!”
Most Proud of: Surviving the Navy wife life
Folks may not know that: I used to have a fear of pit bulls until I adopted one.

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Call Me: 757-305-9054

Asiah Jones

Asiah Jones

Underwriting Assistant

Hobby: I love watching TV shows
Favorite Saying: “Everything happens for a reason”
Most Proud of: The woman that I’ve become
Folks may not know that: I sing and play piano

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Call Me: 757-424-2427

Angel Jones

Angel Jones

Underwriting Assistant

Hobby: Cooking/Catering
Favorite Saying: “Lord Willing & The Creek Don’t Rise….”
Most Proud of: The obstacles I’ve overcome to achieve my goals.
Folks may not know that: I always get what I want through hard work and perseverance.

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Laquita Bone

Laquita Bone

Underwriting Assistant

Hobby: Sleeping…I have two children and one on the way
Favorite Saying: “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get”
Most Proud of: My amazing children
Folks may not know that: I’m a loner

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Call Me: 757-305-9063

Mary Beth Wadey

Mary Beth Wadey

Underwriting Assistant

Hobby: Finding deals at thrift stores.
Favorite Saying: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may realize they were the big things. ”
Most Proud of: My three kids. I never had big dreams of being a doctor, lawyer, etc. I just wanted to be the best mom I could be.
Folks may not know that: I want to build things, table, bench, gazebo, brick grill…anything. I have all these things I want to make but no space to do it.

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Call Me: 757-424-2428

Amber Salyers

Amber Salyers

Underwriting Assistant

Hobby: Camping & Horseback Riding
Favorite Saying: “It Is What It Is!!”
Most Proud of: My Children & Grandchildren
Folks may not know that: I love to drive fast cars!!

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Call Me: 757-420-3022 ext 295

Gabrielle Frazier

Gabrielle Frazier

Part-Time Underwriting Assistant

Hobby: Heavy metal concerts and goat yoga
Favorite Saying: “Gahhbage!”
Most Proud of: Working two jobs to pay for my education while maintain Dean’s List throughout my college career
Folks may not know that: I am a molecular research technician on the Native Bee Project

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Call Me: 757-424-2429