About Insurance Training Specialists, INC.
Who We Are
Insurance Training Specialists, Inc. was started in 1996 to provide quality education for people to enter into the insurance career fields. We proudly offer classroom study and internet study sessions, and we help applicants who are preparing to take the state licensing exams required by the state of Mississippi for an insurance producer’s license. Our qualified instructors bring nearly 100 years of combined experienced to the table. We take pride in working with applicants to become responsible insurance producers as they fulfill their educational requirements and prepare to take the producers state examination. Our goal is to ensure your success. Come grow and learn with us!
"The students are the most important thing to me."
--Gary E. Waddell
Gary E. Waddell LUTCF - CEO
Insurance Training Specialists Inc.
Gary was born in N.Y. and grew up in Tampa, FL. Joining the Navy at age 17 in 1965 and going to Vietnam on 3 deployments, Gary spent 22 months overseas doing gunfire support for troops on the ground. After an honorable discharge in June of 1969 he met his wife Audrey and married. They moved to West Point, MS and have been in the area since. Gary has been married to Audrey for 48 years with 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He thanks God each day for where he has come and where he is today.
Helping people has been his whole life, whether in the service, sales, insurance business or at his Insurance Training Specialists Inc. office.
Gary has been in the insurance business since April 1978 in sales and management dealing with all insurance products, property & casualty, life accident & health, security products, mutual funds, variable & annuities. In his 40 years in the industry, he spent 16 years with Met Life until he retired at age 55 and opened Waddell Insurance and Investments.
He started Insurance Training Specialists Inc. in May 1997 to provide training for people to enter the insurance business with small classes taught throughout Mississippi.
In November 1999, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) was put into effect which allowed banks, security, and insurance companies to merge and sell insurance products. Insurance Training Specialist was called on by many companies such as Bank Plus, Bancorp South, and Regions to train their employees to prepare for the Mississippi Life, Accident & Health exam. His company was responsible for getting over 3,000 employees licensed. He continues work as one of the top companies in Mississippi for pre-licensing training with a passing ratio much higher than the state average. He regularly updates the materials,online and in the classroom, to ensure the student has the best information to pass their exam. As Gary has said many times “I started this business to help people get their insurance licenses and get into an industry that is very rewarding, as I have been so blessed for 40 years in it.”
Gary and his staff will help with all questions at any time.