Meet Our Team

Dan Burghardt Insurance was started in 1983 by Dan Burghardt. It has continued to be a locally owned and operated agency, and is one of the largest insurance agencies in the New Orleans metro area. Our dedicated and experienced staff is committed to prompt, excellent service for each and every client.

Management Team

Dan

Dan Burghardt
President & Founder

Dan is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area. He graduated from Rummel High School in 1969, attended the University of New Orleans where he studied journalism, and enlisted at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Base in the Specialty Reserve Program.

Dan credits his father, John Burghardt, a top salesman and manager with various insurance companies, for instilling in him a strong work ethic, relentless persistence, an unwavering commitment to quality, providing superior service, and a “no shortcut” approach to job performance. His experience with his father led him to the conclusion that insurance was in his blood.

His insurance career began at the age of 19 with Metropolitan Life, the youngest salesperson ever hired, where he exceeded all sales expectations and achieved top performance. Dan’s experience as a life agent for seven years led him to a strong desire to assist his clients with all of their insurance needs, so he moved to Prudential Life & Property Casualty where, over the next 10 years, he became a nationally recognized producer.

Driven further by a desire to assist clients regardless of circumstances, in 1983 Dan opened Dan Burghardt Insurance Agency as an independent agency representing multiple companies selling multiple products. Now, over 30 years later, his agency has 6 locations in the New Orleans area, producing over $23 million in business, representing over 100 companies and offering a full suite of coverages including Auto, Home, Flood, Commercial, Life and Health.

Dan has been a long time member of both the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana and the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana associations. Through these and other avenues, he has been a constant advocate for positive changes in the insurance industry and continues to consult with fellow agents, association leaders, and government regulators to improve the insurance market for both consumers and independent agents.

Dean

Dean Basse
General Manager

A lifelong resident of southeast Louisiana, Dean has 34 years of experience in the insurance industry and I.T. Since 1990 he has been associated in various capacities with Dan Burghardt Insurance Agency. He has been a part of agency management beginning in 1995, and has been General Manager of the agency for over 15 years. Dean has worked closely with Dan Burghardt throughout this time to achieve Dan’s vision and goals.

Mary D'Antonio

Mary D’Antonio
Operations Manager

A lifelong resident of the New Orleans area, Mary joined Dan Burghardt Insurance in 2009 as a Customer Service Representative. She has 9 years of insurance industry experience and is licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi . Mary became a member of the management team in 2016 and assumed Operations Manager duties in the middle of 2017. As a vital part of overall agency operations, she manages all aspects of client interactions with the agency.

Jennifer Clements

Jennifer Clements
Sales Manager

Jennifer is a native and long time resident of St. Bernard Parish. She joined the Dan Burghardt Insurance team in 2004 and has 14 years of insurance experience. Jennifer has successfully performed in almost every sales position in the agency, the last of which was Senior Life & Health agent in 2013, where she revived and grew the department after the massive changes caused by the passage of the ACA. She was promoted to Sales Manager at the beginning of 2017, and has been a valuable part of the management team since, responsible for implementing the demanding sales and marketing practices of Dan Burghardt.

Holly Sallinger

Holly Sallinger
Customer Services Manager

Holly is a native and lifelong resident of the Westbank. She has 19 years of insurance experience, has been with Dan Burghardt Insurance since 2009, and loyally served management as Executive Assistant since 2013. Demonstrating a willingness to always go above and beyond for a client, Holly set a very high standard of service that recommended her for her current position. Recently promoted to the Customer Services position, she assists and expects her department to achieve and maintain the high bar she has set.

Commercial Lines

John Shylock

John Shylock

Senior Commercial Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 30 years
Started With Agency: 1999
Office: Metairie & Mandeville

Stephanie Billiot

Stephanie Billiot

Commercial Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 22 years
Started With Agency: 2001
Office: Metairie & Gretna

Grady Wyly

Grady Wyly

Commercial Lines Agent

Commercial Lines Agent
Years’ Experience: 1 Year
Started with Agency: 2018
Office: Metairie & Gretna

Ashley Dalton

Ashley Dalton

Commercial Lines CSR

Industry Experience: 12 years
Started With Agency: 2018
Office: Metairie

Alexis Barbe’

Alexis Barbe’

Commercial CSR

Years’ Experience: 1 Year
Started with Agency: 2018
Office: Metairie

Personal Lines

Pamela Lassitter

Pamela Lassitter

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 23 years
Started With Agency: 1996
Office: Metairie

Trinette Blackwell

Trinette Blackwell

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 14 years
Started With Agency: 2004
Office: New Orleans

Darlisha Montana-Miller

Darlisha Montana-Miller

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 12 years
Started With Agency: 2006
Office: Gretna

Lakesha Reese-Sims

Lakesha Reese-Sims

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 12 years
Started With Agency: 2006
Office: New Orleans

Starr Lee

Starr Lee

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 9 years
Started With Agency: 2013
Office: New Orleans East

Tristin Clements

Tristin Clements

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 2 years
Started With Agency: 2015
Office: Chalmette

Misty Bellow

Misty Bellow

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 15 Years
Started With Agency: 2017
Office: Gretna

Shannon Hill

Shannon Hill

Personal Lines Agent

Industry Experience: 4 years
Started With Agency: 2017
Location: Metairie

Amanda Klafert

Amanda Klafert

Personal Lines Agent | Life & Health Agent

Industry Experience: 16 years
Started With Agency: 2017
Location: Metairie

Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

Personal Lines Quoter

Location: Kenner

Tabatha Bode

Tabatha Bode

Personal Lines Quoter

Location: Kenner

Cecilia Borne

Cecilia Borne

Personal Lines Quoter

Location: Kenner

Dejah Francis

Dejah Francis

Personal Lines Renewals

Location: Kenner

Lynell Jordan

Lynell Jordan

Underwritering Assistant

Location: Kenner

John Green

John Green

Personal Lines Underwriter
Rose Lee

Rose Lee

Personal Lines CSR

Location: Kenner

Patrick Pearson

Patrick Pearson

Personal Lines CSR

Location: Kenner

Jenna McGill

Jenna McGill

Personal Lines CSR

Location: Kenner

Victoria Mendoza

Victoria Mendoza

Personal Lines Processor

Location: Kenner

Accounting

Julie Burghardt

Julie Burghardt

Accounting Supervisor

Location: Kenner

Patricia Pitre

Patricia Pitre

Senior Bookkeeper

Location: Kenner

Patti Beeland

Patti Beeland

Assistant Bookkeeper

Location: Kenner

Daniel Burghardt, Jr.

Daniel Burghardt, Jr.

Assistant Bookkeeper

Location: Kenner

Deana Tomlinson

Deana Tomlinson

Assistant Bookkeeper

Location: Metairie

Administrative

Amy Jones

Amy Jones

Communications Coordinator

Location: Kenner

Ashley Bodenheimer

Ashley Bodenheimer

Office Clerk

Location: Kenner