our team

We work hard to protect you and your family each and every day.


tom paterson



As an Allstate agency owner, Tom loves being a part of the community where he lives and works. He holds his 2-20 Property and Casualty license; 2-15 Life, Health and Annuities license; and his Series 6 investment license. Protecting his clients’ futures with the right policies and retirement options is Tom’s professional passion.

Being a local business owner allows Tom to volunteer on the board of directors for the Capital Region YMCA and serve as the Vice President of the Tallahassee Business League. He is also the President of the School Advisory Council for Hawks Rise Elementary School, a kindergarten  group leader for City Church Tallahassee and a member of the Tallahassee Christian Business League. Tom is an avid sports fan. He  and his wife Stacey are the proud parents of two boys.

Clay Ratliff



Clay Ratliff is a personal and commercial agent who is passionate about providing the best coverage to protect families in all aspects of their lives.

A native Floridian and lifelong Seminoles fan, Clay earned a degree from Florida State University, four years after he married his best friend, Andi. On Christmas Eve in 2013, they became the parents of a wonderful little boy named Branden. This addition has given Clay an even greater understanding of the importance of being protected today and better prepared for tomorrow. He is also actively engaged in his community as an owner at City Church Tallahassee and a Seminole Booster.

Clay’s favorite part of his job is providing clients with the appropriate coverage to meet their needs while saving them money. He holds an active 2-20 Property & Casualty License and can make an outstanding cheesecake.  

Stanley Tanis


licensed agent, customer service manager 

Stanley is a fourth year Business Major at the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry. Originally from Haiti, Stanley moved to the U.S. to continue his education, which also includes mentoring his peers. He has co-founded a mentoring program called Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders and he plans on serving as a humanitarian one day. Stanley is fluent in French and Creole.

As a valuable member of the Tom Paterson Insurance team, Stanley helps establish, build and maintain relationships with our clients and partners.

Cassidy Cooksey

Cassidy Cooksey


Cassidy Cooksey is a motivated agent who is passionate about giving clients the knowledge of what appropriate coverage is where it applies. She is proud to work at Allstate – Tom Paterson Insurance and be a doorway to giving her friends, family, and new clients that knowledge and getting them better prepared for the unexpected accidents in life. Being able to maximize client’s savings for the same and/or better coverage is another great perk of having this job title.  Cassidy holds an active 4-40 license with the state of Florida.

Cassidy is an active owner at City Church who enjoys scalloping, fall weather, watching Grey’s Anatomy, coffee, playing with her dogs, and loves being a wife to her husband, Alex.

Lauren James



Lauren Piastuch James specializes in Business Development for our agency. She is focused on helping small and large businesses obtain the very best in workplace benefits for their employees. Knowing that a company’s employees are better protected and that the business itself is compliant with the changing rules and regulations is what she is passionate about. Lauren also helps behind the scenes at our agency with business promotion, marketing, and social media.

Lauren is the mother of two wonderful children, Case and Callie. She loves college football, Starbuck’s hot chocolate, gymnastics, cheerleading, and her hometown of Winter Park, Florida. Lauren is a member of City Church, volunteers on the leadership team at Celebration Baptist MOPS, and has been awarded the Orlando Mayor’s Humanitarian Award