Meet the Jenkins & James Family


Barry McCullough

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Barry is a life-long Northlander, a graduate of North Kansas City High School and earned his bachelors in Business Administration, Marketing from Missouri Western State University.

After college, Barry had an interview scheduled with an insurance company and went to Pat James for insurance industry advice. Pat had opened Jenkins & James Insurance Agency with Chuck Jenkins a year earlier. During the course of this conversation, Pat and Chuck offered him a producer position with Jenkins & James. After a few years of hard work, Barry became a principal in the agency.

Barry has a full family life with his lovely wife, Anita, three daughters and two grand-daughters (He is excited that grand-daughter number 3 is due in February 2018!) 

Barry is active in the community by being involved with the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce as well as volunteering with the Gladstone Rotary Club. Barry has always had a passion for cars –  especially Jeeps and muscle cars and also enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing and snow skiing.



Charles E. (Chuck) Jenkins, Jr

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Bachelor of Arts from Baker University, Baldwin, KS 1982 Degree in Psychology, with minors in Mathematics and Business Administration While at Baker, served as President of my fraternity, Gamma Theta Chapter, Delta Tau Delta Charles E. (Chuck) Jenkins, Jr
As a sort of introduction and open resume, my education and experience include the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Baker University, Baldwin, KS 1982
  • Degree in Psychology, with minors in Mathematics and Business Administration
  • While at Baker, served as President of my fraternity, Gamma Theta Chapter, Delta Tau Delta
  • Professional Experience includes a relatively short hitch in restaurant management, with Smaks, Inc., and also Pizza Hut prior to a three year experience with the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive in Tri-Trails Council, North Platte, NE.  I left the Boy Scout professional ranks in order to begin my career in the insurance business in 1988.

With the encouragement of a fraternity brother, I took on a highly intensive, two year sales and insurance training program with The Aetna Insurance Company, called the Prime Agent program. During this two year period, I went to numerous sales, marketing and insurance product knowledge classes and seminars and also developed a small client base, helping my customers with personal auto and home insurance as well as life and health products.  After successfully completing this two year contract, I became a sub contractor/agent in an independent agency in Kansas City North, which gave me more, real world experience.  

In March of 1992, I co-founded,  Jenkins & James Insurance Agency to serve Gladstone and the Northland area.  With good fortune, hard work and a keen emphasis on customer service, we have seen strong and steady growth in the Agency.  Today, we still concentrate on personal lines insurance offering coverage for automobile, homeowners, umbrellas, motorcycles, boats and more. Our product lines have grown and expanded to a point where today, we offer some of the best companies available in the Independent Agency system, including Hartford, Allied, Travelers and Progressive, to name a few..  Additionally, we have grown in personnel as well.  We have a full time staff for customer service as well as additional agents that specialize in various insurance areas, including commercial lines.  These days I have a tendency to concentrate on small commercial customers including contractors and main street retail, as well as my many other administrative duties. 

Most of the rest of my time is spent chasing my three teenage children, Douglas, Gwen and William. (or my new bride, Carrie!)


Don Thomas

Don has a diverse background, attending Kansas State University, the Coffman Group and Sandler Institute. He has also been a business owner and active in the automotive parts industry. Relying on his business experience and automotive connections, Don focuses on commercial lines sales.

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Cynthia Jordon

Cynthia is a graduate of Missouri Western State University. She joined Jenkins & James in 2000. Cynthia enjoys spending time with her son at his sporting activities and taking him fishing.

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Lauren Akins

Lauren was born & raised in Wichita, KS and moved to Gladstone in 2010 with her husband Chris. They welcomed their daughter Kennedy in 2014. Lauren has been in the insurance industry since 2012 and joined the Jenkins & James family in 2015. She enjoys doing puzzles and renovating her home.

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Peg Gile

Peg is from Wisconsin and moved to the Kansas City area in 1970. Peg has a background in insurance underwriting and joined the Jenkins and James team in 2016. She and her husband Tim, are avid Chiefs fans, Royals fans, and enjoy all the time they can get with their 6 grandchildren.

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Lauren Reed

Lauren was born in St. Joseph, MO, and  moved to the Northland when she was 11.  She attended Smithville High School, graduating Cum Laude, and continued on the earn her Associates Degree from MCC-Maple Woods. Lauren recently joined the J&J family and looks forward to her career in insurance. Lauren enjoys teaching martial arts and in her free time she can be found hiking, running, drawing, knitting and weaving.

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Rusty Arrington

Rusty is a graduate of Oak Park High School. He began his career in the insurance industry in 2015 and joined the J&J family in 2017 to manage the Insurance Express office. Rusty is active as a Freemason with the Fidelity Lodge #339 in Farley, MO. He enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Lori and son Raymond. Rusty is a Jeep fanatic and frequently participates in Jeep club and off-road activities.

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