Meet Our Staff

As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business.  Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

James Murdoch, Insurance Agent

James Murdoch

James Murdoch celebrates his 25th anniversary in the insurance industry in 2014. Jim began his insurance career in 1989 when he joined his father and brother in the family agency in Harrisburg. He brought the beginnings of technology to the agency and became a go-to person for other Erie agents when it came to computer and technology issues. Prior to 1989 he was a retail manager with Toys R Us in the Philadelphia / New Jersey market.

Following his father’s retirement in 2000, Jim chose to open his own agency on the West Shore in Mechanicsburg. James B Murdoch Insurance Group, Inc. opened in October of 2000. In 2007, agency growth permitted the acquisition of its current location at 4300 Carlisle Pike, Camp Hill PA 17011. In 2011, a satellite office was opened in Linglestown at 530 Lockwillow Ave, Harrisburg PA 17112.

As President of his company, Jim takes great pride in providing the direction for growth of the agency. At its core, the agency uses technology to provide its clients the top notch service, while bringing the best possible products to fit the needs of the customer. Today, the agency is 100% automated with an entire paperless system, cloud computing services, voip phone services, electronic newsletters, I-phone & Android agency apps, website integrations, social media, and much, much more for the benefit of all clients.… Jim currently serves on Erie Insurance Group’s Information Technologies Task Force and the agency, itself, serves as a beta testing facility for Erie on many software platforms.

Jim’s primary objectives for his agency’s continued success is to develop agency policies and procedures, manage key-client relationships, control insurance market and vendor relationships, and provide strategic direction to a growth-oriented company.

Jim is an avid road cyclist and enjoys his annual trek to the New Jersey Shore on his self-powered two wheels. James is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associates Degree in Business Administration. He is married with 2 children and 3 step-daughters and supports Harrisburg Area Community College, The University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech through tuition payments for his children.

Jesse C. Biretz

Jesse C. Biretz

Jesse Biretz began his insurance career in 2007 with James B Insurance Group as a life insurance agent. Since that time he has expanded his expertise to personal and commercial lines insurance. He is committed to constant, continuing education and product knowledge updates to ensure that our clients receive the most comprehensive, up-to-date risk management council available.

Prior to his employment with our agency, Jesse worked as a Ford-Certified Diesel Technician at a local car dealership. Though he put the wrenches down and replaced them with a pen, he still enjoys working on his and friends’ vehicles in his off time. Jesse was born in Great Lakes, Illinois into a military family. Jesse’s father served 20 years in the US Navy and moved his family quite a few times while Jesse was growing up. They settled in PA in 2000 when his dad retired from the military.

Jesse’s favorite quote is one from Aristotle. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.” Jesse truly embodies this through his attentive and passionate nature both professionally and personally. He is adventurous and enjoys activities like snowboarding, scuba diving, fishing, and shooting. He is also very active in the community serving on several boards and volunteering his time as a Big with Big Brothers & Big Sisters. He donates his time to those in need through the United Way and Rotary, and serves as a life group leader, communicator, teacher, and Kid Ministries Captain at his church, LCBC.

Melissa J. Strous

Melissa J. Strous

Melissa Strous began her insurance career with the agency in the fall of 2011. She specializes in personal lines insurance like helping you to protect your car, your home and all of our valuables.  Top-Notch Customer Service is her main goal.  She always wants our customers to feel like they’ve received the best service possible, and it’s her job to make sure that happens.  Insurance was new to Melissa when she started here … “I am always learning something new.”

Melissa is married with two amazing kids that keep her busy all the time.

Kristopher R. Aumiller

Kristopher R. Aumiller

Kristopher Aumiller began working for the agency in August of 2013. Kris is focusing on personal lines sales including home, auto and umbrella insurance.  Kris graduated high school from Cumberland Valley in 2004 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Penn State – Harrisburg in 2008.  Kris is marred, is an avid sports fan, and plays minor league baseball.

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