Our Team

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Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind Cook Insurance Agency, Inc..


Charles Rush

Owner/Agent

Charles is a life-long resident of Butler, MO and a 1978 graduate of the University of Missouri earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He joined Cook Insurance in 1991 as an agent and then purchased the agency from Jerry Cook in 1998. Charles is fully licensed for life, health, property and casualty insurance.

Charles stays active in the community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Butler Lions Club, as well as sponsoring an array of other local activities.


Laura Piland

Agent/CSR

Laura is a life-long resident of Butler. She joined Cook Insurance in November of 2006 and is fully licensed for property, casualty, life and health insurance. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science in Management/Human Resources from Park University in 2008.

Laura specializes in personal and commercial lines customer service & sales, and also handles all of the municipality and commercial renewals.


Bridget Merryfield

Agent/CSR

Bridget is originally from Nevada, MO and currently resides in the Appleton City area. She joined Cook Insurance in January of 2012 and is fully licensed for property, casualty, life and health insurance. Bridget obtained her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Central Missouri in 2010.

Bridget specializes in personal lines customer service and sales.


Lara Merryfield

Agent/CSR

Lara is originally from Osceola, MO and currently resides in Appleton City, MO.  She joined Cook Insurance in May 2012 and is fully licensed for property, casualty, life and health insurance.  Lara obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality from Missouri State University in 2009

Lara specializes in personal lines customer service & sales, and is also in charge of our claim department.


Bryant Rush

Agent/CSR

Bryant is a life-long resident of Butler. He joined Cook Insurance in July of 2013 and is fully licensed for property, casualty, life and health insurance. Bryant obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness Management from the University of Missouri in 2011.

Bryant specializes in personal lines customer service & sales.

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