Our Team

John Payne
Managing Partner

John has specialized in the medical-liability insurance business since 1995 as the Marketing Director in the professional liability division of Meadowbrook Insurance Group ( Southfield , MI ). In 2002, John left Meadowbrook and started his own insurance agency.

Mark Tisdel
Owner / Partner

A Backus & Associates partner since 2000, Mark had been a Backus solicitor since 1993. Mark worked with Wayne Backus as a Medical Protective General Agent from 1979 through 1984. He also has nine years of District and Regional Management experience in the hospital supply and medical devices industries.

David Stuter
Owner / Partner

A Backus Payne principal since 2006. Prior to this date, David was a licensed financial planner with American Express Financial Advisors (Series 7 & 63, Variable Contracts, Life & Health) and in the mortgage banking industry since 1994. David has formed Backus Payne Finance (premium financing) producing a new profit center and manages our premium trust accounts.

Diana Griffith
Accounting / Billing Manager

Diana joined Backus Payne in 2009 as Customer Service Representative/Office Manager. She has a BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University. Diana comes to us with fourteen years of experience in Construction Accounting and Financial Management from such companies as Kmart Corporation, Barton Malow Construction and ANR Pipeline Company.

Cindy Coleman
Client Services Mgr. / Professional & Commercial

Cindy joined Backus Payne in 2010 as a Customer Service Representative. She has been in the medical-liability insurance business since 2005. Cindy also has five years of business owner and workers compensation insurance experience. Cindy comes to us with twenty-six years of experience in the insurance field from such companies as AAA.



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