Meet the Group

FOR 30 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN TRUSTED

We have lived up to and exceeded the trust placed in us.  We have offered sound advice and firsthand knowledge. We give you what you need to make your own decisions.  After all, it's YOUR policy. You won't find a better group.

Art Heinz

PRESIDENT

Art began the agency in 1992. A native of Virginia, he has called Chesterfield his home for 30 years. His degree in Accounting from VCU coupled with an innate sense of timing and good will has grown the group to what it is today. The many elite industry awards earned are indicative of his desire to be of service to his customers and employees, whom he considers to be family. Art’s 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren provide his real sense of achievement. Art is an avid and lifelong runner. His civic leadership is indicative of his desire to be of tangible service in the community. Through past board development and work with John Tyler Community College, the Petersburg Tourism board and the Economic Development authority, Art has given countless hours. To grow and build the Heinz Insurance Group one customer and one employee at a time is the active daily effort in which you can find Art Heinz.

CHESTER OFFICE

Tanya Heinz

VICE PRESIDENT

(804) 748-7400

Tanya@heinzinsurancegroup.com

Tanya holds the “Longest Term Employee” award having been with the group since 1994. She is a native of Colonial Heights with degrees from Richard Bland and Virginia Commonwealth University. Away from the office Tanya more than enjoys her time with her 3 grandchildren, being at the beach or reading a good book. She generously gives of her time and energy to the Special Friend Mentoring Program at the local elementary school. Tanya’s 26 years of experience is key for the group and she loves helping our clients.

Kathy Hickman

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

(804) 748-7400

kathy@heinzinsurancegroup.com

Kathy Hickman began working with the Heinz Insurance Agency in 2006 as Art’s administrative assistant. It was a new position for the agency and a new career for Kathy. She had previously worked in the dental field. Kathy has lived in Virginia for 25 years with her husband and family, originally from South Jersey. “It’s not what happens to you but how you react”. A positive attitude and a smile keep her going and is what she offers to our clients every day. 

Cindy Lavin

ASSOCIATE AGENT

(804) 748-7400

Cindy@heinzinsurancegroup.com

Cindy began has been an Associate Agent since 2005. She came to work with the group in 2007. She was born and raised in Richmond but has called Mechanicsville home for 26 years. Cindy stays busy with her 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Professionally, her goal is to get the very best rate for her clients. She takes pride in her ability to explain coverage in “layman’s” terms. Marrying a competitive rate with an ease of doing business is Cindy’s specialty.

MIDLOTHIAN OFFICE

Jennie Ray Hart

MANAGING PARTNER

804-741-2123

Jennieray@heinzinsurancegroup.com

Jennie Ray began her own Nationwide Insurance agency in May 1993. She joined the group in 2018. Jennie Ray is a proud native of the City of Richmond. She graduated with honors from James Madison University and has also achieved a 750-hour certification in Baptiste Power Yoga. Her mission is to be in the creation of harmony in community in her professional and personal life. Jennie Ray brings 27 years of experience and a solid ability to simplify insurance for individuals and families

Melissa Sclater

SENIOR ASSOCIATE AGENT

(804) 741-2123

Melissa@heinzinsurancegroup.com

Melissa began in 2003 with Jennie Ray Hart’s agency and joined forces with the group in 2018. She is a native of Midlothian and, when asked, will tell you she “barely left the neighborhood”. She was insurance licensed in 2001 and has been living the education of insurance ever since. Melissa successfully works full time and has a blended family of 4 kids. She is an insurance professional that never stops until a question is answered and a client is at ease.

COLONIAL HEIGHTS OFFICE

Cheryl Prince Martinez

ASSOCIATE AGENT

(804) 520-8080

Cheryl@heinzinsurancegroup.com

Cheryl Prince Martinez began with Nationwide Insurance in 1990 as a Property and Casualty Associate Agent. She is a native of Dinwiddie County. Her work and efforts have been consistent in and for the community since she became licensed in 1990. Cheryl is here to help you with all your home and auto needs.

Frances “Frankie” Atkins

ASSOCIATE AGENT

(804) 520-8080

Frankie@heinzinsurancegroup.com

Frances “Frankie” Atkins began her insurance career 1994. She was born in Italy is a proud native of Fayetteville, NC and moved to Virginia in 1986. She holds Property and Casualty, Life, Health and Annuity licenses. Frankie brings 26 years of experience to assist and educate individuals, families and businesses. Frankie’s supportive role as a client advocate is undeniable.

Client Centered

Client Centered

Whether you are looking for help protecting your family, your home, or your assets, our personalized service focuses on your needs, wants, and long-term goals.

Our team has years of experience in the insurance industry. We can help you address your needs of today and for many years to come. We look forward to working with you.