John Baxter

John Baxter

John F. Baxter –  President

John Baxter, LUTCF moved to Gloucester County Virginia from Michigan in 1979. He is the President of John F. Baxter Inc, in Hayes, Virginia. The Baxter Group is a three-location multi-line captive hybrid insurance agency. The Baxter Group is recognized as an Insurance & Financial Sales Leader, with top rankings in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the past 28 years. The Group has achieved sales excellence awards as Champion for 14 years and as Presidents Conference 2 years. The Baxter Group is recognized for providing excellence in sales and customer service.

John has served on many local boards. Notably as Lobbyist to Congress for CRASH, VP of the George P. Coleman Bridge Commission and the Head Injury board for the Commonwealth of VA. He has also been active in the Insurance Political Action Committee, Citizens for Safe & Reliable Highways, American Cancer Society – Relay for Life, and A Day for Jarrett – Cerebral Palsy. John was also an establishing member of the Gloucester High School Crew Team and the Gloucester Rowing Association.

John resides in Hayes, VA with his wife Laura Hargis Baxter. They have three daughters: Racheal (husband Jameson), Katie (husband Jason) and Elizabeth.

Steve Eudy

Steve Eudy – Financial Advisor
Steve grew up in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake, but currently resides in Poquoson. He spent many of his summers at his grandparent’s house on Gwynn’s Island and his earliest memories were crabbing and dredging oysters with his grandfather, Rodney Adams. He played baseball at Great Bridge and continued in college as a 4-year starting left-handed pitcher at CNU. Steve was named MVP in 1997. He has lived on the Peninsula since 1995. He holds Series 7 and Series 66 designations (licensed Financial Advisor), Life and Health license, and is Marketplace Certified for the ACA Heath Insurance. Steve enjoys Stand-Up Paddleboarding and competes in local races whenever possible. He also enjoys fishing , working out, hiking, and camping. Steve and his younger brother, Brian, lease more than 40 acres of oyster grounds in Milford Haven and Stutts Creek in Mathews and they enjoy working on them in their spare time.

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson – Commercial Lines Manager

Lisa has been with the The Baxter Group for over six years. She specializes in Business insurance with more than 25 years’ experience. She resides in Gwynn’s Island, VA with her daughter, Kelly.


BJ Perkins

BJ Perkins – Associate Agent

B.J. has been with the Baxter Group for six years, specializing in Customer Service and Retention.  She is licensed in Personal Lines as well as Life & Health. BJ lives in Gloucester, VA with her husband Ed and 3 of their children. She is an active member of Petsworth Baptist Church and serves as an AWANA Leader there.  She and her busband, love to ride motorcycles and have a motorcycle ministry.



 Yvonne Parks – Associate Agent, Chincoteague Office

Vonnie came from the financial industry and joined the Baxter Group in August 2012. Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, her favorite pastimes include going to the beach, camping, and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. She currently lives on Chincoteague Island with her daughter.




Melissa Showers – Associate Agent

Melissa came to The Baxter Group in September 2012 after spending many years in the financial industry.  She and her husband, Nate, live in Hayes with their twins, Ethan and Andrew.  Melissa loves to cook, garden and enjoys the outdoors.


Lyann Kahlbaum

Lyann Kahlbaum – Customer Service Center Specialist

Lyann has been with the Baxter Insurance group since May 2009. As a service center specialist, her specialty is customer service. She graduated from Gloucester High with honors, and have several certifications in Management. Lyann is married to Steve and they have two daughters, one who attends VA Wesleyan and the youngest is at Gloucester High.