Where the Agents and Agencies are First and Formost.

About Us




Palmetto Surety Corporation is a South Carolina based company, founded in 2003, specializing in Surety Bonding. Palmetto Surety is currently writing in South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi and is working hard to expand its agent base and lines of surety to other states throughout the southeast.

Mission Statement:

Palmetto Surety Corporation strives to advance the bail bonding industry through exemplary customer service, professionalism, and integrity.  This will be achieved by use of an innovative management structure, a streamline underwriting process, and by utilizing state of the art technology.  Palmetto Surety is committed to bail bond agents and the communities they serve.


Meet the Palmetto Surety Staff

Mark Askew, Chairman of the Board

As Chairman of the board it is Mark’s responsibility to review all executive decisions made by Palmetto Surety. He ensures the Board of Directors and its employees make sound decisions that are in the best interest of Palmetto Surety and its agents. Palmetto Surety is where the agents and agencies are first and foremost!

Scott Willis, Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Palmetto Surety Corporation Scott’s goal is to build a company that supports and is committed to our agents. He is proud of our elite staff who has the experience and integrity to be a strong insurer.

A resident of Charleston, SC, Scott served 16 years in law enforcement with the Greenville City Police Department as Sergeant of Investigations,  working under the 13th circuit for case preparation of SC.  He also served as President and CEO of AIS Corporation prior to joining Palmetto Surety and continues to be involved in local public service boards.

Colleen Handy, Chief Financial Officer

Colleen Handy, CPA has been with Palmetto Surety since 2009.  She has over 15 years of audit and accounting experience working over 6 years in Public Accounting focusing on Insurance.   As our Chief Financial Officer she, along with the CEO, run the day to day operations.  She will help promote the vision and mission of Palmetto Surety as well as its continued growth in the industry.

Ronna Bell, Director of Commercial Bail Bond Operations

Originally from Rock Hill, SC Ronna joined the Palmetto team in June of 2011.  A graduate of Clemson University Ronna oversees the Palmetto Surety staff, handles any agent issues, and ensures processes are in place to benefit both our agents and Palmetto Surety.

Stefanie Alexander, Staff Accountant

A South Carolina native, Stefanie Alexander, joined Palmetto in June 2014. She is a graduate of College of Charleston and can assist agents with BUF accounts and any accounting questions.

Jessica DeHay, Agent Relations Coordinator

Sonya Cromwell, Agent Relations-Inventory Manger

A native of Charleston, Sonya, joined Palmetto in August 2012. Sonya took on her role in Inventory Control in 2013 and works with all Agents and Agencies regarding powers and reporting.

Lauren Hardy, Strategic Coordinator

Palmetto welcomed Lauren into the family in early 2015 and she has been assisting agents with inventory and reporting ever since.

Deborah White, Agent Relations-Claims Manager

Deborah is a Ohio native, but has lived in the upstate of South Carolina for 32 years. She moved to Charleston and joined the Palmetto family at the beginning of 2016. She has a government background which brings a whole new perspective to our Claims department. Deborah oversees the day to day operations of the Claims Department and works with agents and courts to ensure cases are resolved successfully.

Dollie Pilson, Claims Administrator, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee

A Lowcountry native, Dollie worked in the legal profession for 25+ years before making a career change and joining Palmetto Surety full time in December 2011.  Prior to 2011, Dollie worked part time for Palmetto Surety focusing on outstanding liability. She currently assists the Claims Manager with claim issues.

Gino Besa, Claims Administrator, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Connecticut

A native of Washington, DC and northern Virginia, Gino joined Palmetto in 2016 shortly after relocating to the Charleston area from Virginia Beach, VA, where he learned the industry working as a licensed Bail Agent. He earned his BBA from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and prides himself in working well with our agents to ensure claims are handled smoothly and providing excellent service to our agents and agencies.

Danielle Knag, Claims Administrator, Florida

Danielle has been a licensed Florida bail bond agent since 2008. She gained the opportunity to learn most aspects of the surety business at a young age by working as a surety agent in a family business. In 2016, she made her residence and career move to South Carolina and Palmetto Surety, now proudly working in the claims department assisting agents with day to day needs.



It is our pleasure to provide quality service to the agencies which represent Palmetto Surety and build strong business relationships for our industry.