About
Independent Insurance Counselors

Here at the Independent Insurance Counselors, our goal is to provide you with fair policies, reliable advice, and a sense of security that will help your family live well and thrive!

Meet the Team

Mike Lansford

Owner/Agent

After graduating from college, I joined Independent Insurance Counselors in 1982. I was blessed to have been mentored by my father, James A. Lansford who stressed professional conduct and education.  Since most of my clients have little knowledge of insurance, I enjoy the process of informing my clients so they can make an educated decision regarding their protection.

I am a life-long resident of Alvin, but where I grew up included my grandparents’ homestead in West Columbia, Texas A&M at Galveston, and the outdoors. When I am not discussing insurance, I enjoy talking about family, fishing, and golf. Everyone knows of my passion for fishing, but only a few know of my love of music and playing the guitar. A perfect weekend would be fishing in the mornings, dancing with my wife in the evenings, and having a tender prime rib or ribeye.

In my life, I have been blessed to have been associated with some tremendous organizations. I am especially thankful for the Rotary Club of Alvin and the Interact Club of Alvin High School. These organizations provided me with the opportunity to serve. For seven years, I volunteered at The Women’s Center of Brazoria County. As a result, I learned from some amazing people how to put “Service Above Self”.

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Bette Sweeny

Commercial Lines Manager

I have spent 60 years in the insurance industry. Forty-seven of those years have been with Independent Insurance Counselors. I enjoy helping our customers purchase their coverage, especially assisting them in getting the best value for their premium dollars.

I grew up in Angleton, Texas. I am still active in my High School Alumni Association there. I enjoy life in general, visiting with old friends and family. In my free time, you can find me spending time with friends and family, shopping, eating, and visiting.

I am active in my hometown Alumni Association and the projects we undertake, as well as my church activities.

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Marianna Cabiran

Personal Lines Manager

I have worked in the insurance industry for over 35 years, specializing in personal insurance products. I enjoy working with our customers and meeting people from within the community.

I am originally from Louisiana but have lived in southeast Texas for over 25 years. When not working, I like to spend time with family and friends.

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Rhonna Benbrook

Personal Lines Agent

For the past 5-6 years, I have been working with a great group of people here at Independence Insurance Counselors that have been very supportive and have encouraged and fostered a growing knowledge of the insurance industry. We are about helping people and put in the extra work to find the best insurance for them.

I grew up in Texas City, Texas, and graduated from Texas City High School in 1975. I went to work for Monsanto Company in Alvin soon after that and moved to Alvin, where I live today. I enjoy spending time with my family and I can’t stop talking about my twin grandchildren. Seeing them always makes me smile and grateful for so much. On the weekends, you can find me working in the yard with my plants and flowers and crafting. When I’m not working I enjoy being with friends and family or just relaxing at home.

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Tammi Lansford

Accounting Manager

I have served as the accounting manager at Independent Insurance Counselors for seven years. I enjoy working at Independent Insurance Counselors because we have a knowledgeable staff that is fun to work with. I joined the staff at Independent Insurance Counselors after thirty-five years of teaching mathematics in area high schools and community colleges.

I grew up in Alvin, Texas, home of the Alvin Yellowjackets! I graduated from Alvin High School and the University of Houston Clear Lake City. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and loving every minute of being a grandparent.

I am passionate about supporting the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Texas Children’s Hospital.

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BIG Revelations from

other customers

I was really impressed with how detailed Mike was going over each option individually. When evaluating car insurance in the past, there was no good way to know how different choices affect the premium you pay, but Mike went through methodically and made sure I had the best coverage for the money. I got better coverage for the things I needed (and removed stuff I didn't need) and saved a lot of money.
Bobby Guy
Bobby Guy
I had an excellent experience with Independent Insurance Counselors. I am new to Texas and needed to revise my auto insurance to comply with Texas. Rhonna Benbrook was very friendly, professional, and helpful in getting everything taken care of. Thank you Rhonna & Independent Insurance Counselors.
Frances Huff
Frances Huff
Many markets to choose from. The staff is knowledgeable and looks out for your best interests. Quick response time.
Amber Stavinoha
Amber Stavinoha
Mike Lansford recently helped us with Medicare Part B and D supplemental insurances. In fact, all of our insurance is through Independent Insurance Counselors. Mike and his staff have always been of great help, and, we have been with them for many years. You cannot go wrong in getting them to assist you with any of your insurance needs.
patti369
patti369
Mike is a super guy who has been taking care of businesses in the Alvin area for years. I can assure you him and his team will always be there for your insurance needs.
Scott Talley
Scott Talley
Hometown business. Friendly staff
Patrick Butler
Patrick Butler
Friendly staff
Mitchell Craven
Mitchell Craven
Fantastic Service, Fantastic Staff! Thank you Independent Insurance Counselors for taking such great care of The Memory Quilt Company!
Tiffany Verot
Tiffany Verot
Great Customer Service!! Highly recommend Mike and his staff. Amber found me a better policy for less money. Win Win!!
Dana Akins
Dana Akins
I have my insurance , with independent insurance agency for many years, greatservices , friendly atmosphere, I recommend!
Mary Baker
Mary Baker
Mike and his staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable of the insurance business. We have worked with Bette for many years, personal and business insurance, and she always keeps up with our policies and makes sure our coverage is renewed on time and always send quotes for better pricing each new year. They have a great team and I highly recommend Independent Insurance Counselors.
Lisa E
Lisa E
If I could give 10 stars I would. These are the best people I have ever done business with. They have been taking care of my insurance needs for about 20 years and after Harvy they cane through 110 percent.
James Bailey
James Bailey
I moved from Houston, TX to Alvin, TX. I bought a new modular home and had it set within the city limit. The insurance agent, whom I used for several years before, didn't know what to do to get insurance for a modular home. I contacted Insurance Counselors for help. They knew what to do right from the beginning. In the end I got home owner insurance and flood insurance through Independent Counselors. Since then, I have visited the office on several occasions for other help. Always, everyone has been helpful and courteous. Highly recommended; a 5-Star service.
Prasert Sananikone
Prasert Sananikone
Good job ! Good people ! Good man !
Alvin Pool
Alvin Pool
I highly recommend this business to anyone looking for a committed staff that will work to find you the coverage you need at a price that satisfies your budget. The staff is friendly, efficient, and professional. You can rest assured that you'll leave there knowing your coverage is sufficient and the staff is always ready to answer any questions that you may have at a later date. Go talk to them.
Jimmy Ray
Jimmy Ray
Highly recommend Independent Insurance Counselors. They always go above and beyond to get us the best deal on insurance. Always friendly and always there when you have a question or a problem.
Arin Perry
Arin Perry
Mike and his Team are great. They will find you the best deal on insurance and make sure you have the best plan in place in case you ever need it. The staff is friendly and Mike always has an open door policy for you to come in and ask questions! They will be my Agent for life!
Kevin Duke
Kevin Duke
I've been with Independent Insurance for many, many years and I'd never want to go with any other company. They're unfailingly courteous, professional and friendly. Their customer service is fantastic!
Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith
Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They explained the different coverages to us and then shopped the numerous companies they represent to find us the best deal to meet our needs. We are very satisfied with the service Independent Insurance Counselors provides. They handle our home, auto and life insurance.
Karen Duston
Karen Duston
Mariana was so helpful to lead us through the confusion of finding the best insurance for us to protect our home. Not only did she find us the best benefits, but she also led us to the best rates available for us. She cheerfully answered our many questions and explained what we didn't understand. We are so grateful we walked into the office that day and will certainly return when the need arises. Thank you, Mariana and Independent Insurance Counselors for your excellent service.
A Google User
A Google User
Knowledgeable. And very easy to work with. No complaints from me.
Robert Fleming
Robert Fleming
Mike looked at our insurance costs and saved us a substantial amount of money by changing both our home and auto insurance.I was impressed with his knowledge and have been using his suggestions for some time now.I have recommended his services to several friends and will continue to do so.
Jim Fussell
Jim Fussell
They have always been good to me and made things so easy for me looking for other companies that are cheaper and comparing prices for me so I don't have to. Gray company that I can always depend on
Virginia King
Virginia King
I have been doing business with Independent Insurance Counselors for many years. I have my home and car insurance through them. They are very efficient and thorough and I would not think of having any other company handle my insurance affairs. They have always done a great job for me.
Debra Fischer
Debra Fischer
Mike and his team are wonderful. Anytime I need help or have a question they are there for me. I highly recommend them.
Clay Smith
Clay Smith
Mike Lansford and the friendly and competent staff at Independent Insurance Counselors in Alvin have been serving our family for over 20 years. Having used them for our homeowners, automobile and health insurance needs, they have helped us deal with issues small (fender benders) and large (Hurricane Ike). Mike has offered us good advice on repeated occasions. He is trustworthy, competent, and customer oriented. Highly recommended!
Mark Mayberry
Mark Mayberry
Picking this insurance company was the best & easiest discission we made as business owners.
Angel Tramel
Angel Tramel
Betty is always so helpful
Sherron Sears
Sherron Sears
I was in panic mode on Windstorm it was going up and they wanted me to jump thru hoops to renew. I mentioned it to a friend who said call my guy he always treats me great. So I called and spoke to Amber S. explained my problem , who my mortgage was thru and my short time line. After I dropped my old policy off and a few questions she said she would do her best. Well her best was outstanding. I not only saved money with just about the same coverage better in fact. She delivered excellent customer service helping me with a difficult mortgage company and getting it done quick. Give them a call
Shari Coleman
Shari Coleman
Best use of time, money and resources with a smile. Best stop I've made so far
Therese Trahan
Therese Trahan
This competent, caring and extremely professional staff always leave me feeling as though I'm the most important customer they have and the outstanding customer service guarantees that I will always trust them with my insurance needs!
Terry Vaughn
Terry Vaughn
Always knowledgeable of my families insurance needs ,best coverage for less money than the "big" guys.
Gary Strohbach
Gary Strohbach
Great team of people who really care about your needs. I highly recommend them.
Kevin Christ
Kevin Christ
Every time I have to get in touch with IIC, they have been very courteous and knowledgeable. I feel like they really want to help me
Shirley Hlavaty
Shirley Hlavaty
The staff at Independent Insurance Counselors make it quick, easy and painless for me to afford auto insurance. I highly recommend Mike and his staff of dedicated workers.
Logan Griffith
Logan Griffith
Best insurance company ever! Staff is always helpful and friendly
Suzanne Arevalo
Suzanne Arevalo
We have used Independent Ins Counselors for our auto and motorcycle insurance for at least 12 years with extreme satisfaction.
Noel Hankamer
Noel Hankamer
Very welcoming, and great customer service! I feel like they’re there to make my experience with insurance a lot easier!
Jacoob56
Jacoob56

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302 South Gordon St. | Alvin, TX. 77511