Meet Our Team

Gary Nash


I have been insurance licensed in AZ since 1980.  I was a captive insurance agent for 27 years and an independent agent since 2011. I have lived in Tucson since 1960, other than 2 years in Sierra Vista, AZ where my daughter was born. What I enjoy most about my work is the fact that nothing stays the same in this business, I still learn something new every day! I love the long-time relationships with clients that I’m able to build with our clients when you are looking out for their best interests. Over time it’s been amazing to starting to develop relationships with the children of my clients that are out on their own.

When I’m not in the office you can find me, mountain biking, camping, supporting my daughter in Special Olympics or visiting my son in Silver City, NM. A fun fact about myself is my love to work with my hands!  On the weekends I enjoy to wood work and puttering in the yard or home improvements. Getting involved with the community has always been very important, I was a Special Olympics softball & floor hockey coach for many years.

Andy McEldowney


Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.  I graduated from Palo Verde high School and the University of Arizona.  After graduating from the U of A, I went to work for a large insurance company.  I ran a successful multi-line agency for 12 years before selling that enterprise to pursue a career as a pharmaceutical sales representative. After 10 years of promoting brand name medicines, I found myself needing another change.  

I then signed on as a captive agent with another multi-state company.  After three successful years, I found myself wanting the autonomy that comes from being an independent agent, and my own boss.  That’s when I decided to join my old friends Gary and Max to expand Tucson Insurance Associates. As an independent agent, my only obligation is to do the best I can for clients, while working within the various company guidelines. I am never forced to place a “round” client with a “square” carrier.

I have been married to my beautiful wife Kerry for over 30 years and together we have raised 3 wonderful children. In my free time, I enjoy socializing with family and friends. I volunteer on the Kappa Sigma fraternity house corporation and on my homeowner’s association as president. I enjoy supporting the American Heart Association with their Heart Walk and Kerry and I have built a good-sized team to walk and raise money each year.

Kerry McEldowney
Office Manager

I have worked with Andy’s independent agency since 2013. I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ.   Attended Salpointe Catholic High and attended University of Arizona. I am excited to help the agency grow and to provide a great experience for our customers. I enjoy my family and friends and love watching soccer, especially my daughter’s soccer games on Friday nights! You can find me riding my bicycle on the weekend, walking our dog Dallas, and relaxing in front of the TV watching soccer. Every year I volunteer for the CDO Soccer Club Tournament and form a team for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.

Shannon Sanford

I am originally from San Diego, being raised in a Navy household meant we moved many times but had the pleasure of growing up primarily in Tucson… so consider myself a native Tucsonan. I went to Tucson High and later went on to attend the University of Arizona. In my time away from the office, I enjoy to travel, hiking with my dogs and hus-boyfriend…and having fun with my nieces and nephews! Hockey and soccer are my fave sports to watch and play.

I have been a client of Andy’s since 2011 and worked with him at his agency before he joined Gary and Max as an independent agent. I’m very excited to be part of Tucson Insurance Associates, now and for a long time to come! A current focus of mine is developing community within the type 1 diabetes online and local family.

Max Shemwell

In Memoriam

Max had a long, family tradition in insurance. His grandfather, Kit Karson Shemwell, started ‘Shemwell Insurance’ in his hometown of Doniphan, MO in 1908. Later his father, Max Sr., took over after WWII. He expanded and operated the business until he retired in 1982. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1982 Max began his career with Met Life and then started with Allstate in 1984. In 2011 he founded Tucson Insurance Associates with his long-time office partner Gary and was joined by Andy in 2013. Max was always proud to say he offered his clients many of the same fine companies that Kit and Max Sr represented during their careers.

He and his wife Elizabeth, a teacher in the Marana School District for many years, raised 2 great kids. He loved just about any outdoor activity. He was an avid mountain biker and hiker and supported many fine organizations and non-profits that promote multi-use trail access, expansion, and maintenance. On weekends, you could often spot him biking or hiking somewhere in the Tortolita Mountains, near their home in Continental Ranch.

Max will be missed, but his influence on all of us makes him unforgettable. We at Tucson Insurance Associates will continue to carry on his legacy of service.

Head of Security

I am Head of Security here at Tucson Insurance Associates. My experience of chasing tennis balls and naps has prepared me for this honorable role in the office. Come by to say Hi I would love to show you how we can protect you and your family!