About Us
At Standard Mortgage Insurance Agency, we combine many decades of experience with personalized service to provide you with customized insurance solutions. Our team of professionals takes a client-specific approach to insurance planning. Combining in-depth knowledge with focused follow-through, we’re here to help you make important decisions about your future and that of your family.

Founded in 1959, we are an independent, family-owned Louisiana insurance agency serving clients throughout the region. Our agency offers a full range of insurance options including personal lines, commercial insurance and life insurance.

As insurance advisors, our mission is to learn your priorities, examine your risk and needs, then create an insurance plan that meets your goals and protects your assets.

At Standard Mortgage Insurance Agency, we work hard to earn your trust. We are dedicated to accomplishing this by taking care of you and providing all the information and guidance you need to make sound decisions when it comes to insurance.

We look forward to serving you and upholding the same high standards of client care that the Standard name has exemplified for nearly a century.


M. Merritt Talbot

President

Merritt Talbot brings 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries to his position as President of Standard Mortgage Insurance Agency. He began his career at Paine Webber and later moved to Hibernia Corporation, where he became president and CEO of Hibernia Investments, LLC. When Hibernia was acquired by Capital One, he continued to serve as president and CEO of Capital One Investments, LLC. Merritt is the former chairman of Hibernia Investments, LLC; Capital One Investments, LLC; and Hibernia Insurance Agency, LLC.

Merritt earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Loyola University in New Orleans. He is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society of the Loyola University chapter.



Linda Schaeffer

Vice President

Linda Schaeffer has been part of the Standard team since 1984 and is responsible for the handling of commercial lines of insurance, underwriting, production and claims management. She is licensed to sell property and casualty as well as life and health insurance.

Linda earned a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.



Margaret Benjamin

Partner

"Margie” Benjamin is one of the founding members of Standard Investment Advisors and is also licensed to sell life, accident and health insurance. She has 17 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries. Margie is Series 7 registered and also holds Series 63 and Series 66 registrations through LPL Financial.

Margie earned a bachelor of arts degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.



Rose Mancuso

Director of Operations

"Sissy” Mancuso brings 21 years of business operations experience to her position as Director of Operations at Standard Mortgage Insurance Agency. Her role at the agency includes helping to bring on new employees and coordinating their transition into the team.



Tiffanie Domil Lapene, CISR

Personal Lines Manager

Tiffanie Domil Lapere has been part of the Standard team since 2002. Her responsibilities include sales and service of all personal lines of insurance, marketing and serving as a liaison between the insurance agency and Standard Mortgage Corporation. Tiffanie became a licensed property and casualty agent in 2004 and has been a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) since 2008.

Tiffanie earned a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 2003.




Alexandria DuPont, CISR

Personal Lines Production and Support

Alexandria DuPont has been part of the Standard team since 2006. Her responsibilities include sales and service of all personal lines of insurance products, and she is also a billing and data specialist. Alexandria became a licensed property and casualty agent in 2007 and a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) in 2016.

Alexandria attended the University of New Orleans.




Jeffrey P. Hamm

Producer/Business Development

Jeff Hamm utilizes his 25 years of experience in business ownership, sales and customer service to manage the needs of his client base at Standard Mortgage Insurance Agency. He is focused on consulting with businesses and families, evaluating their needs and recommending the best possible solutions. He is also committed to pursuing opportunities for long-term growth with customers, markets and relationships.

Jeff also has an extensive background in corporate logistics, real estate development, property ownership and residential construction. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1991 with a B.A. in English and Economics.



Michael W. Reilly

Life Insurance Advisor

Mike Reilly became part of the Standard team in 2015. He is licensed to sell life, accident and health insurance, and is also Series 7 registered through LPL Financial.

Mike earned a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.