About Coosa Valley Financial Group

Coosa Valley Financial Group is a comprehensive wealth management firm committed to meeting your needs from personal and business insurance to tax and accounting services and financial planning. Our local agents strive to help you invest for the future, protect your property against life’s uncertainties and minimize your tax liabilities. By planning for the future and making sound financial decisions, we believe in developing strong roots that will secure a lifetime.

An Independent Advantage

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We are Independent Agents in Rome, Georgia, free to choose the best carrier for your insurance needs. We do not work for an insurance company; we work for you. We work on your side when you have a loss and follow through to see that you get fair, prompt payment and service. Coosa Valley Financial Group, Inc. represents a carefully selected group of financially strong, reputable insurance companies, therefore, we are able to offer you the best coverage at the most competitive price.

What is an Independent Insurance Agent?

When you decide to buy a car, you wouldn’t purchase the first one you see. What if one day the automobile industry decided to make only one type of car, one make and one model. You wouldn’t have a choice!

The same situation holds true for insurance. You need insurance to drive a car, to purchase a house, to protect your family’s financial future and to run a small business. But if there was only one insurance company that offered only one type of insurance, car insurance, home insurance or business owner policy — you wouldn’t have a choice. The only solution would be going to that one company.

With an independent insurance agent, you have choices. Independent agents are not tied to any one insurance company. One of the advantages of using an independent agent is that he or she works to satisfy your needs. You are using an expert for an important financial decision.

An independent agent has several companies that he or she can approach to get you the best coverage at the best price. And your independent agent will know the companies with the most efficient claims departments to recover your losses as quickly as possible.

When you buy insurance, whether it’s for your home, your car or your business, you want an advocate who will properly assess the risks you face and give you an objective analysis of the marketplace, it’s up to you to make the final choice.

Meet Our Staff

As our client, you will have a team of highly-qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business. Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

Mark Busby

President, Insurance Agent
Rome, GA

Mark Busby

Mark Busby received his Bachelor of Science Degree, with a concentration in Computer Science, in May 1992, from Berry College. He later received his Master of Science Degree from Georgia State University in December 1997.

Mark has over 20 years experience in the Tax Industry having begun his career as a programmer for Universal Tax Systems in 1991. He moved on to become the director of IT and later TaxWise development manager. In June of 2001 he became Director of IT for the City of Rome, Georgia. Later in January of 2004 he became CTO of eTax, Inc.

He holds Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, New Jersey, and California Insurance Producers Licenses for Life, Accident and Health Insurance, Property & Causality Insurance, and Long Term Care.

In September of 2009, he and Jeff Barnette started Big Tax, Inc. They later purchased Mills Bookkeeping and Tax in Rome, GA and Precise Bookkeeping and Tax of Taylorsville, GA. In 2013 Big Tax, Inc. acquired the assets of Ace Insurers and Express Tax Refund of Rome.

In the spring of 2014, Big Tax, Inc. was renamed to Coosa Valley Financial Group, Inc. All offices now offer Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Tax services, and Property and Casualty Insurance. All services are now offered under one corporate name.

Coosa Valley Financial Group, Mills & Associates, Ace Total Solutions, Ace Insurers, Express Tax Refund of Rome, or Precise Bookkeeping and Tax are not registered broker/dealers or independent investment advisory firms.

Cindy Barnette

Insurance Agent

Cindy Barnette

Cindy is a licensed property, casualty, and life agent for Coosa Valley Financial Group. She began her insurance career with American National Insurance Company in 2013 and then became an agent for Coosa Valley Financial Group in 2014. She offers both personal and business insurance. Previously, Cindy has worked in the Account Management Department at Universal Tax Systems from 2003 to 2007. She then worked for the Floyd County School System from 2007 to 2013.

Cindy grew up in Powder Springs, GA where she graduated from McEachern High School. She then attended college at ABAC in Tifton, GA and then moved to Rome in 1996. She currently resides with her two children Belle and Ezra. When she is not working, Cindy enjoys spending time with her children and watching their activities, playing tennis, and running.

Gary Busby

Operations Manager, Insurance Agent

Gary Busby

Gary Busby is a native Roman, having graduated from Coosa High School. Gary is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he was an Electronic Communications Maintenance Specialist for the Airborne Command Post stationed out of Omaha Nebraska. Gary then owned Reliable Cash Registers in Rome for over 17 years, selling and servicing cash registers and computer equipment all over northwest Georgia. Gary began working for Coosa Valley Financial Group in September of 2015. Gary is the manager of the 413 Shorter Ave. location and he is a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance agent. Gary's experience as a small business owner, expertise in the information technology field, and commitment to excellence in customer service make him an asset to Coosa Valley Financial Group. Gary has two daughters, Madeline who is also in the United States Air Force and Kelsey who is studying to be a Medical Sonographer. In his spare time, Gary enjoys working on cars and fishing.