Garrett Barnett manages Celeste Looney Insurance in Tahlequah, with his wife and co-owner, Brandi. He attended his first AFR convention when they began dating and later asked for her parents’ blessing in marriage at an AFR convention in 1997. Barnett became an agent when he joined the third-generation family business in 2009.
He received his BBA at the University of Oklahoma with a major in Management Information Systems (MIS) in 1996. He entered the computer field when most businesses were beginning to realize the necessity of a presence on the Internet. Garrett worked the next 12 years at Hertz Car Rental. He led the team that set up reservation centers in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Then, in 2001 Barnett assumed management of the Internet Systems and Design team for hertz.com. In 2007, he moved to corporate headquarters in New Jersey. He chose to leave in 2008 in favor of raising his young family in small town Oklahoma where public schools, 4-H and FFA are strong.
When Barnett joined Celeste Looney Insurance in January 2009, the economic crisis was in full swing and AFR discovered that they were in a very tenuous financial position. As AFR recovered from its volatile situation, he recognized AFR had unrealized potential. With the help of technology and advances in procedure, he believes we can preserve our AFR heritage while moving prudently into the future.
Garrett attends Life Church, along with the joys in his life: Brandi, Maximus (8) and Alexandra (5).