J.Freeman & Associates Inc., an independent insurance and financial advisory services company, recently contracted Andrea Powell as an account executive.

Powell has over 20 years experience in publishing, sales, marketing, promotions, branding, product development, strategic planning, negotiating and sales staff management.

Prior to working with J.Freeman & Associates, she founded Secrets of the South Media Inc. in Savannah, Ga., a full-service graphic design firm and publishing company that developed several award-winning magazines and marketing campaigns.

She also served as vice president of member relations for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.