Spring 2014 E-News


Spring 2014
Now accepting nominations for the YAC executive committee
Are you the person in the room who can enlist the aid and support of others to get things accomplished? If yes, then consider leadership with the Young Agents Council. We are accepting nominations for YAC Leadership. For more information and to learn what the leadership experience entails, just ask our current chairman, Jason Levine. He will be happy to answer your questions, pique your interest, and share his experience.
Get involved: Attend a Leaders Series event!
Have you attended a Leaders Series hosted by the Young Agents Council yet? Check out the the YAC calendar for an event near you, then register. For $25, you get noteworthy speakers, CE classes, and leadership training—all great tools for your career toolbox!
YAC gearing up for SmartStart4Kids
SmartStart4Kids school supply drive takes place July through August 15. Keep your eyes open for a big social media promotion the second week of June. We will be working with Sachs Media Group on this, so expect good things.

Meet YAC Vice Chair Matt Ostrander
Matt Ostrander is a risk adviser and director of corporate relations for LassiterWare in Orlando. Q. What attracted you to this business?
A. What attracted me…was the ability to have a positive and lucrative impact on my community. The misconception is that insurance agents primarily endeavor to sell a product, when really it is the trust of a truly consultative partnership that develops long-term and profitable clients.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A. With any luck, I would like to develop a book of business concentrated in the industries that pique my interest. The ability to do so is why I will still be in the insurance industry in 10 years and most likely use the revenues I generate to maintain an equity position in my firm. I know that achieving the prosperity I desire is possible, but only with the support of a strong advocacy organization. The state legislature shapes the marketplace and my business, so I see it as being essential to stay active in the legislative process, which is why I will continue to participate in the FAIA and Young Agents Council as my career develops.

Q. If you weren't an insurance agent, what would be?
A. If not for the insurance industry, I would most likely have chosen a career in public service. I see the two going very much hand in hand. Ultimately, we are both seeking to provide peace of mind to the members of our community and be there for them should they fall on hard times.

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?
A. That I’m an excellent karaoke singer—given the right venue.

Q. What is your guilty pleasure?
A. 80s music and slapstick comedies.

Q. What is the No. 1 thing on your bucket list?
A. Watch “Famous Jameis” and the Noles win four consecutive National Championships! 

Q. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the insurance business?
A. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

Our business, like any other, changes with the evolution of the global marketplace as well as both federal and state legislation. There will always be new challenges, but each of those challenges presents an opportunity. What you do with those opportunities will shape your career.

Q. What is the best professional advice you've ever received?
A. It’s come in many forms and at many times, but the message always remains the same: An individual’s integrity is everything.  

Mind Tools

Raymmar Tirado (a creative strategist and sales consultant)

  • Pinellas Association of Insurance Agents, fishing tournament: April 23, 2014, to benefit Children’s Dream Fund.
  • Leaders Series Sarasota: Wednesday, April 23, 2014; Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
  • IIA of Central Florida, Big I Day: April 24, 2014; Eagle Creek Golf Club & Winter Park Civic Center.
  • Lee County IIA, Big I Day: April 24, 2014; Heritage Palms, Ft. Myers.
  • Leaders Series Tallahassee: Thursday, May 1, 2014; FAIA headquarters.
  • IIA of Palm Beach County, Big I Day: May 1, 2014, Breakers West Country Club, Sail Fish Marina, City Place Spa.
  • Leaders Series Miami: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Doubletree Miami Mart.
  • IIA of Northeast Florida, lunch meeting: May 20, 2014; Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at St. John Town Center, Jacksonville. 
  • Leaders Series Plantation: Thursday, May 15, 2014, Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club.
  • FAIA Convention: June 19-21, 2014. Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando.

Visit the YAC Calendar in the FAIA Community for event details and additional information.


Read about Jason Levine’s experience at the IIABA National Legislative Conference.

Check out the YAC Facebook page over the next few weeks for updates on YAC events during Convention.

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