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Roster set for Young Agents Council leadership program

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Florida's Future Insurance Leaders—a program designed to attract high caliber agents and help them develop through education and mentorship—announces its 2012–2013 class: Jaime M. Bavier, Brightway Insurance, Inc., St. Johns; Brandon Butler, Butler, Buckley, Deets, Inc., Miami; Javier A. Fernandez, iSure Insurance Brokers, Miami; Crystal Rose Foster, Gulfstream P&C Insurance Co., Clearwater; Joe Lott, AIP, Weinstein Jones & Associates, Ft. Pierce; Michael C. Ludwig, Strategic Insurance Services, Clearwater; Robert Mitchell, III, PIAM, Mitchell Insurance Services, Inc., Treasure Island; Matthew Ostrander, Lassiter-Ware Insurance, Jacksonville; Karyn S. Roeling, CIC, CPCU, Seibert Insurance Agency, Inc., Tampa; and Christine B. Taunton, CPSR, CPII, PIAM, Marks Insurance Agency, Inc., Apalachicola.

The FFIL students travel to Tallahassee on December 4 for their first program, where they will be matched with mentors from FAIA's board of directors and receive an overview of the program.

Florida insurance professionals receive CIC designation

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/uploadedImages/FAIA_Site_Home/Education/Professional_Designations/CIC Logo Color.jpgAUSTIN, TX, November 9, 2012—On August 9, 2012, seventy-four insurance professionals were conferred as Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC). Dr. William T. Hold, CIC, CPCU, CLU President of The National Alliance, conducted the ceremony presenting conferees with the distinctive CIC gold insignia lapel pin.

The CIC designation is awarded by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing a practical and in-depth approach to education for insurance agents and other insurance practitioners.

The conferees attended five 2-1/2 day institutes consisting of intensive instruction followed by rigorous essay examinations. Offered across the United States and its territories throughout the calendar year, the CIC Program is the nation’s largest professional insurance education program.

According to Dr. Hold, those receiving their designation are to be commended on their dedication to professionalism as evidenced by their completion of the Program and their commitment to continuing education.

This year the Society celebrates its 43rd anniversary with over 68,000 participants in the Program and over 31,000 individuals holding the CIC designation.

The newly conferred Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) from Florida are:

Ms. Deborah A. Adams, CIC
Demetree Insurance Services, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

Ms. Lindsey Ann Ahles, CIC
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Mr. Robert F. Anderson, CIC, CRM
Holmes Beach, FL
Mr. Kenneth David Anthony, CIC 

Affinity Insurance Agency
Tampa, FL

Mr. Andrew Octave Aubery, CIC, ARM, AAI, RM
Prime Group Insurance
Tampa, FL

Mr. Philip J. Befumo, CIC, CISR, AAI, AIS
Brown & Brown Insurance
Daytona Beach, FL

Mr. Lawrence B. Bowman, CIC
Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency
Sarasota, FL

Mr. Edward R. Brown, CIC
MetLife Auto & Home
Jacksonville, FL

Ms. Sharon Ingham Brown, CIC
Burns & Wilcox
Tampa, FL

Mr. Austin Brownlee, CIC
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Daytona Beach, FL

Mr. Leonard R. Bujnicki Jr., CIC
Allstate Insurance Company
Pembroke Pines, FL

Ms. Sarah Celeste Cadle, CIC
Halcyon Underwriters, Inc.
Maitland, FL

Ms. Lisa Casanova, CIC
Roanoke Trade Services
Miami, FL

Mr. Charles F. Chunn III, CIC, CFP
Connelly, Carlisle, Fields & Nichols Insurance
Clearwater, FL

Mr. Thomas Jefferson Cloar IV, CIC
Brown & Brown, Inc.
West Palm Beach, FL

Mr. Nathan R. Collins, CIC, CPCU
Bouchard Insurance
Clearwater, FL

Ms. Janice L. Cover, CIC, AU
Bass Underwriters
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Mr. Robert Charles Davis, CIC
Burns & Wilcox
Tampa, FL

Ms. Jane Carol Dilthey-Morales, CIC, CISR
Bowers & Scott Insurance Agency, Inc.
Miami, FL

Ms. Melissa Anne Duran, CIC
Travelers Insurance
Tampa, FL

Ms. Lisa Gall Kight, CIC
Main Street America Group
Jacksonville, FL

Mr. John A. Heaner, CIC, AU, AINS
Amerisure Insurance Company
St. Petersburg, FL

Ms. Stephanie Hilliard, CIC, CPCU
Burns & Wilcox
Tampa, FL

Ms. Monica D. Hilton, CIC, CPSR
Fearnow Insurance, Inc.
Seffner, FL

Mr. Mark Horler, CIC, ACMA
Baby Boot Camp, LLC
Sarasota, FL

Ms. Danielle Horowitz, CIC
Amerisure Mutual Insurance
St. Petersburg, FL

Ms. Rhianna Ireland, CIC
Zenith Insurance Company
Sarasota, FL

Ms. Marsha B. Johnson, CIC
Lassiter-Ware Inc.
Leesburg, FL

Ms. Rhonda S. Jones, CIC
Fisher- Brown Insurance
Pensacola, FL

Mr. O. Fernando Juarez II, CIC, CPCU
Lassiter-Ware Inc.
Maitland, FL

Ms. Jodi H. Kelley, CIC, ACSR
Frontline Homeowners
Orlando, FL

Ms. Megan A. Kelly, CIC
Main Street America Group
Jacksonville, FL

Mr. Jeff Kinser, CIC
Crews Insurance
Seminole, FL

Ms. Karen A. Liddell, CIC, ARM
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, FL

Ms. Michelle D. Liwosz, CIC
M.E. Wilson Company, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Ms. Nancy B. Mariner, CIC, CISR
Dawson of Florida, LLC
Naples, FL

Mr. William Armistead Martin, CIC
Comegys Insurance Agency
St. Petersburg, FL

Ms. Michele L. Mason, CIC
Sihle Insurance Group
Altamonte Springs, FL

Ms. Trai M. McCabe, CIC, AAI
Mullin & Company
Ormond Beach, FL

Ms. Danielle Lene McGough, CIC, CPSR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Naples, FL

Ms. Jennifer E. McWhinnie, CIC, CPIA, CPIW
Lutgert Insurance
Fort Myers, FL

Mr. Steven M. Mitzel, CIC
Morrow Insurance Group
Tampa, FL

Mr. Jon F. Molvie, CIC, CPCU
Allied Insurance Company
Jacksonville, FL

Mr. Craig Most, CIC
Most Insurance Agency, LLC
Tampa, FL

Mr. John Marc Mulkey, CIC
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, FL

Ms. Heather D. Murphy-McGee, CIC
Universal North America
Sarasota, FL

Ms. Michelle Naughton, CIC
Insurance Office of America
Lakeland, FL

Ms. Adrianna C. Nicholson, CIC
Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance
Boca Raton, FL

Mr. Mario Wilfredo Pino, CIC, CPIA, CRIS
Max Value Insurance Group, Inc.
Miami, FL

Mr. Darren Sean Porter, CIC, AIS
Bankers Insurance Company
St. Petersburg, FL

Ms. Lori L. Roa, CIC
Travelers Insurance Company
Tampa, FL

Ms. Karyn Seibert Roeling, CIC, CPCU
Seibert Insurance Agency
Tampa, FL

Mr. Raul Sardina, CIC
Sardy’s Group Corporation
Miami, FL

Mr. Frank J. Scerbo Jr., CIC, CPSR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Naples, FL

Ms. Shelly M. Schnur, CIC
Frank Crum Insurance Agency, Inc.
Clearwater, FL

Mr. Douglas R. Shepson, CIC
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Ocala, FL

Ms. Barbara R. Smith, CIC, CPIW
Clearwater, FL

Mr. Steven N. Smith, CIC, CPCU, ARM, AMIM, ARe, AFSB, AIC, AIS
FCCI Insurance Group
Sarasota, FL

Mr. Jeffrey N. Stark, CIC
Hays Companies
Plantation, FL

Ms. Cheryl A. Strane, CIC
Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA
West Palm Beach, FL

Ms. J. Lynne Tecu, CIC, CPCU
Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance
Pensacola, FL

Mr. Lucas M. Waring, CIC
We Insure Florida
Jacksonville, FL

Ms. Laura L. Webb, CIC
Webb Insurance Group
Tampa, FL

Ms. Susan M. Weems, CIC
Weems Insurance of Naples, Inc.
Naples, FL

Mr. Robert Wenderfer, CIC
St. James Insurance Group
Orlando, FL

Ms. Kristin Westphal, CIC
Mercury Insurance
Clearwater, FL

Mr. Grant Joseph Willard, CIC, CPCU
Mercury Insurance
Clearwater, FL

Ms. Rebecca W. Wills, CIC
Kemper Specialty
Wesley Chapel, FL

Ms. Yvette M. Wilson, CIC, AAI
Bouchard Insurance
Clearwater, FL

Ms. Connie S. Wolfe, CIC
Richard D. Barton & Associates
Cape Coral, FL

Mr. Brian L. Woodham, CIC, CPCU
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
Tampa, FL

Mr. Patrick M. Wraight, CIC, CISR
Citizens Property Insurance Company
Lake City, FL

Ms. Linda C. Young, CIC
Roger Bouchard Insurance, Inc.
Fort Myers, FL

Ms. Jamie Zuzek, CIC
Morrow Insurance Group
Lutz, FL

Florida insurance professionals receive CISR designation

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/uploadedImages/FAIA_Site_Home/Education/CISRLogoColor.gifAUSTIN, TX, November 9, 2012—On August 9, 2012, Forty-three insurance professionals were conferred as Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR). Dr. William T. Hold, CIC, CPCU, CLU, President of The National Alliance, conducted the ceremony presenting conferees with the distinctive CISR pin.

The CISR designation is awarded by the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing a practical program, stressing the understanding and analysis of risks and exposures for all employees of agencies, insurance companies, or insurance-related businesses.

The conferees attended five 1-day courses consisting of intensive instruction followed by examinations. The CISR Program is offered across the United States and its territories throughout the calendar year and the CISR designation is the only truly national customer service designation recognized from one state to another.

According to Dr. Hold, those receiving their designation are to be commended on their dedication to professionalism as evidenced by their completion of the Program and their commitment to continuing education.

This year the Society celebrates its 26th anniversary with close to 71,000 participants in the Program and some 27,500 individuals holding the CISR designation.

The newly conferred Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR) from Florida are: 

Mr. Derrick D. Alvarez, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL  

Ms. Mollie C. Anderson, CISR, CPSR, ACPR
Weissman & Associates, LLC
Sun City Center, FL

Ms. Stephanie A. Arnold, CISR
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ms. Laura Michelle Baker, CISR
Easton Insurance
Jupiter, FL

Ms. Patricia A. Barbee, CPA, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Ms. Lilian A. Bedoya, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Mr. Sean Bohner, CISR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Daytona Beach, FL

Ms. Amanda Lynn Budoski, CISR, CPCU
MacNeill Group
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mr. David Bullock, CISR
MacNeill Group
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ms. Marisol Caraballo, CISR
Strong Tower Insurance
Plant City, FL

Mr. Craig Michael Carr, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Ms. Lydia Marie Carr, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Ms. Dana L. Daniel, CISR 

Ms. Melissa M. Dorado, CISR
Liberty Mutual Group
Miami, FL

Ms. Deborah Ann Edwards, CISR
Tanenbaum Harbor of Florida
Miramar, FL

Mr. Ian Barry Edwards, CISR
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Sarasota, FL

Ms. Robin Faircloth, CISR
Public Risk Insurance
Deltona, FL

Ms. Fabiana Frattura, CISR
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Boca Raton, FL

Ms. Diana Garcia, CISR, AIAM
Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance Group, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, FL

Ms. Alicia A. Gould, CISR
Oros Risk Solutions LLC
Orlando, FL

Ms. Michelle F. Houghtalin, CISR
Five Brothers Insurance Agency
Tampa, FL

Ms. Michele Lynn Kresch, CISR
Keller-Brown Insurance Services
Shrewsbury, PA

Mr. Robert Adam Latoza, CISR, ARM, AAI, AU
Brown & Brown Insurance
Lake Mary, FL

Ms. Connie A. Lehman, CISR
Augustyniak Insurance & Financial Services
Bradenton, FL

Ms. Yeni Linares, CISR
iSure Insurance Brokers
Miami, FL

Mr. Eric Vincent Lorenzi, CISR, ARM, AAI, RM
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Daytona Beach, FL

Ms. Shirley Magee-Hamlet, CISR
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Sarasota, FL

Ms. Claire McLean, CISR
Liberty Mutual
Lakeland, FL

Mr. Geoff Munn, CISR, AAI
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

Ms. Katelyn Alissa Nevins, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Mr. Gary O. Ortega Jr., CISR, AINS, AIS
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Ms. Yulia Petukhova, CISR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Port Orange, FL

Ms. Jessica N. Reigosa, CISR
MacNeill Group, Inc.
Sunrise, FL

Ms. Tiffany Robinson, CISR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Daytona Beach, FL

Ms. Wanona Marie Roderick, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Ms. Ronda Rogers, CISR
Sheehan Insurance Group
Haymarket, VA

Ms. Vivienne Leonie Scharschmidt, CISR
Fearnow Insurance, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Ms. Ditte Seaton, CISR
The Hagar Group
Inverness, FL

Mr. Christopher Smith, CISR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Daytona Beach, FL

Ms. Jennifer L. Snodgrass, CISR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Ms. Colleen Thamm, CISR
Brown & Brown, Inc.
Port Orange, FL

Ms. Rose-Marie Elizabeth Williams, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

Ms. Vickie Lee Williams, CISR
MacNeill Group
Sunrise, FL

'Dean of Insurance' Bob Ross passes away

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 Robert Ross, Jr.

Bob Ross Jr.One of Florida’s most influential insurance voices has gone silent with the passing of Robert Ross, Jr., on November 9, 2012, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Born in Orange, NJ, Bob served his country as a naval aviator during WWII. He graduated from Dartmouth University in 1945.

Bob Ross came up through the ranks, starting his insurance career, first as an adjuster and, later special agent, with the American Insurance Company. He moved from the company side of the spectrum to the agency side, working at the Baldwin Insurance Agency as vice president; the Daniel Insurance Agency as manager and, later, partner; and Ross, Lombard & Ballard Insurance, Inc., as president. In 1957, he served as the president of the Broward County Insurors Association (now the Independent Insurance Agents of Broward County). As an agent, he served on many of FAIA’s committees, taught a multitude of insurance courses, chaired the Southern Agents Conference, and became FAIA’s president of the Board in 1965.

In 1974, he joined FAIA as director of Education, a position he held until his retirement. His insurance prowess earned him the designation “Dean of Insurance.” He set the standard for insurance educators.

During the 1980s, he represented the interests of independent agents before Congress and on national committees. He had such knowledge of flood issues that the National Flood Insurance Program recognized his contributions in 2005, presenting him with the Donald L. Collins Partnership Award. FAIA recognized Bob’s lifetime of leadership, integrity, and service to the industry in 1994, presenting him the Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award.

Those who knew Bob Ross won’t easily forget his hearty smile and quick joke, or enthusiasm for life, family, and the world of insurance.

He will be laid to rest today, Tuesday, November 13, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001, or Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309.