Advanced Insurance Underwriters, LLC, Hollywood: has been acquired by Risk Strategies Company.
Lanier Upshaw, Inc., Lakeland: was featured in the Winter Haven News Chief for celebrating 75 years in business. Also, promoted Betsy Ceneus, AU, AIS, ASLI, ACS, AAI, CPCU, to vice president, Marketing, and Luke A. Vaughan, WSO-CSM, to vice president, Safety and Risk Control.
The Villages Insurance Partners, The Villages: promoted Jody A. Harter to chief operating officer.
Main Street America Group: promoted Jeff Kusch to executive vice president, Insurance Operations.
MEMIC: announced founding president and CEO John T. Leonard will retire effective September 2017.
National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research: recognized Fawn Peacock of Sihle Insurance Group with a CISR scholarship, and Amy Bracken of Cypress Insurance Agency with a CIC scholarship.
Normandy Insurance Company: is expanding into Georgia.
Patriot National, Inc.: launched a program with QBE North America to write workers’ compensation and employers liability insurance policies for hospitality, health care, property management, and manufacturing accounts.
Vertus Insurance Partners: launched a supplemental insurance policy, providing complete hurricane deductible reimbursement and additional coverage, for homeowners in hurricane-prone states.
Velocity Risk Underwriters: has expanded its Florida homeowners insurance products and is writing coastal business statewide.
All Life Needs, Inc.: Altamonte Springs
CLIRC Insurance & Tax Services, LLC: Hollywood
George Wadsworth Insurance, LLC: Wauchula
Legacy Insurance Agency of South Florida: Jupiter
Pines Insurance, Inc.: Tamarac
Business Administrative Consultants, LLC: Lake Mary
Event Insurance Now: Portland, OR
Iron Oak: Dania Beach
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