General Session

Prepared to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired during Friday morning's General Session—which again begins at 9:00 a.m. this year (you're welcome!).

2019's speakers include:

How the Sausage is Made... A Tale of Legislative Success 

Legislative advocacy, whether in Tallahassee or Washington DC, isn’t a lazy cruise on an endless, calm, and temperate sea.  Instead, it has swells and occasional tidal waves that can wreck or propel our industry. Join us during Friday’s General Session for a unique panel discussion featuring some of the industry’s most influential lobbyists at both the state and federal levels.  FAIA’s Senior Vice President Kyle Ulrich will moderate the panel and be joined by Fred Karlinsky, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Tim Meenan, managing partner of Meenan P.A., Bob Rusbuldt, IIABA President and CEO. Panelists will discuss the industry’s recent wave of success within both the Florida Legislature and Congress, and the positive impact agents can expect in the future.   

Tyler Asher

Tyler is the president of Independent Agent Distribution for Liberty Mutual Insurance. He joined Safeco in 1999 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, which have contributed to his deep understanding of the industry and how carriers and independent agents must adapt to succeed in the rapidly changing marketplace for personal insurance.

Prior to his current role, Asher was vice president of Agency Insights where he led strategy and research, analytics data science, and innovation. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles in finance including vice president and financial officer.

Jon Dorenbos

Jon Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, notably making the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

In 2016, he competed on America’s Got Talent where he showcased his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, making it to the finals and placing third overall in the competition amongst tens of thousands of competitors.

He then put his talent on display as a guest on Ellen, who quickly became one of his biggest fans and advocates. Jon has appeared on Ellen’s show in various capacities as well as on The Today Show. He retired from the NFL after having successful open heart surgery to repair a defective aortic valve.

Jon is known for his great sense of humor and positive outlook on life. He uses his skills as a magician and his incredible life story to inspire others.

Sponsored by Zenith Insurance Co.