FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Sam Miller, (850) 386-6668 ext. 223
Cecil Pearce (850) 386-6668 ext. 240


*** Media Note ***
Media Contacts During a Hurricane or Other Catastrophe
(please do not publish or air)


(TALLAHASSEE, FL)— Here are media contacts for major homeowners, property and health insurers, insurance trade associations and key government agencies. Please do not print these numbers for consumers.


  • Florida Insurance Council, Sam Miller, Tallahassee, (850) 386-6668, ext. 223; cell, (850) 459-3012, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cecil Pearce, Tallahassee, (850) 386-6668, ext. 240, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Insurance Information Institute, Tampa, Lynne McChristian, III Florida Representative, cell (813) 480-6446, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Elianne E. Gonzolez, Hispanic Press Officer, Phone: 954-389.9517; Cell: 954-684.4410, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Trade Associations

  • American Insurance Association, Willem O. Rijksen, Vice President, Public Affairs, 2101 L St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20037, Tel: 202-828-7139, Fax: 202-293-1219, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Ben Tomchik, manager, public affairs. 202-828-7129 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR), Bradley Kading, Washington, DC, (202) 783-2434, 
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Liz Reynolds, Jacksonville, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (904) 379-4896, cell (317) 417-5618; Lisa Floreancig, Indianapolis, (317) 876-4246, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Brooke Kelley-Hunt, Public Affairs Director, Southeast Region, 8700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1200S, Chicago, IL 60631, T: 847-553-3671, C: 847-894-3881, www.pciaa.net, Twitter: @PCIAA
  • Reinsurance Association of America – Jim Massie, 850-933-2108, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Florida Surplus Lines Service Office, Gary D. Pullen, Tallahassee, (800) 562-4496 ext. 102; Sean Ashley Fisher, Tallahassee (800) 562-4496 ext. 111
  • Florida Association of Insurance Agents, Jeff Grady, (850) 264-6413, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kyle Ulrich, (850) 566-4204, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Professional Insurance Agents of Florida, Tallahassee, (850) 893-8245
  • Florida Association of Insurance & Financial Advisers, Bob Lotane, Tallahassee, (850), 422-1701, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

State of Florida 

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Cristine Turner Ashburn, 850-513-3746, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Candace Bunker at 850-513-3757, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Michael Peltier, 850-513-3774, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Department of Financial Services,  Chris Cate, 850-413–2842
  • Office of Insurance Regulation, Harvey Bennett, 850-413-2515, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Amy Bogner,  850-413-2515, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • State Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Office Tallahassee, (850) 413-9883

Major Private Carriers

  • AIG Corporate Communications, Joe Norton, (212) 770-3144 or Peter Tulupman, 212-770-3141
  • Allstate, St. Petersburg, (727) 573-6906
  • American Strategic Insurance, John Auer, St. Petersburg, (727) 821-8765 x 203
  • American Traditions Insurance Company, Ray Blacklidge, Pinellas Park, 727-489-9142, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Auto Club Insurance Company of Florida (ACICF), Angie LaPlant, (813)289-5982, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Auto Club South Insurance Company (ACSIC), Angie LaPlant, (813)289-5982, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, John Herbkersman, (904)905-3408, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lauralee Shapiro, (904)905-0461, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Chubb, Mark L. Schussel, 908-903-2107 (phone), 877-819-2684 (pager), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CNA, Katrina Parker-Waddy, (312) 822-5167 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • FCCI Insurance Group, Mark Winters, 941-907-7511, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mark Kwiatkowski, 941-907-7584, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Florida Family Insurance Company, Peter Corrigan, Jacksonville, 904-312-5514, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Co., Bert Gindy, Gainesville (352) 374-1553,
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or James Trafton, Tallahassee, 850-222-2557, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, Don Silver, Spokesperson, (954) 370-8999
  • Foremost Insurers, 1-800-527-3907 – Toll number reaches either individual; lead contact: Ron Vlasblom, CAT contact: John Schierloh
  • GEICO, Christine Tasher, 301-986-3271, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The Hartford, Heather Serignese - Director, External Communications - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., The Hartford – One Hartford Plaza, Hartford, CT 06155,
    Direct Dial: 860-547-3301 - Cellular: 860-810-0588  - Fax: 855-347-4689 - Media Relations Hotline: 860-547-5200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Humana, Mitch Lubitz: 813-732-0386; Nancy Hanewinckel: 941-585-4763
  • Liberty Mutual, Glenn Greenberg (617)574-5874; John Cusolito (617) 574-5512, Fax: 617-574-5637
  • Main Street America Group, Mark Friedlander, Jacksonville, (904) 380-7461; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mercury, Erik Thompson, 661-291-6435 Ext 26435
  • MetLife Auto & Home, Ted Mitchell (401) 827-3236, or David Hammarstrom (401) 827-2273
  • Modern USA Insurance Company, Ray Blacklidge, Pinellas Park, 727-489-9142, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nationwide Insurance, Allied Insurance Company, Eric Hardgrove, 614-677-8516, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Elizabeth Stelzer, 614-248-1025, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Progressive Insurance, Leah Knapp (440) 395-9928, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Susan Gallik - 440-395-1788, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Safe Harbor Insurance Company, Michael McNitt 352-224-2820 x104
  • SafePoint Insurance Company, Nancy Baily, 813-748-0144
  • Security First Insurance Company, Marissa Buckley, Director of Marketing (386) 523-2302, Cell: (386) 679-0485, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Fax: (386) 523-2311
  • State Farm, Chris Neal, (863) 318-4230; Michal Shanley, (863) 318-3088
  • Tower Hill Companies, Veronique Kaiser, Communications Director, (352)333-1259 direct & fax, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Travelers, Patrick Linehan, New York City, NY, (917) 778-6267, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Matthew Bordonaro, Hartford, CT, (860) 277-7014, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • USAA, Justin Schmitt, San Antonio, (210) 456-4495, Roger Wildermuth, Sacramento, (916)285-2605; Rebecca Hirsch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 210-863-6516
  • Zurich, Keith Owens, 847-762-7337, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Steve McKay, 847-706-2265, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hurricane Safety and Loss Mitigation

  • Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Tallahassee, (850) 385-SAFE;  Zoe Boyer, (850) 385-7233, ext. 304.
  • Institute for Business & Home Safety, Wendy Rose, Media Relations Manager, (813) 675-1045 office, (813) 486-8365 cell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.