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Our Team

Commercial Lines

Sales

Robert W. Brown, CIC

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President 005 Work Phone: 941-552-4114 Work Fax: 941-552-4115
Biography

Rob W. Brown, a third generation insurance agent has been active in the insurance industry for over 25 years and a partner since 1988. He holds licenses in Property / Casualty and in Life and Health and recently celebrated his 23rd anniversary of achieving his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Rob is the current managing partner and was most recently named 2008 best boss of the year by Biz 941. He is a Sarasota native and graduate of the University of Florida. Rob has served on a number of not for profit organization boards and is a past President of the Sarasota Association of Independent Agents (SAIA). He is an active member in the community.  Rob is an avid outdoorsman and he and his family resides in Sarasota.

Darren Howard, CPCU

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Vice President 010 Work Phone: 941-552-4116 Work Fax: 941-552-4117
Biography

Darren Howard has been active in the insurance industry for the past 27 years and a partner at Atlas Insurance since 1994. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management and Insurance and has his Certified Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Darren is a past president of the Sarasota Association of Independent Insurance Agents (SAIIA) and has served on the Board of Directors for the Sarasota Little League. He remains active in the community as a business partner with both Cardinal Mooney and Sarasota Middle School.

Tommy W. Kochis, CIC,CRM

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Vice President 015 Work Phone: 941-552-4112 Work Fax: 941-552-4113
Biography

As an agency partner and vice president of sales for Atlas Insurance since 2005, Tommy plays a vital role in the success of the agency by managing the sales initiatives and new business opportunities. A resident of Sarasota for over 40 years, Tommy joined Atlas Insurance in 1996 after graduating from Florida State University. He has gone on to earn the distinguished Certified Risk Manager and Certified Insurance Counselor designations from the National Alliance for Insurance Education. Tommy provides risk management services to many different industries with a particular focus on community associations, construction, and complex property risks. He thrives to keep with the Atlas mission of “Serving the community” by actively participating in the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Building Manager International (BMI), Manager of the Gulf Coast and various other non-profit organizations. Tommy is a past board member of the Sarasota Association of Independent Insurance Agents and the Evelyn Sadler Jones branch of the Sarasota YMCA. Tommy resides in Sarasota with his wife Nikki and three children.

David W. McMahon, MBA, AAI

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Commercial Producer 020 Work Phone: 941-552-5042 Work Fax: 941-552-5043
Biography

David W. McMahon joined Atlas Insurance as a commercial lines executive in 2003. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1988 and his Masters of Business (MBA) in 1995. He is an Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI), having obtained that designation in January, 2012. David is an active member of The West Florida Chapter of Community Association Institute (CAI), Commercial Investment Division (CID) of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, among others. David and his wife, Kimberly, are actively involved in the community as business partners to local schools, coaches and/or mentors while raising their four children.

Jared Hawkins

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Commercial Producer 025 Work Phone: 941-552-5425 Work Fax: 941-552-4083
Biography

Jared Hawkins joined Atlas insurance in 2011 after six years in the commercial banking industry. Jared is a “Double-Gator”, having earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2004 and his Masters in Business Administration in 2010 from the University of Florida.  As such, he brings an extensive knowledge of underwriting and a deep understanding of financial statements to his clients, an ideal combination for the contractor who does bonded work, or the business owner that needs an insurance specialist who truly understands the demands of the modern business world. In his free time, Jared enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, diving or anything in the outdoors and is a long-time volunteer with Mote Marine. He also sits on the board of directors for the Sarasota Sportsmen’s Association and is active in his church.

Michael Howard, CIC

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026 Work Phone: 941-487-6214 Work Fax: 941-487-6215
Biography

Michael Howard joined Atlas in 2015 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management/ Insurance and  Economics from Florida State University. He obtained the designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) in 2015 upon graduation and holds licenses in Property/Casualty and Life and Health Insurance.

Michael is a member of the Young Agents Council and is involved in Sarasota’s Miracle League, Community Haven and Upside Down Foundation. In his free time he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family and girlfriend.

 

Service

Michelle Barrow, ARM, AAI

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Personal and Commercial Lines Manager
Biography

Michelle Barrow is a Commercial Lines Manager who joined the Atlas team in  early 2016.  For over 30 years, Michelle has been active in the insurance industry in Florida and has extensive experience in all aspects of Agency Management and Client Service.  She obtained her  Accredited Advisor In Insurance (AAI) in February 1994 and her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) in June of 1999.

Her vast experience and knowledge has proven to be a great asset with the ability to handle all types of commercial accounts. Michelle and her husband have 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. They enjoy the outdoors, boating and attending sporting events.

Amanda Jones, AIC, CISR, CLCS

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Assistant Manager Commercial Lines Condo Team 010 Work Phone: 941-552-4110 Work Fax: 941-552-4085
Biography

Amanda has been with Atlas since 2014, and leads Atlas’ specialized Community Association team. She prides herself on understanding and providing solutions for the various insurance issues faced by Condominium and Homeowners Associations. She currently holds the Associate in Claims (AIC), Commercial Insurance Service Representative(CISR), and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designations. She is currently working toward completing her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Annie LaRiviere

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Project Manager 015 Work Phone: 941-552-4104 Work Fax: 941-552-4105
Biography

Annie has been with Atlas since 2012, and manages special projects and marketing events for the Commercial Sales Team.  She  prides herself on understanding and providing solutions to  our clients through our Value Added Services program.  Annie is also proud to be the Program Coordinator for the Atlas Collegiate Internship Program.  She currently holds a 4-40 Customer Representative License.   Born and  raised in Alaska, Annie enjoys spending as much time as she can in the outdoors with her family and friends.

Ashley Fleming

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Commercial Lines Support Associate 017 Work Phone: 941-487-3007 Work Fax: 941-487-3000

Carey Roberts

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Commercial Lines Support Associate 025 Work Phone: 941-552-4100 Work Fax: 941-552-4101
Biography

Carey is a Commercial Lines Support Associate who has been part of the Atlas team since 2014 and brings over 20 years of industry experience with her. She is part of our Community Association Division assisting Account Managers with various support tasks. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband of over 15 years, watching movies, playing games and going for walks with her dog.

Cyndi Ross, AAI

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 026 Work Phone: 941-487-3016 Work Fax: 941-487-3015
Biography

Cyndi is a Commercial Account Manager who has been part of the Atlas team since 2016. She has her AAI (Accredited Advisor of Insurance) designation and is currently working toward her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation.  Cyndi has been active in the insurance industry since 1997 in Alabama and has extensive experience with account programs such as Healthcare, Municipalities, Hospitality and Professional Entities.  She enjoys cooking, walks on the beach, walking her dogs and traveling to Alabama to visit her family.

Cynthia Fitzgibbons, CIC, CRM

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Marketing Manager 030 Work Phone: 941-552-5040 Work Fax: 941-552-4041
Biography

Cindy joined Atlas in 2003 and serves as the Commercial Lines Marketing Director.  She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.  
 
Cindy began her insurance career in 1995 in Hartford, CT, and has worked in many areas of insurance.  She moved to Florida in 2001 and decided the independent agency system was where she truly belonged.  Cindy is dedicated to building competitive insurance programs for our clients and keeping our team updated about changes in the industry.  Cindy heads up Atlas’s annual SmartStart4Kids school supply drive and is also an avid supporter of the Southeastern Guide Dogs organization.
 
Outside of work, Cindy likes to stay active and participates in local running groups and races. For relaxation, she enjoys traveling with her husband, particularly when it involves sailing or being on the water.

Dawn Genther

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Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager 035 Work Phone: 941-552-4096 Work Fax: 941-552-4091
Biography

Dawn is a Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager who has been part of the Atlas team since 2013.  She brings over 20 years of industry experience with her.   Dawn relocated from Pennsylvania 14 years ago to escape the cold weather.  In her free time she enjoys crafting, going to her daughter’s gymnastic competitions and spending time with her family.  Dawn and her husband have been married for over 20 years and have 2 beautiful girls!

Julie Saunier

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Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager 040 Work Phone: 941-487-6201 Work Fax: 941-552-4095
Biography

Julie is a Commercial Lines Support Associate who has been part of the Atlas team since 2014. She is part of our Community Association Division assisting Account Managers with various support tasks. Julie moved from Illinois over a decade ago to enjoy the warmer weather. In her free time she enjoys reading, going to the beach and spending time with her twin boys and husband in the outdoors.

Jessica Wagner

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Commercial Lines Support Associate 041 Work Phone: 941-487-6219 Work Fax: 941-552-4125

Laura Dansky

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 045 Work Phone: 941-552-4108 Work Fax: 941-552-4109
Biography

Laura joined Atlas in 2008 as a Commercial Lines Account Manager and brings over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry. She continues to obtain experience and education in all aspects of commercial insurance. Laura is a champion for Josh Provides, a non-profit support group assisting families that are affected by epilepsy. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her son, Collin and husband Steve.

Lisa Speights, CIC

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 055 Work Fax: 941-552-5044 Work Fax: 941-552-5045
Biography

Lisa Speights joined Atlas in 2003 as a Commercial Account Manager. She has been active in the industry for over 28 years and received her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)designation in 1994. Lisa is part of our Community Association Division helping Condo and Unit Owners. Away from work Lisa enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband.

Nancy Perin

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 060 Work Phone: 941-552-4136 Work Fax: 941-552-4137
Biography

Nancy is a Commercial Account Manager who has been part of the Atlas team for over 12 years. For over 30 years, Nancy has been active in the insurance industry, working in both Indiana and Florida and has extensive experience with specialty account programs such as Contractors, Bonding, Property, Manufacturers and Distributors. She prides herself on knowing her clients and enjoys building and maintaining relationships.

Pam Shepard, CISR, CSRM

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Commercial Lines Account Executive 065 Work Phone: 941-552-4106 Work Fax: 941-552-4107
Biography

Pam Shepard is a Commercial Account Executive who has been part of the Atlas team since 2012. She has her CISR (Customer Service Insurance Representative) and CSRM (Certified  Member of the School of  Risk Managers) designations and is currently working toward her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation.  For over 30 years, Pam has been active in the insurance industry, working in New England and Florida and has extensive experience with specialty account programs such as Contractors, Bonding, Healthcare and Hospitality.  She enjoys biking and exploring the Western Florida coast.

Sheri Deer, CISR

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 075 Work Phone: 941-552-4138 Work Fax: 941-552-4139
Biography

Sheri is a Commercial Account Manager who has been part of the Atlas team since 2003. She has been in the insurance industry for almost two decades and obtained her Certified Insurance Representative (CISR) designation in 2014. In her free time Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, and volunteering with multiple community charities.

Stacy Baier, CISR

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 080 Work Phone: 941-552-4126 Work Fax: 941-552-4127
Biography

Stacy has been a part of the Atlas Team for over 15 years. She spent the first 11 years with Atlas working as a Customer Service Representative in the Personal Lines Department.  Stacy is currently working in the Commercial Lines Department as an Account Manager in the Construction Team. She continues to obtain experience and education in all aspects of the insurance industry for our clients who are always her first priority.

 Stacy has been happily married for 26 years to her husband Rick and they have a beautiful daughter who will be going to college next year.   She also has a dog named Snoopy that was adopted from the Humane Society of Manatee 9 years ago.  In her spare time, Stacy enjoys the water and is looking forward to being a “retired” dance mom.

Suzanne Trebing

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 081 Work Phone: 941-487-6204 Work Fax: 941-487-6205
Biography

Suzanne Trebing is a Commercial Junior Account Manager who has recently joined the Atlas team.  Suzanne graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Risk Management with a concentration in Property/Casualty.  She is the recipient of the President’s Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Scholarship and has completed four exams toward her CPCU designation. Suzanne completed Atlas’ Collegiate Internship program during the summer of 2015, which broadened her knowledge and experience within the agency and the insurance industry. She is a Sarasota native and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Sarah Gerhart

Operator / Receptionist 095

Toni Barion

Small Business Team Lead 90 Work Phone: 941-487-3006 Work Fax: 941-487-3007
Biography

Toni Barion is the Commercial Lines Small Business Team Lead who joined the Atlas team in 2016.  Originally from New York, she has been in the insurance industry for 12 years and has her 220 license in Property / Casualty   Toni obtained her Certified Insurance Representative (CISR) designation in 2016.  She is currently working toward her CSRM (Certified Member of the School of Risk Managers) designation.  In her free time, Toni enjoys spending time with her husband John they enjoy the outdoors, boating, traveling and spending time with their dogs.

 

Personal Lines

Sales

Christina Fredericks

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Private Client Executive 005 Work Phone: 941-487-3014 Work Fax: 941-552-4131
Biography

Christina “CC” Fredericks joined Atlas Insurance in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida earning a Bachelor of Science degree and currently holds a 220 General Lines Agent License. She started off her career with Atlas as a filing clerk, then receptionist, then Customer Service Rep, then account manager, dabbled in sales and sales support and most recently been promoted as Personal Lines Dept. Manager.
Christina is involved in various community philanthropic campaigns such as Suncoast Community Blood Bank drives, Junior League of Sarasota, Sarasota Young Professionals, and Young Agents Council. She was named one of Sarasota’s Five Star Insurance Professional by Sarasota Magazine for 5 years running. Christina and her husband David of 8 years welcomed twins, boy and girl, into their lives in July 2013. The two have brought such joy and love to their lives. In her spare time (the little there is) Christina loves the beautiful coastal waters, boating, paddle boarding and making memories with her family.

 

Service

Annemarie Pelliccia

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Private Client Marketing 010 Work Phone: 941-552-4132 Work Fax: 941-552-4133
Biography

Annemarie Pelliccia is a Personal Lines Marketing Manager and has been with Atlas Insurance since 1998. She has over 20 years’ experience in the property casualty market and has obtained her Associate in Insurance Account Management (AIAM) Designation. She has been the recipient of Sarasota Magazine’s FIVE STAR: “Best in Client Satisfaction ” Award 6 years in a row. Annemarie is a dog, wildlife and nature enthusiast and enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking.

Beth Manley, AIA

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Account Manager 015 Work Phone: 941-552-4102 Work Fax: 941-552-4103
Biography

Beth joined Atlas in 2014 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. She brings to our agency over a decade of insurance experience from the East Coast of Florida. Beth earned her Association in Insurance Account Management designation (AIAM) in 2010. Beth is an active member of Junior League of Sarasota. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Chris Wagner

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Private Client Account Manager 020 Work Phone: 941-552-4128 Work Fax: 941-487-3001
Biography

Chris has been a Personal Lines Account Manager with Atlas since 2010. He is a proud Florida native earning his degree from Manatee Community College in 2000. Chris has over 12 years in the insurance industry. When not working diligently to service his Atlas clients, Chris spends his free time giving back to his community and training in Systema a form of martial arts.

Gail Bohannon

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Junior Account Manager 025 Work Phone: 941-552-5420 Work Fax: 941-552-5421
Biography

Gail joined the Atlas Team in 2009 and is currently a Personal Lines Account Representative. She started as our operator and quickly transitioned into our Personal Lines Division. Gail enjoys assisting our clients with policy changes. She spends her spare time biking the beautiful trails throughout Sarasota County, attending Zumba classes and gardening.

Terri Thompson

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Account Manager 035 Work Phone: 941-487-6212 Work Fax: 941-487-6213
Biography

Terri Thompson is a Personal Lines Account Manager who joined the Atlas team in 2015.  Terri has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including positions as underwriter for a commercial automobile carrier and a personal lines account manager in South Carolina and Florida. She prides herself on helping her clients understand their insurance policies and assisting them in making practical decisions.  Terri enjoys traveling with her husband, visiting our beautiful local beaches, and spending time with her cats and dogs.

Tracy Sypula

Account manager 035 Work Phone: 941-487-6219 Work Fax: 941-552-4125

 

Claims

Jennifer Weigand

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Claims Advocate Work Phone: 941-487-3008 Work Fax: 941-552-4095
Biography

Jennifer Weigand is a Claims Advocate who joined Atlas in early 2016.  Originally from a suburb of Buffalo NY, she left the weather behind becoming a property casualty field adjuster in the Sarasota area over 30 years ago. She values the relationship between the agency and the client, assisting the client when there is an occurrence that requires a claim be reviewed and submitted to the carrier. Jennifer and her husband enjoy the Florida weather, sports, music, travel, and spending time with their family. They are the proud parents of two University of Florida graduates. Go Gators! Go Gators!

 

Administrative

Karen Gray

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Director of Operations 005 Work Phone: 941-552-4080 Work Fax: 941-552-4081
Biography

Karen joined Atlas in 2006 as the Human Resource Manager. She also manages the accounting, facility and IT departments.  Originally from Connecticut, Karen enjoys outdoor activities such as bicycling, walking the beach, and running after her grandchildren.  Karen and her husband Tom have been married for over 38 years and have three beautiful daughters.

Derek Draper

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Software and Desktop Support Specialist 006 Work Phone: 941-487-6216 Work Fax: 941-487-6217
Biography

Derek Draper is a Software and Desktop Support Specialist who joined the Atlas team in 2015. Derek earned his Bachelor of Science IT degree in 2005 and has extensive IT experience and training. Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2 very active daughters. Derek also enjoys sports and plays softball.

Martha Ruhtz

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Bookkeeper 015 Work Phone: 941-552-4120 Work Fax: 941-552-4121
Biography

Martha has been the Bookkeeper at Atlas since 2010. She is responsible for the back office operations including A/P, A/R and vendor relations. She moved from Michigan to Florida 10 years ago.  In her spare time, Martha enjoys spending time with family and friends, the theater and participating in the many charity events hosted by Atlas Insurance and its employees.

Jannett Herrera

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Assistant Bookkeeper 035 Work Phone: 941-487-6210 Work Fax: 941-487-6211
Biography

Jannett joined Atlas in 2016 as the bookkeeper assistant.  She is originally from the Republic of Panama and  is bilingual. Jannett enjoys spending time with her son, family, friends and going to the gym. Jannett really enjoy working for Atlas and being part of their team.