Bankers Announces New Insurance Group Leadership

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Bankers Insurance Group President Bill Martin recently announced the company's new leadership lineup.

Lisa Bage has joined the firm as Vice President of Product Development.  Bage, a 22-year industry veteran, was a Senior Vice President at Unitrin Specialty after holding officer and product jobs at Atlanta Casualty, Leader Insurance and Progressive Insurance.  She holds an MBA from Case Western and a degree in Math from Eastern Kentucky.   "Lisa will manage our relationships with outside risk partners and manage projects that cross our product lines," said Martin.  "We believe we can find no one better at executing our business strategy."

Tim Stroble has been named Vice President of Personal Lines.  Tim has 16 years of experience in the business with Safe Harbour Underwriters, All Risks, Ltd., Zurich and Farmers.  He served as a naval officer following his graduation from Annapolis, and holds a Master's degree in Management from Hawaii Pacific University.  "Tim understands every aspect and nuance of property insurance," commented Martin.   "He hopes to create a breakthrough in what today is a very consumer-unfriendly, homeowners insurance environment."

Svetlana Townsend is the new CFO of the Insurance businesses.  She has served in controller roles at Bankers since 2007.  A former athlete, she is a CPA who speaks four languages.  Townsend holds a law degree and a BS in Education from Voronezh State, a BA in Accounting from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Professional Accounting from UT-Austin.  "Svetlana has become an integral part of our success at Bankers," Martin said.  "She plans to make finance – usually a forgotten backroom function – a competitive strength for Bankers."

Bage, Stroble and Townsend join other recently-named officers in Bankers' roster of leaders.  Judy Copechal, a 25-year Bankers product manager, has been named Vice President of Commercial Lines.   Wayne Matthews, formerly CFO of the Insurance division, now heads Renters America.  Whit Ward remains President of the successful Bonded Builders Warranty Group.  Deb Brcka, a long-term Bankers sales leader, has been named Vice President of Sales.  Jay Fontanini, a former senior product manager at Unitrin, has been named Director of Builders Products. 

Tim Paddock, former COO and Chief Actuary at Homewise, assumes the role of Head of Analytics.  Stuart Platter, a long-term asset management expert at GE Capital, has been named Chief Investment Officer and President of Bankers Life.

Bankers Insurance Group is a subsidiary of Bankers Financial Corporation, a 36-year old private, diversified financial services company based in St. Petersburg, FL.  The 750 associates at Bankers offer outsourcing solutions for claims, policy and flood products for insurers; insurance tracking for lenders; human resources solutions as a preferred employer organization for small business; warranties for consumer electronics and new homes; insurance and maintenance services for properties, businesses and builders; annuities for individual investors, and surety bonds for contractors and bail.

For more information please visit www.bankersfinancialcorp.com.

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PHYLLIS MAURO Bankers Financial Corporation, 727-823-4000, pjmauro@bankersfinancialcorp.com

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