Lykes Insurance names Bill Taulbee as new CEO and president after company celebrates its 90th anniversary

Jan 26, 2016, 09:45 ET from Lykes Insurance

WINTER PARK, Fla., Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With the retirement of Lykes Insurance CEO and President John Brabson, effective Dec. 31, 2015, Bill Taulbee, executive vice president in the Lykes Insurance Winter Park office, has been named CEO and president.  Founded in 1925, Lykes Insurance is a commercial insurance firm with offices in Winter Park, Tampa, Fort Myers and Sarasota.

"Throughout our 90-year history, Lykes Insurance has believed in a consultative, partnership approach to client service," says Taulbee. "Our team of professionals is unmatched in meeting the needs of our clients.  Despite challenging economic conditions and an increasingly competitive environment, we have never strayed from our commitment to long term relationships with our clients."

Taulbee joined Lykes Insurance in 1985 and, with the exception of a six-year period as vice president/COO of Dulando/Sunrise National Distributors, has held leadership positions with Lykes Insurance ever since.  Active in the Orlando area, he has served as a city councilman and member of the Charter Review & Code of Conduct Commission and board member of the Community Redevelopment Agency for the City of Maitland; as well as president and board member, Art & History Museums; board member of United Arts of Central Florida and board member of the business caucus of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. While in Tampa, he was a member of the board of Children's Museum of Tampa and University of Tampa board of counselors, as well as a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Special Olympics and Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tampa. 

"Lykes Insurance has built a great platform that places us in a strong position to grow, and assembled a great leadership team," says Taulbee.  "Our people are our greatest asset, and I look forward to working with them to continue our 90-year tradition of excellence." 

About Lykes Insurance
Lykes Insurance was founded in 1925 by Lykes Bros. Inc., a 100 year-old privately held Florida-based company. As a premier commercial insurance firm with offices in Winter Park, Tampa, Fort Myers and Sarasota, Lykes Insurance focuses on building long lasting partnerships with companies and individuals, providing protection for businesses, managing risk and designing innovative benefit solutions. For more information, please visit

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