Volume 5, Issue 3 – May/June/July 2007
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In the early 1980’s, Senator Gaetz and two partners founded VITAS Healthcare
VITAS, headquartered in Miami, became one of the nation’s most
successful privately owned health care companies, operating in a dozen states with over 5,000 employees.
After making his mark in the healthcare industry, Senator Gaetz decided to offer his business expertise to improving public education in his wife’s native Okaloosa County. As a concerned parent and taxpayer, he ran for the Okaloosa School Board in 1994. Senator Gaetz ran for Superintendent in 2000, winning by a landslide and becoming one of the few non-educator superintendents in the nation.
During his six years in office, Senator Gaetz led Okaloosa Schools from 27th among 67 counties in academic ranking to the highest performing public school system in Florida history four years in a row. In 2004, he became the first Superintendent in 24 years to be re-elected without opposition. He reduced administrative overhead by over $6 million and won state and national recognition for cost-effective school construction programs and dramatic improvements in student learning.
In 2006, he pursued another goal and successfully ran for State Senator of the five counties of coastal Northwest Florida: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay. Despite being a freshman, Senator Gaetz tackled tough issues and made his initial year a memorable one by achieving passage and gubernatorial approval of 19 pieces of legislation. He became known in the halls of the Capitol as a fair and driven legislator willing to listen to both sides of an argument. The bills he sponsored covered a wide range of business issues like insurance, retail theft, corporate income tax credits, health care, workers’ compensation, workforce education, and hurricane damage mitigation programs. During his first year in the Florida Legislature, Senator Gaetz has already proven himself to be a good friend to Florida’s small businesses.
FAIA Trade Show & Convention
As always, it was so good to see old and new friends alike at this year’s FAIA Trade
Show and Convention, June 21st and 22nd! We enjoyed birthday cake with our agents to celebrate 30 years of providing secure, stable workers’ compensation
to Florida employers. If you missed it, you can catch us next year at the Orlando World Center Marriott, June 12-14, 2008. We are looking forward to it!
Pictured (from left) : Jim Emerson – FCBI Fund Administrator, Stacey Butler – Director of Marketing, Ashley McWhirter – Marketing/ Sales Representative, Brantley Smith – Vice- President of Operations, Lance Lozano – Chief Operating Officer, Alicia Hamilton – Director of Sales, Christie Thomas – Marketing/Sales Representative
Pictured: FUBA Marketing/Sales Representative Ashley McWhirter, Gayla and Harold Logan of
Logan Insurance Agency in Pensacola
Pictured: FUBA Marketing/Sales Representative Christie Thomas, and Kristy Glisson of A & C Insurance in Melbourne
Published by FUBA Workers’ Comp
Agency Spotlight The Norris Agency
For over 10 years, The Norris Agency has been exclusively writing workers’ compensation for businesses
Miami to Pensacola and all points in between. Although they have a specific focus
Norris Agency also writes workers’ comp for retail, restaurants, day cares, car washes, car lots, pest control, and others. The agency’s goal is to offer coverage for new and hard to place businesses, but they mostly pride themselves on working only for their clients and not any specific insurance company.
Anyone who knows owner George Norris can tell you that work is a primary focus. George, and his wife Merri, have worked together to grow the business from a small start up to a thriving agency. Agent Bob Hartsell joined the team seven years ago and together they have a combined total of over 50 years of business experience. George, however, did not start out as an insurance aficionado. He graduated from Florida State University and began his professional career in the finance industry, working in banking for many years
before moving into the insurance business.
Located in the heart of Florida’s Panhandle, The Norris Agency supports several local civic and charitable organizations. Junior Achievement, dedicated to educating students about entrepreneurship, The St. Andrews Bay Center, which provides jobs and support for developmentally challenged adults, and the Boy Scouts of America are a few of the organizations supported by The Norris Agency. George, Merri, and Bob are all involved on a personal level with several other local charities, civic and governmental boards.
Jan Nelson, valued FUBA employee and Underwriter, has enjoyed working with her longtime friends at The Norris
She has known
since junior high school!
George for many, many years “It is wonderful having both a
personal and professional relationship with George,” says
Jan. It FUBA
is exciting to hear Workers’ Comp.
that George feels
the same about
“We are very
our relationship with FUBA,” George tells us.
a personal touch, which is fast fading from our world in
general, and from the business world in particular.” Thanks,
George! We value your compliments and look forward to working with you for many more years to come.