Respecting The Power Of Relationships For Nearly A Century
In 1920, M.E. (Gene) Wilson opened his insurance agency in downtown Tampa focusing on personal, marine, and commercial risk management for his burgeoning community. Seen as a young man with strong character and solid prospects he ran the company that bore his name for the next 40 years. His new son-in-law, Guy King Jr., having piloted his B-26 Marauder to 50 WWII bombing missions, joined him in 1945. Together they formed an excellent team and the business increased in scope and breadth until M.E. Wilson’s death in 1961. Guy King took over as President and the revenue growth expanded into the public sector while ever increasing their marine and larger commercial expertise.
The next major corporate event occurred in 1985 when Guy King III and Doug King, Guy’s sons, acquired M.E. Wilson Company from their father. Again, with Guy III focusing on the company’s community and sales management and Doug focusing on personnel and internal operations, the firm began to grow rapidly. Tampa was just beginning to come into its own, and M.E. Wilson was growing with it. Working on even larger and more complex corporate accounts, a Benefits Division was started in the early 1990’s followed by Property & Casualty, Claims Advocacy, and Risk Management Divisions the next few years. The firm built and moved into their corporate headquarters at 300 W. Platt Street in Historic Hyde Park in 2000 and that is where they reside today.
Guy and Doug have taken on several partners over the last few years, individuals exemplifying the “M.E. Wilson Way” in personal integrity, professional excellence, and strong community involvement. They are Dwight Wilson in 2001, Janet Dayton in 2006, Rob Nation in 2013, and most recently Billy West and Robin Moch in 2016. A younger cadre of future partners are on their way as M.E. Wilson Company continues to grow and evolve through its cutting edge value proposition, top risk management, and deep community involvement. Its second century beginning in 2020 looks to be even stronger than its first.
Meet The Team
Guy King III, a Tampa native, received his BBA from the University of Georgia before working as an underwriter at Fireman’s Fund Insurance in Tampa. He joined M.E. Wilson in 1974. Today, Guy is recognized as one of the significant business leaders in the Tampa Bay area. He won the H.L. Culbreath “Profile in Leadership” award in 2008 and founded the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, which now has a membership of 250 entrepreneurial CEOs. He is currently the 2016 Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Guy serves as the Chair of Gracepoint Wellness and is Vice Chair of the Tampa-Hillsborough Homeless Initiative. His insurance industry accomplishments include being named “Agent of the Year” from the Independent Insurance Agents of Tampa and serving as the Chair of Marsh Berry’s exclusive APPEX agents’ group. Guy is responsible for rain-making, sales and sales management at M.E. Wilson and he initiated time management protocols, agency sales processes, and a community prospecting plan to the agency. Most importantly, he helped develop the agency’s comprehensive value proposition which is the secret to M.E. Wilson’s high client retention rate.
Doug King, a native of Tampa, has more than thirty-five years experience in all facets of commercial property and casualty insurance. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college, he started his career in insurance as an underwriter for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and gained further expertise as a broker at the Lloyd’s of London Insurance Exchange.
In 1980, Doug joined M.E. Wilson where today he serves as CEO. “Our emphasis is on exceeding expectations, and on building long-term, even lifetime, relationships with our clients.” We do that by doing things right the first time, and by looking at the long range picture for both our clients and carriers.” Doug also notes that clients and employees alike appreciate the M.E. Wilson way of combining professional and responsive service with a relaxed and friendly business environment.
Doug’s philosophy of service extends to his community as well. He is active in numerous civic and business organizations. He participates in Downtown Tampa Rotary, Propeller Club of Tampa and Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tampa, and is past chair of the Port Development Committee of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has been named to “Who’s Who in American Business.”
With his experience spanning over 30 years, Dwight started his career with Liberty Mutual in 1984. Realizing that the independent agency system was the superior model, he then joined Poe & Associates in 1986 and worked quickly into a management position in their Sarasota office. After Poe merged with another firm, Dwight started his career with M.E. Wilson in 1994 and has been instrumental in the firm’s growth since becoming a partner/owner in 2001.
Dwight has been Chairman of Pacer (Agent Advisory Council) of CNA Insurance Company and also past President of both Hillsborough and Sarasota Independent Insurance Agents Associations. Currently Dwight is a member of the Board of Fellows for the University of Tampa and Board Member of the Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. He is a member of a number of construction associations and has served on numerous insurance company boards and committees over his career.
With over 30 years experience in the insurance industry, Janet is known for her creative approach to financing risk with vigilant attention to detail. She started her career at INA (Insurance Company of North America) in 1977 and later found her niche working on the agency side helping businesses navigate the complexities of the insurance industry. She came to M.E. Wilson in 1998 and was named partner in 2006.
For the last twenty years, including her current position with M.E. Wilson, she has been a producer and advisor with an emphasis on determining proper coverages, unique exposures to loss, limits, deductibles and other pertinent data, resulting in return premiums in excess of millions of dollars. Janet has both a CIC designation (Certified Insurance Counselor), a CRIS designation (Construction Risk Insurance Specialist) and over 500 hours of education with the International Risk Management Institute.
Janet and her husband Ken have two daughters, Kristen and Lora, and both girls followed in their mother’s footsteps. Her oldest daughter, Kristen, started her career in the insurance industry in 2008. Her youngest daughter, Lora, recently graduated with a degree in Insurance and Risk Management from Florida State University and started her career in the insurance industry in 2013. Both now work alongside her at M.E. Wilson.
Rob Nation started at M.E. Wilson in 2006 and became a partner in 2011. He is a native Floridian and third generation insurance consultant, attending the University of Florida’s College of Business Administration where he earned a BBA. Prior to joining M.E.Wilson, Rob served as Executive Vice President for Brown & Brown Insurance where he climbed the ranks quickly, going from a field agent to management in 12 months. His primary focus is working heavy industry and middle market contractors in design and implementation of insurance programs.
As he spent over ten years in aggregates sales positions with Florida Rock Industries (now Vulcan Materials), his extensive knowledge of various construction industries gained during this period has provided him with ground level insight into complex and effective risk management and insurance programs. Rob is an active member of Florida Transportation Builder’s Association, Florida Independent Concrete and Associated Products Association, Sun coast Utility Contractor’s Association, and Leadership Tampa Alumni. He carries the “Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional” designation, and recently became certified by The National Associate of Surety Bond Producers Surety School.
Robin Moch joined M.E. Wilson in 2005 and brings a variety of insurance and risk management experience to the agency and her clients. Robin grew up in a Chicago suburb and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She crafted her own major in the Independent Plans of Study program and focused on business/restaurant management and psychology.
Robin began her insurance career in 1988 handling, then managing, auto and liability claims for Farmers Insurance in California. After moving to Tampa in 1992, she created, managed and grew a general liability third party administration division at DavisBaldwin (now Wells Fargo) for several clients including Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Discount Auto Parts.
Robin’s claims management and loss control background give her a unique and advantageous perspective when managing her clients’ exposures and analyzing coverage. She has focused heavily on loss control and workers’ compensation. Strong involvement in these areas has helped her clients to reduce their claims frequency and achieve lower experience modification factors, thus reducing premium. Her attention to detail and communication skills enable her to be part of her clients’ teams and a trusted advisor in all areas of risk management.
She earned her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation in 2008 and also completed the coursework to receive the CWCP (Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional) designation in 2006.
Robin sits on the education committee for ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) and is on the Board of Directors for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay. She is a member of the Crisis Center’s Women in Action and the SPCA of Tampa Bay’s 1,000 Bitches and supports many other not-for profit organizations.
Billy West began his insurance career with Associated Self Insurance in Montgomery, AL. He spent four years as a Workers Compensation claims adjuster for the largest fund in Alabama and also spent one year working for the Alabama Municipality Insurance fund that represented over 85% of all municipalities in Alabama. After learning the claims side of the business, Billy relocated to Orlando, FL to work for a National Third Party Administrator, Managed Comp where he was responsible for the sales and underwriting for the west coast of Florida. Billy has spent the last ten years in the Insurance Agency sector as a broker/advisor. Starting at M.E. Wilson in 2010, he quickly made partner in 2016.
Billy is an active member of multiple Tampa Bay organizations as well as industry associations: Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tampa, C12, Association of Corporate Growth, CBLC and Associated Builders, Contractors Association and CFO Exchange.
Billy’s philosophy of service extends to her community as well. He serves as a director, of “Fore the Children” that he started with friend to assist families dealing with children with terminal illnesses. Billy also serves as a Board Member for the “Make A Wish Foundation”. He is an active member in his church and coaches both youth football and baseball.
Jim Rogan is the Senior Vice President of the Corporate Benefits Division at M.E. Wilson and has a degree in Business Management from Johnson State College in Vermont. As a Benefits consultant, Jim works with key clients of M.E. Wilson to design, implement and monitor the overall performance of their employee benefits programs.
Jim has been responsible for the development and delivery of the M.E. Wilson Corporate Benefits Division value proposition since 2003. His specific areas of responsibility include staff management, account services, program development, client satisfaction and retention. Prior to joining M.E. Wilson Jim was an Employee Benefits Consultant with Standard Insurance. He began his career with Unum in 1996 working as an Executive Benefits Consultant.
Jeff Lenderman is responsible for developing new client relationships and the continuing delivery of strategic benefits consulting to existing clients. Jeff has extensive experience with fully-insured and self-funded plans. His goal is to ensure the best possible financial performance for his clients. He speaks as a subject matter expert to Bar Associations, Hospitality Associations, and Chambers of Commerce. He frequently convenes continuing education workshops on topics including Health Care Reform, Employer Penalty Mitigation Strategies, Compliance, and Rx Carve-out programs.
Jeff joined the M.E. Wilson team in January of 2015 as VP of Employee Benefits. Jeff has 12+ years of experience in the group benefits industry working for National Firms Paychex Agency and USI Insurance Services. Jeff has consistently been a top performer and earned Pinnacle Agent Designation for consistent sales performance and retention which represents the top 10% of agents nationwide. Jeff moved with his family to Tampa in July of 2013 after having developed a successful book of business in the Philadelphia market. His clients included Rita’s Italian Water Ice Franchise Company, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Duracell PowerMat and Valley Forge Casino.
In addition to Jeff’s work accomplishments, he is a graduate of Leadership Main Line and a former Board Member of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. He also became the Race Director for the Main Line Run in 2009 through 2013 and creator of Taste for Fire, a dine-out fundraiser that benefited volunteer firefighters. Jeff is currently participating in Tampa Connection and recently joined the Committee for OnBikes which is a non-profit dedicated to restoring the self-confidence, health and overall well-being of at-risk-kids in our community.
Cindy Buttrill brings a wealth of knowledge to the M.E. Wilson team with over 15 years in the employee benefits arena, with special expertise in designing self-funded benefit programs. Cindy began her career at CIGNA Healthcare in Atlanta as an Account Executive and New Business Manager. After moving to Tampa in 2002, Cindy joined United Health Group as the Regional Vice President delivering Stop Loss solutions to self-funded employers throughout the Southeast. Cindy’s expertise included negotiating pricing factors and controlling financial exposures by Pharmacy Benefit Management, Specialty Dialysis Networks and Managed Transplant Programs.
Cindy joined the M.E. Wilson Corporate Benefits team in September 2015. She has worked with a wide range of middle market entities, large and small, public and private. Cindy delivers creative solutions deploying M.E. Wilson’s innovative resources and finding just the right third party solution. She is chosen by clients for her hands-on approach, accuracy and excellence.
Cindy has a passion for helping others in need. Cindy’s community involvement includes AMIkids, Metropolitan Ministries, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa, The Spring, The Crisis Center, Make-A-Wish, Brighter Futures, Goodwill, Gulfside Hospice, Youth & Family Alternatives and SPCA.
Wendy Solei joined M.E. Wilson in 2012 and has over 12 years of insurance and risk management experience in both personal and commercial insurance. Wendy attended the University of South Florida where she concentrated on transportation and city planning, graduating cum laude with her Masters in Public Administration in 1998. She has just completed her CPRM (Certified Personal Risk Manager) designation, which puts her at the top of her profession.
Wendy began her insurance career in 2003, when she started her own agency and focused on individual, family and small commercial coverage. After selling her company she joined M.E. Wilson where she evaluates and customizes insurance portfolios for high net worth clients. She is recognized for creating comprehensive packages tailored to fit each client’s unique assets and lifestyle.