Insurance Office of America’s executive leadership team is comprised of a variety of insurance professionals that work in the business as well as on the business. Many of our Board of Directors members are themselves licensed and serve their own client base by bringing value consistent with the overall goals of the organization. Our leadership team both solicits and acts upon the input of our nationwide team members to shape and deploy our enterprise strategies. IOA’s Board of Directors is testament to how committed employees that take initiative can grow into leadership roles.
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John founded Insurance Office of America on January 1, 1988 with three people and a vision to have an organization that gave ownership to the sales associates. The concept was embraced by the best and brightest insurance people in Florida. Insurance Office of America now has over two hundred sales partners and six hundred-fifty employees to whom John has given ownership. Under John’s leadership IOA has grown from $188,000 in revenue the first year to over $112 million in 2013. John currently holds the Florida General Lines (2-20), Life and Health (2-18) insurance licenses in Florida and numerous out of state non-resident licenses. John’s wife Valli has worked with him for most of the years he has been in the insurance industry. He credits Valli for the majority of the success of his personal production, as well as the success of Insurance Office of America. His son Heath has joined Insurance Office of America and is following in John’s footsteps as Chief Executive Officer.
Heath joined Insurance Office of America in 1996. He attended Liberty University where he majored in Business Administration and played football for the Liberty University. Heath currently holds the (2-20) Property & Casualty General Lines and (2-18) Life & Health Life (including variable annuity) insurance licenses. Heath has been married to his wife Abby for 11 years and they have a 7 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. Heath’s interests include spending time with his family, working out, running and he is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Heath is a Member of The Seminole State College Foundation Board, Board of Elders of Grace Church of Longwood, Advisory Board of Lifework Leadership Orlando and President of the IOA Foundation.
Jeff joined Insurance Office of America as a Vice President in 2000 after a 10 year career with the Auto-Owners Insurance Group. While he was employed by Auto-Owners, Jeff held various positions in the Commercial Lines Underwriting and Marketing divisions. In 2003, Jeff was named to the IOA Board of Directors and promoted to Senior Vice President. In 2008 he was elevated to the role of President. In addition to his management responsibilities, Jeff manages a large client portfolio. These clients operate in a wide range of fields that include manufacturing, medical related fields, construction and Universities. Jeff earned a degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida in 1989. While at UCF, Jeff was a member of the first baseball team to earn a berth in the Division 1 Regional NCAA playoffs. In 1995 he was awarded the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation. In 2010, Jeff was elected to the UCF College of Business Hall of Fame. Jeff has been married to his wife Lisa for almost 23 years. They have a 19 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. In his spare time he coaches his children’s sports teams, plays golf and volunteers for a number of not for profit organizations that are focused on youth sports and the University of Central Florida.
Wesley Scovanner is a Director, Vice Chairman of Insurance Office of America, Inc., and its holding company, IOA Group, LLC. Scovanner served as the Chief Financial Officer of Insurance Office of America, Inc. from 2002 until 2011. Scovanner received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Penn’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. After college, he was commissioned as a line officer in the US Navy serving on an amphibious ship and a guided missile frigate. Scovanner began his business career with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he earned a Florida CPA designation. He formed Wesley D. Scovanner & Associates, a consulting firm, where he served as financial and business advisor to numerous small to middle sized businesses. Clients included professional practices, service businesses, real estate concerns, and retail and distribution businesses. He has advised business owners on numerous merger and sale transactions. Scovanner has served as a director for public companies, private companies, and charitable organizations. Most recently he was a director of Florida Choice Bank, participating in their merger with Alabama National Bank. He has been an investor, officer and principal in a number of successful real estate ventures including both commercial and residential projects. He and his wife Cathy were Longwood, Florida residents for 35 years before relocating recently to St. Augustine. They have three grown children, two of which work with the Insurance Office of America family of companies.
Bruce Berthelsen is a 40+ year insurance industry veteran spending 27 years on the insurance carrier side holding senior level positions in claims, underwriting and field operations for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies and The St. Paul Companies. During his FFIC tenure he and his family transferred 10 times and has industry experience in the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Southeast, Mid West and California. His last position was at St. Paul as SVP of U.S. Insurance Operations. He was responsible for commercial underwriting and field operations. Bruce has spent 13 years on the agency / selling side of industry. He spent 5 years at Willis as the President and CEO of Willis of Georgia and held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Insurance Office of America from April 2004 to December 2011. He and his family reside in Atlanta and he splits his time between Longwood, FL and Atlanta.
Danny has been extensively involved in servicing the Workers’ Compensation industry for over 30 years. He began his career as a Claims Adjuster assisting clients in the Construction, Governmental, and Agricultural industries. Danny was instrumental in starting and servicing several Workers’ Compensation programs though the Southeast United States. He was one of the founders and owners of CRIMS, Inc., a Florida based third party administrator of Workers’ Compensation program which was sold in 1996. Danny joined Insurance Office of America as a Vice President in 2000. He was made Partner in 2002 and appointed to the IOA Advisory Council. In 2007 he was named to the IOA Group, LLC Board of Directors and promoted to Senior Vice President. In 2008, Danny was named to the FCCI Agents Advisory Board. He holds the CPCU and AAI designations. Danny was promoted to Florida’s Regional President in 2014. In addition to his leadership and advisory responsibilities, Danny manages a large client portfolio. These clients operate in a wide range of fields that include professional sporting teams, construction, auto dealerships, agriculture and the hospitality industry. Danny earned a degree in Economics from the University of Georgia in 1979. Danny and his wife Kim have been married for over 25 years and have 4 children. He serves as an elder at Lake Baldwin Church.
Bruce Eades is Regional President and Partner of Insurance Office of America (IOA). He consults regularly with executives from a variety of fields to help executives understand how risk management concepts can impact their business and to give them a better understanding of the current commercial property and casualty trends. Prior to his current position, he was Vice President of Hilb, Rogal and Hamilton where he received the President’s National Sales Achievement Award from 1996 to 2002. A veteran of the insurance industry since 1984 he was raised in Gainesville, Georgia, Bruce continues to live in Gainesville with his wife and three children. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He received his AAI designation in 1996 and received his CIC designation in 2005. Bruce was IOA’s 2009 agent of the year and was appointed to the IOA’s Board of Directors in 2010. He is active in his local church and currently serves on the North Georgia YMCA Board of Directors.
Ricky Lott joined Insurance Office of America as Branch Representative and Vice President in May 2005. Ricky started the Birmingham branch along with his son, Andy and Diane Brayman. In 1975, Ricky started at the University of Alabama Birmingham and majored in Business. He entered the insurance world in 1982. He has experience with Life & Health, Brokerage and has been a Property and Casualty producer since 1992. Ricky served on the Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents Association Board of Directors and was President in 2005. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for IOA in 2010 and was also awarded Partner of the Year. Ricky was named a Regional President in 2013. Married for more than 30 years to his wife Rebecca, they have three grown children and twin granddaughters. Ricky has been involved with several community groups, clubs and youth sports. He serves as an usher in his local church.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Insurance and Economic Development from the University of South Carolina in 1987, Rob began his insurance career with State Farm Insurance. In 1990, he joined the Davis-Garvin Agency. During his tenure, his positions included Sales, Commercial Lines Manager, Marketing Manager, Sales Manager and Vice President. His responsibilities included Business Development, Agency Acquisition Development, Carrier Relations Development and Agency Management. In 2000, Rob joined Carolina Insurance Consultants (CIC). As a partner with CIC, he opened and managed the Columbia, SC branch. In 2003, Rob acquired the Columbia operation of CIC and merged it with Insurance Office of America (IOA). Rob was appointed to the IOA Board of Directors in 2008 and named Regional President in 2013 responsible for New York down to the Carolina’s operations of IOA. Past roles included: Member of IOA’s Advisory Council 2005-2007, Chairman of IOA Advisory Council 2007. He was awarded IOA Agent of the Year 2007 and Chairman’s Club member 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In addition, the Columbia branch was awarded IOA Small Branch of the Year 2005, 2006 and 2009 and awarded large branch of the year 2012.Rob received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1994. He is a Certified RiskScore® Consultant and is a co-owner of Coral BK. Coral BK is the patent holder of I-Verify, a web based system to electronically verify insurance coverage for all parties. He is actively involved with his church, community, and charitable organizations, social and governmental agendas and is the managing partner of Oak Development Company, LLC, Post Oak Development, LLC and Charlex Holdings, LLC.
John Tenuto is Regional President of the western branch offices of Insurance Office of America, Inc. He founded the first California branch when he joined IOA in 2005, and was appointed to the IOA Board of Directors in 2010. John graduated from California State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He began his insurance career in 1985, developing his expertise at a number of prominent brokerages in both Northern and Southern California, including HRH, Barney & Barney, and Dealey, Renton & Associates. John also founded Tenuto & Associates Insurance Services in 1994, which was acquired by HRH in 2001. His practice focuses on providing his clients property and casualty insurance products and various risk management services. John specializes in representing design and construction related firms. He has presented in various loss prevention and risk management seminars over the past 25 years.
Jon Thurman is a Director and Executive Vice President at Insurance Office of America providing executive leadership oversight to the Shared Services Group of the company giving primary focus to the development of our people and our overall enterprise “go forward” strategy. Thurman received his BA from Jacksonville University in Marketing and Economics. Prior to joining IOA, Thurman held various and diverse positions in the world of commerce ranging from National Account sales executive roles for several international public companies to most recently as a business owner of a mid-sized privately-held company. Before turning to the corporate sector, Jon worked in the privately held investment arena serving as a senior leader in various companies focused on strategic acquisitions, business turnarounds and sustainable income production. Along the way Jon has integrated his lifework and followed his passion of helping others navigate the complexities of their own life’s journey, as they become more of the person they have been uniquely created to be. Jon is married to Cindy and is a member of the LIFEWORK Leadership-Orlando Board of Advisors where he serves in an on-going capacity as a Leadership Coach and regular speaker. Additionally, Jon serves in a strategic advisory and mentoring role for several senior leaders and business owners in a number of privately held businesses.
Chip joined Insurance Office of America in 2014 as its Controller & Treasurer. Before joining IOA, he began his career in the insurance industry where he served for 5 years as the Assistant Corporate Controller of Brown & Brown, Inc. Chip has also held Controller-level positions in the real estate development and legal services industries. He completed his BA in Business Administration at the University of Florida and earned a Master of Accounting degree from Nova Southeastern University. Chip has been a licensed Florida CPA since 2008. He resides in Apopka with his wife, Crystal, and their two children.
Greg joined Insurance Office of America in September of 2012 as Vice President, IOA Group Controller. Greg attended the University of Central Florida where he earned his BSBA in accounting and his masters of science in taxation. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Florida. Greg began his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he worked in audit and assurance services. After PwC, Greg worked at Universal Orlando. At Universal Orlando,he started as the manager of internal audits and then transitioned to the senior manager of financial reporting. Greg left Universal Orlando to join IOA.