Insurance Office of America Adds Three Industry Veterans to Franchised Dealership Team

January 25, 2022

LONGWOOD, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2021) – Insurance Office of America (IOA) is excited to welcome the addition of three industry veterans with extensive backgrounds in the franchised dealership sector to its growing team. Chip Sellas, Paul Elliott, and Mat Pope collectively bring more than 60 years of experience in the property and casualty market, providing expanded opportunities for IOA’s business integrations in the franchised dealership sector, including auto, heavy truck, and equipment dealerships.

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Chip Sellas

“In the ever-changing environment of property and casualty insurance, it’s imperative to provide clients with top-tier service and expert risk management,” said IOA Central Region President Ricky Lott. “Adding Chip, Paul, and Mat to our team allows us to expand on the strength of our franchised dealership program across the country, while also providing the depth and value of risk transfer strategies for new and current clients that IOA is known for.”

Chip Sellas has more than four decades of experience in insurance sales, marketing, and underwriting, and he has helped over 250 franchised dealers find the best insurance options available for their needs. Chip previously owned an insurance agency for 10 years and worked with one of the largest property and casualty insurers in the country, specializing in insuring all forms of auto, truck, motorcycle, agriculture, construction, and forklift dealerships. His expertise combines strategy with analytics to provide tailored solutions for his client’s unique needs.

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Paul Elliott

Paul Elliott is an insurance professional with over two decades of industry experience ranging from auto, heavy truck, and equipment rentals to dealerships, construction, captives, and renewable energy. This wide variety of expertise in the property and casualty sector provides him with a comprehensive understanding of risk mitigation, claims management, and financing. Paul’s approach focuses on attention to detail while managing his client interactions with the utmost integrity.

Mat Pope, CRM, has represented the franchised auto, heavy truck, and equipment dealership markets for over 20 years, working with over 250 dealers. As a certified risk manager, he uses his expertise to help clients develop a cost-effective risk management culture that serves the needs of clients and their business partners. Mat looks to identify circumstances that may adversely affect his clients in order to provide appropriate strategies to protect both their business and personal assets.

For questions or to inquire about coverage for your business, reach out to Chip at (813) 431-5800 or, Paul at (205) 908-8792 or, or Mat at (334) 303-3733 or, respectively.


Insurance Office of America (IOA) is the fourth largest privately held insurance brokerage in the United States. Founded in 1988, IOA is a recognized leader in providing property and casualty, employee benefits, and personal lines insurance and risk management solutions as well as insurtech innovation. Headquartered in Longwood, Florida, part of the greater Orlando community, IOA has more than 1,300 associates located in over 60 offices in the U.S. and United Kingdom. For more information, visit