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Leadership

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Ted R. Ostrander, Jr., CIC, AAI

Chairman of the Board

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As Chairman of LassiterWare, Ted has been instrumental in establishing and preserving the organization’s reputation for uncompromising integrity, constant innovation and superior client services. With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Ostrander’s career has included serving as Chairman to the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, Board of Governors for Certified Insurance Counselors and Central Florida Healthcare Development Corporation.

After joining his father, Ted Ostrander, Sr., at LassiterWare in 1973, Ted Ostrander, Jr. became President in 1987. Under his leadership, LassiterWare’s growth has propelled to one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the country. As an insurance industry leader, Mr. Ostrander, has served as a trusted risk advisor to many of the insurance industries foremost executives, investors and associates.

Ted received his Bachelor of Science in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. He currently serves on several task force(s) for the Florida Association of Insurance Agents and Advisory Board of the Central Florida District Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He received The Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award, the highest honor the FAIA can bestow upon one of its members, at the 2016 FAIA convention.

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Doug Childers, Jr., CWCA, ARM, ARM-P

President & CEO

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As President and Chief Executive Officer of LassiterWare, Doug Childers Jr. is leading the agency to new and exciting territories. His passion for excellence has been a part of his character since joining Lassiter Ware in 2005. In his first eight years, he maintained the Top Producer title consecutively. During this time, he showed leadership in building a non-profit niche from ground zero. His skillsets in leadership, forecasting, strategy and knowledge of the insurance business propelled him to President in 2013.

In his current role, Doug oversees the management of the five profits centers throughout the six geographical locations. In 2015, LassiterWare was named to the “Golden 100” as a top privately held company in the Orlando Business Journal.  Doug is extremely active in the community through several organizations including our very own nonprofit, LassiterWare Cares. Under his direction, LassiterWare was awarded the “2015 Humanitarian Award” by the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Spring 2016 “Make More Happen Award” by Safeco Insurance. Doug’s passion for creating a positive work environment starts with treating the LassiterWare employees like family. This was demonstrated with the recognition of LassiterWare in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2015 “Top 100 Companies for Working Families.”

Mr. Childers graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Risk Management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the LifeStream Behavioral Center Foundation, Lake Business Magazine and the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

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John R. Bruneau, J.D., CIC

Excecutive Vice President of Property & Casualty

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In 2013, John joined the LassiterWare agency as Vice President of Property & Casualty. With over 25 years of experience, he is responsible for overseeing the Property & Casualty Division on a daily basis, including production, client retention and managing carrier and client relations.

John’s legal & underwriting experience bring a unique perspective to LassiterWare clients. As a licensed Florida attorney, John consults with clients on contractual areas including: sub-contractor agreements, releases from liability, and other related legal matters that have risk management implications. Mr. Bruneau is also a certified insurance counselor (CIC) and a former underwriter with Travelers Insurance. John collaborates with the agency’s account executives and service teams to provide additional knowledge and expertise in areas such as insurer negotiations, program design, and risk profile analysis. Ultimately, he has played a key role in reducing our clients’ overall exposures and costs.

John Bruneau received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Providence College and Juris Doctor from Florida State University. He stays involved with several volunteering committees throughout the community; in particular, Annunciation Catholic Church.

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E. Scott Bowers, HRCI-SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MAED

Human Resources

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In 2005, Scott joined the LassiterWare agency as the Human Resources Director. With over 44 years of experience, his career expertise includes recruiting, training, performance management, career development, benefits, employee relations, compensation and so much more. Prior to joining LassiterWare, he acquired 20 years of experience as a labor negotiator for several auto supply companies.

Mr. Bowers’s responsibilities have grown to an exclusive in-house human resources consultant for LassiterWare clients. His daily collaborations center on working with the LassiterWare management team in defining and implementing training, recruiting, compliance, workers compensation, benefits and more.

Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Personnel Management from Wright State University and a Master of Arts in Executive Development from Ball State University. He was awarded with the 2012 “Professional of the Year,” by HR Florida, a statewide SHRM entity, and is the current Lake Sumter 2016 SHRM Chapter President.