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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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Mandy Funkhouser, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Mandy joined LassiterWare in 2014 and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2016. She brings over 10 years of public accounting experience to the company and has worked in a variety of industries, both public and private, ranging from construction contractors to nonprofit organizations. As Vice President of Accounting, Mandy has responsibility for day to day operational accounting, financial planning, budgeting, tax functions, purchasing and contracting, financial reporting, acquisition projects, payroll, carrier relations and the LassiterWare Cares Foundation.

As a member of the Leadership Team, Mandy has been an integral part of driving administrative, financial and risk management operational strategy and monitoring of control systems. She also played a key role in the success and implementation of the LassiterWare stock purchase plan, ensuring that LassiterWare remains employee owned for years to come.

Since joining LassiterWare Mandy has channeled her nonprofit experience far beyond her financial responsibilities with LassiterWare’s charitable foundation – LassiterWare Cares. Mrs. Funkhouser was appointed Chairman of the Foundation shortly after joining the agency in 2014. Her involvement has been significant in more than doubling annual contributions and initiating several community projects throughout the LassiterWare office locations.

Mandy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Robert Morris University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration in 2004 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2009. She is very active in her church volunteering in both children’s ministry and leading the monthly women’s ministry.

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John P. Kern

Executive Vice President of Employee Benefits

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John Kern has been with LassiterWare since 1997 as an Employee Benefits Specialist. His areas of focus primarily reside in consulting with middle market and large group clients. As Executive Vice President of the Employee Benefits Division, his responsibilities extend to daily management of the entire department including client and carrier relations, client retention and division development.

With over 20 years of experience, John’s career prior to LassiterWare includes management in sales at John Alden Life INS Co. and Northstar Marketing. His previously developed knowledge in medical underwriting, claim adjudication, and risk management provides an invaluable resource to the organization. Not only does he bring tremendous worth when collaborating with the agency’s service teams, but he has also held ranks as a top producer at LassiterWare since coming aboard. His particular expertise include strategic planning, problematic analysis, trend identification and technological resources.

John graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science. He is currently serving a three year term on United HealthCare’s National Broker Advisory Council.

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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

Vice President of 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.

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Patricia Lane Schmaltz, CSLE

Vice President | Manager of
Environmental Practice Group

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As head of LassiterWare’s Environmental Practice Group, Patricia brings over 32 years of experience in managing, developing and growing this division. Before joining LassiterWare, she served as President at Lord & Co., LLC for 16 years, until its acquisition by LassiterWare in 2006. Mrs. Schmaltz areas of expertise include pollution liability, risk analysis, and maritime insurance practices.

Upon coming aboard, Patricia immediately earned placement as one of LassiterWare’s top producers. Her collaboration with the environmental team at LassiterWare specializes in developing, marketing and underwriting construction and specialty environmental insurance programs. LassiterWare is one of the only agencies in the state of Florida that have a specialty environmental practice. This exclusive service, brought with the addition of this division and Patricia, has landed it as one of the largest specialty industries within the organization.

Patricia Schmaltz was classically trained in insurance coverage at Lloyds of London. She stays highly involved with the community and our nonprofit, LassiterWare Cares. Currently, Patricia serves as the Director to the Florida Health Foundation, World Animal Care Foundation, and Equine Information, Inc.

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Matthew R. Ostrander, AAI, AINS, CWCA

Vice President of Corporate Marketing

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LassiterWare welcomed Matt Ostrander in 2009 as a Business Development Specialist whose passion quickly lead him into Risk Advising for Community Businesses. Matt’s effectiveness in assisting businesses with all elements of risk management & insurance brokerage positioned him to take on the needs of our state’s larger employers. His credentials and industry specific expertise have made him one of LassiterWare’s top Enterprise Risk Advisors in the Property & Casualty Division. Matt is a proud equity partner and also serves as LassiterWare’s Vice President of Corporate Marketing where his focus is cultivating opportunities & strategizing growth for LassiterWare’s brand.

Matt graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Government and Political Science. He earned his Accredited Advisor in Insurance, Associate in General Insurance, and Certified Workers Compensation Advisor designations shortly after joining the firm. His relentless quest for greater knowledge has made him an expert in strategic risk transfer, human resources, loss control and risk mitigation.

Mr. Ostrander’s leadership skills earned him recognition as a Florida Future Insurance Leader in 2013. His role as an insurance industry leader expanded in 2015 when he assumed the Chairmanship of the Young Agents Council of Florida, served as National Delegate to the Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, and accepted the Vice Chairmanship of the Independent Insurance Agents of Central Florida. Matt also serves as a Board Director of Kids Central, Inc. and a Board Director of the University of South Florida Alumni Association.