People: Brown & Brown Inc (BRO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

J Brown

75 2012 Chairman of the Board

J. Powell Brown

46 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

R. Andrew Watts

45 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer

C. Roy Bridges

63 2010 Regional President

Charles Lydecker

49 2012 President - Retail Division

J. Scott Penny

46 2011 Regional President, Chief Acquisitions Officer

Anthony Strianese

51 2012 Regional President

Linda Downs

63 2012 Chief Operating Officer, Regional President

Sam Boone

59 2009 Regional Executive Vice President

Kenneth Masters

59 2007 Regional Executive Vice President

Chris Walker

55 2012 Regional Executive Vice President

Laurel Grammig

54 2012 Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer

Richard Freebourn

65 2004 Vice President - Internal Operations and Director - Internal Operations

Robert Lloyd

48 2009 Vice President, General Counsel

Chilton Varner

70 2011 Lead Independent Director

James Hunt

2013 Director

Samuel Bell

73 1993 Independent Director

Hugh Brown

77 2004 Independent Director

Bradley Currey

82 2011 Independent Director

Theodore Hoepner

71 1994 Independent Director

Toni Jennings

63 2007 Independent Director

Timothy Main

47 2010 Independent Director

H. Palmer Proctor

45 2012 Independent Director

Wendell Reilly

2007 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

J Brown

Mr. J. Hyatt Brown is Chairman of the Board of Brown and Brown Inc. In 2012, Mr. Brown served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer from January until April 25. Mr. Hyatt Brown was Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to July 1, 2009 and President from 1993 to December 2002, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of predecessor corporation from 1961 to 1993. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and Speaker of the House from 1978 to 1980. Mr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of International Speedway Corporation, and Verisk Analytics, Inc. (formerly Insurance Services Office), each a publicly-held company. Until May 2012 he served on the Board of Next Era Energy, Inc. He previously served as a director of RockTenn Company, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (“SunTrust”), and BellSouth Corporation, each a publicly-held company. Mr. Brown is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Stetson University, of which he is a past Chairman, and the Florida Council of 100. Mr. Brown served as Chairman of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers from 2004 to 2005 and is a past Vice Chairman of the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association.

J. Powell Brown

Mr. J. Powell Brown is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Brown and Brown Inc. Mr. Brown was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. He has been the Company’s President since January 2007 and was appointed to be a Director in October 2007. Prior to that time, he had served as one of the Company’s Regional Executive Vice Presidents since 2002. Mr. Brown was previously responsible for overseeing certain of the Company's wholesale brokerage operations as well as the public entity business of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries located in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, and was also responsible for the Company’s Service Division operations and for Florida Intracoastal Underwriters, a subsidiary that administers a specialty program offering insurance coverage for Florida condominium properties. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Brown served as profit center leader of the Company Orlando, Florida retail office. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as aexecutive and then as Marketing Manager in the Company’s Daytona Beach, Florida retail office from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Brown has served on the Board of Directors of Rock-Tenn Company, a publicly-held company, since January 2010.

R. Andrew Watts

Mr. R. Andrew Watts has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer of Brown & Brown, Inc., effective March 2014. Mr. Watts has worked with Thomson Reuters for more than 12 years. Most recently serving as Global Head of Customer Administration for its Financial and Risk Division, he has also acted as Chief Financial Officer for multiple divisions with the company and completed numerous acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Mr. Watts was Chief Financial Officer and co-Founder of Textera, a company formed to create a new online marketplace for sale and distribution of industrial textiles, and before founding Textera, he worked as a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Florham Park, New Jersey, Milan, Italy and Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Watts is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Illinois State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science.

C. Roy Bridges

Mr. C. Roy Bridges is Regional President of Brown & Brown Inc. Mr. Bridges serves as director and as an executive officer for several of subsidiaries. He served as one of Regional Executive Vice Presidents from 2001 to 2010. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Bridges oversaw retail operations in the west coast of Florida, and through the years since 1998, he has also had oversight responsibility for retail and wholesale brokerage profit centers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas and, more recently, in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Prior to undertaking his current duties, Mr. Bridges served as profit center leader of Tampa, Florida retail office from 1998 to 2001, as profit center leader of Fort Myers, Florida retail office from 1993 to 1998, and as profit center leader of Brooksville, Florida retail office prior to that time. He is a past Chairman of the CNA Florida Pacer program, and is a past Board member of the Hernando County Committee of 100, the Salvation Army, and the Lee County Committee of 100, and a past member of Leadership Southwest Florida.

Charles Lydecker

Mr. Charles H. Lydecker, CPCU, CIC, AIM, is President - Retail Division of Brown and Brown Inc. He served as Regional President from 2011 to 2012 and as one of Regional Executive Vice Presidents from 2002 to 2011. From January 1999 until 2006, Mr. Lydecker served as profit center leader of Daytona Beach, Florida retail office. Prior to that, Mr. Lydecker served as an executive from 1990 to 1995 and as sales manager from 1995 to 1999 at the same location. Mr. Lydecker is Chairman of The Florida Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA), and he serves as a Director of Associated Industries of Florida, Gateway Banks of Florida and Stonewood Holdings, LLC (a Florida-based restaurant chain). He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Florida Ethics Commission and Vice Chairman of the Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lydecker is a Director of Associated Industries of Florida, and is a past Director and past Chairman of Futures Public Education Foundation, the United Way of Volusia/Flagler (FL) Counties, and Boy Scouts of America in Daytona Beach. He has twice served as Chairman of the Daytona Beach/Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lydecker is also past Chairman of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, past President of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Association of Independent Agents and a graduate of Leadership Florida.

J. Scott Penny

Mr. J. Scott Penny is Regional President, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Penny has been one of Regional Presidents since July 2010 and Chief Acquisitions Officer since January 2011 and serves as director and as an executive officer for several of subsidiaries. He served as Regional Executive Vice President from 2002 to July 2010. Mr. Penny oversees retail operations in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Since 2010, Mr. Penny has also overseen the operations of Florida Intracoastal Underwriters, Limited Company and Axiom Re, Inc. in Florida and North Carolina. From 1999 until January 2003, Mr. Penny served as profit center leader of Indianapolis, Indiana retail office. Prior to that, Mr. Penny served as profit center leader of Jacksonville, Florida retail office from 1997 to 1999.

Anthony Strianese

Mr. Anthony T. Strianese is Regional President of Brown & Brown, Inc. He served as Regional Executive Vice President from July 2007 to January 2012, and serves as director and as an executive officer for several of subsidiaries. Mr. Strianese is responsible for Wholesale Brokerage Division, including Peachtree Special Risk Brokers, LLC, Hull & Company, Inc, ECC Insurance Brokers, Inc., MacDuff Underwriters, Inc. and Decus Insurance Brokers Limited, which commenced operations in 2008 in London, England. Additionally, Mr. Strianese is responsible for certain of public entity operations located in Georgia, Texas and Virginia. Mr. Strianese joined Brown & Brown in January 2000 and helped form Peachtree Special Risk Brokers. Prior to joining, he held leadership positions with The Home Insurance Company and Tri-City Brokers in New York City.

Linda Downs

Ms. Linda S. Downs, CPCU, AIA, is Chief Operating Officer, Regional President of Brown & Brown, Inc. She also has served as Regional President since January 2011. Prior to that, she held the titles of Senior Executive Vice President from 2010 to 2011, Executive Vice President for Leadership Development from 2006 to 2010, and Regional Executive Vice President from 2001 to 2006. Ms. Downs oversees retail operations in Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Additionally, Ms. Downs is responsible for the Company’s Benefits Department. Prior to undertaking her current duties, she founded and served as profit center leader of Orlando, Florida retail office from 1980 to 1998. Ms. Downs is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, and is a past member of the Florida Symphony Board, the Downtown (Orlando) Women’s Executive Council and Presidential Advisory Board of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Sam Boone

Mr. Sam R. Boone, Jr., is Regional Executive Vice President of Brown & Brown, Inc. He serves as director and as an executive officer for several of subsidiaries. Mr. Boone is responsible for the Company’s Services Division and Public Entity operations in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington. Since 1992, Mr. Boone has served as the profit center leader of United Self Insured Services, Inc. (“USIS”) based in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Boone joined predecessor corporation, in 1987, and commenced work with USIS in 1990.

Kenneth Masters

Mr. Kenneth R. Masters is Regional Executive Vice President of Brown & Brown, Inc. He serves as director or as an executive officer for several of subsidiaries. Mr. Masters has been responsible for the acquisition and oversight of Program Division entities based in California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. He served as President of Cal-Surance Associates, Inc., from 1999 until its acquisition by Brown & Brown of California, Inc., one of subsidiaries, in 2002. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Masters served as Chief Executive Officer of the CalSurance division of Brown & Brown of California, Inc. Prior to joining CalSurance in 1994, he served as a Senior Executive Vice President of Operations with Transamerica Insurance Company.

Chris Walker

Mr. Chris L. Walker is Regional Executive Vice President of Brown and Brown Inc. He became Regional Executive Vice President in January 2012 when Company acquired Arrowhead General Insurance Agency and certain of its affiliates (“Arrowhead”). He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Arrowhead, and has been involved with Arrowhead’s business development strategies, product expansion, acquisitions and the overall operations and infrastructure since joining the organization in 2003. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman of Aon Re. Mr. Walker’s insurance career began with the reinsurance intermediary E.W. Blanch Co., where he ultimately served as Chairman and CEO of E.W. Blanch Holdings. He previously served as Chairman of the Brokers and Reinsurance Markets Association.

Laurel Grammig

Ms. Laurel L. Grammig is Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer Brown & Brown, Inc. She was Chief Corporate Counsel from 2009 to 2012, and from 1994 until 2009, she served as General Counsel. Ms. Grammig serves as an executive officer for a number of subsidiaries. Before joining Ms. Grammig was a partner of the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP in Tampa, Florida.

Richard Freebourn

Mr. Richard A. Freebourn, Sr., is Vice President - Internal Operations and Director - Internal Operations of Brown & Brown, Inc. He has been responsible for Acquisition Due Diligence from 2002 through the present. From 2000 until 2002, he served as Director of Internal Audit, and from 1998 until 2000, he served as Vice President and Operations Leader of Indianapolis, Indiana retail profit center. Mr. Freebourn has been employed since 1984. He originally joined Brown & Brown Insurance as part of an acquisition in Fort Myers, Florida, where he was the Accounting Leader and eventually the Personal Lines and Operations Leader through 1997.

Robert Lloyd

Mr. Robert W. Lloyd is Vice President and General Counsel of Brown & Brown, Inc. Prior to that time, Mr. Lloyd had served as Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer since October 2006 and as Assistant General Counsel since 2001. Prior to that, he worked as sales manager and marketing manager, respectively, in Daytona Beach, Florida retail office. Before joining Mr. Lloyd practiced law with the law firm of Cobb & Cole, P.A. in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Chilton Varner

Ms. Chilton D. Varner is Lead Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Ms. Varner has been a member of the law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia since 1976 and a partner since 1983. A graduate of Smith College, where she was named to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and Emory University School of Law, Ms. Varner was honored with Emory University School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. In 2001, the National Law Journal profiled Ms. Varner as one of the nation’s top ten women litigators. With more than 25 years of courtroom experience, she specializes in defending corporations in product liability, commercial and other civil disputes. The author of many books and articles on areas of interest in her practice, she has also served as a member of the faculty of the Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel and regularly presents at bar association meetings around the country. She has been a Trustee of Emory University since 1995 and also serves on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Carter Center.

James Hunt

Mr. James S. Hunt is Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of JobSync, a private human resources technology company, and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he is Chair of the Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Before relocating to Los Angeles from Orlando, Jim was on the corporate Board of Directors of Orlando Health, a multi-unit hospital system; the University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors; and the Board of Directors of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, of which he was Chairman.

Samuel Bell

Mr. Samuel P. Bell, III, is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Bell has been a shareholder of the law firm of Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar, P.A. since January 1998. Prior to that, he was a shareholder and managing partner of Cobb Cole & Bell (now Cobb & Cole, P.A.), and he served as Of Counsel to Cobb Cole & Bell until August 2002. Mr. Bell was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1974 to 1988. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, Member of the Florida Public Health Institute, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Children’s Home Society.

Hugh Brown

Mr. Hugh M. Brown is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Brown currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank of Orlando, the Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Council on Economic Education. He is a past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and previously served on the Florida Commission on Education, and as Chairman of the Spaceport Florida Authority (now Florida Space Authority) Board of Supervisors. Mr. Brown was named Small Business Person of the Year, 1985, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Regional Minority Small Business Person of the Year for the Atlanta region. In 1991, he received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Graduate of the Year Award. He is an inductee of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame for East Central Florida and recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Services Category - in 1993 for the State of Florida.

Bradley Currey

Mr. Bradley Currey, Jr., is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Currey served as Chief Executive Officer of RockTenn Company, a publicly-held manufacturer of packaging and recycled paperboard products, from 1989 to 1999 and as Chairman of the Board of RockTenn Company from 1993 to 2000, when he retired. He also previously served as President (1978-1995) and Chief Operating Officer (1978-1989) of RockTenn Company. From 1953 until 1976, Mr. Currey was employed by Trust Company of Georgia, a publicly-held commercial bank and bank holding company, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1972-1976. Mr. Currey previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of RockTenn Company, and is currently Director Emeritus of Genuine Parts Company, a publicly-traded company, and a member of the Board of Directors of Fresh Frozen Foods, Inc. Mr. Currey is Trustee Emeritus and a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Emory University. He is a Trustee Emeritus and past Chairman of the Board of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a division of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Theodore Hoepner

Mr. Theodore J. Hoepner is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. Hoepner served as Vice Chairman of SunTrust from January 2000 to December 2004 and as Vice Chairman of SunTrust Bank Holding Company from January 2005 until June 2005, when he retired. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Hoepner was Executive Vice President of SunTrust and Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Banks of Florida, Inc. From 1990 through 1995, he served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunBank, N.A. From 1983 through 1990, he was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SunBank/Miami, N.A. He is a past Chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Board, the Board of Trustees of Rollins College, the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, the Heart of Florida United Way, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Beacon Council of Miami, Florida, and the Financial Executives Institute of Jacksonville, Florida.

Toni Jennings

Ms. Toni Jennings is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. Ms. Jennings serves as Chairman of the Board of Jack Jennings & Sons, Inc., a commercial construction firm based in Orlando, Florida, and Jennings & Jennings, Inc., an architectural millwork firm based in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Jennings previously served on Board of Directors from 1999 until April 2003. From 2003 through 2006, Ms. Jennings served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida. She was the President of Jack Jennings & Sons, Inc. and Secretary and Treasurer of Jennings & Jennings, Inc. from 1982 to 2003. Ms. Jennings was a member of the Florida Senate from 1980 to 2000, and President of the Florida Senate from 1996 to 2000. She served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1976 to 1980. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Next Era Energy, Inc., a publicly-held company, SunTrust Bank/Central Florida, The Nemours Foundation, and the Foundation for Florida’s Future, and she is past Chair of the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the Chair of Workforce Florida, Incorporated, and as a Director with the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the University of Central Florida Foundation, Enterprise Florida, and the Florida Partnership for School Readiness.

Timothy Main

Mr. Timothy R. M. Main is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc., since October 20, 2010. He is a Senior Managing Director of Evercore Partners. Prior to joining Evercore in October 2011, Mr. Main worked at JPMorgan Chase, a global investment bank, for 23 years, most recently as a Managing Director and Head of the Financial Institutions Group.

H. Palmer Proctor

Mr. H. Palmer Proctor, Jr., is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc. He is President and Director of Fidelity Bank and its holding company, Fidelity Southern Corporation, in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the bank and the holding company, chairs the Loan and Discount Committee, and serves on the bank’s 401-K, Personnel, Management, and Asset/Liability committees. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and past President of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and as a Trustee of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Allied Financial. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and the Buckhead Lions Club. Mr. Proctor previously served as a Director of the Georgia Bankers Association, as a Trustee of the Professional Association for Georgia Educators (PAGE), as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Frazier Center (Rehabilitation and Education for Disabled Adults and Children), and as a Director of the Decatur/DeKalb YMCA.

Wendell Reilly

Mr. Wendell S. Reilly is Independent Director of Brown & Brown, Inc., since October 24, 2007. Mr. Reilly is the Chairman of Berman Capital Advisors and Managing Partner of Grapevine Partners, LLC, of Atlanta, Georgia, a private company. He is also a General Partner of Peachtree Equity Partners II. Previously, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grapevine Communications, LLC, a group of local television stations. Earlier, he was the Chief Financial Officer of The Lamar Corporation and Haas Publishing Companies. Mr. Reilly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lamar Advertising Company. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Emory University and The Paideia School in Atlanta. Mr. Reilly is a graduate of Emory College and earned his MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University.
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