PRESS RELEASE – FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA,
December 17, 2018
The Florida Association for Insurance Reform, (FAIR), today announced the election of former Florida Insurance Commissioner, Kevin McCarty as the Chair of the Board
of Directors and Sonja Larkin-Thorne, retired insurance executive, The Hartford, as Board Co-Chair.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Board for FAIR,” said McCarty. “What makes this organization unique, is its commitment to advancing the dialogue among diverse stakeholders with the ultimate objective of providing quality insurance products at affordable prices. I look forward to working with Ms. Larkin-Thorne and the
rest of the FAIR Board.”
“I’m pleased to welcome Mr. McCarty and Ms. Larkin-Thorne to lead our Board of Directors and to continue FAIR’s efforts,” said Jay Neal, President and CEO of FAIR. “Together, they have over 57 years of insurance industry experience. I’m certain that their background and extensive knowledge will bring the organization to a new level in helping to achieve its goals.”
McCarty, who joined the Board of Directors in November 2018, served as Florida’s first appointed Insurance Commissioner from 2003 to 2016 and President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2012.
Larkin-Thorne retired from The Hartford as Vice President of Government Affairs and has over 30 years of experience in the industry. She was responsible for managing The Hartford’s regulatory and legislative activities in 14 states and providing counsel on underwriting practices, market conduct examinations, urban issues, consumer complaints, and use of insurance credit scores, natural disasters and financial services legislation. Larkin-Thorne also served as a member of the NAIC Consumer Board of Trustees and was an NAIC Funded Consumer Representative from 2009 until retirement.
FAIR is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. Contact Cindy Campbell, Vice President of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, 754-200-4538, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAIR 2019 Founders Award
On November 29, 2018, FAIR hosted its Sixth Annual Awards Gala and Benefit. Two hundred guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of FAIR, its members, and two outstanding industry leaders. FAIR recognized and honored Jeff Reamer of Southern Safe Construction with the FAIR Founders Award and Paul Huszar of VetCor Services with the FAIR Community Champion Award. In addition to the presentation of awards, former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush delivered the keynote presentation.
The annual event benefits and supports the educational mission of the FAIR Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating safer, more resilient communities through education, mitigation, and reducing uninsured risk. Sonja Larkin-Thorne, Board Co-Chair, and former Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, Chair of the Board of Directors for FAIR
This article first appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of The Demotech Difference, a publication of Demotech, Inc.