August/1993: Gary Markel Surplus Lines Brokerage was established
as an independently owned Excess & Surplus Lines Wholesale
Broker in St. Petersburg, FL by owners Gary Markel, President
and Paula (Wachholz) Ross, Executive Vice President/Managing
Our Mission Statement is to continue to utilize our coverage
expertise, market knowledge and relationships with the industry’s
leading insurance companies to provide our clients with the
tools necessary to compete in our ever changing industry.
By utilizing our extensive industry experience, market and
coverage knowledge and by providing superior service allowing
our clients the specialization required to better service
their insured’s needs.
Our focus is on the “non-standard” commercial
risks providing D&O, Professional, Employment Practices,
Environmental, Property, Windstorm, General Liability and
Ocean Marine coverages including ground up, guaranty cost,
deductibles, self insured retention programs for all your
As your Commercial Excess & Surplus Lines Specialist,
we look forward to being of service to you!
NAPSLO, PLUS, FSLA, FAIA, PAIA, IIAGT, CPCU
Barbara Ermatinger joined our firm as Assistant Vice President/Financial
Services Manager. Ermantinger, consider an expert in Professional
Liability established our Financial Services Department.
Moved offices to 1901 Ulmerton Road, Suite 700, Clearwater,
FL and upgraded all IT for Y2K compliance.
Began sponsoring continued education seminars throughout the
State of Florida on various subjects ranging from Internet
Liability, Employment Related Practices, Directors & Officers
Liability to Architects & Engineers Professional Liability.
Moved office to 15950 Bay Vista Drive, Suite 250, Clearwater,
Promoted Michael Sullivan to Assistant Vice President/Financial
Services Manager replacing Ermatinger who retired.