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Mark Dion

Vice President & Professional Liability Practice Leader

Mark has an extensive background in all areas of professional liability insurance but has specialized in Lawyers Professional Liability. Mark joined Founders Professional in March 2018. He started his insurance career in 2000 as a customer service representative with a local Tampa State Farm agency. Prior to joining Founders Professional, Mark spent over 15 years within various operations functions of Brown & Brown Insurance, including but not limited to lawyers professional liability underwriter, regional marketing manager, and most recently V.P. at Peachtree Special Risk.

Mark holds a B.A. in finance from the University of South Florida.

Mark is a Professional Liability Practice Leader at Founders Professional primarily focusing on coverage for law firms in the Northeastern United States, as well as errors and omissions coverage for other miscellaneous classes of business.

Mark.Dion@founderspro.com

Direct: 813.374.3443

Gwynne Wright

Architects & Engineers Practice Leader

Gwynne joined FoundersPro in August 2012. Gwynne started her insurance career in 1999 with the St. Paul Companies handling Commercial Auto Claims, then in 2003 joined AIG. At AIG, Gwynne was the Professional Lines underwriter specializing in Lawyers, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Accountants and Employment Practices Liability

Gwynne holds a BBA in Management from Marshall University.

Gwynne is the Architects & Engineers Practice Leader at FoundersPro. Gwynne and her team focus on the placement of professional liability and environmental exposures coverage for Architects, Engineers and other Design Professionals as well as professional liability for small law firms when needed.

Gwynne.Wright@founderspro.com

Direct : 727.873.7920

Linda Wright

Senior Vice President & Healthcare Professional Practice Leader

Linda brings almost 30 years of insurance experience to FoundersPro. She joined FoundersPro as the Healthcare Professional Liability Practice Leader in July 2013. Linda’s prior experience includes 6 ½ years with RPS Healthcare, a wholesale intermediary that focuses exclusively in the medical professional field. Her most recent position with RPS was Area Vice President for the Tampa regional office. Prior to joining RPS Healthcare, Linda spent 16 years in leadership roles within the Brown & Brown, Inc. organization. Her responsibilities included Profit Center Manager, Retail Management, Sales Management, National Program Management, and Regional/National Marketing positions.

Linda earned her BA in Business Management with the University of South Florida.

Linda is the Healthcare Professional Liability Practice Leader at FoundersPro. Linda and her team focus on the placement of medical professional, regulatory liability and ancillary lines for the healthcare, life sciences, and social service industries.

Linda.Wright@founderspro.com

Direct : 727.873.7915

Dan Vecchio

Executive Vice President & Management Liability Practice Leader

Dan provides consulting and technical expertise to commercial customers for Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Fiduciary Liability Insurance, Fidelity Bonds and all classes of Professional Liability Insurance.

Dan’s career spans more than 28 years, all of which has focused on management liability and related coverages. Dan has high expertise in publicly traded companies, as well as non-traditional solutions to solve unique and complex management liability problems.

Dan began his insurance career as a D&O underwriter, and underwrote some of the most financially challenged banks and savings and loans in the mid-1980s. Dan was also a retail broker for numerous high-profile companies, including many in the Fortune 500.

Dan is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Dan is the Management Liability Practice Leader at FoundersPro. Dan and his team work hand-in-hand with our retail partners providing solutions to their tough management liability accounts.

Dan.Vecchio@founderspro.com

Direct : 312.219.6588

Chris Monfort

Miscellaneous Professional Practice Leader

Chris has an extensive background in management, sales and customer service. Chris joined FoundersPro in February 2010.

Chris holds a BA in marketing from the University of North Florida.

Chris is the Miscellaneous Professional Liability practice leader at FoundersPro. He and his team focus on finding professional liability solutions for insurance agents & brokers, accountants, title agents and miscellaneous classes of professions. When needed Chris also assists with the placement of small law firms.

Chris is a huge University of Florida fan, Go Gators! He also loves spending time with his family, friends and two kids.

Chris.Monfort@founderspro.com

Direct : 727.498.6505

Raffi Kodikian

Vice President & Lawyers Professional Liability Practice Leader

Raffi Kodikian began his insurance career in San Francisco in 2004, starting on the ground floor as an administrative assistant and office manager, and quickly growing to add Assistant Broker to his resume. It wasn’t long before Raffi was broking his own accounts, with a focus on Lawyers Professional Liability, working both on program business and open-brokerage products. Given the volume of attorneys in California, Lawyers Professional Liability soon became the cornerstone of his book, and since that time Raffi has placed coverage for firms of all sizes and Areas of Practice. His focus has been on California firms, a market unlike any other in the country, though he has placed firms in states all across the US.

Raffi graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 1997 with a BA in Journalism.

Raffi hails from the Philadelphia area where, as a child, he languished as an Eagles fan, but is now known by his newly-earned nickname: Champ.

Raffi.Kodikian@founderspro.com

Direct : 415.850.8503

Matt DeCew

Professional Liability Practice Leader

Matt has over 12 years of experience as a professional liability broker. He started at a National wholesale insurance brokerage as a part time file scanner moving up through the ranks in multiple roles as an assistant broker, service/processing team manager, accounting department assistant, and head agency management/processing system trainer.  Matt specializes in the placement of professional liability insurance risks across a broad range of industries. His knowledge of the West Coast market and the unique exposures presented to businesses in this area of the Country will serve as an invaluable resource to Founders retail partners.

Matt.DeCew@founderspro.com

Direct: 714.865.3215

Stephen Maniscalco

Vice President Healthcare, Life Sciences, Management & Cyber Liability Broker

Stephen joined Founders Professional in the Fall of 2020. He began his insurance journey a little different.  He started in business development for a medical malpractice risk retention group (RRG) which quickly shifted to VP of Operations.  He then owned and operated his medical malpractice focused retail agency before joining Founders.

Stephen is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he received a Bachelors in Management Information Systems.  

Stephen prides himself as a broker who sees risks through the optics of both an agent and an underwriter- proving to be an asset for all of our partners.

Stephen.Maniscalco@founderspro.com

Direct: 813.679.7637

Jaimee Williams

Senior Vice President & Professional Liability Practice Leader

Jaimee specializes in the placement of lawyers professional liability. Jaimee joined founders in January 2011 starting her career on the medical professional and miscellaneous professional teams, eventually landing on the lawyers professional team where she has grown her book of business for many years.

Jaimee holds a B.A. of Psychology from the University of South Florida.

Jaimee is a Practice Leader at Founders Professional specializing in the placement of hard to place law firms across the Midwest and Southeast Regions, as well as errors and omissions coverage for other miscellaneous classes of business.

Jaimee.Williams@founderspro.com

Direct: 727.873.7916

Chris Votta

Senior Vice President Professional, Executive, & Cyber Liability Practice Leader

Founders Professional welcomed Chris in 2022.

Chris joined Founders Professional in 2022. He began his career as a Financial Lines Underwriter in the Northeast in 2007. He served as the Regional VP and Profit Center Leader in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for 7.5 years. Since late 2010 through 2021, Chris has been on the wholesale side with a focus on Financial Lines (Cyber, MPL, D&O; etc.) products as a broker.

Chris currently focuses on E&O, Management Liability for Public, IPOs, SPACs, Private, Non-Profit and Financial Institutions, and Cyber Liability.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Risk Management from LaSalle University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. Joseph’s University, both in Philadelphia PA.

Chris.Votta@founderspro.com

Direct : 727.873.7934

Jackie Jacobs

Professional and Management Liability Practice Leader

Jackie has worked for Founders since 2019. During her time here she has excelled and been promoted to Practice Leader due to her leadership and organizational skills, as well as her extensive knowledge of all things professional and management liability.

Having worked in the insurance industry for 13 years, Jackie knows the ins and outs of the professional and management liability space. Specifically, professional liability insurance for architects & engineers, insurance agents, real estate agents, and financial/investment advisors. Jackie is also very knowledgeable in the areas of not-for-profit and private company management liability exposures.

Jackie holds a B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance from Troy University.

Her knowledge, experience and deep network of relationships makes her a valued asset to our team.

Jackie.Jacobs@founderspro.com

Direct: 813.765.9897

Anthony Bottone

Senior Vice President Professional, Executive, & Cyber Liability Practice Leader

Anthony is a specialist in Architects & Engineers E&O, Technology E&O, Financial Institutions, Miscellaneous Professional, D&O, Employment Practices and Cyber insurance.

Anthony started his insurance career as a professional and management Liability underwriter in 2003. In 2012, he founded a professional liability wholesaler brokerage (Professional Liability Specialists – PLS) specializing in E&O, D&O, EPL and cyber insurance for large and hard to place business. In 2023, Anthony and his team merged into Founders Professional.

Anthony has over 20 years of underwriting and brokering experience. He provides exceptional service and solutions to his retail partners.

Anthony.Bottone@founderspro.com

Direct: 609.339.2104

Kevin Merchant

Professional, Management, & Cyber Liability Practice Leader

Kevin’s journey with Founders began in April of 2018 where he began as a Product manager in the Tampa office providing professional liability insurance to Lawyers.  Since then, he has transitioned into the wholesale sector where he brings his experience of Cyber, Tech E&O, Management & Professional Liability markets. Kevin brings a broad repertoire of experience in the insurance industry which dates back to 2014. 

Prior to his insurance career, he completed his degrees in Public Policy & Administration and an MBA. Kevin attributes his success in life to his perseverance, work ethic, and daily motivational habits.

Kevin enjoys sporting events, playing poker, and traveling.

Kevin.Merchant@founderspro.com

Direct: 727.487.3106