Owner of Southern Insurance Group, Tom has been selling insurance for going on 30 years in Central Florida. He was born in NY, and raised in Oviedo, FL where he completed all his schooling. He had a full scholarship for football from UCF where he graduated in Dec. 1987 with a Business Administration degree.
He started his insurance career in April of 1988 as an insurance agent with Florida Farm Bureau for the next 20 years. He then took an early retirement from Farm Bureau and opened up an independent insurance agency in Clermont, FL from June of 2008 to present.
Tom is married to Tish and has two children, Garrett and Cooper, who both work in the company as well.
Tish was born and raised in the central Florida area. She started in the insurance industry as a customer service rep in 1986, becoming an agent in 1988. She spent the next 20 years working full time as well as part-time for two captive insurance agencies while raising her two sons. She returned full time to the business 9 years ago and now handles the accounting department and
serves as office manager.
Susan has worked for Southern Insurance Group since October, 2011. Born and raised in the Central Florida area, she comes from 30 years of working in a Corporate environment. Having received numerous awards during the course of 30 years for Top Performer, her background in customer service have made her an outstanding addition to our staff. As a Customer Service Representative she is responsible for client care as well as administrative support to the Agents. She provides exceptional customer care to each of her clients.
Susan is married, has two children and loves spending quality time with family and friends.
Commercial Account Service Manager
I was born in Port Chester, NY and my family moved to Bridgeport, CT where I lived the majority of my life. I have a very diverse work history. I was a nursery school lead teacher for several years. Then I was an office manager for an Independent Professional Baseball Team, where I helped run daily business and press-box. Then I started my love of insurance. I have worked for a large Independent Insurance Agency in New Haven, CT were I was an Account Manager of a Commercial Lines for 7 years. Then I moved my family to Syracuse, NY where I had worked for Allstate and State Farm insurance. I took a couple of years off from working to take care of my daughter, Adrianna, the best thing that could happened. In my time off I helped at her school and assisted the teacher daily learning. She loved every minute of it. After my daughter’s illness wasn’t getting any better. We decided to move to Clermont, FL to see if the weather would help her. After about a year here she was not sick at all and her illness in remission. Then it was off to work and my love of insurance couldn’t be pushed aside.
Richard has been in the insurance field since 1998 and with Southern insurance Group since the opening in June of 2008. At Southern he works as an Agent specializing in personal lines of insurance including home, auto, health and life. He is a lifelong resident of Central Florida and also holds a broker’s license for Real Estate. He feels this additional license gives him a unique perspective on property protection and the challenges we face in the Central Florida area. He is married to Wendy Bird ( who happens to also work with SIG!) and has three beautiful children, Wayne age 14 ( my fishing buddy) and Ava age 10 ( singer in my band… well not yet) and Lyla age 5 (little pride and joy). He enjoys writing and playing music as well as playing guitar at the First Baptist Church In Eustis Fl.
Account Service Manager
Chris has been with Southern Insurance Group since September 2010. Born and raised in South Florida, she comes with a very diverse corporate background ranging from property management, law office management, computer technology to insurance, where she has found her career love. Chris started with Southern as a customer service representative and has moved up as a full service multi-line agent in 2013. Chris is well versed in personal, life and commercial lines products and has a genuine love for people with her outgoing personality. She also stays very busy with her husband and three children.
Cooper is a multi-line agent who started for Southern in June of 2014.
In addition to handling personal and commercial lines of coverage for his clients, Cooper is specializing in financial planning. He is in the process of obtaining his series 65 license to offer his client a wide array of financial products.
He is an avid golfer, and enjoys all sports and outdoor activities.
David Johnson grew up in Central Florida and studied business administration at the University of Central Florida. Soon after graduation, he secured his state license and began his insurance risk management career as a captive agent with the Florida Farm Bureau. David and his brother Tom, worked together for several years at the Johnson and Johnson agency building a successful book of business.
After working in Central Florida for approximately ten years, David accepted a position with an independent agency in South West Florida where he honed his commercial lines sales and marketing skills. With over twenty years experience in commercial P&C sales management, David has a solid background in consultative commercial risk management.
In 2014, David accepted a position with the Southern Insurance Group to help promote commercial insurance solutions for new and existing clients. The majority of his insurance production is derived from the SWFL market. He makes frequent visits to our Clermont home office to assist producers with prospecting, marketing and sales presentations.
Garrett started with Southern Insurance Group fresh out of college at UCF in Jan 2011. He is fully licensed in all areas of insurance and financial planning. He grew up here in Clermont, FL and attended East Ridge H.S. and is the oldest son of Tom and Tish Johnson.
Born in Michigan, raised in Puerto Rico, recently relocated with my family to Clermont after 22 years in the insurance industry to be closer to parents. Enjoy family time, listening to music, reading, fishing and hunting.
Wendy has worked for Southern Insurance Group since Sept. 2010 and is a licensed CSR with outstanding skills in customer service. She has substantial experience in the insurance field, working in all aspects of the field from sales to claims filing. Since Wendy has been with Southern Insurance Group she has built great client relationships by demonstrating exceptional customer service skills to each individual client, no matter the issue. Additionally, Wendy is married and a mother of 3 young children. Her love and dedication for her family doesn’t stop at home and our clients benefit from her personality and work ethics.
The Garrett Johnson Team
Heather joined Southern Insurance Group in May of 2017 as the Assistant to Garrett Johnson. She is very excited to work hard and grow with the agency.
Heather has been a Personal Lines Agent since 2009, when she moved back to Lake County where she grew up. Before becoming an Insurance Agent, she worked for a new home builder in Port Orange, Florida. She has been married to Ron for 22 years and has daughter attending Florida State University and a son at Lake Minneola High School. She also has 2 doggie children Roxie and Teddy.
Cynthia, an avid animal lover, works with both a local dog rescue & horse rescue, helping dogs and horses to find their
forever homes. Cynthia has 4 rescue dogs of her own as well as 2 horses. Born in Richmond, VA, Cynthia spent most of
her life in New Bern, NC. After moving to Florida in 1989, Cynthia began her insurance career in 1995 as a Customer
Service Rep. with Florida Farm Bureau, and then getting her agent's licenses in 1998. Cynthia left the insurance
business in 2007 to work with her husband, Bill Beckett, after receiving her license as real estate agent. Cynthia is
excited to be returning to insurance and looking forward to a career with Southern Insurance Group.
Joe started his insurance career after serving in the U.S. Navy. Moved from Seattle to Florida right after finishing his contract with the Navy, he is a Lake county resident for the past 4 years. He is fully licensed in all areas of insurance, enjoys quality time with his family, wife and 7 year old daughter Lilly. He enjoys movies, classic rock music and going to the parks with the family.
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