Owner of Southern Insurance Group, Tom has been selling insurance for 30+ years in Central Florida. He was born in New York but was raised in Oviedo, Florida where he completed all of his schooling. He received a full scholarship for football from the University of Central Florida where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He started his insurance career in April of 1988 as an insurance agent with Florida Farm Bureau. He worked for them for 20 years. Then in June of 2008 he took an early retirement from Farm Bureau and opened Southern Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency in Clermont, Florida. Tom is married to Tish and has two children, Garrett and Cooper, who both work with the company as well.
Nicole is one of the newest additions to our SIG family. Born in Long Island, N.Y., she has been in the Clermont/Groveland area for 11 years having moving here from South Florida with her husband. She comes from a captive agency with her 440 license and is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Nicole brings over 15 years of Customer Service experience with 5 years of Management. She spends most of her time with her family and friends, but you may spot her most nights at the baseball fields or running around town with her two beautiful children.
Tish was born and raised in the Central Florida area. She started in the insurance industry as a Customer Service Representative in 1986. She advanced her career in 1988 by becoming an Agent. She spent the next 20 years working for two captive insurance agencies while raising her two sons. She started Southern Insurance Group with her husband, Tom Johnson, in June of 2008. She remains active in the accounting department and office management of the Agency.
Chris has been with Southern Insurance Group since September of 2010. Born and raised in South Florida, she comes with a very diverse corporate background ranging from property management, law office management, computer technology and insurance- where she has found her career love! Chris started with Southern Insurance Group as a Customer Service Representative and 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.
Richard has been in the insurance industry since 1998 and with Southern insurance Group since the opening in June of 2008. He is an Agent who specializes 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 (his fishing buddy), Ava (a singer in his band… well not yet) and Lyla (his little pride and joy). He enjoys writing and playing music as well as playing guitar at the First Baptist Church in Eustis, Florida.
Garrett started with Southern Insurance Group fresh out of college at the University of Central Florida in January of 2011. He is fully licensed in all areas of insurance and financial planning. He grew up here in Clermont, Florida and attended East Ridge High School. He is the oldest son of Tom and Tish Johnson.
Cooper is a multi-line agent who started with Southern Insurance Group in June of 2014. In addition to handling personal and commercial lines of insurance for his clients, Cooper is specializing in financial planning. He is in the process of obtaining his series 65 license to offer his clients a wide array of financial products. He is an avid golfer but also enjoys all sports and outdoor activities. He is the youngest son of Tom & Tish Johnson.
Dave 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 Johnson, 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, Dave 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 property and casualty sales management, David has a solid background in consultative commercial risk management. In 2014, Dave 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.
Eric was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire where he started his family with his beautiful wife. They have one little boy who’s smile lights up the room. Eric joined the United States Air Force where he served for 6 years. Shortly after his service was complete, he relocated with his family to Clermont, Florida where became an insurance agent. Eric is easy to talk to and strives to help his clients save money without sacrificing coverage. He believes in building relationships with his clients and becoming their life-long agent.
Heather joined Southern Insurance Group in May of 2017 and currently works as an Agent Assistant to both Garrett and Cooper Johnson. She is very excited to work hard and grow with the agency. Heather became a Personal Lines Agent in 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 doggy children, Teddy and Dylan.
Jorge was born in Michigan but was raised in Puerto Rico. He relocated with his family to Clermont in May of 2015 and began with Southern Insurance Group. He has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and enjoys family time, listening to music, reading, fishing and hunting.
Veronica was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She began with Southern Insurance Group in June of 2019. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant and enjoys helping every client that comes or calls in. Veronica plans on obtaining a 4-40 Customer Service Representative license to continue to help everyone that she crosses paths with. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and is excited to continue to explore the Clermont/Central Florida area.
Customer Service Representative
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 Manager
Jen was born in Port Chester, New York but has lived most of her life in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She has a very diverse work history from a nursery school teacher to an office manager for an Independent Professional Baseball Team. Then her love for insurance started. She came to Southern Insurance Group in April of 2015 with a wealth of experience as a Commercial Lines Account Manager in both Connecticut and New York. She is married and has a lovely daughter.
Kristi was born and raised in Illinois. She moved to Florida in 2003 where she worked for a captive agency for 14 years. After leaving there for another captive agent, Kristi decided that it was time for a change and moved to an Independent Agency. Kristi has been selling
insurance for over 20 years, where she started right out of high school. She
is married and has a beautiful daughter, Kaci, who is their pride and joy!
Jasmine joined Southern Insurance Group in January of 2018. Born and raised in Florida, Jasmine is married with two beautiful children. She has been with our office for a short time, but within this time, she has become a licensed 4-40 Customer Service Representative. Jasmine is currently attending school part time to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. She is a hard worker, a fast learner and a great addition to our team!
Kayla started at Southern Insurance Group in May of 2016. She currently works as a part-time assistant to Garrett and Cooper Johnson, while also attending school full-time to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. After graduation, she plans to pursue a teaching career and spend her life shaping and mentoring the next generation. Although Kayla is relatively new to the insurance world, she has a 4-40 Customer Service Representative license, and her hardworking and fun-loving personality has made her a great addition to the SIG family!
Wendy has worked for Southern Insurance Group since September of 2010 and has a 4-40 Customer Service Representative license. She has substantial experience in the insurance industry, working in all aspects of insurance from sales to claims filing. Since Wendy has been with Southern Insurance Group, she has built great client relationships by demonstrating exceptional customer service to each individual client, no matter the issue. Additionally, Wendy is married and a mother of 3 children. Her love and dedication for her family doesn’t stop at home and our clients benefit from her personality and work ethic.
Brianna was born and raised in Florida. She obtained an Associate’s Degree from Lake Sumter State College. Brianna began at Southern Insurance Group in August of 2018. She currently works as an Account Manager, a role she truly enjoys. Brianna is looking forward to making the insurance industry a long-term career and her next goal is to obtain her 2-20 license, as she diligently works to hone in on her customer service skills in her current position. When she is not working, you can find Brianna singing and playing the guitar as a worship leader at her church. She also enjoys leisure time, laughing with family and friends whenever possible.
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