Meet Michael Tonsetic
Transitioning from previous and shorter careers in both marketing and advertising, as well as corporate operations management, Mike married into a captive agency in 2003.
He quickly received a crash course in property and casualty over the next couple of years when Florida’s 2004-2005 storm season relentlessly ravaged the state where 75% of their clients filed claims with substantial property damage. This early education and immersion into the claims process and the customer experience struck a chord with him and further motivated his passionate insistence on building a service-focused model as opposed to the traditional sales model.
In 2006, when their captive franchisor made the financial decision, like so many national captives at the time, to pull the plug on Florida after the CAT disruption in the market, the agency essentially restarted from scratch as an independent. During this period, Mike became an equal partner and took over the role of president and CEO.
Now, 15 years later with a handpicked team of industry elite and Mike still at the helm, Blanchard Insurance has grown to become a major player in the FL homeowners insurance market. In the expansion, Blanchard has rapidly developed its commercial lines team focused on small-to-midsize businesses and most recently launched a trucking team.
Today, the agency is operating in over ten states and predominately throughout the Southeastern United States. As a creative, Mike has always brought a fresh and innovative perspective to the industry.
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