Public Risk

Quality Insurance for Florida's Public Entities

From cities, counties, school districts and beyond – our dedicated public sector professional agents are experienced in risk management, underwriting and claims management services. Our team is here to serve the unique needs of Florida’s public entities. As members of the communities we serve, we have experience in local and state government, and we consider ourselves an extension of your team. With a large and expanding client portfolio of public entity clients, allow our team to take care of your property, casualty and employee benefit needs – so you can focus on shaping the many places we call home.

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Serving Florida's Public Entities

Acentria Public Risk is a specialty practice with the sole purpose of serving Florida’s public entities for property, casualty and employee benefits coverage. Made up of public sector experienced professionals, our team is a specialized division of the Acentria Insurance family, that is exclusively focused on public sector insurance.

We work with cities, counties, school districts and special districts located throughout Florida to provide insurance coverage to meet the unique needs of the public sector.

Acentria Public Risk has the power of a top 15 national US brokerage, yet we bring local expertise with over 45+ offices in Florida alone, with additional locations across the southeast. Our team members live in your communities, and therefore we are familiar with your local needs and risks. We understand that our ability to serve you impacts not just your budgets, employees and assets – but also our communities. We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach in which the diverse backgrounds of our team members translate to more ideas that better serve you. With “boots on the ground” experience in local and state government, we’re always client-first.

Acentria Public Risk provides cost-effective risk management and employee benefits solutions to meet the diverse insurance needs of Florida’s governmental entities, including: cities, counties, public schools, and special districts such as utilities and fire districts.

Acentria Insurance is a Foundation Risk Partners (FRP) company. FRP is one of the fastest-growing insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the United States and is comprised of a network of highly respected insurance agencies. As a Foundation Risk Partners company, our platforms cover the full spectrum of the insurance landscape. We are driven by an innovative spirit and a team culture that is client focused.

Yes, and we love them! We work with both self-funded and self-insured entities throughout Florida. We provide guidance, knowledge and brokerage solutions to help optimize our self-insured clients’ risk transfer mechanisms.

Yes, we offer a full complimentary claims review, which includes a deep dive into frequency and severity claims analysis. We also will facilitate a loss control service plan that is designed to help your staff get a handle on your current claims and reduce future ones to lessen your total cost of risk. Our claims management team of experienced professionals will assist with claim and coverage disputes, as well as assist with emergency procedures and disaster planning.

 Yes and yes! We have extensive expertise in insurance plan audits, review, design/development, as well as implementing wellness programs. Our team builds programs designed to fit your needs and will advise on different risk management options for our self-insured clients.

We offer a full suite of complimentary resources that include: tools, technology and support for our clients:

  • Benefits Administration/HRIS Expertise & Support
  • AcentriaHR Online Resource Center & HR On-Demand Support
  • Acentria Client Portal
  • Certified Compliance Team
  • Onboarding Team
  • Work Safe Pays Mobile App for Risk Management

Yes! Acentria Public Risk has extensive expertise in all coverages public agencies need and will perform a complimentary policy audit to determine any potential gaps in coverage as well as provide solutions for potentially lowering annual costs while reducing your exposure.

Our public sector insurance plans include all coverages needed by public agencies such as:

  • Property insurance
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Law Enforcement Liability
  • Public Officials Liability
  • Inland Marine Insurance
  • Cyber Liability
  • ERISA Pension
  • Pollution Liability Insurance
  • Flood insurance
  • And more!

We have a strategic partnership with the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust [FMIT], Florida Association of Counties Trust, Florida School Board Insurance Trust as well as all the major Independent Risk Placement markets for public agencies. We have achieved the highest status with all the major medical providers and ancillary coverage providers, which provides optimal pricing and deal tension on renewal.

Public sector insurance is as complex and nuanced as public agency administration. We aim to help alleviate that complexity. Teamwork makes the dream work, so we work with you to facilitate a safer workplace, lower costs, best-in-class property and casualty coverage and a higher quality of life for your employees. We provide the back-end office support your team needs so you can stop worrying about insurance, focus on your employees and get back to building the communities we all call home.

Yes, we strive for a year-round, 5-star, VIP customer experience, which means we are accessible, in most cases, with same-day customer resolution. If you would like to speak with some of our clients about our work, we gladly provide references, upon request.

Empowering Local Communities

Hear what our clients have to say about working with Acentria Insurance!

Russ Frakes, Risk Management and InsuranceOkaloosa County School District
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While offering the resources of a firm with a nationwide footprint, Acentria maintains a local feel. With multiple offices in Northwest Florida, Acentria employees live and work alongside OCSD employees and share a common, vested interest in improving the lives of families in Okaloosa County. Additionally, Acentria’s expertise in the area of data analytics and the ability to leverage that expertise to enable well-founded, data-driven decisions contributed heavily to the positive evaluation of their capabilities.
Ken Kilgore, Administrative Services Director/CFOCity of Sebastian
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Acentria Public Risk is easily reachable and always willing and able to assist us with questions or concerns with our insurance programs. When we were unhappy with a denial of coverage for legal fees on a very prominent and political lawsuit, Acentria interceded to set up a meeting with our insurance company officials that worked to our benefit. When it was necessary to conduct a formal bid for our insurance policies this year, Acentria professionally conducted a competitive bid process for us and we enjoyed substantial cost savings. Acentria has earned our trust and we appreciate their expertise and client-focused service
Kirsti Fixi Funke, Risk SpecialistCity of Apopka
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We have been a client with Foundation Risk Partners of Florida since October 2020 and have found their quality of service to be exceptional. The account team works tirelessly to ensure that we are adequately insured while presenting the lowest premiums possible. They are knowledgeable in all aspects of their field and provide incredibly prompt and courteous service.

Public resources for you (for free)

Get to know our team, dive into the details of our public entity practice, use our self-assessment tool, and much more with our free, downloadable resources. Just fill out the form and we’ll gladly send them to you.

Rob Wagner

Executive Vice President | Director of Sales, Southeast Region

With over 15 years of insurance industry experience, Rob focuses on growing organic growth throughout the entire Southeast region for both Acentria Insurance and Foundation Risk Partners. Working alongside both executive leadership and territory sales leaders, Rob is instrumental in producer training, increasing retention and expanding our organizational footprint.

As a self-proclaimed Army Brat, he was born in Fort Benning, GA, but has moved 27 times and resided in 40 different houses… all before college! His father proudly served our country for 28 years! As a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Business Management, Rob also holds an MBA from Stetson University. A producer at heart, he specializes in large property, senior living, management liability and workers’ compensation. He enjoys meeting new team members and finds his personal success in seeing producers succeed.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 22 years and their two daughters. Together they enjoy boating, offshore fishing and exercising.

Mike Freeman

Mergers & Acquisitions

Leading the Acentria Mergers & Acquisitions team, Mike works with those agency principals and leaders who are interested in furthering a potential partnership with Acentria Insurance.  With over 35 years of finance and insurance experience, Mike and his team showcase the various benefits of partnering with Acentria. He works with principals through the initial phases to evaluate agency operations, books of business as well as planning and implementing fully comprehensive migration and implementation plans. He served 25 years in the banking industry in various executive-level positions transitioning to insurance in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer for Acentria Insurance. In 2017, Acentria Insurance partnered with Foundation Risk Partners where his major focus became leading Acentria Insurance’s mergers and acquisitions team.  

Mike is a graduate of Auburn University. He is dedicated to serving his community having held numerous leadership positions including Chairman for the American Heart Association; Chairman Mental Health Association; Chairman Destin Chamber of Commerce and Board Member for United Way Okaloosa-Walton Counties. Mike is a 27-year resident of Destin, FL and enjoys spending time with his wife of 35 years, Yvonne and their two adult children and their families.

Jenny Cirioni

Vice President, Operations
Northeast, Florida

Todd Lawrence

Executive Vice President
Southeast Florida

Rob Wagner

Executive Vice President
Southwest Florida Region

Alan Florez

Executive Vice President, National Sales

Alan leads new business growth strategies and expansion, guides the development of resources and training for Sales Producers and their partnerships with Carriers. With over 15 years of industry experience, Alan also leads the Acentria Public Risk divisions working with municipalities and government entities for their coverage needs. He was appointed to the Halifax Health Board of Commissioners December 2020 and also serves as an Executive Committee member for our parent company, Foundation Risk Partners.

Previously, Alan served as Governor Jeb Bush’s Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Assistant. He is a former member of the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees and currently volunteers his time with the Florida Council of 100, Futures Foundation of Volusia County Schools and the Community Foundation of Flagler and Volusia. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida.

Anne Kraus

Senior Vice President
Commercial Lines Operations

Teresa Fillmon

Vice President
Small Business Unit

Alex Doberstein

Vice President
Benefits Resource Leader

Eric Austin

Operations Lead
Port St. Lucie & West Palm Beach

Luke Wolkers

Executive Vice President
Employee Benefits

Chris Tolland

Executive Vice President
Northeast Florida Sales

Brian Stanton

Executive Vice President
Southeast Florida

Nathan Marks

Executive Vice President
Northwest Florida

Jason Cruse

Executive Vice President
Central Florida Sales

Jackie Shaw

Senior Vice President
Agency Operations

Jessica Parkhurst

Senior Vice President
Marketing & Branding

Doreen Castro

Senior Vice President
Personal Lines Operations

Kendall McEachern


Kendall was a fundamental part of Acentria Insurance. As a co-founder, he brought more than 30 years of industry expertise to Acentria, helping transform the organization into a leading insurance provider. Beloved by team members, carrier partners and clients, he oversaw more than 400,000 insured multi-family units with property values greater than $22 billion, and over four million square feet of commercial office space and real estate buildings. Kendall has received numerous industry awards to include being recognized as a National Top Producer and Agent of the Year by both Insurance Business America and Insurance Journal. Away from the office, he served as chairman for the American Heart Association, actively participated in his church and golfing, watching sports and spending time with his family. Kendall passed away in January of 2021, leaving a lasting legacy on Acentria’s culture, success, industry-wide reputation – and on all of us fortunate to have worked alongside him.

Mary Lawless

President & Chief Operating Officer

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mary brings over three decades of industry expertise to Acentria Insurance. With a strong focus on Mergers & Acquisitions, Mary is passionate about partnering with new agencies and leaders to continue the overall upward growth of Acentria. She works in conjunction with the CEO to lead and deliver specialized sales products, services and industry leading capabilities while implementing business and sales strategies to the Acentria sales team and carrier partners. Mary has direct oversight of all operational leaders throughout the entire organizational footprint and is responsible for operational financials and budgets.

She empowers her team members and because of it, is well respected by her peers and those she leads. Since her time with Acentria, Mary’s leadership has contributed to the agency’s exponential growth from 15 to well over 50 locations, increasing employment to over 700 team members, across the southeastern United States. Due to her leadership and contributions to the insurance industry, she has been nationally recognized as one of Insurance Business America magazine’s Elite Women and serves as a valuable member on the Executive Committee for Foundation Risk Partners, Acentria’s parent company. Prior to joining Acentria Insurance, Mary led operations for another national broker. Throughout her tenure, she has held a variety of management positions in Personal Lines, Select Business and Employee Benefits. Mary specializes in agency operations, partnerships and acquisitions and is truly passionate about developing team members to become great leaders.

When not shaping the future industry leaders at Acentria Insurance, Mary enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, Pat and their family and friends.

Mitch Weinstein

Partner & Co-Founder

As partner of Acentria Insurance, Mitch plays an integral role in mergers & acquisitions. He focuses on seeking out strategic like-minded partners and agencies, across the southeastern United States, to partner and join the Acentria family.

Mitch has over 42 years of business leadership experience that ranges from law enforcement to the finance, healthcare and insurance industries. He was instrumental in developing the nation’s first “at-risk” managed care network for physical and occupational therapy serving the worker’s compensation industry. This network paved the way for a new managed care system, based on incentives.

Mitch is passionate about giving back to the youth of his community. He is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County and believes in helping all young people reach their full potential. He is also the founder of Fallen First Reserve which is a non-profit organization dedicated to financially assisting those family members of First Responders killed in the line of duty and military members killed in action. Mitch also serves on the board for Fund the First.

Kevin Mason

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

As Chief Executive Office of Acentria Insurance, Kevin focuses on developing insurance solutions that strengthen Acentria’s presence in the market and its commitment to client-relationships and exceptional service. With over 35 years of industry experience, he specializes in the overall growth of Acentria is passionate about bringing new talent to the organization both organically and through mergers and acquisitions. Through his leadership and the support of the Executive Leadership team, Acentria Insurance instills a positive corporate culture which has led the agency in being recognized as a leader within our industry as a Top 100 Workplace, Employer of Choice, Best Agency to Work For and several other national and regional accolades.

Before co-founding Acentria Insurance, Kevin served as Branch Manager for another national broker. Kevin holds the prestigious title as an Agent of the Year and five-time National Top Producer. He is also a key member of the Foundation Risk Partners Executive Committee, which is the parent company of Acentria Insurance, while also serving as the National Director for Carrier Relations. In addition, Kevin oversees the Sales Leadership Council, which encompasses sales leaders across the entire FRP footprint in an effort to develop and refine shared resources while offering producer training and development programs.

Kevin received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of West Florida. He is very active in his community and served over a decade on the Board of Directors of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and remains as a trustee, which funds over 14 children’s charities along the Florida Panhandle. He is also a member of the Destin Chamber of Commerce, Community Association Institute and Florida Association of Insurance Agents. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys golfing, tennis, boating and spending time with his wife Laura, and their children.