Management Team

Regional Leadership

Tom Burgess, CPCU

Regional Platform Leader
(813) 865-1187
tburgess@hilbgroup.com

Tom Burgess joined the Hilb Group in 2015 and is the Regional Leader for Florida.  Tom has over 15 years experience in the insurance industry as a former underwriter, underwriting manager, agent, and adviser.  Tom is a Florida native, alum from the University of Central Florida and currently resides in the Tampa Bay area with his family.

John Rhodes

Regional Controller
(407) 859-3691 x. 7500
jrhodes@hilbgroup.com

John Rhodes is a Certified Public Accountant and joined Hilb Group in 2015. John has 17 years’ experience in the insurance industry, most of it with large brokers. John is an Alabama native, an alum of the University of Alabama, and currently resides in Birmingham, AL.

Agency Leadership

Steve Buckner

Agency Leader
407-859-3691 x. 7004
sbuckner@hilbgroup.com

Steve Buckner has over 30 years experience in the insurance industry. He joined the Hilb Group Florida team in 2014 and is the Agency Leader for the Orlando Office. Steve attended of the University of Central Florida and is a licensed boat captain.

John Carrithers, CIC

John Carrithers started his insurance career in 2006 while attending Centre College in Danville Kentucky. After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Carrithers joined the agency on a full-time basis. He has since obtained the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. He presently resides in Celebration, FL.

Michael Clarkson

Michael Clarkson serves as the Agency Leader for the Clearwater office. With over 30 years experience in the insurance industry Michael has amassed a vast amount of insurance experience. His team specializes in large Condominium Association and other habitational exposure across Florida and other CAT prone areas.

Debbie Liebknecht, CPCU, CIC, LUTCF

Debbie Liebkneckt serves as the Agency Leader of the Apopka Office. Debbie joined the Hilb Group of Florida in 2015. With over 40 years of experience, Debbie provides experience helping businesses and individuals with all lines of insurance. Throughout her career she has obtained professional insurance designations Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF)