Platform Leaders

Tom Burgess, CPCU

Platform Leader

Tom Burgess joined the Hilb Group in 2015 and is the Regional Leader for Florida. Tom has over 20 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…

John Rhodes, CPA

Platform Controller

John Rhodes is a Certified Public Accountant and joined Hilb Group in 2015. John has over 20 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.

Platform Accounting

Agency Leader

Debbie Liebknecht, CPCU, CIC, LUTCF

Managing Director

Debbie Liebknecht serves as the Managing Director 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

John Carrithers, CIC

Managing Director

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

Managing Director

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.

Steve Buckner

Managing Director

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.

Commercial Lines Agents

David Tollefson, CIC

Insurance Sales Executive

Award-winning insurance and financial services professional with extensive experience in commercial insurance. Dedicated agent adept at managing complex policies and delivering insurance product expertise. Bringing nearly twenty years of superior insurance industry performance.  

Ryan Serra

Commercial Insurance Sales Executive

Significant experience in insurance solutions, real estate management, sales, and client service. Focused on customer touch points and implementation of five star customer service programs. Insurance consulting - specialized in commercial buildings and community master policies. Asset management - emphasis on financial condition, physical plant maintenance, large scale acquisitions and…

Lora Kelly

Commercial Insurance Advisor

Lora began her insurance career at All Lines Insurance Group in 2008. She “hit the ground running” and quickly built a substantial book of business. Lora has maintained success in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties where she has developed an abundance of knowledge for waterfront associations of all different construction…

Matt Breen

Commercial Insurance Sales Executive

CJ Stevens, AAI CMIP

Commercial Insurance Advisor - Certified Marine Insurance Professional

About I am an unstoppable force that always gets a job done. With a number of demonstrated accomplishments under my belt, I never lose touch with what my clients need most. I am motivated to help drive growth not just within my company but also for my clients. Securing my…

Commercial Lines Account Executives

Jason M Travis

Design Professional Liability Specialist

Sue Wilson

Commercial Account Executive

Karen Walesh

Commercial Account Executive

Lisa Wilmoth

Commercial Account Executive

Carolyn Marcus

Commercial Account Executive

Rebecca Gaige

Commercial Account Executive