2020 President's Message

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 09:27
by Stephen Mostella


2020 President’s Message


Stephen Mostella, CPCU                                        

It is with great honor that I greet you on behalf of the North Florida CPCU Society Chapter.  Welcome to 2020:  a new year and a new decade full of opportunities for success.   

The North Florida CPCU chapter is celebrating 66 years of helping its members achieve their career and educational goals.   Our primary objective in 2020 is to continue this reputation by growing our membership and equipping you, our members, with activities and resources to enhance your understanding of emerging industry trends and overcome future challenges facing the insurance industry.  Your chapter's officers are energized and committed to meeting and exceeding your expectations in 2020.  But first, let's reflect on 2019, where each month we welcomed several new members and designees.   

Based on your feedback, the chapter had insightful, passionate and knowledgeable guest presenters at all the monthly meetings.  The speakers covered several relevant and important topics last year including:  How to Build Your Personal Brand, The Impact of Rising Sea Levels in North Florida, Insurance and Medical Marijuana, Technology and Insurance (Block Chain, Drones & Big Data) and Active Shooter and  Ransom Insurance (CE Credit).   The highlight of the year was our meeting in Tallahassee with Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier where guests heard his perspective on the current state of the P & C market.   Joining us for this meeting were faculty and students from Florida State University’s Risk Management/Insurance department.  

Another major accomplishment for the chapter was being designated “Platinum” status, the highest level possible, by the CPCU Society for our prior achievements.  All the above would not have happened without the commitment and leadership of past officers, committee chairs, and volunteers.   “Thanks” to each of these individuals for generously dedicating countless hours to promote the North Florida chapter.  

2020’s calendar is full of great & fun events including an excellent array of guest speakers, meetings with CE credits and networking events. The April and May meetings are focused on the uniqueness of the Florida Property Insurance market.

Here are the events planned for the first half of 2020:   Be on the lookout for invitations with more details.  

January 29th

Social/Happy Hour (5:30 pm-7:00 pm)

Jacksonville-Barrique Restaurant

February 19th

How to build leadership and career

Jacksonville-River Club

March 19th,

Cross Culture Ethics-Insurance Professionals

Jacksonville-River Club

April 16th

Changing Insurance Consumer Expectations in Florida

Tallahassee, FL

May 21st

Florida’s Excess & Surplus Market

Jacksonville-River Club

Chapter members who have paid their annual dues for 2020 receive a discount on all chapter activities including luncheons/meetings and socials.   It is not too late, so now is a good time to pay your 2020 dues online.


If you know a CPCU or someone pursuing the CPCU Designation (CPCU Candidate), please invite them to a meeting.  


Come to our first event on January 29 to meet your board, and to simply hang out with other cool people.  Also, it gives the board an opportunity to meet you and hear your ideas about how to improve our membership and make the events more beneficial.  


Your other chapter leaders for 2020 are:

Gina Shelsea, Chapter Vice President

(Citizens Property Insurance)  


Michelle Jeralds, Chapter Treasurer

(Brightway Insurance)


Christina Hudson, Chapter Secretary

(State Farm Insurance)


Please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our board.  Let’s make a difference in 2020!


All my best and thank you for your support!


Stephen Mostella, CPCU

North Florida CPCU Society Chapter President



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