Trade associate member update

– BB&T – J. Rolfe Davis Insurance –

FFVA has something in common with trade associate member BB&T – J. Rolfe Davis Insurance. Both were founded during World War II and both have evolved successfully with the times.

J. Rolfe Davis Insurance was founded in 1942 by a man who would, 10 years later, become one of Orlando’s most influential mayors. Mayor Davis was known for improving Orlando’s fiscal situation and infrastructure.

Over the years, Davis’ insurance agency grew to become one of the nation’s top 100 large agencies before being acquired by BB&T just over five years ago.

BBT staffer assemble bags of food for a Lighthouse project.

Mark Holmes, vice president of BB&T – J. Rolfe Davis, says that since the acquisition the agency can offer its clients even more. “BB&T is a great company to work for. They’ve got top quality people, good benefits, great products, and a great reputation in the industry. It’s allowed us to expand our product offerings for our clients,” he said.

The agency focuses on commercial insurance. “We specialize in medium to large companies. We offer workers’ compensation, property insurance, commercial fleet coverage and general liability. We also provide employee benefits such as group health, life and disability.”  In addition, the agency maintains a personal lines division.

“Our firm has a niche in providing risk management and property, casualty and workers’ compensation insurance solutions for the Florida ag industry,” Holmes said. “The bulk of our ag business is workers’ comp. It’s always on people’s minds. The ag industry experiences unique challenges such as migrant and seasonal labor and group transportation.”

Lighthouse projects involve a variety of services BB&T staffers provide for those in need.

Over the years, he says, workers’ compensation has seen changes. “Twenty years ago, for every dollar claim, 70 percent of it was indemnity – lost wages when a covered employee has to miss work because of an injury. I’d say 30 percent was medical. Or maybe it was 60-40. At any rate, it’s flipped. About 60 percent now is medical and 40 percent is indemnity. The medical costs are rising every year. And that’s what’s driving up rates. The same thing happens with auto coverage,” Holmes said.

The company also provides educational seminars. Agency representative Charles Cook traveled the state with FFVA last year for a series of workshops on the effects of the Affordable Care Act. “There are so many changes happening with health care … so many questions,” Holmes said. “We were glad to hold those seminars for the ag community. We’ve also done that for our commercial clients and our perspective clients. On the employee benefits side, we do a lot of seminars.”

In addition to client service, BB&T – J. Rolfe Davis is proud of its service to the community. The BB&T Lighthouse Project is a multistate effort in which every BB&T banking location or insurance office participates. The individual locations choose a non-profit organization, most often one of its clients, and goes above and beyond to lend a hand.

“Every February our employees nominate clients they think would benefit from a helping hand,” said Cindy Ockwig, vice president of administration for the agency. “We then choose one and during May and June, we join other BB&T locations in providing a service such as painting, collecting and serving food, planting trees or something else that the non-profit needs. Last year we remodeled a recreation room for a non-profit agency that serves a low-income population.”

This year was the sixth year that BB&T participated in the Lighthouse Project. Ockwig said BB&T associates have donated more than 265,000 hours in volunteer service and touched the lives of more than 8 million people since the project’s inception. Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year.

BB&T hopes its efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support to organizations in need.

Learn more about BB&T’s Lighthouse Project here.

BB&T – J. Rolfe Davis may be reached at 407-691-9897, 800-896-0554 or via email at cbroadaway@bbandt.com. Offices are located at 850 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 200, Maitland, FL 32751.

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