Insurance comes to Anna Maria
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Lisa Brakefield is the managing partner of
Advanced Insurance Brokerage in Anna Maria.
Do conversations about insurance make your eyes glaze over? You're not alone; most people would rather have a tooth pulled than review their insurance policies. If this sounds familiar, Advanced Insurance Brokerage is ready to change your perspective on one of life's less exciting but totally necessary aspects.
Two years ago Lisa Brakefield and her partners opened a branch office of their successful Brandon insurance brokerage firm in Anna Maria. Located on Gulf Drive in the Old Post Office Plaza, Advanced Insurance Brokerage looks more like a trendy boutique than an insurance brokerage office. The sleek bright office is enhanced by a full wall mural of the world cleverly painted by Connie Buckler-Gill.
After many years of owning their own business and working in business management and human resources, Brakefield and her husband moved to Holmes Beach looking for a less stressful, relaxed lifestyle. Their son-in-law, Eric McKinnon, and his partner, David Zamami, were interested in expanding their insurance brokerage firm and viewed Anna Maria Island as an opportunity to provide superior insurance service and a fresh perspective on the insurance industry. Although all partners are involved on a regular basis, Brakefield runs the day to day operation of the Anna Maria branch.
Advanced Insurance Brokerage is a general insurance agency offering all types of insurance. They are members of the SAN Group, Satellite Agency Network of Florida, an alliance of independent insurance agencies which gives them the ability to offer a wide range of insurance products. AIB writes homeowners insurance with Citizens Insurance and flood policies, and is always on the lookout for new insurance carriers who are writing for beachfront communities.
Health insurance is, of course, of national importance and AIB can assist when purchasing individual and group policies as well as Medicare supplements, long term care and dental policies. Automobile, life, renters insurance and marine policies are all available at AIB. They have clients both on and off the Island, and can quote insurance for condominium associations.
Brakefield's goal is to take the mystery out of insurance and bring it down to a friendly local level. Either she or Lynne Cullinan, who is a licensed customer service representative, are always in the office and when you call you get a real person on the other end. Brakefield understands the importance of being available and the importance of service and will help clients wade through the intricacies of insurance. She emphasizes how important it is to revisit your insurance policies frequently adjusting for changes in your family, property and vehicle values as well as national and world wide events. She will prepare a complimentary insurance analysis for anyone and continually reviews policies for existing clients.
In order to provide the best possible service to the residents of Anna Maria, Brakefield will be doing a series of seminars at the Village Café in Anna Maria. The first one on homeowners and hurricane preparedness will be on July 8 at 6 p.m., and on July 20 at 6 p.m. she will discuss medical insurance. She plans on doing seminars on an ongoing basis and if you're looking for information on hurricane preparedness, AIB has some information at the Community Center.
Advanced Insurance Brokerage is offering hands-on hometown insurance services in a casual beachy business environment guaranteed to lift the glaze off your eyes. Brakefield and her partners invite you to stop in if only to say hello and view the great wall mural of the world.
Who said insurance isn't exciting?
Advanced Insurance Brokerage
9908 Gulf Drive
Suite B – Old Post Office Plaza
Toll Free: 877-622-7830
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Complimentary Insurance Analysis