Personnel note: James Kotas, former aide to Sen. Aaron Bean, now lobbying for FCCI Insurance Group

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Sarasota-based FCCI Insurance Group (FCCI) today announced the hiring of James Kotas as its new government affairs specialist. In this role, Kotas will serve as a liaison between FCCI and the legislative system representing FCCI’s legislative priorities.

“We are excited to have James Kotas join our team here at FCCI,” said Robert Hawken, director of Legislative Affairs.  “His expertise in the political arena will complement our advocacy efforts and will allow our team to further propel our legislative actions forward on behalf of our policyholders and principals.

FCCI provides automobile, crime, general liability, inland marine, property, commercial and contract surety, umbrella workers’ compensation and agribusiness/farmowners insurance coverage in 18 states.

“FCCI has a long history in the State of Florida, and I am thrilled to be a new member of this established team within the insurance industry,” said Kotas.  “I look forward to utilizing my legislative, agency and communications background to expand upon FCCI’s legislative goals and help implement solid political and campaign strategies that FCCI’s membership can rely on for years to come.”

Prior to joining FCCI, Kotas served as the chief of staff to Florida Senator Aaron Bean, where he was responsible for crafting legislation; identifying emerging state regulatory changes impacting Florida; representing the Senator before the Legislative and Executive branch, stakeholders and district constituency; and developing and executing public relations and media strategies for the State Senate Office.

From 2010 to 2012, Kotas served as an legislative aide to Florida House Deputy Majority Leader and Majority Whip Dana Young.  From 2009 to 2010, Kotas served as a principal of JGK & Associates, Inc., a governmental consulting and public affairs firm in Tampa. From 2007-2009, he served as the legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Prior to that, Kotas also served as the director of government affairs for the Victory Group.

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