Jeff Atwater names Chris Gardner new chairman of Citizens’ Board of Governors

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the appointment of Chris Gardner as Chairman of the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.

Gardner, a resident of Winter Park, has 20 years of experience in the retail insurance brokerage business with a specific focus in Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance. He has served as a member of the Citizens board since his appointment in July 2011. 

“In his 20 years in the insurance industry, Chris has proved himself to be a person of high character and sound judgment who shares my high expectations for how a corporation such as Citizens should be managed,” said CFO Atwater. “I am confident he has the business background and leadership qualities it will take to further establish defined and transparent procedures at Citizens. It is important to continue to build the public’s trust in the non-profit corporation and better equip it to protect Floridians during their greatest times of need.” 

Chris Gardner is the managing shareholder of Kuykendall Gardner, LLC, a Florida based insurance broker doing business since 1953. Neither the firm collectively nor Mr. Gardner personally has any current business interests in Citizens. He has been a past chairman of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and is a past vice chairman of the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board. 

“I am very honored to be chosen for this opportunity to lead a corporation that protects Florida’s property owners,” said Gardner. “My first priority will be to establish a very clear process for how Citizens will conduct business, which means serving customers in a more transparent way than ever before that continues to protect them during times of disaster and protects the taxpayer dollars of all Floridians.” 

Gardner succeeds Carlos Lacasa as chairman of the Citizen’s board.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.