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Personnel note: Monte Stevens moves to private sector, joins Southern Strategy Group

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With more than a decade of public service experience, insurance regulation expert Monte Stevens is now moving to the private sector, joining Southern Strategy Group (SSG) as a lobbyist.

SSG, one of the largest advocacy firms in the South, is adding Stevens to its roster of leading Tallahassee power players, who represent a broad range of industries and interests.

Stevens brings with him a wealth of knowledge in all things insurance, refined over years at the Florida Capitol and Adams Street.

After serving in both the Florida Office of Legislative Affairs for the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Financial Services, Stevens joined the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) in 2008. As deputy chief of staff, Stevens oversaw all of the agency’s advocacy efforts.

Along with lobbying the Florida Legislature on insurance matters, Stevens also played a key role in a series of industry reforms for personal injury protection and homeowner’s insurance. He supervised Florida’s passage and implementation  of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Insurance Holding Company System Regulatory Act, and modernizing reserving requirements for life insurers.

With an intimate knowledge of every type of insurance, Stevens has been long considered the go-to expert, and was frequently called on to testify before legislative committees on a variety of industry issues.

While acting as OIR’s representative to Florida’s governor and Cabinet, Stevens helped modernize collateral requirements for reinsurers – establishing some of the first-ever such rules for Florida.

Previously, Stevens worked with the Florida Medical Association as director of government affairs and public policy. There, he assisted in starting significant medical malpractice reforms.

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