Executive Team

Executive Team

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Jeff's career began in the London Insurance Markets where he trained at Lloyd's of London. He completed his training at Willis Faber & Dumas where he brokered business to Lloyd's underwriters. As CEO, Jeff supervises the agency's production operations including sales, underwriting, and marketing.

He is a graduate of American University and a former research analyst at the Brookings Think Tank. For the past 25 years, Jeff's career in insurance has primarily focused on the banking industry. Jeff served on the board of Intercredit Bank for more than 16 years where he held the position of Investment Committee Chairman.

In addition, he has been named to the Board of Directors of Baptist Hospital and he also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Committee and the Florida Grand Opera where he is co-chairman of the Opera's Crescendo Circle.

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Ivor began his professional career in Public Accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Cape Town, South Africa. After moving to the United States, Ivor joined Laventhol & Horwath in Coral Gables, Florida in the accounting and auditing practice. Ivor has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Margo Corp., a NASDAQ publicly listed company, and Chief Financial Officer of The BSP Group, a private communications company where his responsibilities included all aspects of the company's financial and management accounting, internal controls, treasury, and human resources. Ivor serves on the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Committee and is immediate past president of the AIPAC Broward County and is a member of the Beacon Council's Aviation Committee. Ivor is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and has completed the Executive Education Program at Wharton School of Business.

 

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Karen Samuels brings over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry with particular emphasis in professional liability, executive protection and the life sciences. Her career focus is characterized by executive brokerage management, custom insurance product development and risk management portfolio oversight, predominantly in respect of large professional firms and life science corporations. Ms. Samuels is considered an expert in policy form construction and wording by clients and industry colleagues in the domestic and global insurance marketplace. Karen most recently served as Vice President of XN Specialty Risk and previously as President of Allied Risk Consulting, Inc. Karen's earlier experience spanned over 18 years in leadership roles with USI Florida-Southeast, a subsidiary of USI Holdings, as Senior Vice President, and as Executive Vice President of Century Financial Services/Summit Global Partners. Karen is an active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and serves as a Business Partner and School Advisory Council member in the School District of Palm Beach County.

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Craig joined the CEIS/MDW Insurance Group as part of the company's acquisition of Genesis Risk Advisors. As one of the founding partners of Genesis, he was responsible for overseeing business development, recruiting and strategic planning for both the Property & Casualty and Human Capital Resources Divisions. Prior to forming Genesis Risk Advisors, Craig held the position of Senior Vice President for USI Insurance Services- Commercial Lines Division, the largest privately held Insurance Brokerage firm in the US. As an architect of insurance programs, Craig's unique consultative, risk management approach to insurance includes a diagnostic review of a client's Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Executive Benefits, and Human Resources programs. Throughout his career, Craig has developed specializations in the following industry segments: Professional Services Firms (Law Firms, CPA Firms, Architects & Engineering Firms), Hospitality, Real Estate, Condominium Associations and Retail & Wholesale Distribution. Craig is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a degree in Finance. He currently holds the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

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Chuck has been a Consultative Insurance Broker in South Florida for over 30 years. Throughout his career, Charles has specialized in custom designing Executive Benefits and Group Employee Benefits plans for business owners and executives, taking into account the potential financial risks they will face throughout life. Chuck joined the CEIS/MDW Insurance Group as part of the company's acquisition of Genesis Risk Advisors. As one of the founding partners of Genesis, he was responsible for overseeing business development, recruiting and strategic planning for the Executive Benefits Division. Prior to forming Genesis Risk Advisors, Chuck held the position of Vice President for USI Insurance Services- Wealth Management Division, the largest privately held Insurance Brokerage firm in the US. Chuck is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York.



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Gary Farbish is a partner in the CEIS/MDW Insurance Group in Coral Gables, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Insurance Risk Management and Finance, he immediately entered the insurance industry. Gary's career in insurance spans more than 30 years, both Commercial Lines and Group Benefits Producer.

At CEIS/MDW, Gary capitalizes on a wide range of skills developed during his tenure as Sales Manager and Partner of a local independent agency.  In 1998, that agency was acquired by a National Brokerage firm, and Gary served as VP of their Commercial Lines Division overseeing $60 million of commercial premiums for the Tri-County area.

Throughout his career, he has had extensive experience working with non-profit and social service organizations, professional firms, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, large real estate developers, and high net-worth clients. At CEIS/MDW Insurance Group, Gary chairs the agency's not-for-profit and social service organizations client specialty group.

Gary Farbish has strong philanthropic ties and believes wholeheartedly in giving back to the community in which he resides.  He is an avid supporter of organizations such as Teach for America, ChildNet, and Big City Mountaineers.  Among his many affiliations and directorships over the years, Gary has been proud to serve:

  • Independent Agents Association of Dade County, Past  President
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Member
  • Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Not for Profit Chapter
  • American Heart Association, Silver Sponsor
  • Sits on the Advisory Council For National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
  • Past Board Member of Easter Seals of South Florida
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Janette's career in the insurance industry spans more than 23 years in commercial and personal lines. Prior to joining CEIS/MDW, Janette served as Marketing Manager and Commercial Lines Manager for Gil Garden, Avetrani Insurance Group, LLC, and as Commercial Lines Marketing Representative with Collinsworth, Alter, Nielson, Fowler & Dowling. Janette has expertise in risk analysis, underwriting, and negotiations with admitted carriers and surplus lines brokers. Jeanette holds the designation of Certified Insurance Broker (CIC).