Michael is a seasoned insurance professional with 25 plus years as an industry executive. He began his insurance career with Liberty Mutual as a claims adjuster. Michael later became one of their top producers in both the middle market and national account areas 1984-1992.
After leaving Liberty Mutual, Michael became a principal at Davis Baldwin Insurance based in Tampa, Florida. He became one of the nation’s top property and casualty producers and served on several large insurance company broker advisory boards. In 2000, Davis Baldwin (Florida’s largest privately insurance brokerage sold to Wachovia Insurance Services). 1992-2003.
In 2003, Michael sold his stock in a major PEO (Advantec-hr) he co-founded with fellow principals of Davis Baldwin to Trident Capital.
In 2005 Michael founded iLeader Solutions, which specialized in providing insurance and co-employment solutions to various industries, such as private equity, franchisees, healthcare, staffing, transportation, retail, hospitality and construction. iLeader’s was one of the nation’s top PEO retail brokers. Michael sold his firm to Wells Fargo Insurance Services in 2009 and was a risk management sales exec as well as their PEO practice leader. He concluded his employment in August 2012 and shortly thereafter began iPEO Solutions.
Michael’s experience, technical knowledge and industry relationships make him one of the insurance & PEO industry’s leading deal makers.
Michael is a Florida State University graduate and a Miami native with strong ties to the Cuban/Hispanic community.
Gary Kaufman formed GK Associates in October 1993 to serve various industries in the financial, operating & strategic areas. In connection with his work, Mr. Kaufman has served as CFO and COO for several PEOs in his past.
In 2006 GK Associates began its consulting work to save clients monies in co employment (PEO) relationships. Since 2006 GK Associates has saved clients of PEOs in excess of $ 10 million. On average his firm saves their clients between $500 to $1,000 per employee per year.
In November 1995, Mr. Kaufman was involved in the acquisition and turnaround of CMGR, Inc., a privately held employee leasing company. He acted as CFO and COO of CMGR until February 1997, when the company was acquired by a public entity, Employee Solutions, Inc. He was responsible for finding the buyer, negotiating and completing the transaction.
Mr. Kaufman sold in 2003, a $250 million employee leasing company (PEGS), where he acted as the CFO and COO for four years. He was instrumental in the sale and worked for the acquiring Company to guarantee a smooth transition.
He began his career as an auditor with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young, where he remained for six years.
Gary Kaufman, CPA, received his BA degree in accounting from Queens College, City University of New York, where he graduated cum laude with the Class of 1983.