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.
Alec first seeks to fully understand the strategic, financial, operational, and growth goals of his clients. His approach to risk management is agnostic and strategically explores outsourcing solutions via PEO, as well as traditional insurance market coverages, depending on the client business profile. He solves problems in the areas of Workers Compensation, Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Payroll Administration and Property & Casualty Insurance. Alec offers PEO brokerage services through iPEO Solutions, the largest PEO & co-employment outsourcing firm in the nation. He practices insurance brokerage through Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, an award winning and Florida's fastest growing insurance agency. Leveraging expertise of both organizations, Alec fulfills his fiduciary duty to his clients by delivering competitive, comprehensive and scalable solutions.
Alec's focus areas are in healthcare (senior living/long term care), hospitality (bars & restaurants), franchises, private equity, fast growing companies and distressed workers comp.
Alec is a graduate of the University of Florida where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with a concentration in Business and spent a term abroad in Sydney, Australia. A Tampa native, Alec enjoys spending time with his family and visiting Tampa’s historic Ybor City.
Michael Ortoll Jr was an apprentice for three summers at iLeader while he studied at FSU. At iLeader, Michael was helping his father build a leading national insurance & PEO brokerage gaining valuable knowledge and experience in the industry at a young age.
Following that Michael spent his summers away from school coaching kids at camps offering them mentorship and providing a safe place to experience healthy risk taking. Michael has worked with thousands of children and hundreds of staff with none of them experiencing any significant injury because of his safety conscious plans and appropriate staff training.
During the school years Michael worked part time with a national franchise and following graduation he made a career out of it. Michael got into operations and management for a franchise group that has over 5 locations. His management role in the industry brought a significant increase of revenue to the group while minimizing the rise in labor cost, workers comp claims, and turnover.
Michael’s family relations and life experience has propelled him into the industry. His multifaceted experience gives him the ability to quickly understand organizations and their internal risk. Being new to the industry gives iPEO fresh eyes and a unique perspective for clients.