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Karen Bolinder Promoted to Chief Operating Officer

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Bradenton, FL – (June 22, 2017) – SUNZ Insurance Company, a leading large deductible workers’ compensation carrier, announced today the promotion of Karen Bolinder from Director of Financial Operations to Chief Operating Officer. In her new position, Bolinder will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of SUNZ Insurance with direct oversight of the policy administration and payroll departments. Bolinder will also work closely with Therese A. Stevens, President of SUNZ, on the company’s overall operations strategy and execution. Read More

Glen J. Distefano Appointed Chief Technology Officer

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Bradenton, FL – (June 15, 2017) – SUNZ Insurance Company, a leading large deductible workers’ compensation carrier, announced it has appointed Glen J. Distefano to the position of Chief Technology Officer. Distefano will provide the leadership, vision and a roadmap for how technology can further strengthen the company’s current and future workers’ compensation offerings, service delivery and overall business. Distefano had been serving as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of SUNZ, including the technology area. He has also served on the Board of Directors of SUNZ since 2008.  Read More

SUNZ Appoints Theodore G. Bryant as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

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Bradenton, FL (February 22, 2017) – SUNZ Holdings today announced the appointment of Theodore “Ted” G. Bryant, Esq. to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of SUNZ Holdings and will report directly to Steven F. Herrig, CEO and Chairman of the Board. In this newly created position, Mr. Bryant will be responsible for leading the SUNZ Law Department across the company including having principle oversight over matters such as corporate governance as it relates to contracts, regulatory compliance and general corporate matters for SUNZ Holdings and its affiliates. He will also play an important part in the growth and development of the holding company’s affiliates, capital raising activities, mergers and acquisitions, and supporting the business development efforts. Read More

SUNZ Insurance Announces $5M Capital Contribution for Year Ending 2016

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Bradenton, FL (January 12, 2017) – SUNZ Insurance Company, a large deductible workers’ compensation carrier with a niche market for Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), Staffing Agencies and large companies, today announced that SUNZ Holdings, which is the parent company of the carrier and wholly owned by Steven F. Herrig, completed a $5 million capital contribution in 2016 to SUNZ Insurance Company purposed for future growth. Read More

SUNZ Unveils New Brand Identity

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Bradenton, FL — June 28, 2016 — SUNZ Insurance Company, which provides large deductible workers’ compensation programs to Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), staffing agencies and self-insured employers, announced today the official launch of its new brand identity. The new brand identity includes a new corporate logo and a re-designed website, It is being launched in conjunction with the staff moving to the new corporate office space in Bradenton, FL. Read More

SUNZ Insurance Retains Next Level Administrators as New TPA

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Sarasota, FL – (May 26, 2016) –  SUNZ Insurance Company announced today that Next Level Administrators, LLC will be its new Third Party Administrator (TPA) effective June 1, 2016.   The new TPA partnership allows for a much closer working relationship and more control over the claims handling process.  It also gives SUNZ enhanced oversight and management of particular vendors working on claims. The result will be a cohesive and transparent claims product for the policyholders, their employers and ultimately the injured worker. Read More

SUNZ Insurance SIU Responsible for 10% of Claimant Fraud Arrests in Florida

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March 21, 2016. Sarasota, Florida – SUNZ Insurance Company and Command Investigations, LLC, its SIU & Anti-Fraud Programming partner, are pleased to share SIU statistics for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

SUNZ Insurance Company is credited with 10% of all claimant arrests and 6.5% of all claimant convictions in the state of Florida.  Additional data pertaining to SUNZ Insurance Company’s results in the state of Florida are listed below:

  • 90 Open Criminal Investigations
  • 11 Arrests
  • 6 Convictions
  • $64,686.02 Restitution Awarded

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SUNZ Plans Move of Corporate Headquarters to City of Bradenton

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Sarasota, FL (March 8, 2016) – SUNZ Holdings, LLC today announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to accommodate the rapid growth and future expansion plans.  The new office space located in the City of Bradenton, FL will provide capacity for increased underwriting, policy administration, claims administration, customer support, sales and leadership functions across the company. Read More

Benchmark Insurance Company and SUNZ Insurance Company Announce New Partnership

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Sarasota, FL – (September 8, 2015) – Benchmark Insurance Company and SUNZ Insurance Company jointly announce a newly formed fronting partnership which will allow SUNZ Insurance Company to expand workers’ compensation coverage to 44 states throughout the United States.  The new relationship also gives SUNZ the ability to offer customers “A-” rated coverage.

Steve Herrig, CEO of SUNZ, said, “We are extremely pleased to have formed the new partnership with Benchmark.  The alliance between Benchmark and SUNZ represents each organization’s strong commitment to providing the PEO and Staffing Company marketplace with the best possible workers’ compensation coverage.  This new partnership continues to reflect our commitment to helping our insureds understand and protect themselves in a risky world. ”

Both companies bring experience, stability, and a commitment to client service excellence, while providing insurance solutions to qualified PEOs that demand top level workers’ compensation services and carrier stability.

SUNZ Insurance Selects Donna Ross as Staff Counsel

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Sarasota, FL – (August 27, 2015) – SUNZ Insurance Company announced today the recent hiring of Donna Ross to join the Sarasota-based company’s in-house legal counsel.

Steve Herrig, CEO of SUNZ, said, “I’m very excited to have Donna join the company at this critical time as we expand our legal department to meet the needs our growing company.  Donna will be a valued addition as we strengthen and maintain relationships with our Professional Employer Organization and Staffing Company clients.”

Prior to joining SUNZ, Ross represented insurance carriers in workers’ compensation defense cases throughout the state of Florida.  For more than 10 years, Ross provided clients with full case management, from initial file review through settlement including all aspects of discovery, mediations, hearings and final hearings.

Ross earned her Bachelor of the Arts from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996.  Graduating in the top third of her class, Ross received her Juris Doctorate in 2000 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.  She is admitted to practice in the State of Florida.

Ross said, “I am looking forward to the exponential growth SUNZ is experiencing and will continue to experience. I am looking forward to using my skills as an attorney to help SUNZ continue to build and strengthen customer relationships.

At SUNZ, Ross’ duties include the oversight of the legal aspects of the claims handling process for its Professional Employer Organization and Staffing Company.