As the founder and sole employee, Jerry brought drive, motivation, strategic planning, and vision to establish Sihle Insurance Group. Since that time Sihle has grown to be one of the largest privately held agencies in Florida, consistently ranking in the “Top 100” countrywide. While following our guiding principles, Sihle Insurance Group has become one of the Southeast’s premier insurance agencies offering the finest insurance products and services through a professional, personalized approach.
We are united as a company, working to provide our clients, employees, carriers and community a partnership that delivers the industry’s highest quality of insurance services. As we continue into the next 40 years, we will proudly deliver service, solutions and success.
With thousands of clients, our team is presented with challenges on a daily basis. However, we welcome the opportunity to overcome obstacles earning our client’s trust and respect. Our organization has sustained considerable growth even through trying economic times, but we have never lost sight of our core values or this belief:
Together we have learned that these things define the strategic advantage that sets Sihle Insurance Group apart from the competition: the ability to take decisive action at the right time, recognize and reward talent, maximize the allocation and use of our resources, and invest in our business and see the big picture.
Lou Mitchell was born and raised in Washington DC, proudly attended West Virginia University. After graduating college he worked for Sears Roebuck in Orlando, in their management training program. There he learned the strong leadership and management skills he would later incorporate throughout his career. After that, he was recruited by a local bonding insurance agency which was his segue into the insurance industry. Lou quickly developed a keen understanding of the bond business, and the importance of reading and understanding financial statements. He furthered his knowledge base by working for a leading construction agency, selling to and managing clients throughout Central Florida until he was offered the opportunity to join the early leadership team of Insurance Office of Florida. Lou joined their team and helped them create operating procedures, manage growth and develop a corporate culture that would pave the way for them to become Insurance Office of America.
Lou ultimately joined Sihle Insurance Group as our Director of Commercial Insurance, bringing the drive, culture and expertise needed to ensure Sihle Insurance Group achieves our goals and vision. Today, as Chief Operating Officer, Lou utilizes the skills learned in the early bond days, monitoring our financial strength, while bringing the leadership skills needed to maximize our team’s performance. Lou plays an irreplaceable role in our company and assists in our vision to remain a leading, family-owned and managed insurance agency for generations to come.
Ken Riccard started his insurance career with the Prudential Life Insurance Company in 1990, following in his father’s footsteps, who was District Manager for Prudential. Ken was a District Agent for Prudential, and quickly became part of the Million Dollar Club. He was later introduced to the property and casualty side of the business, proudly joining the Allstate Insurance team in 1994. As an exclusive Agent Owner, Ken was on the Allstate fast track. He received the Rookie of the Year Award, was a member of the Chairman’s Club, and eventually opened his own office. After several years of storms and hurricanes, Ken knew the direct writer’s marketplace would soon tighten and he made the switch to the independent agency side. Never looking back, Ken thrived in this arena, later joining Sihle Insurance Group in 2009. Ken’s passion, focus, and knowledge have always been in personal lines.
Since joining our team in 2009, Ken has been instrumental in our success in personal lines. Ken brought innovative tools and marketing ideas, which together, helped Sihle become the 28th largest independent personal lines agency in the nation. In 2011, Ken became Director of Personal Lines and part of the Executive Team.
Since that time, Sihle has achieved top-tier recognition with most personal lines carriers, and has continually been recognized as a CHUBB Cornerstone Agency four years running becoming their 8th largest agency nationwide. Sihle has also received numerous awards like the Safeco Presidents Award, American Integrity Diamond Award and Integrity Insurance Chairman’s Conference. Ken sits on several boards and advisory councils for auto and homeowner markets, strengthening our relationships while keeping ahead of the curve for marketplace trends.
Greg Nulph was born in Butler Pennsylvania, but spent the majority of his life living in Central Florida. Greg attended the University of Central Florida and grew up around the insurance business. In fact, his father, Ron Nulph, helped develop and manage Sihle Insurance Group’s Employee Benefits Department until his retirement in 2005. After college, Greg went to work for HRH Insurance of Orlando in their finance department. Always having a keen sense for numbers, Greg was naturally drawn to the finance side of the business. While at HRH, Greg quickly learned the importance of creating detailed reports, further maximizing the agency management system, which provides our leadership team the ability to know exactly where the company stands financially at any time.
As Sihle Insurance Group grew, there was a need for a key person with the understanding of the financial aspect of the business, but one who was also knowledgeable in insurance. It was clear that Greg was our candidate, and he was hired in 2004 to work alongside the office manager and accounting team. He brought his knowledge and understanding of finance, accounting, and insurance to help create new agency standards. This included a more detailed breakdown of accounting, and numerous reports now being used daily in our business. After performing at such a high level, Greg was asked to join our Executive Team as Director of Finance in 2011. Today Greg plays a key role in watching our numbers, and protecting our strength and stability as we continue our growth into the years ahead.