Executive Team

Jerry Sihle - CEO

Jerry Sihle
Chief Executive Officer

As the founder and sole employee of Sihle Insurance Group, Jerry Sihle brought drive, ambition, and guiding principles that became the genetic makeup of what Sihle Insurance Group is today.

Valuing education and a hunger for knowledge, Jerry worked himself through college at Michigan State University, and then went on to serve in the US Army. From there ventured into the insurance business, working for Travelers and then Safeco. While working his way up at Safeco, he was drawn to the bonding department, later managing their surety bond department for Florida. While working with various agencies he quickly realized there had to be a better model than what he came across in his travels. After years of the carrier side, Jerry took on his next adventure forming The Sihle Insurance Group. He quickly hired his first employee, Barbara Aldinger, as his office manager, who managed his agency for over 35 years until she retired in 2011. Loyalty, the ability to find the right people for the job, a strong financial background, and keeping his word, we’re the founding principles Jerry brought, that today make up the DNA of Sihle Insurance Group.

Since that time Sihle Insurance Group has grown to become the largest Family owned agency in Florida, and one that consistently ranks as “Top 100” independent agencies in the country. Jerry’s vision is to remain a leading, family-held and operated, independent insurance organization for generations to come.

Louis Mitchell - Chief Operating Officer

Louis Mitchell
Chief Operating Officer

Lou Mitchell was born and raised in Washington DC, proudly attending the West Virginia University. After graduating college he worked for Sears Roebuck in Orlando, under their management training program. This is where he learned the strong leadership and management qualities he would later incorporate throughout his career. From there 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 and managing clients throughout central Florida until he was offered the opportunity to join the early leadership team of Insurance Office of Florida. Lou 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 vision to remain a leading, family-owned and managed insurance agency for generations to come.

Kenneth Riccard - Director of Personal Lines

Kenneth Riccard
Director of Personal Lines

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 has always been in the personal lines arena.

Since joining our team in 2009, Ken has been instrumental in our success in personal lines. Bringing the innovative tools and marketing ideas, that 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. We have 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 council’s for Auto and Homeowner markets, strengthening our relationships while keeping ahead of the curve on the marketplace trends.

Greg Nulph - Director of Finance

Greg Nulph
Director of Finance

Greg Nulph was born in Butler Pennsylvania, but spent the majority of his life living in Central Florida, where he attended the University of Central Florida. Greg 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. Appreciating the world of black and white, there are no shades of gray for this guy, he leaves that for the sales team. While at HRH, Greg quickly learned the importance of creating detailed reports, further maximizing the agency management system, which provides leadership the ability to know exactly where they stand 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 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 and vision over the coming years.