Michael is a seasoned insurance professional with 35+ years of experience.
He began his insurance career with Liberty Mutual as a claims adjuster in 1984. Michael later became one of their annual top producers in the middle market then in national accounts arena throughout the US; with expertise in tough casualty industries.
After leaving Liberty Mutual in 1992, Michael became a principal at Davis Baldwin in Tampa, FL. He was one of the nation's top commercial insurance producers and served on several large insurance firm's broker advisory boards. In 2000, Davis Baldwin sold to Wachovia Ins. Michael was their leading sales producer nationally.
In 2003, Michael sold his stock in a major PEO (Advantec-HR) he co-founded along with fellow principals of DB.
In 2005 Mike started iLeader, which specialized in providing insurance and co-employment solutions to various distressed industries.
Michael's firm, iLeader, was acquired by Wells Fargo Ins in 12/09. Michael was one of their top commercial producers nationally. He concluded his employment in August 2012.
In late 2012, Mike launched a new company, named iPEO Solutions, a national PEO brokerage for large firms.
In 2015, Michael created an Insurance JV with former colleagues at BKS Partners, the 3rd fastest growing agency in the US and one of the top twenty insurance agencies in the US.
His areas of expertise include; Risk Management Services (including claims, loss control & analytics). Solutions for: PEOs, Private Equity portfolio firms, Temp Staffing, HC (Medical Provider Stop Loss & Senior Housing), Transportation, Construction, defense firms & large franchisee chains.
Michael's experience, technical knowledge and industry relationships make him one of the insurance industry's leading dealmakers and highly thought after speakers.
Mike 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 20 $million in 14 years. 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.