BANGOR, Maine — Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp., and one of the largest independent insurance and bonding providers in the Northeast, has announced the establishment of a fourth office for its surety bond division, Cross Surety Inc., located in Lutz, Fla., to be led by surety industry veteran Douglas Scribner.
Scribner, who has been named head of Southeast Surety Operations, will be responsible for handling the bonding and risk management needs for a diverse group of construction companies and businesses within the Sunshine State’s surety marketplace.
“With Florida poised to become the third largest state in the nation, we feel there’s room in this marketplace for a strong player to duplicate Cross Surety’s successful Northeast business model in the Southeast,” said Michelle Orlando, president of Cross Surety Inc., in a press release “Doug’s knowledge of the surety industry in Florida makes him the perfect choice to lead our new office.”
A native of Maine, Scribner has worked in Florida’s surety industry for the past 24 years. Prior to joining Cross Insurance, Scribner served as an account executive and officer for Travelers Casualty and Surety’s Construction Surety Division in Tampa, Fla. His additional experience working in the Florida surety market includes positions with The ProSure Group, Aon Risk Services, and Amwest Surety.
Scribner began his surety career in 1971 after spending two years as an investment analyst with Unum. A member of the University of Maine’s Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the university with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
“I am profoundly excited about having the opportunity to bring the Cross Insurance brand to the Southeast, and work again with prior colleagues from my career before I moved to Florida,” said Scribner. “Over the years, I have watched the small Bangor agency I first got to know in the early 1970s grow and expand firsthand. Through these experiences I have also witnessed the honorable and ethical manner in which the Cross family has welcomed and treated people. I am extremely confident about the brand I am bringing to this market and to the professional network I have personally established here in Florida.”
“We are very fortunate to have Doug Scribner join our management team,” said Brent Cross, executive vice president of Cross Insurance, in a press release. “Doug’s experiences and broad knowledge of this specialized field makes him a capable leader to continue the expansion of our surety service offerings throughout the country.”
Cross Surety Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cross Financial Group and currently has offices in Dalton, Mass., Lewiston, Maine, and New York, N.Y.
Since its founding in 1954, Cross Insurance has grown extensively through the acquisition of small agencies throughout New England, acquiring nearly 100 insurance agencies in the past 50 years.
Founded in 1954, Cross Insurance has grown from a small, family-owned and operated insurance agency based in Bangor, Maine, into one of the largest insurance providers in New England with 500 employees in more than 30 offices, servicing 100,000 customers throughout the region. Still family-owned and operated, Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corporation, provides an extensive range of customized and innovative insurance and financial products including personal and commercial insurance lines, employee benefits, surety bonds, comprehensive risk management advice and counsel, and specialized products focused on higher education and high net worth needs. For more information about Cross Insurance, please visit www.crossagency.com.