Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, but raised in Florida, David is a proud graduate of the University of Florida. He spent 7 great years as a history teacher at Tampa Catholic High School before going to work for AXA Advisors in 2000 as a financial advisor. His entrepreneurial spirit was tested in this difficult commission-only field, but served him well when he co-founded Employee Leasing Strategies in 2010.
David used his financial and real world background to help grow ELS from a start-up idea into a multi-million dollar agency with 18 employees. His technological innovations, aggressive hiring, and desire to grow the business led to dramatically increased profitability every year. The most important advancement David helped to push was the desire to work with SS&L's most important partners, Property and Casualty Agents. In January 2016, SS&L was launched with this primary goal.
David’s innovative spirit was recognized by Ernst & Young when they selected him as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015. He also truly enjoys supporting local schools and charitable organizations.
Kara is a native Floridian who began working in her families’ business at the tender age of five. Over the years, her parents and grandparents taught her the importance of a strong work ethic as well as the value of positive customer service. After attending the University of Florida, Kara began a career in Product Development and Licensing which spanned a decade. She developed and maintained strong working relationships with high-profile licensors such as Disney, Warner Bros., Coca-Cola and Lucasfilm Ltd. It was these impressive connections which led the Home Shopping Network to hire her as their Entertainment & Licensing Buyer. Kara handled famous musical acts, high-profile movie properties such as Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings, and most of the licensed products sold through HSN.
After taking time off to focus on raising her daughter, Kara secured a mortgage origination license. Shortly thereafter, she was recruited into the PEO world as a broker. Kara easily maintains tight deadlines, pay close attention to detail and provide unparalleled customer service to all her clients and agents. Referrals by those agents and clients quickly propelled Kara to the top of her sales team.
The satisfaction of assisting insurance agents and business owners to secure workers’ comp coverage won out eventually, and Kara left the mortgage world completely behind to launch Siracusa Staffing & Leasing, LLC. As a respected industry professional, Kara strives to provide ethical, professional service to her clients and insurance partners.
Sabbina was born in Venezuela and moved to the U.S. when she was only two. This makes her naturally bilingual and has been in Florida ever since. She absolutely loves living here!
Prior to starting her new adventure here at SS&L, Sabbina was running the front office at a small private school. She is excited for this opportunity to be able to be part of a fun organization working with lots of great friends!
She loves going on new adventures with her husband to places that they have never been and doing things they've never done before!
After being born in Indiana, Naomi moved around to a few different states before settling down in Florida. However, she still considers the mountains of West Virginia to be her home.
Before transitioning to SS&L, she spent a few years working in the same front office at the school where her co-worker Sabbina Barras had worked. She was then honored to become part of Florida State Representative Chris Latvala's campaign in 2016. Over the years, Naomi has accumulated experience in secretarial work, customer service and multitasking, but she is always up for learning something new and she loves to challenge herself.
Exploring unseen places is one of her most prominent goals in life, and she looks forward to growing along with the company.
Originally from Iowa, Jen graduated from the University of Iowa with an English degree and minor in Professional Writing. After almost three years in the educational publishing world where she developed her outstanding communication skills, Jen moved to sunny Florida to pursue her aspiration to work as a certified tennis teaching professional at Innisbrook Resort. After taking time to raise her three young children, Jen embraced the opportunity to return to the workforce to begin her insurance career.
Jen's main goal is to provide clients with outstanding service and accessible expertise with an honest and responsive approach to the complex world of insurance. Her keen eye for details, amazing research skills, and ability to nurture relationships aid Jen in her charge to obtain new business and manage renewal of Workers' Compensation accounts.
Jen lives in Palm Harbor with her husband and three children, and her interests include tennis, running, and teaching AWANA at her church.
Raised in Barcelona, Spain until the age of 19 (allowing her to become "native" fluent in both English and Spanish), Hannah moved to the United States to attend college. It was there that she met her wonderful husband. Since then, they have remained in Florida for the past 17 years.
Hannah has worked in the education system for 12 years, both as a teacher and as a therapist for students with learning disabilities. After taking 4 years off to raise kids at home, she is back and ready to work once again outside the home. She has always been very driven when working and is now very excited to take that drive and pour it into this position as a PEO broker.
A stay-at-home mom of three wonderful children for many years, Mary spent the last several years working as the backbone of her husband's insurance practice. Because of this, she is very knowledgeable in the workers' comp field. She is accustomed to providing excellent customer service, she is very detail oriented, and always puts the customer first.
We are excited to have Mary as a part of the SS&L family. Mary lives in Seminole with her husband Larry, her partner in all things wonderful, business included. They are avid runners and love reggae music.
Larry has over 20 years of experience in the PEO arena. Long lasting relationships have been a significant building block in his distinguished career. As a sales professional, Larry is fiercely proud of his integrity, transparency, and solid communication skills in his business dealings.
Larry is originally from the Jersey Shore, via Greensboro, NC for his Bachelor's Degree. Larry has two sons and they are all crazy for soccer. And he currently resides in Seminole with his wife Mary, his partner in all things wonderful, business included. They are avid runners and love reggae music.
Linda attended Bryan College, a small private school in Dayton, TN, where she studied Early Childhood Education. She graduated with honors and went on to teach for four years in the Tennessee public school system.
In 2010, Linda and her family moved to Clearwater, FL where she and her husband continued their careers as educators. After spending 8 years as a classroom teacher, working with students from Kindergarten to 7th grade in both public and private schools, she decided to make the exciting transition from educating young children to educating clients about the advantages and cost-saving benefits of partnering with PEO's.