Serving Florida since 1979.

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Specialty Insurance began in 1979 as a wholesale insurance broker in Jacksonville, Florida. In March of 2014, William W. Erwin, Jr purchased the company to help improve services to the existing carrier and agent partners. The business has grown in excess of 100% since the acquisition. Specialty is a Lloyd’s of London Coverholder and represents admitted and non-admitted markets allowing them to provide extremely competitive rates across a broad spectrum of risks. Specialty expects to continue to grow significantly through current and new partnerships combined with providing new and innovative techniques.

 

 

Meet the Team

 
 
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William W. Erwin, Jr. (Bill) - President

Bill is currently the President of Duval Brokerage Services and Real Estate related business interests. He is Past President of Duval Premium Budget with extensive experience in Insurance Premium Financing as well as Insurance Agency Management. He has served on professional boards and was the Past President of the Florida Premium Finance Association. Bill served as Vice Chair of the Diocesan Council for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida and has served on the Vestry of St. John’s Cathedral as Senior Warden for the past three years along with chairing many committees. He attended The Bolles School, Tulane University and Jacksonville University. Bill currently resides in Jacksonville with his wife Lynda and has three daughters, Sarah, Mary Caroline, Amelia and son-in-law John.

 
 
 
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Walter Jones - Vice President  |  wjones@specialtyis.com

Walter has earned extensive industry experience beginning with Massachusetts Mutual and Progressive Insurance before starting his own agency North Florida Insurance, in 1989. In 2011, NFI was acquired by Erwin Insurance Agency where he spent two years before joining Specialty under new management. With 45 years of industry experience, he brings great knowledge and strong understanding of agents needs. Walter spends his time traveling and has made a number of trips to the Swiss Alps, Canadian Rockies and even Machu Picchu. He currently resides in Jacksonville with his wife Sandy. He has two daughters, a step-daughter, step-son. Combined, Walter and Sandy have a total of 7 grandchildren.

 
 
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Karen Hingst

Senior Underwriter 

khingst@specialtyis.com

Karen began working with Specialty in 1996 under it’s previous management. She has received both the 2-20 General Lines License (Property & Casualty) and 1-20 Excess and Surplus Lines License. Karen works as a liaison with the agent and insurance companies while rating new and renewal business along with supervising the underwriting and policy issuance.

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Amy Johnson

Underwriter 

ajohnson@specialtyis.com

Amy began her career working for North Florida Insurance in 2006. After NFI was acquired by Erwin Insurance Agency, she earned her 2-20 License and became responsible for all commercial lines sales. Amy is currently responsible with quoting and writing new business in personal, commercial and surplus lines.

Dee Donaldson

Administrative Associate 

ddonaldson@specialtyis.com

Dee previously worked for Duval Premium Budget for 10 years before joining the Specialty team. She assembles all of the policies, invoices and binders through communication with both the insurance companies and agents.

 

Caroline Erwin

Clerical 

cerwin@specialtyis.com

Caroline has been working for Specialty since 2014. She works on binding quotes, filing papers and answering the phone. Caroline is the friendly voice you will likely hear when calling into the office.