Partners

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Lee McGriff

Partner
Administrative
lee@mcgriffwilliams.com

Lee McGriff, a founder and partner of McGriff-Williams Insurance Agency, is from Tampa, Florida. Lee earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in 1976. After playing professional football for two years, he became an assistant college football coach for six years. Lee coached the tight ends at FSU in 1977, and then returned to the University of Florida to coach the wide receivers from 1979-1982. He began his insurance career in 1983 by starting his own Nationwide Insurance Agency. Lee and Mack Williams became partners in 1986 and created McGriff-Williams Insurance Agency that has been going strong since its inception. Their partnership remains extraordinary as they continue to work to make their agency better and better with the same enthusiasm as they started with in 1986. Lee enjoys his family, friends, and sports. He and his wife, Margie, have four prosperous children, Travis, Britt, Molly and Lacey, and four grandchildren.

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Mack Williams

Partner
Administrative
mack@mcgriffwilliams.com

Mack Williams is a Gainesville native and graduate of Gainesville High School and TCU. Before making a career out of insurance, Mack spent 15 years working with a family retail catalog business. He received his license in 1986 and has been in the insurance industry ever since. A graduate gemologist who also enjoys golf, Mack spends his down time with his family including his wife, Kathryn, two children, Melissa and Bryan, and three grandchildren. At McGriff-Williams, Mack's philosophy is to do his best to be memorable to his clients -- in a positive way.

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Administrative

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Rachel Velasquez

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Administrative
rachel@mcgriffwilliams.com

Rachel Velasquez was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina but now considers Gainesville home. Rachel attended the University of Florida and received her Bachelors of Science in Public Relations in 2015. Rachel joined the McGriff-Williams team in 2016 and hopes to provide clients with the most up-to-date information in all aspects of insurance in a creative and engaging way. In her free time, Rachel enjoys visiting her family in the Panhandle, traveling, and watching Netflix.

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Alayna DeSalvo-Leyndyke

Business Operations Coordinator
Administrative
alayna@mcgriffwilliams.com

Alayna DeSalvo-Leyndyke is like many Gainesville transplants who now consider 'The Gator Nation' their hometown. Born in New Hampshire, Alayna migrated into the insurance industry in 2006. Her background in Administration has provided her with the ability to assure that the day-to-day operations at McGriff-Williams run smoothly. When Alayna is not at work she spends time attending Gator athletic events, traveling and trying new recipes. Alayna's insurance philosophy is to connect with clients on a personal level to build a stronger business relationship.

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Francheska Gonzalez

Receptionist
Administrative
francheska@mcgriffwilliams.com

Francheska Gonzalez was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida and is a Buchholz High School alumni. Francheska has worked in the insurance industry since December of 2009 and is a licensed Customer Service Representative. Francheska enjoys spending time with her dogs outdoors and trying new yoga poses. Her goal at McGriff-Williams Insurance is to always maintain a positive attitude and ensure all clients feel welcomed and know that they are in good hands.

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Terry Sprague

Terry Sprague

Accountant
Administrative
terry@mcgriffwilliams.com

A Florida native raised in Port Orange, Terry attended Florida Southern College with a degree in Finance and Marketing. Terry and her husband Chuck have called Gainesville “home” for close to twenty years, as it is where they’ve raised their daughter and son, Erin and Christopher. When Terry isn’t crunching numbers she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family, especially at the beach and at Gator functions. As the Accountant for McGriff-Williams, Terry aspires to help achieve the company's financial needs and goals.

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Business Insurance

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Karen Adams

Business Account Advisor
Business Insurance
karen@mcgriffwilliams.com

Karen Adams started her life in Poughkeepsie, New York, but moved to Gainesville from Boca Raton, Florida in 1998 to be a Gator. By the time Karen earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2001, she had already entered the world of insurance as a Claims Call Center Representative with Nationwide Insurance. Karen joined the McGriff-Williams team in 2003 and has been here since. She is married to her husband James and they have a daughter named Lennon. Karen is an avid Gator sports fan who also enjoys yoga. Her focus at McGriff-Williams is to provide excellent coverage, a competitive price and tremendous customer service each and every time.

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Lisa Cameron

Business Account Advisor
Business Insurance
lisa@mcgriffwilliams.com

Born in Arcadia, Florida, Lisa Cameron came to Gainesville with prospects of earning her degree in Business at the University of Florida. Following graduation, she immediately began her insurance career. After a few years in the insurance business, she became a part of the McGriff-Williams team and remains an integral part of the company. In 1998 Lisa earned her Customer Service Representative license. Lisa has two young children. She enjoys watching her daughter, Sophie, practice English horseback riding and spending time with her son, Clayton. Lisa’s personal goal at McGriff-Williams is to understand client’s needs so that she can help them quickly and efficiently.

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Heidi Tapanes

Business Account Advisor
Business Insurance
heidi@mcgriffwilliams.com

Heidi Tapanes is a Florida native. She is originally from Homestead, but now resides in High Springs with her husband Steve and three children, Cody, Chloe and Camille. Heidi pursued a career in insurance at a young age. She is a licensed insurance agent, and has been specializing in the commercial insurance since 2003. When she's not working, Heidi enjoys spending time outdoors, baking, reading and creating memories with her family. Heidi's goal as a McGriff-Williams Business Account Advisor is to provide legendary customer service.

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Health Insurance

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Kacey Anderson

Health and Community Relations Coordinator
Health Insurance
kacey@mcgriffwilliams.com

Kacey Anderson is another Gainesville native who earned her Associates degree from Santa Fe College. She has worked in the insurance industry since 2003 beginning at Nationwide Insurance handling liability and medical claims and is licensed in Personal Lines as well as Health. In 2008, Kacey joined McGriff-Williams where she strives to assist customers with their needs and works hard to build trust with her clients. Kacey and her husband Erik have two sons named Beckett and Charlie. She enjoys spending time with family, exercising and being outdoors or on the water any chance they get.

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Pat Canty

Health Insurance Advisor
Health Insurance
pat@mcgriffwilliams.com

Pat Canty was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama but has made Gainesville home as of 1983. Pat began her career in the health insurance industry in 1989 and has managed policies for businesses and individuals throughout North Central Florida. Pat is a Gator fan, enjoys reading and loves to travel. She and her husband, Bob, raised their four sons in Gainesville. While her children are now scattered around the country, Pat sees her grandchildren as often as possible and loves to spoil them. Pat’s goal at McGriff-Williams Insurance: To be a resource for individuals and business owners about health insurance and the many changes that have come about in recent years.

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Melissa Eberst

Client Account Advisor
Health Insurance
melissa@mcgriffwilliams.com

Melissa Eberst is from the city of Gainesville and earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida. She is a licensed Customer Service Representative and has been working with McGriff-Williams since 2004. Following Gator sports and spending time with her husband, Todd, and three children, Lainey, Gracie and Brantly, keeps Melissa busy in her free time. At McGriff-Williams, Melissa believes that providing excellent service and communicating with and developing relationships with policyholders makes the insurance process a more pleasant experience for everyone.

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Travis McGriff

Health Insurance Advisor
Health Insurance
travis@mcgriffwilliams.com

Travis is originally from Gainesville, FL and graduated from P.K. Yonge High School. He attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship and became a record setting wide receiver and earned All-SEC and All-American honors. He was a member of three SEC Championship teams and the 1996 National Championship team. Travis was a 3rd round draft pick of the Denver Broncos following his UF career and played professional football for seven years. Prior to joining the McGriff-Williams team, Travis co-founded a general contracting company that specialized in disaster restoration. Travis began his health insurance career with McGriff-Williams Insurance in May of 2014. Travis and his wife, Danielle, have a son, Keil, and a daughter, Landri. Travis coaches many of his son’s sports teams, and Landri is his VIP assistant coach! Travis’s life experiences have taught him how to adapt with change, which has been invaluable to his health insurance career, during a time that is continually changing.

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Jade Morgan

Client Account Advisor
Health Insurance
jade@mcgriffwilliams.com

Jade Morgan grew up close to Gainesville in the city of Williston, Florida and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in Summer of 2011. Jade stayed at home to care for her two children, Makenna and Ryder, from 2005 until June 2009 when she joined the McGriff-Williams Insurance team. Outside of the office, Jade spends her time having fun with her family , reading, traveling, working out and going to the beach. Jade enjoys working with people and believes smiles and positive attitudes are infectious.

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Life Insurance

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Nick Deas

Financial Insurance Advisor
Life Insurance
nick@mcgriffwilliams.com

Nick is a third generation Gator and completed his Bachelors in Business Administration with a Finance Major in 2002. While his career in the financial services industry began in Miami where he was born and raised, in 2011 he moved back to Gainesville. Nick and his wife Dari enjoy playing with their daughter Reagan and their son Ryan, as well as watching Gator football. Nick’s goal at McGriff-Williams is one he was taught early in his career: “Treat every client like you would treat your mother.”

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Personal Insurance

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Lee Ferinden

Personal Insurance Advisor
Personal Insurance
lferinden@mcgriffwilliams.com

Lee Ferinden was born in Taiwan and lived in the Phillippines and Japan while growing up. After graduating from high school in Japan, Lee moved to Gainesville, Florida to attend Santa Fe Community College. She later transferred to the University of Florida where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications. Lee worked as a photojournalist for many years and worked for both the Gainesville Sun and the Ocala Star Banner. In 2012, Lee met her husband, and, together, they moved to Savannah, Georgia. In Savannah, Lee was introduced to the insurance world working for a dealership agency. After marrying her husband in October 2016, Lee, her husband, and their three rescue cats made their way back to Gainesville. Her goal at McGriff-Williams Insurance is to be the best agent she can be.

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Courtney McCallister

Personal Insurance Advisor
Personal Insurance
courtney@mcgriffwilliams.com

Born in South Florida and raised in Orlando, Courtney came to Gainesville in 2004 to attend the University of Florida, and never looked back. Shortly after she graduated, Perry McGriff, who introduced her to the insurance business, offered her a job. Courtney came to McGriff-Williams Insurance as a Personal Insurance Advisor in Spring of 2017. When she is not at the office, Courtney stays busy leading her daughter’s, Cara, girl Scout troop, running marathons, and volunteering with various charitable organizations. She’s elated to be a part of the team. Courtney’s commitment to excellence, coupled with her exuberance and quizzical nature, combine to create an agent who will go to great lengths to ensure that her clients have a pleasant experience while finding just the right product that best suits their budget.

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Eryn Hartzog

Eryn Hartzog

Client Account Advisor
Personal Insurance
eryn@mcgriffwilliams.com

Eryn was raised in Newberry, Florida and is a University of Florida graduate. She has been in the insurance industry since 2006, previously as a liability and bodily injury claims specialist. She and her husband Blane have a daughter, Braelyn, and son, Landon. They enjoy spending time outdoors as a family. It’s Eryn’s goal at McGriff-Williams to provide friendly and personal customer service, while ensuring customers have the best coverage for their insurance needs.

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Victoria Loeffler

Client Account Advisor
Personal Insurance
victoria@mcgriffwilliams.com

Victoria Loeffler moved to Gainesville at the age of five from Virginia. A graduate of Eastside High School, Victoria has been a licensed Insurance Agent since 1996. When she’s not reading a good book, traveling or spending time with her husband, Keith, and daughter, Amber, Victoria goes the extra mile to treat customers the way she would want to be treated as a member of the McGriff-Williams Insurance team.

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Michelle Taber

Client Account Advisor
Personal Insurance
michelle@mcgriffwilliams.com

Michelle Taber's interest in insurance began as a high school student working for a life insurance agency in her home town of Jupiter, Florida. Michelle moved to Gainesville to pursue a degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Upon graduating, Michelle worked for a Gainesville non-profit before returning to the insurance industry in June of 2011. She is married to her husband Jared and they have two daughters named Kennedy and Reese. Michelle enjoys cooking, staying active and spending time anywhere near the water. As a licensed Customer Service Representative, Michelle strives to exceed customers expectations by expressing a sincere interest in their insurance coverage.

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Austin Williams

Personal Insurance Advisor
Personal Insurance
austin@mcgriffwilliams.com

A Florida native from Jacksonville, Austin Williams, came to Gainesville to pursue his career in insurance as a member of the McGriff-Williams team. Austin completed his Bachelors of Business Administration, with a concentration in Financial Services at the University of North Florida. Austin began his career in insurance in May of 2010 as a Customer Service Representative and later obtained his General Lines Agent license and Life Health and Variable Annuity license. Austin is a Gator fan at heart and enjoys fishing, surfing and wood working during his time away from the office. Austin strives to make the insurance purchasing experience as easy as possibly while providing the best coverage for the client.

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Bryan Williams

Personal Insurance Advisor
Personal Insurance
bryan@mcgriffwilliams.com

Bryan Williams is a Gainesville native who earned his Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of South Florida in 2004. Bryan is a licensed Property and Casualty and Life Heath and Variable Annuity Insurance Agent. An athlete by nature who played football for the USF Bulls during his tenure, Bryan remains a Bulls fan who also enjoys spending time with his family. At McGriff-Williams, Bryan believes that quality in a service or product is not what you put into it, but what the client or customer gets out of it.

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