David Alter, CPCU, AAI, AMIM, CRISSenior Vice President
With an illustrious career of more than 40 years in the insurance industry, David shares his wealth of information and experience by servicing his clients in the construction industry as well as manufacturing and commercial real estate to the highest level. As a leading insurance agent for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & rench, and with an eagerness to continuously evolve and grow, David has taken advanced courses and earned the professional designations of CPCU, AAI, AMIM and CRIS. He has always had a strong desire to learn and broaden his knowledge and skills by continuing to take insurance related courses.
David received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and entered the workforce with the attributes of dedication, loyalty and hard work. He is extremely passionate about doing what he can to give back and for almost ten years, David was active in purchasing and sending “goodies” to deployed military troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This speaks volumes to the kind of person he is and what he is willing to do to help others. No matter what the task is, he goes above and beyond to help others both personally and professionally.
David and his wife, Sandy, live in Broward County and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren who fortunately live nearby. He also loves escaping to North Carolina where he can spend quality time with family and friends enjoying the outdoors and the change of seasons which is quite a contrast from the South Florida lifestyle – he’s lucky to get the best of both worlds.
For nearly 15 years, Justin has proven himself as a strong risk advisor for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French with a specialized area of focus in construction. With a balanced concentration on growth and retention, Justin's responsibilities include developing new business connections while maintaining solid client relationships by meeting/exceeding insurance support expectations. In his position as Construction Practice Leader for CAFF, Justin's success at securing long- term client relationships while maintaining continued new business growth highlights his work ethic and ethical expertise within the construction space, this has enabled him to build a reputation as one of the "Go-to-Guys" in the industry.
Justin holds the following designations: Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and Certified Workers Compensation Underwriter (CWCU). Through this extensive training and more than a decade of hands-on involvement, he has obtained a comprehensive understanding of risk management in the construction industry which he shares with his clients to help ensure their success.
Justin is a motivated self-starter, a strategic thinker, and passionate career-minded professional. He is a native of South Florida who values spending time with family and enjoying many of the outdoor activities that the Florida lifestyle offers such as fishing, boating and golf.
As an Insurance Program Specialist for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Richard focuses on building and maintaining strong client relationships, servicing client accounts and securing new business opportunities. On a daily basis, he works with clients and other team members to assess client’s objectives and develop a comprehensive program to meet those goals.
Richard's illustrious career with CAFF spans more than three decades specializing in the construction industry. Throughout this time, he has served as one of the primary expert resources and point of contact for clients. He possesses strong decision-making abilities and is an innovative thinker.
Richard is extremely committed and passionate about his work and he is a born leader. His dynamic personality, drive and impressive achievements have undoubtedly been an instrumental part of CAFF’s growth. He continually strives to build transparent, honest and reliable working relationship with clients and he has direct hands-on experience with clients.
Richard was born and raised in South Florida and currently resides in Southwest Ranches. Among his diverse hobbies, his favorite includes collecting classic cars and auto memorabilia.
As a Commercial Insurance Specialist for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Michael’s responsibilities include risk assessment and insurance program development for the construction industry. His primary focus is annual practice programs (General Liability, Auto, Property, Workers’ Compensation, Executive Package, & CPPI) and project specific programs (OCIP/CCIP, Builder’s Risk & OPPI).
Michael possesses nearly 20 years of construction insurance and risk anagement experience. He began his career in the industry on the corporate side where his focus was on loss control, claims management and underwriting for construction risks. He made the switch to the agency side joining CAFF more than 15 years ago.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business at Florida State University. He was honored with the prestigious 2017 Latin Builders Association Agent of the Year Award as well as the Trusted Insurance Advisor designation from The Hartford. Michael is a long-standing and active member of multiple construction associations including ABC, AGC, ´CASF, ECA and FTBA.
He was born and raised in South Florida and currently resides in South Miami with his wife and two beautiful and rambunctious children. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, working with his son’s football team and attending his daughter’s dance recitals.
As a Risk Manager for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Eric is ultimately responsible for ensuring that CAFF clients secure their reputation and profitability by controlling risk. In his position, he oversees, monitors, and advises clients on various types of risk including business, financial, legal and security. He helps to improve safety and identify potential threats to his clients’ businesses. He excels at creating planned solutions that help mitigate potential risks for his clients.
Eric is a highly perceptive and a methodical professional. He has the talent and ability to communicate effectively the programs best suited to his clients’ needs. His career spans 14 years in the industry with a strong focus on construction and large property programs. Prior to joining CAFF, he spent nearly a decade at Brown & Brown where he gained valuable experience. He has earned the professional designations of Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) as well as Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). His background also includes being the Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of South Florida.
Eric was born and raised in Miami and is a University of Miami graduate. He loves all that the South Florida lifestyle offers – boating, fishing, and the opportunity to play sports year-round. He currently lives in Miami Lakes and is the proud father of 4.
Mel has specialized in commercial, construction and personal lines insurance for over 35 years. Many of his clients have been with Mel since he started in the industry, which is an excellent testament to his ability, service and integrity.
He believes that there are two key elements to being a good agent: Understanding your client’s needs and designing coverage plans that meet those needs, and once this is accomplished, service the heck out of the account! Mel’s unique problem solving abilities help him handle unusual and hard to place coverages, because of his creative approach.
A native New Yorker, Mel, along with his wife and daughter currently reside in Miami Beach.
As one of Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French’s Commercial Insurance & Risk Advisors, Andy’s main emphasis is securing new business and building strong client relationships. He is tasked with protecting client’s assets while allowing them to focus on their core areas of business. As a trusted insurance advisor, Andy takes great pride in helping clients increase their bottom-line and identifying their unique selling proposition.
Andy is a motivated and driven professional who has the ability to work both independently and as a dedicated team player. He is an experienced sales executive who thrives on closing the deal. In addition, his strong interpersonal and analytical skills give him the tools to succeed in his position . Andy earned his AA Degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade College and he possesses a 2-20 Property & Casualty General Lines Agent License.
Andy’s passions include fitness and sports and he enjoys concert-going and listening to R&B Music. Just to give you an idea of his musical tastes, his favorite artists are Anita Baker and Phill Collins.
As a Commercial Insurance & Risk Advisor for CAFF, Rich’s primary responsibilities include protecting client’s assets, reducing costs to enhance cashflow, and creating an overall ease of business so that clients can focus on their core revenue-generating tasks. His areas of focus include specialty trade contractors, manufacturers, and commercial property owners. Rich prides himself on being a trusted advisor to firms in these industries to help them increase profitability and to differentiate themselves from the competition. He places great emphasis on securing new clients while maintaining strong relationships with existing clients.
Prior to joining CAFF, Rich worked at a small Fort Lauderdale independent agency where he gained valuable industry experience. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Florida State University and possesses a 2-20 Property & Casualty General Lines Agent License.
Rich resides in Fort Lauderdale and enjoys spending as much quality time as he can in the South Florida sun, especially with his dog. He is an avid gym enthusiast and thrives playing competitive sports. One of Rich’s interesting hobbies is producing electronic music that he shares with DJs, so you just may have heard one of his tracks at some of the area’s local bars and clubs.
As a Vice President of Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Alyssa’s primary responsibilities include cultivating and strengthening client relationships by providing exceptional service, managing complex insurance placements, and advising on strategies to strengthen organizational risk management.
Alyssa brings with her the experience and expertise of nearly 20 years in the construction and risk management industries. Alyssa is skilled at understanding and effectively communicating complex risk and insurance issues to clients, developing strong working relationships with brokers and carriers, and creating innovative solutions to overcome the industry’s unique challenges.
Prior to joining CAFF, Alyssa held a variety of positions in the construction industry, and was most recently the Director of Risk Management for Broaddus Construction in Austin, Texas and the Risk Manager for Kaufman Lynn Construction in Delray Beach, Florida.
She is a University of Florida graduate and in addition to her ARM and CRIS designations, Alyssa possesses her FL General Lines 2-20 License.
In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.
In his position as a Commercial Insurance Risk Advisor for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Michael’s primary responsibilities include servicing existing clients, conducting annual reviews to seek opportunities to enhance client’s insurance profile, and implementing marketing strategies to develop a strong network of prospective clients.
Michael is an extremely motivated and driven insurance professional. Prior to joining CAFF, Michael worked as a Commercial Insurance Broker at Family Insurance Services where he gained valuable industry experience. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications from Broward College and attended the Gold Coast Insurance School where he earned his 2-20 Property & Casualty License as well as his 1-20 Surplus Lines Insurance License.
Michael resides in Davie, Florida and enjoys all that the South Florida lifestyle offers. He is a real sports enthusiast and his passions are football, basketball, and baseball as well as deep sea fishing.
Since 1995, Mayelin has been building an impressive career in the Industry. Her knowledge and experience has been a key component to the success of the Nielson Hoover Group of companies. Since joining Nielson, Hoover & Company in 2010, Mayelin has been in charge of the company’s Account Payables and Vendor Payables. Her strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task are imperative when it comes to making sure the company’s finances are accurate and up to date and that vendors and suppliers are paid within established time limits. There is a lot of pressure and responsibility in her role, so Mayelin’s time and stress management skills are definitely an important part of her job description.
Mayelin is a graduate of Broward College and has lived in South Florida since the early 1980’s. She is married and has two children.
A native Floridian, Tricia has been in the insurance industry since 2006 and with Nielson Hoover Group since 2012. As part of the Company’s Accounting Department, she is responsible for the processing of accounts receivables and incoming payments; performing day-to-day financial transactions, including verifying, classifying, computing, posting and reconciling accounts receivables’ data. She is also tasked with preparing bills, invoices and reconciling bank deposits daily. Tricia is a customer service-oriented professional with hands-on experience and a strong attention to detail.
When Tricia’s not busy performing her daily accounting responsibilities, you might find her greeting people at the front desk, signing for packages or assisting with the phones. She is a true team player who has the ability to jump in wherever necessary.
Tricia and her two children live in Davie, Florida.
As a Commercial Lines Account Manager for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Damaris is responsible for the retention of assigned client account. Her duties include, but are not limited to, new and renewal marketing, handling client questions and requests, and coverage review. She prides herself on delivering exceptional client service and ensuring the satisfaction of current clients on a day-to-day basis. Damaris focuses on building strong client relationships and applying her industry experience to support CAFF’s clients as well as her team.
Prior to joining CAFF, Damaris worked for 17 years as a Commercial Lines Account Manager for NCF Insurance Associates and brings with her a breadth of expertise. Although new to CAFF, Damaris plays an integral role in the team’s success. She possesses a broad background with more than 25 years of industry and customer service experience as well as personal and commercial lines knowledge. In addition, she obtained her 220 Property & Casualty License to provide her clients with the level of professionalism they demand.
Damaris lives in Miami Lakes and is just a stone’s throw from CAFF’s offices (her second home). In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and as a true outdoorsman, she is passionate about outdoor activities, especially hiking and camping and she loves to travel whenever she is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do so.
In Teresa’s role as an Account Manager at Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, she is directly responsible for managing an assigned book of business. Her duties include providing timely and accurate feedback to client inquiries on existing policies with regards to policy amendments, billing, claims and upcoming renewals. In addition, she handles service requests, processes necessary paperwork and maintains files on new and existing accounts.
With a career that spans 35 years in the insurance industry, Teresa is an expert in the field and she maintains knowledge of a diverse product line. She obtained her 220 Property and Casualty Agent License and continually delivers an outstanding level of service and the highest quality of professional service to every client and prospect. Teresa has been an integral part of the CAFF team for 13 years. She is a true leader and mentor who focuses on leading her team to success. Prior to joining CAFF, she worked for Wilson, Washburn & Forster.
Teresa has spent her entire life in Miami and she and her husband have no plans to leave paradise. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and soaking up every minute she can with her grandchildren.
For nearly 14 years, Rosie has been a Marketing Manager for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, and has played an integral role in the company’s growth. Her key areas of responsibility include marketing both new and renewal commercial accounts. In her role, Rosie provides direction, support and marketing guidance to the CAFF’s commercial line client and their producers. Rosie works closely with brokers, contract carriers and the CAFF account managers to ensure
the customers’ needs are met.
Rosie’s broad experience spans more than four decades in the insurance industry. She started her distinguished career as a file clerk and successfully navigated her way through claims and account management. For the past 20 years, her focus has been marketing commercial accounts and the last 10 years she’s been also marketing medium to large construction accounts. Rosie’s industry expertise is unparalleled and she works diligently to impart her breadth of
knowledge to her CAFF team members as well as CAFF’s clients on a daily basis.
Mayda has dual positions as both the front office receptionist for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French as well as the phone operator for Nielson, Hoover & Company.
Before joining the team, she worked for Fred McGilvray Inc. Construction Company for 18 years. It was there that she gained valuable industry experience and had the opportunity to meet Chuck Nielson who had been their bonding agent. When the opportunity presented itself for Mayda to join the Nielson Hoover Group of Companies, she was excited, It was a comfortable and natural fit for her.
In her role, Mayda is the first impression of the company, whether it be in person or on the phone. She takes great pride in her duties and is a consummate professional and an outstanding people person. She is a strong multi-tasker and possesses excellent communication skills.
Mayda is devoted to her family and will tell you that her greatest accomplishments are her daughter and son whom she is extremely proud of. She lives in Hialeah with her husband and mother and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her loving family.
In Rosy’s role as a Commercial Lines Marketing Assistant at Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, she is responsible for assisting the team through customer service, account retention, general back office support and other assigned duties.
Rosy prides herself on delivering outstanding customer service by working with clients to help answer questions, solve issues and make recommendations. She possesses a strong work ethic and is a team player. On a daily basis, she assists multiple producers while working hand in hand with the experienced CAFF service team. In this position, Rosy performs various functions including policy quoting, binding, issuing, as well as marketing for new and renewal business. With more than a decade of commercial lines insurance experience, she is knowledgeable in all facets of the field as well as being skilled in underwriting.
As an Account Manager at Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Suzi is tasked with managing the day-to-day needs of her clientele while delivering the highest level of service. She works closely with both her internal and external partners and team members to ensure the best outcomes for her clients.
Suzi possesses more than 20 years of Commercial Lines experience which includes working with carriers as well as agencies. Her expertise in Commercial Insurance is diverse and she has had the opportunity to service small business, middle market, and large/risk management clients. She has a background in underwriting and underwriting support, having worked with Travelers, CNA, and The Hartford. In addition, she gained extensive agency management experience while working at Willis, AJ Gallagher, and Huntington Bank. Suzi was previously part of the CAFF team but had to move away. She is extremely pleased to be working with the CAFF family again.
Suzi earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree from Florida State University. She holds the 220 Property & Casualty License and is currently pursuing a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation.
Having lived in South Florida most of her life, Suzi recently moved to Raleigh, NC to be closer to family. She is looking forward to enjoying seasonal weather and the great outdoors. In her spare time, Suzi embraces quality family time, reading, and creating paper crafts – and soon will add hiking to her favorite pastimes.
In Estela’s position as a Claims Administrator for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, she is responsible for a variety of tasks including processing new claims, coordinating with various departments to settle claims, maintaining records, and monitoring all personal and commercial lines claims for all clients, producers and management.
Her impressive experience spans more than 40 years in the insurance industry and throughout her career, she’s held a variety of positions. She began her insurance profession at Cigna and her background also includes working for Seitlin Insurance and Advanced Insurance Underwriters. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the CAFF team and clients.
Immediately following her high school graduation, Estela became immersed in the world of insurance. She took a crash course and quickly obtained her 4-40 CSR License and to date, she maintains the designation License 2-20. Estela was born and raised in Miami and currently resides in Hialeah with her husband. Her greatest pride is her twin adult daughters, both of whom are pursuing careers in the medical field. In her free time, she loves spending quality time with her family, traveling, reading, and her favorite pastime, enjoying watching old westerns.
With over 11 years of industry experience, Sandy is often one of the first people you’ll talk to when you call CAFF. She takes great care of her clients and works diligently to ensure that her customer’s questions are answered and their needs are taken care of promptly. Prior to joining Collinsworth Alter, Fowler & French, Sandy worked as a Paralegal. During that time, her experience preparing legal documents and assisting clients provided her with a keen understanding of those documents and helped to hone the skills she uses on a daily basis at CAFF. She possesses a strong work ethic, is extremely detail-oriented
and is quick to follow-up with her clients to ensure they are 100% satisfied with their insurance plan.
Sandy loves horses and dogs so naturally, as a horse owner, she calls Davie her home. Along with horseback riding, she enjoys life on the water – both swimming and skiing.
In her role as an Account Representative at Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Shelia is primarily responsible for providing direct support to CAFF clients and agents to help establish and meet client’s needs. Her duties include, but are not limited to, developing leads, scheduling appointments, identifying customer needs, and marketing diverse products and services.
In her position, Sheila serves as a liaison between the clients and the agents providing prompt, accurate, and friendly customer service. This includes responding to inquiries regarding insurance availability, eligibility, coverages, policy changes, transfers, claim submissions, and billing clarification, and so much more.
With more than 12 years of insurance industry experience, she is a seasoned professional with a breadth of knowledge and a solid reputation in the field. She is self-motivated as well as a team player and she knows the importance of establishing and building strong customer relationships.
Sheila was born and raised in Miami and continues to enjoy all that the South Florida lifestyle offers. Her two adult daughters are her greatest source of pride and she is extremely passionate about giving back to her community by being a mentor to young children. Her philosophy is living life to the fullest and she does this by always trying to maintain a positive attitude and imparting that to others.
As Collinsworth, Alter, & Fowler’s Senior Marketing Manager, Jannette’s primary responsibilitiesinclude overseeing insurance carrier relations, managing and executing business development, placement of new business and renewal accounts, and management of the marketing team.
Her impressive career spans more than 30 years in the insurance industry and with her sole focus on Commercial Lines Marketing, she has established her reputation as an expert in the field. She is a motivated, positive and driven leader with the ability to identify market trends and administer change.
Prior to joining CAFF, Jannette worked at HUB International (formerly MDW Insurance Group) and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience which she shares with the CAFF team. She obtained her 2-20 License and received a CIC (Certificated Insurance Counselor) designation more than 15 years ago.
As a Marketing Assistant for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Lianny’s primary responsibilities include assisting the marketing department with new and renewal submissions, quoting, and providing online rating directly with carriers. She prides herself on the personal attention she provides both CAFF clients and its internal staff.
Lianny possesses more than 13 years of customer service experience with 7 years specifically in the insurance industry. She possesses a 4-40 Customer Service Representative License which gives her the tools to deliver optimal service.
Lianny enjoys living in Miami Lakes with her children and appreciates the Florida sunshine. Her favorite pastime is reading and she even began and oversees a book club with her kids and other family members.
In Denise’s role as an Account Manager at Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, she is responsible for managing an assigned book of business for both Commercial and Personal Lines. Her duties consist of working closely with her clients to provide and maintain accurate information on existing policies, helping clients with policy amendments, billing, and marketing.
Denise joined the CAFF family at the beginning of 2021. She is a true team player with a go-getter personality. Prior to joining CAFF, she worked for Alliant Insurance Services and brings a wealth of knowledge to her position. Denise has been in the insurance industry for 5 years. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Intercontinental University and obtained her 440 Resident Customer Service License. Denise is currently working towards obtaining her 220 Property and Casualty License. She has continued to strive and learn new product lines throughout the course of her career and has maintained knowledge of a diverse product line.
Denise was born and raised in Miami and enjoys the South Florida lifestyle and appreciates the beautiful weather. She has a strong passion for arts & crafts and is a true animal lover.
With more than a decade of industry experience, Gina brings with her a wealth of knowledge working with personal and commercial lines of insurance. In her role as a Customer Service Representative at Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, she works as a day-to-day liaison with a diverse clientele and provides a valuable connection between the clients and policy providers. Gina approaches everything with a positive “can do” attitude and handles customer queries and complaints as well as resolves customer problems. She has strong multi-tasking skills and can work both independently as well as being a team player. Prior to joining CAFF, Gina worked in a Commercial Client Service position as well as a Retention Representative with Allstate for several years. Her comprehensive background includes, but is not limited to, retention, re-quoting, and claims adjusting. Gina earned her Florida 2-20 Property and Casualty License.
Gina resides with her husband in Davie, FL. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and get-togethers with friends.
As a Marketing Assistant for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Nneka acts as a liaison between producers and insurance carriers to facilitate binding and completion of files. Her main responsibilities include assisting the marketing department with both new and renewal submissions. She is dedicated to delivering support services to both the sales division and the internal commercial marketing team. Nneka possesses excellent interpersonal skills, strong communication skills and excellent organizational skills.
She started her career as a personal lines customer service representative and brings with her six years of industry knowledge. Nneka earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Marketing from Broward College. She possesses a 4-40 Customer Service Representative License which offers her the ability to provide the highest level of service.
Nneka resides in Miramar, FL and enjoys the beach and all that the South Florida lifestyle offers. She has a passion for basketball, classic 90s movies and travel. Nneka has a strong appreciation for good food, good music, and good shopping.
In her position as a Customer Service Representative for Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Laylani
acts as a liaison for an array of clients and policy providers. Her strong people, organizational, and
analytical skills provide her with the tools she needs to succeed in her role. In addition, she is an
independent worker as well as a supportive team player.
Prior to joining CAFF, Laylani began her insurance career at Chubb Insurance where she gained valuable
industry knowledge. She brings with her experience in assisting producers in managing and marketing
commercial insurance accounts; processing endorsement; processing cancellations; processing
renewals; processing mid-term transfers; and processing Certificates of Insurance. Laylani possesses a
Florida 4-40 Customer Representative License which offers her the knowledge to discuss coverage with
clients and provide general assistance to agents.
She was born and raised in Miami and enjoys the South Florida lifestyle. Her greatest passion is CrossFit
which has become a way of life and she thrives from the conditioning and high intensity training it