Maximum Taps Smid to Lead Florida Professional Lines Practice Expansion

Maximum, an independent, Chicago-based excess and surplus lines wholesaler, is expanding its professional lines practice with the addition of a Tampa, Fla. office.

Gary Smid

Gary Smid has been hired to fill a production role, tasked with building a stronger Maximum presence in Florida’s professional lines market. As a transplant to Florida from the Chicago area, Smid began his insurance career in surety underwriting.

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According to Joe Messina, Maximum president and CEO, Smid will be instrumental to expanding the company’s professional lines reach to the Southeast.

“His addition to Tampa continues our boots-on-the-ground approach to Florida growth,” Smid said.

In business since 1998 and headquartered in Chicago, Maximum is a national and surplus lines wholesale broker of specialty products and services specializing in property, casualty, transportation, DIC, builders risk and professional lines coverage.