Leslie Saunders
President
Leslie Saunders Insurance

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Leslie Saunders has been a committed WBE member since the beginning.  Currently Leslie is an enthusiastic member of WPEO.  Leslie Saunders Insurance (“LSI”) has been a sponsor at WBENC conferences and served on the Forum, Board of Directors, and various committees including Certification, Finance, and Audit.

Leslie has been President of LSI since 1988. Prior to starting this company, Leslie was President of Fossi-Saunders Insurance, and had a corporate career with Aetna and Met Life rising to a Field Training position in the SE Region, the first female to do so.
 
LSI is the only woman-owned insurance agency licensed and certified in all fifty states and Puerto Rico by DOT as well as WBENC. The niche of this company is training and insurance for Fortune 500 companies in transportation, and woman-led companies for Employee Benefits.  Among the long-term clients of LSI are Avis Budget Group, Impark, Attitude New York, CSubs, and WPO.

Marketing, Financial, and HR skills are the hallmark of our brand. Leslie served three terms on the WBENC Board, the last term at the request of Bill Moon, former WBENC Chair and Chair of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.  Leslie was appointed to the WBENC Finance Committee by Susan Bari, WBENC’s founder, and served for several years, relinquishing the position to be part of the Audit Committee where the Form 990 is scrutinized for adherence to non-profit best practices.  Oversight of all financial records is part of the Audit Committee’s work.   Board Governance and Strategic Planning were among the roles Leslie had as WBENC Board Member.  The largest diverse supplier for Avis Budget Group and Broker for a multi-dimensional transportation company has made Leslie a very important Broker for Chubb Insurance and other global carriers. 

LSI’s Employee Benefits practice enables them to advise many women-owned companies on the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act. They work with diverse age groups and advise accordingly. 

Over thirty years of experience in all aspects of financial services and Property and Casualty insurance has led Leslie to serve on various industry committees including AMAC Board, ACI Economic Committee, and National Women's Business Council, a Presidential Appointment.

LSI is part of the largest demographic of the WBE population. They are developing their own Succession Plan to maintain their current Market focus and certifications. They also relate well to the Millenial Group and engage with them to help them grow their businesses.

Leslie Saunders Insurance has received numerous awards for their work. Their client retention in public and private sector clients is among the highest in the industry.  They are often contacted for joint work by the top five global insurance brokers.

Leslie Saunders Insurance is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.