Starkweather & Shepley, one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the U.S., today announces the launch of its new Tampa, FL office lead by Industry veteran, Peter Siegel. Highlighting this expansion, S&S has tapped 23-year insurance veteran, Peter Siegel to become the Area President.

Siegel will lead new business growth and retention efforts, as well as target select agency and talent acquisitions that meet Starkweather’s criteria.  “Peter has the right relationships and energy to make our expansion throughout Florida successful,” said David Soforenko, President & COO of Starkweather and Shepley. “Our firm views Tampa as the next logical next step to our continued growth and we are excited to have Peter lead that effort.”

Siegel joins the company from AJ Gallagher, where he was Area Senior Vice President and was responsible for handling Healthcare, Manufacturing and Large Multinational accounts. Previously, he was a Vice Present at Marsh. Peter is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.

Established in 1879, Starkweather & Shepley is presently the largest independent agency in Rhode Island and the 72nd largest insurance brokerage firm in the U.S. Starkweather & Shepley, held in Trust since 1935, insures the firm will remain privately-held in perpetuity, providing certainty to clients and associates alike. The firm provides commercial and personal insurance, health and employee benefits, surety bonding and risk management services. These services are provided nationally and internationally, through its partnership with Assurex Global. Headquartered in East Providence, RI, Starkweather has additional branch offices in Westerly, RI; Bristol and Shelton, CT; Westwood, Sturbridge, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA; and Fort Myers, FL.