Seaside Insurance welcomes The Vaughn Group, Inc.

Posted on: May 14th, 2015

The Vaughn Group. Inc., a comprehensive insurance and group benefits firm located in Orlando, FL, recently joined forces with Seaside to become part of Seaside Insurance.

Hardy Vaughn

Hardy Vaughn

The Vaughn Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in Central Florida by Hardy Vaughn. For over 42 years they have been providing a wide array of business services and investment needs to their clients. The Vaughn Group’s approach has always been focused on understanding the needs of their clients and offering objective financial products and advice. This business philosophy is in direct alignment with Seaside’s approach and makes the two companies a great cultural fit.

With this acquisition Seaside is adding five seasoned insurance and group benefits professionals to its staff. In addition, the acquisition will enhance Seaside’s current insurance offerings through Seaside Insurance. The group will be relocating from their current location on Robinson Street to the 2nd floor of the Seaside Plaza located at 201 South Orange Avenue on or around June 30.

Hardy Vaughn will join Seaside as the president of Seaside Insurance. In this role, Hardy will focus on growing and attracting insurance and group benefits clients, while continuing to serve his existing Vaughn Group clients. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and earned a Master of Science in Financial Services from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Hardy is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Hardy is bringing four team members with him to Seaside Insurance. Cindi Johnston will continue to serve as the contact for group benefits, Kim Wajda will remain a senior client underwriting manager, Dorothy Abrante and Jill Slater will both be a client managers working directly with group benefits.

“We are thrilled to have a seasoned professional of Hardy’s caliber lead Seaside Insurance,” said Gideon Haymaker, Seaside’s CEO. “Hardy has been working in the Central Florida for most of his financial career. His deep roots and commitment to the area are tremendous. In addition, his extensive expertise in all areas of insurance, group benefits and executive management make Hardy an outstanding choice to lead Seaside Insurance statewide. We are excited to welcome Hardy and his team to the Seaside family.”


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