Cobb-based Sterling Seacrest Partners, one of the nation’s top 100 commercial insurance brokerages, has announced its first expansion into Florida, opening an office at 13112 Telecom Drive in Tampa.

The team leading the new Florida office are James “Jim” C. Congelio Sr. and James Nash Congelio Jr., two experienced brokers in the construction insurance and surety marketplace.

Sterling Seacrest’s new Tampa office opens with a staff of five.

“We’re excited about branching Sterling Seacrest Partners into the Florida market and starting with such a stellar pool of talent,” said Doug Rieder, chairman, “James C. Congelio Sr. and James Nash Congelio Jr. have a wealth of experience in the construction industry and in risk management. Their deep knowledge of the industry will pair powerfully with Sterling’s surety and insurance resources.”

James “Jim” C. Congelio Sr.

Jim brings more than 30 years of experience in sales and underwriting roles to Sterling Seacrest.

Prior to joining the firm, he held a management role with Chubb Insurance before transitioning into sales. Most recently, he had been in production for Bowen, Miclette & Britt Insurance Agency.

His primary focus at Sterling Seacrest is Property & Casualty and Surety, serving clients in the construction industry throughout Florida. A Florida native, he earned his bachelor of arts in accounting from the University of South Florida.

James Nash Congelio Jr.

James has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance and surety field providing risk management solutions for clients. He works with clients in a variety of industries including construction, surety/bonding, and property management accounts.

He previously worked as a surety department manager at Bowen, Miclette & Britt of Florida.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in finance and risk management & insurance.

Sterling Seacrest Partners Inc. is a privately held insurance brokerage and consulting firm serving a wide range of clients with complex property/casualty, employee benefit and personal insurance needs.

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