Ark Royal Insurance Company has offered
homeowners insurance to Florida property owners
since 2008. The company has earned a Demotech
A/Exceptional financial stability rating and has also purchased
Excess of Loss and Catastrophe Reinsurance that is more than double
the minimum standards required by the state of Florida.
Ark Royal is managed by ASI
Underwriters, a proven insurance group offering policies
through independent agents in states across the country. The
company has provided Florida property insurance since 1998 and
is known for financial stability in turbulent times. In fact,
ASI registered the lowest ratio of complaints with the state
of Florida to overall hurricane claims during the difficult 2004
season. Today, the company is rated as A (Excellent) and
positive by AM Best. To learn more about our reinsurance program
and business philosophy, click here.
The partnership between Ark Royal and ASI is built on shared values and business principles, with focus on mitigating risk through sophisticated pricing and underwriting techniques, maintaining controlled growth, and providing unsurpassed reliability to policyholders. The clear financial strength of the companies is coupled with the personalized service of our independent agents, as well as superior claims support.
Chairman of the Board and President
Dennis Ruppel has been a partner of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP since 1978 and is general partner, managing member, director or officer for various other investment entities. From 2010 to present, he serves as a Director of Freedom Bank, member if its Executive Committee and Chairman of its Compliance Committee. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Ruppel was a director of Signature Bank and a member of its Loan and Asset and Liability Committees. He was also a director and a member of the Executive and Loan Committees of Marine Bank for 12 years, and served as that bank's chairman from 1997 to 1998.
An honors graduate of Fordham College, Mr. Ruppel also holds a Doctor of Laws degree magna cum laude from the University of Michigan. He serves as a trustee and member of the executive committee for Fordham University in New York, is a former trustee and member of the executive committee of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is past president of R'Club Childcare, Inc., for whom he now serves as vice president. He is also a past direct and past president of Pinellas Village, Inc. and is a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg.
Director and Secretary
Since 1987, Robert Willis has been a partner with the Martindale AV-Rated law firm of Skelton, Willis & Wallace, LLP. He is also a director and serves as general counsel for Sabal Trust Company, Florida's largest independent state chartered trust company, and is a past director and corporate secretary for Signature Bank.
Mr. Willis was graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University, attended St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, as a recipient of a Rotary Foundation Educational Award, and was graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also attended the ABA National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University.
Mr. Willis has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America, West Central Florida Council, and has served as a member of the Executive or Advisory Board since 1989, including two years as president. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Shorecrest Preparatory School and the Salvador Dali Museum, the only Three-Star Michelin rated (highest) museum in the southern United States of America.
Past professional involvement includes serving as the United States Reporter for the Family & Estate Law Commission of AIJA, Association Internationale Des Jeunes Avocats, and on various committees, including the Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and Pinellas County Inns of Court as charter and barrister member.
Craig Sher is Executive Chairman of The Sembler Company of St. Petersburg, Florida. The Sembler Company is one of the country's most recognized shopping center development and management firms. Prior to joining The Sembler Company in 1984, Mr. Sher was Vice President of Finance and of the Office Building Division of the Rutenberg Corporation of Clearwater, Florida and began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago, Illinois as a CPA.
Mr. Sher is a well-known entity in the business and civic community and actively participates in an array of roles and responsibilities:
Civic: All Children's Hospital–Board of Trustees; Copperhead Charities–Board Member; Florida Holocaust–Advisory Board; Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services–Co-Chair, CEO Search Committee; Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County–Advisory Board Member; Menorah Center, Inc.–Board of Trustees; Pinellas County Education Foundation–Executive Committee; Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation–Community Advisory Committee; Temple Beth-El-Board of Trustees; T.O.P. Foundation–Board of Trustees
Business: Ark Royal Insurance – Board Member; Cornerstone Bank – Board Member; Sabal Company – Board Member; The High Company – Investment Committee; The Sembler Company – Board Member
joined American Strategic Insurance Company as vice president of
Marketing in 1999 and has been instrumental in helping build the
company to its current success. For the past two years, he was
also associated with e-Ins Processing Company, an ASI affiliate
that processes and issues ASI’s insurance business.
Before joining ASI, Mr. Peck, a graduate of the
University of Miami, retired from Allstate Insurance Company after
26 years. Originally an agent, he served as a regional sales manager,
then as a marketing director in the firm’s Chicago headquarters
before becoming an officer and managing field operations for several
formerly served as chief financial officer for Signature Financial
Holdings prior to its merger with Whitney Holdings. Before that,
she provided financial consulting to several small businesses,
was director of finance for Bankers Insurance Group, and spent
more than 14 years with SouthTrust bank, including serving as the
SouthTrust Bank of West Florida’s Chief Financial Officer.
A certified public accountant, Ms. Worthington began her career
with the KPMG Peat Marwick public accounting firm.
Ms. Worthington is a cum laude graduate of Kenyon
College in Gambier, Ohio. Among other civic involvements
past and present, she serves on the Finance Committee of the Board
|Gil C. Rohde Jr. CPCU
Gil C Rohde Jr. is former CEO, President and Director of Security American Financial Enterprises, Mendota Insurance Company and Family Insurance Corporation the owner of Alpha Property and Casualty Insurance Company. He has worked for both public and private companies, ESOP's, and private equity firms. Having led multiple successful acquisitions and divestures, Gil has taken a company private, sold to private equity firm and acquired very successful companies and portfolio's. He has also served on both industry and not profit for boards of directors, including NAII, Wisconsin Insurance Alliance (10 years, board chair 1989 - 1990), SE YMCA (15 years, Board chair 2007 - 2008) and Woodbury Lions Club (18 years, board chair 2006 -2007). He has served as umpire and arbitrator on numerous insurance and reinsurance arbitration cases.
Gil holds a BS in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. In 2000 he attended the Advanced Executive Education Program at Wharton Business School. Gil is a CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter), AIM Associate in Management), and ARP (Associate in Research and Planning).
|David S. Daniels
Senior Vice President
Mr. Daniels is Senior Vice President of Ark Royal Insurance Company. Before joining Ark Royal, he worked in the Road and Highway Industry for 20 years, serving as owner and president of a large regional construction company in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Daniels was a founding director of Signature Bank in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1998 and serves on the Hancock National Bank Advisory Board. For several years subsequent to the road construction business, he owned and operated a successful commercial charter fishing business in Southwest Florida.
In addition to his duties at Ark Royal, he owns a commercial real estate company, as well as a working cattle ranch in South Central Florida. He currently serves and has served on numerous charitable and professional boards over the past 25 years at local, state, and national levels. Mr. Daniels is a Florida State University alumnus and has been married to Leslie Bulleit Daniels since 1986. They were both born and raised in St. Petersburg and have three sons in college. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.
|Christopher H. Kard
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Chris Kard joined Ark Royal in November 2011 and serves as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Ark Royal, Mr. Kard was the controller for a Florida-based homeowner's insurance company. Mr. Kard spent over 10 years with the public accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving in the firm's offices in Tampa, Florida, San José, California and Copenhagen, Denmark. At PwC, Mr. Kard worked with clients in a diverse range of industries including insurance, manufacturing, sports teams and defense contractors. Mr. Kard began his career with Bankers Insurance Group in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Kard holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Stetson University and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida. Mr. Kard is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in Florida and California. Mr. Kard is a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Locally, Mr. Kard supports child abuse prevention and other causes through his involvement in the Exchange Club of St. Petersburg.