Tampa, Florida – Empire Underwriters, a leading National Insurance Wholesaler, Excess and Surplus lines facility and Program Manager, today announced the appointment of George “Rusty” Ellis CPCU, ASLI, AAI, as Vice President of Property and Casualty. The CEO of Empire Underwriters made the announcement. “Rusty’s experience in General Liability, Commercial Property, Excess and Umbrella, Professional, Workers Compensation and Program Development, will help Empire strengthen it’s already strong position as an industry leader. As a 21 year veteran of the US Air Force, and over 25 years in the MGA and wholesale sector, Rusty’s high standards of professionalism and excellent leadership abilities are well suited to lead Empire’s Property and Casualty development efforts,” said the Empire CEO. Rusty, who previously held senior leadership roles within both Hull and Company and DVUA, has worked in the insurance and risk management industry for over 25 years, holding successful tenures in both the Northeast and Southeast regions. Commenting on the appointment, Greg Brittain, VP, and Senior Underwriter said, “Rusty is a respected veteran of the industry and an exceptional leader. By bringing Rusty on to our executive team, Empire can better leverage its deep industry and underwriting expertise to expand offerings. We can now provide our retail partners with more products and solutions to better handle their risk needs.” Rusty commented, “I am delighted to join the Empire team under its leadership. This firms’ expansion is among the fastest paced I have ever been involved with and I am looking forward to contributing to its growth. Its commitments to technology, its agent and broker partners, as well as its commitment to profitable underwriting for its carrier partners is unparalleled.” About Empire Underwriters: Empire Underwriters is a National Insurance Wholesaler, Excess and Surplus line facility and Program Manager serving Producers in 46 states. Empire’s executive team has over 100 years of combined experience to bring agents and brokers aggressive account management and superior service. Whether you are writing a Niche Account or a Main Street business, Empire strives to make the process easier and faster to help you keep your business. For more information about specific risks, contact an Empire Underwriters Advisor at 1-800-758-8113 or visit our website at www.EmpireUnderwriters.com.