Greg Brittain

VP of Underwriting

Email: Phone: (813) 448-9300

Greg Brittain oversees the Underwriting Department’s functions as its VP and Senior Underwriter. Greg responsibilities include oversight for the underwriting of risks ranging from complex and hard to place, with emphasis on large Workers’ Compensation. Greg’s expertise includes harder to place classes, high deductible programs, multi-state exposures and placements in programs ranging from guaranteed cost to Loss Sensitive and Retroactive Plans. Greg also oversees the Alternative Risk Department, which includes ASO and PEO solutions with a particular emphasis on risk mitigation and loss control. His responsibilities are to ensure that each account is underwritten on an individual basis and these programs may include or carve out any number of services so as to provide a tailor made solution for each particular risk.

Prior to his arrival at Empire, Greg played a key factor in the development, management and control of a very large and profitable book of workers’ compensation business written through numerous carriers in the Southeastern States. Greg has experience in most commercial lines of insurance, having successfully assumed numerous management roles throughout his career. He has been in the insurance industry for 32 years with his career encompassing impressive tenures with such firms as Liberty Mutual and Willis in the property casualty and workers’ compensation fields. He has been intimately involved in all manner of development, underwriting and production resulting in stellar growth for the firms he has served for over three decades.

Rusty Ellis, CPCU, ASLI, AAI

Vice President of Property and Casualty

Email: Phone: (813) 448-9300

A graduate of West Virginia University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Rusty is a highly experienced surplus lines professional. He successfully directed and grew general agencies with Delaware Valley Underwriting Agency (DVUA) in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio for over 20 years, and then 8 more years in the same capacity with Hull and Company after they acquired DVUA in 2006. He has profitably managed binding authority contracts involving Commercial General Liability, Commercial Property, Excess and Umbrella, Professional, Workers’ Compensation, and Transportation Lines of Insurance, and conducted surplus lines activities in more than 30 states. Additionally, Rusty served as a Navigator for 21 years with the U. S. Air Force Reserve. A decorated veteran of Southeast Asian, Central American, and Persian Gulf Operations, he retired with honors as a Major in 1994. He is known in the wholesale insurance community as a reliable partner with high standards of professionalism and excellent leadership abilities.

Justin Miller

Chief Technology Officer

Email: Phone: (813) 448-9300

Justin Miller comes to us from his early beginnings at NASA, where he was the Administrator and Web Curator for the DEVELOP program in Hampton, VA. He went on to the status of IT Manager for a private non-profit in Santa Rosa, CA, which spanned over 30 locations, where he utilized technology to expand that organization’s productivity. Justin then moved to the Tampa Bay area where he worked as a Web Developer and Software Engineer in Clearwater, working his way up to Senior Software Engineer, being a major contributor to the companies achieving critical mass. He is now the Chief Technology Officer at Empire and oversees all technology and platform development projects which will give our Agent Partners a fast and comprehensive interface in which they can indicate, quote and bind policies right on our Empire Portal.