“I will continue to empower and encourage my staff to perform at their best as I have done for the last decade. I will continue to advocate for my clients, embracing new technology and being open to business and industry changes”
Dixon Insurance Services
At the age of 18, Stephanie Pignataro began her career as a Commercial Lines Technical Assistant for a large national insurance brokerage. During her first two years in the industry, she was promoted to Commercial Lines Account Manager while completing her Associate of Applied Science degree.
In 2014, she continued her upward momentum and was named the Commercial Lines Team Leader for the Select Business department. In 2019, she accepted an opportunity at Foundation Risk Partners, one of the fastest growing insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US.
While balancing the responsibilities within her role as Director of Operations, she graduated magna cum laude from Purdue University Global with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.
As Vice President of Agency Operations, she manages client retention, team development, and organizational growth for the commercial and personal lines divisions. She serves as an internal advisory committee member, internship committee member, and operations leadership council member. In her community, she previously served as Board Secretary for the Daytona Beach Police Foundation and is the current Board Treasurer for Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida.
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Vice President of Agency Operations
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“To be able to give back to the community is rewarding and fulfilling. I am honoured to be in a position where I can raise funds for those less fortunate and in need”
Dixon Insurance Services
Started in insurance as commercial lines technical assistant
Commercial lines account manager
Commercial lines team leader
Commercial lines senior team leader
2020: Director of operations, Volusia Flagler Business Report, Women in Business Honoree
2021: Daytona Beach News Journal, 40 Under Forty Honoree
2022: FRP President's Club Leadership Award, Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida - Volunteer Award
2023: Vice President of Agency Operations
Assistant Vice President and Senior Broker at MJ Hall & Company since 2018
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How does he distinguish himself among fellow brokers?
“I believe all brokers are working very hard in a difficult market,” he says. “However, I have demonstrated continued growth, advocacy and performance on my client’s behalf, which is now recognised [for 10 consecutive years] in the Elite Broker awards.”
In 1990, Dixon got started with FAI, working in claims and as a team leader. From the late 1990s up until 2003, he worked at FAI and Suncorp in underwriting and as an area manager at VACC, CGU (South East Queensland). From 2003 to 2012, he got into broking and eventually started Dixon Insurance in 2013. Since then, he’s accumulated numerous acccolades, including Elite Broker, Diversity and Equity, and Fast Broker awards.
During the pandemic, Dixon challenged insurers over the Quarantine Act application to insurance wordings. His argument was that the Quarantine Act does not apply as an exclusion, as the Biosecurity Act was invoked by the Morrison Government, and this was not a subsequent amendment to the Quarantine Act. The test case in the Appeals court was won for Dixon’s client with a unanimous five-judge verdict.
He remains focused on transport, manufacturing, motor trade, engineering and large farm clients.
What are his plans for the future?
On a business level, “more of the same. I will continue to empower and encourage my staff to perform at their best as I have done for the last decade. I will continue to advocate for my clients, embracing new technology and being open to business and industry changes.”
On a personal level, Dixon invests significant time, effort and funds, along with his GT3, to support many charities through his passion for motorsport. From participating in and sponsoring the Thunderbolt Run (which provides tens of thousands of dollars in support for Beyond Blue and Prostate Cancer), to organising and running the Track Knights for Amira charity night where 28 Exotic Supercars raised funds through passenger laps in wet conditions, Dixon states “this is our time to give back to the community and those in need. My friendships and association with those seeking to do the same, allows us to contribute to those less fortunate and raise funds and awareness”.
He adds: “To be able to give back to the community is rewarding and fulfilling. I am honoured to be in a position where I can raise funds for those less fortunate and in need.”