The Florida Surplus Lines Association (FSLA) is an association with a current regular membership of Excess and Surplus Lines Agency member firms and associate members (made up of excess and surplus lines insurance companies, re-insurers, Lloyd’s brokers, premium finance companies, surveyors and claim adjustment companies).
The purpose of the FSLA is to encourage an exchange of information among members and to disseminate educational information for the benefit of members and the betterment of the excess and surplus lines industry. Additionally, FSLA maintains liaisons with other segments of the insurance industry. Participants include commissioners, regulatory bodies, insurers and insurance producer groups. FSLA supports the independent insurance agency system and promotes professionalism among its members.
Over the past 60 years, FSLA has promoted the regulatory and legislative interests of FSLA members and the Florida surplus lines industry. The FSLA maintains concern for regulatory and legislative changes affecting the surplus lines insurance industry and communicating those changes and all related issues to member firms. When the Florida Department of Financial Services or the Legislature has proposed a bill or legislation that would adversely affect our business, we have been 98% effective in defeating or changing the proposed changes to surplus lines. We have also been very effective in proposing legislation that is beneficial to our industry.
FSLA has a Political Action Committee fund called SurPAC used to support political committees and candidates for the Florida Senate and House of Representatives that support our industry. Participation in the FSLA SurPAC fund is encouraged among the membership.
Each year, the FSLA hosts an annual convention, in which members have the opportunity to network, attend business meetings and participate in a variety of programs. As the majority of FSLA’s company members attend the annual convention, it provides an excellent opportunity for agency members to socialize with their company representatives. While the location of the convention changes from year to year, the quality of programs offered and distinctive participating speakers remain a constant.
As Florida’s surplus lines industry remains a top player on the national scale, the Florida Surplus Lines Association is recognized as one of the most active associations and consistently ranks among the top three surplus lines associations in the country.