Who We Are
Since 1973, Seaside Insurance, Inc. has provided our clients with sophisticated financial products and a wide array of business services that aligned with their goals. We employ highly experienced professionals who have a steadfast commitment to excellence in service, professional ethics and personal integrity. Whether you’re a business owner looking to navigate the complex maze of employee benefits plans or a family seeking to create a lasting legacy for your next generation, the professionals at Seaside Insurance are positioned to offer you sound advice.
Hardy Vaughn, CLU, ChFC, CAP, MSFS
Hardy Vaughn has more than 45 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designations.
He is past president of the Central Florida Estate Planning Council and Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Financial Service Professionals; a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting; and a qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable (with 39 consecutive years of qualification). Hardy also enjoys membership in Court of the Table, Top of the Table, and The Forum 400.
Over the years, Hardy has been involved in many civic activities, having served on the board of directors of The Adoption Center, Inc., the Central Florida Chapter of American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association-Central Florida Region. He currently serves on the board of directors of The American College Foundation and Heart of the City Foundation and is a past president of The University Club of Orlando.
Hardy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Science in Financial Services from the American College at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Director of Group Benefits
Cindi Johnston specializes in the development of corporate employee benefits programs. She has worked with employers and HR professionals to design and implement employee benefits programs for more than 30 years. Cindi brings not only extensive experience, but strong industry knowledge to our company and customers. In a constantly changing healthcare environment, her expertise helps clients navigate the complexities of benefits programs, compliance, and funding options to manage their employee benefits portfolios.
Cindi specializes in the implementation and administration of employee benefits plans for clients in the mid-to-large size category. She has worked for some of the biggest insurance carriers in the industry include Aetna, Principal, and Humana.
Cindi is a member of the NFP Corporate Group Employee Benefits Committee, which monitors trends in the employee-benefits industry and promotes ongoing education. She is also an active member of National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).
Mike Ison has been a successful, well known banker in Central Florida for thirty five years. His practice is focused on corporate and personal insurance opportunities and solutions. Mike’s vast knowledge
of wealth management, financial and retirement planning, investments, portfolio design and tactical tax strategies provides customized options for his clients. Using a consultative approach to identify
needs, he garners the confidence and trust of novice and savvy prospects and clients.
Mike is a graduate of Seminole State College, Emory University National Trust School, University of Florida School of Banking and the Orange County Bar Association’s Leadership Law program. Mike hold
a Series 7 and a Series 66 securities’ licenses as well as a Florida Life, Health and Variable Annuity license.
As a native of Central Florida, Mike has a vested interest in giving back to his community and serves as a board member for Orange County Public Schools’ Foundation Board, The Rotary Club of Maitland
and is the President of PEAI. He also supports the community by volunteering in various capacities with Junior Achievement, Coalition for the Homeless and Habitat for Humanity.
Senior Client Underwriting Manager
Kim Wajda currently serves as an administrative assistant and client service representative.
Kim is an insurance professional who holds life, health and variable annuity licenses. In her role at Seaside Insurance, she handles the processing of new business to include individual life, disability and long-term care insurance. Her duties also include preparing illustrations, obtaining client information, coordinating the underwriting process, scheduling exams, and communicating with clients on all aspects of their policies. She has more than 28 years of experience.
As a licensed agent in our Group Benefits Department, Dorothy Abrante oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations. With her high success in delivering quality service, Dorothy brings extensive experience in the management of billing, claims, and ongoing administration for both employers and individual plan participants. She also specializes in our electronic benefits administration system. Dorothy brings over 17+ years of experience in the industry, including 10 years of brokerage experience.
Jill Slater is responsible for the day-to-day management of the individual and small group clients. As a licensed agent in our Group Benefits Department, she brings a deep sense of caring to her work, striving for customer service excellence.
With 25+ years of experience in the healthcare industry, Jill began her insurance career in 1987 with Florida Hospital and then moved into the employee benefits area, which provided her experience in both the carrier and agency sides of the industry. Jill holds a degree in Business Administration, Management, from Hofstra University in New York.
Insurance Licensed Client Advisors*:
- Beth McCague, Jacksonville
- Charlie Weed, Ponte Vedra Beach
- Cheryl Yager, Windermere
- David Wooten, Winter Park
- Diane Akel, Ponte Vedra Beach
- Doug Krenzer, Windermere
- Eric Waldron, Downtown Orlando
- George Madden, Lake Mary
- Jason Timmons, Coral Gables
- Jeff Tart, Palm Beach Gardens
- Joe Kobourek, Downtown Orlando
- Karim Arja, Downtown Orlando
- Kathy Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach
- Keith Felton, Tampa
- Larry Stewart, Downtown Orlando
- Luis Mechoso, Coral Gables
- Melissa, D’Orazio, Windermere
- Nora Bagby, Downtown Orlando
- Patty Montanez, Lake Mary
- Scott Toth, Ft. Lauderdale
- Steve Rogner, Downtown Orlando
- Stuart Scott, Downtown Orlando
- Veronica Maybury, Ponte Vedra Beach
* These individuals are not affiliated or employed with Kestra Investment Services, LLC.
Financial security is often a matter of continuity. At Seaside, we promise to get to know you, your family and your business. We believe that taking the time to understand you and your goals means we can offer our advice more effectively. Once we’ve identified your needs and aspirations, we’ll recommend product-neutral, needs-based insurance solutions, right for today and tailored to your tomorrow. It’s our promise to build a solid rapport by meeting and exceeding your expectations.
We begin every relationship by performing a prudent analysis of all aspects of your insurance plans to assure you have adequate coverage, proper ownership and beneficiary structure. In addition, we will do a cost comparison to ensure you are receiving a good value on your policy. We take the time to understand your entire financial picture and deliver a fully integrated risk management solution with your best interest at heart.
Seaside Insurance is an independent insurance agency, meaning we embrace an open architecture and offer no proprietary insurance products. Open architecture involves the utilization of multiple insurance underwriters, which gives us the freedom to choose insurance solutions from a wide variety of providers. Our model allows us the objectivity necessary to choose the solutions that best meet your needs. We perform extensive due diligence and only work with the most stable and financially secure underwriters.
Our decision to adhere to an open architecture insurance model is a conscious commitment to align your best interests with the best valued products available to meet your needs.