Our PEO Experts

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Paul Hughes




Mr. Hughes is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Libertate Insurance, providers of enterprise risk management services and exclusive product offerings in property and casualty insurance. Mr. Hughes has placed property and casualty insurance since 1992, and offers consultation services in the areas of underwriting, claims, managed care processes, loss projection and risk management.

After starting his career with Liberty Mutual as a retail agent, Mr. Hughes went on to become the Regional Client Services/Sales Manager for ManagedComp, a national workers’ compensation TPA/MGA. Under his direction, ManagedComp opened in Florida in 1996 and grew to $60 million of premiums placed by 1999. In May 2000, Mr. Hughes created Risk Transfer, a company whose focus is working with industries having some type of duress in procuring insurance.

Mr. Hughes remains an active member of various industry and insurance associations and participates in legislative initiatives relative to commercial accounts he works with. He is a board member of the Risk Management Best Practices Certification Institute; he acts as a PEO University Professor in workers’ compensation and has authored articles for the Crummer School of Business, PEO Insider and Florida Underwriter publications. Mr. Hughes has also presented Risk Management Best Practices seminars to NAAS, FAPEO, GAPEO, NWAPEO and the Florida Workers Compensation Educational Conference. He has a BA from Rollins College, an MBA from The Crummer School of Business and is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

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Sharlie Reynolds

Executive Vice President



Ms. Reynolds is the Executive Vice President of Libertate Insurance. Besides managing in excess of $20m in premiums for the company, she is a member of the executive operating board that governs operations and service. Prior to joining Libertate in September of 2014, Ms. Reynolds served several different service and sales capacities at Risk Transfer Programs, LLC. Her initial assignment was the management and stewardship of five master policies generating $35m of premiums. Later, she went on to be the lead in rolling out the company’s patented technology, RiskMD, to the company’s top 50 clients. During her career Sharlie has successfully managed almost $200m of commercial property and casualty insurance premiums.

Before Sharlie started in the insurance industry, she had 14 years of successful Consumer Packaged Goods experience working for companies such as Coca-Cola, Tyson Foods, Cadbury Schweppes and Bacardi USA in the roles of Sales or Sales Management. She managed multiple key accounts as well as national and local program executions for high-profile brands such as Dewar’s Scotch, vitaminwater, smartwater and Canada Dry where she held lead roles in planning, sell-in, creative development, program execution and evaluation.

Ms. Reynolds has a BSBA from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the University of Florida.

David Burgess

Executive Vice President



David Burgess graduated from Cumberland University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and minor in Accounting. David began working in the insurance industry with Zenith Insurance as an Underwriter. In time, David went on to become the Vice President of Underwriting for MCIM, a regional workers’ compensation carrier.

Under his direction, MCIM worked with both PEO and retail agents. Additionally, David led a team of underwriters with the pricing and program placement for the workers’ compensation insurance. In 2012, David became the Underwriting Manager for Patriot National Insurance, a company who specialized in mono-line work comp products which included retail workers compensation underwriting and captive management services. Most recently, David led the PEO division of AmTrust Financial as the Director of Underwriting before transitioning to an independent agent and joining Libertate Insurance as an Executive Vice President.

David remains an active member of various industry and insurance associations and carries the designation for a Certified Marine Insurance Professional (CMIP), gaining an absolute understanding of marine-related risks and their associated coverages. He focused especially on those coverages and risks related to U.S. Longshore and Harbor workers legislation as he served as the specialist in this coverage for Zenith, MCIM, and AmTrust Financial.

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Reni Snider

Senior Account Executive



Reni attended Southern Illinois University of Carbondale where she studied physiology and bio-chemistry.  During her college years she interned for a diagnostics imaging network who focused on providing medical imaging services to workers’ compensation companies at a discounted rate.  Following college, she was offered a position at this firm heading up their network development division in 2002.  This position provided Mrs. Snider with her first real exposure to understanding the workers’ compensation industry.

In 2008 Reni relocated to Orlando, FL with her husband and obtained her 2-15 Life and Health license, accepting a position managing a benefits book for a large regional agency.  She remained in this position until December of 2013 when she joined Libertate Insurance, LLC.

Reni is now a Senior Account Executive for Libertate and also serves to advise RiskMD, a data management and analytics company, on insurance operations and practices.

Reni and her husband Ed have two daughters who attend the dual language program at Union Park Elementary in East Orlando.

Jennifer Bush

Marketing and Quality Assurance Coordinator



Jennifer Bush manages Libertate’s marketing efforts and Quality Assurance. In her role, she also markets PEO client submissions to master policies or an open market. She prides herself on providing excellent customer service and maintaining great relationships with all her PEO clients. Prior to joining Libertate, Jennifer was the Director of Operations at Comp360, where she was responsible for creating innovative marketing collateral, facilitating policy renewals, and overseeing 35+ state agency licenses.

Jennifer is a RWCS-Registered Workers’ Compensation Specialist, a notary and has a 2-20 Property & Casualty Insurance License.