Volume 1 Number 50
December 13, 2004









The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has awarded its most prestigious national honor to Rich Robleto, of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, at its winter meetings this week in New Orleans, LA.  Robleto serves as Director of Life and Health Product Review, providing oversight to those segments of Florida’s insurance industry.   

“I am both surprised and pleased to be honored with this award, but the credit, truly, should go to my staff,” said Robleto.  “They are extremely talented and work very hard to make sure Floridians have both competitive and consumer friendly insurance choices.” 

The NAIC’s Robert Dineen Award, which Robleto received, is awarded in recognition of outstanding service as a career regulator.  In addition to the work he has done for Florida, Robleto has been at the center of the NAIC’s efforts to create the Interstate Compact: a system that would provide more efficient, uniform state-based regulation. 

Robleto joined the Office of Insurance Regulation in 1999.  Prior to coming to Florida he worked for more than 25 years in the life insurance industry.  He is a Chartered Life Underwriter, a Fellow in the Life Management Institute and a Health Insurance Associate. Robleto also has a degree from Temple University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.   

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said he was thrilled Robleto received the Dineen Award.  “In large part because of Rich’s work, Florida has a vibrant and competitive life insurance industry and we have made significant strides in improving our health insurance markets,” said McCarty.  “But we are very aware of the significant challenges ahead; I know that Rich and his staff will not rest as we move forward to meet these tests.”   

The skyline for December is downtown Gainesville, featuring the Hippodrome Theater, originally the post office.