Executive Vice President, Florida Insurance Council
Sam Miller is executive vice president of the Florida Insurance Council, the state’s largest insurance company trade association with 250 members. His responsibilities include assisting FIC President Cecil Pearce in the management of the FIC office’s day-to-day activities; supervising the FIC Internet site and public affairs and communications programs; and working as FIC’s catastrophe coordinator at the State Emergency Operations Center.
Sam represents the Council and the overall Florida insurance community on the steering committee for Partners in Recovery, a disaster coalition consisting of the Florida Department of Financial Services, the state Division of Emergency Management and other government agencies and the insurance industry.
Sam was co-director of the Hurricane Insurance Information Center in Kendall in Dade County for 18 months following Hurricane Andrew in the early 1990’s. The center was a public affairs operation established by a national insurance industry coalition.
He came to the insurance industry from United Press International in 1988. He worked with UPI for 12 years, including one year as chief of the Tallahassee bureau. He also was a Tallahassee-based correspondent for The Tampa Tribune for four years.
Sam has a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He is a Florida native and grew up in Daytona Beach. He is married to Linda Medlin and has a daughter, Lillian Shettle, who is 26 and presented Sam and Linda with their first grandchild about a year ago. Sam’s hobbies include rose gardening and model railroading. Sam is an officer with the Big Bend Model Railroad Association in Tallahassee and Sunshine region, National Model Railroad Association. He hopes to become an NMRA Master Model Railroader at some point during the next five years.
Sam has done some free lance writing over the years, including a guidebook for the Old Capitol, published by the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board.