McGriff-Williams Insurance of Gainesville Voted Best Agency to Work for Overall

A recent article released by Insurance Journal ranked McGriff-Williams Insurance of Gainesville as the nation’s best agency to work for. Owners Lee McGriff and Mack Williams as well as their staff of 20 employees agree that the business’ success is due largely to a focus on the importance and appreciation of each member of the team.

The agency was founded by former University of Florida football coach Lee McGriff, who was joined shortly thereafter by his friend, and running companion, Mack Williams. The firm started as an exclusive Nationwide agency, but Nationwide’s move to an independent-agency model in 2008 allowed McGriff-Williams Insurance to expand into independent markets. Today, the agency writes between $19 million to $20 million in premium in property/casualty business, all through their staff of 20 employees. Having purchased a Blue Cross Health Insurance agency earlier this year, McGriff Williams has also recently entered the world of employee benefits.

Both McGriff and Williams believe that it is their strong team of employees that have helped cultivate a successful business. McGriff specifically credited his employees for helping their business grow while making it a good place to work that is welcoming to clients. Staff members responded by noting the sacrifices and commitment made by McGriff and Williams for their employees.  

One satisfied employee stated: “Our agency owners… always look to take care of each employees needs before themselves. It’s a very unselfish atmosphere, which makes us such a strong team.” 


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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