FoFSummitSpeaker David-DeMott

David DeMott

President, Gridiron Insurance

David DeMott is the President of Gridiron Insurance Underwriters, an insurance program manager headquartered in Plantation.

Upon graduating from Florida State University (FSU) with a degree in risk management and insurance, David's insurance career began at Bass Underwriters, where he managed a large book on the wholesale side for 8 years. He was also an intern at the Florida Department of Insurance (Actuarial Dept.).

Six years ago he assumed the role of president of Gridiron Insurance Underwriters, a specialty program manager. Under David’s leadership, Gridiron has grown an average 24% a year since 2011 and distributes its program products nationwide.

He's proud of the company and culture he's created - a company that embraces data and analytics in a casual and fun environment. His employees work hard, but they also enjoy spending time together at happy hour.

David sits on the Florida Surplus Lines Board and serves on the Legislative Committee. He also serves on WSIA Legislative Committee (National Surplus Lines Organization).

almost ten years, he's been an avid supporter of Deliver the Dream (DTD), a local charity that helps families who have a child or parent living with an illness or going through a crisis. He has sponsored their fishing tournament and signature gala, and has also donated his time to volunteer on DTD's family three-day retreats.

David’s been in the insurance industry now for 14 years, and enjoys creating strong relationships with clients. The best ones, he believes, are the ones that turn into long-lasting friendships. David is a determined individual with a broad knowledge of the insurance world with a focus on specialty lines like Inland Marine, Flood, Catastrophic Property risk and analytics.

He travels to London to conduct business with Lloyd's of London 2-3 times per year and is happy to have that opportunity to really immerse himself in England's diverse culture.

David supports the Risk Management and Insurance Program at FSU by mentoring a student every year. He is happy to report that each of his three mentees thus far has graduated with a solid job offer and a broad practical understanding of insurance.

David holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Miami and several insurance professional designations including ARM, ASLI, AU, CPCU and AMIM.

He married his long-time girlfriend, Christie, last year, and they live in Plantation with their Pomeranian Madison.

He's a true South Floridian - born and raised in Boca Raton. He’s a passionate fan of English Premier League’s Tottenham club and also cheers avidly for the Seminoles. David loves traveling, fitness and trying new restaurants, craft beers and wines.