Executive Team

Philip Visali

Chief Executive Officer

Phil started his insurance career in 1997 with Bankers Life and Casualty as a Life and Health sales agent selling Medicare supplements to the senior market while attending the University of Florida in Gainesville. The following year, Phil was hired as a customer service representative with Nationwide Insurance in Gainesville and was instantly hooked on the P&C side of insurance. Due to the limited availability of new agency owners with Nationwide, he opened his first insurance agency with Allstate Insurance in Sarasota, Florida. He received many honors and awards for his service. In 2009, Phil founded WE Insure Florida Inc., because he found representing only one company was not in his client’s best interest, and limited his potential for growth. After only six years, WE Insure has over 70 franchised locations throughout Florida and Georgia, and is continuously being recognized as one of Northeast Florida’s largest independent agencies (2013-2015 Business Journal), Best Places to Work (2013-2015 Business Journal), Fastest Growing Private Companies (2013-2015 Business Journal) and most recently, We Insure was ranked in the top 25% of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine (August, 2015 Inc. 5000 awards #1272/5000). Additionally, Phil received the “40 Under 40” award in 2013 by the Business Journal for his business model success and in 2015, Phil was also recognized by the publication as an Ultimate CEO. Phil enjoys spending time with his son Michael and you can usually find him on the golf course.

Salena Simpson

VP of Operations

Salena joined the vision of WE Insure in 2010. She currently serves as an executive member of the WE team, with primary responsibilities of managing all facets of the accounting department and developing agencies’ internal networks and disaster recovery plans of action. With over eighteen years accounting experience, Salena is a management system expert and works diligently with partnered professionals for implementing processes throughout the agency with best practices methodology. Her consistent push to utilize the most innovative technology has given WE Insure an advantage in the insurance industry.

Nick Dakuginow

VP of Service

Nick was one of the very first employees at We Insure, beginning his career in 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida in 2009. Nick’s journey started in the mailroom to his current position today on the Executive Team, VP Service. He believes that a happy environment with happy employees will produce happy clients and partners. His goal is to create a memorable experience for every person that is in contact with a member of We Insure. Nick’s beautiful family consists of his wife Leandra, daughter Gisella, son Noah, and Yorkie Vida.

Chris Salameh

VP of Franchise Operations

Chris is a graduate from Jacksonville University.   He began his career in 2007 with Northwestern Mutual and in 2009 he started The Salameh Insurance Group, specializing in Home and Auto Insurance.  For six years he owned and operated The Salameh Insurance Group.  In 2015 Chris discovered the power of WE, merging The Salameh Insurance Group with We Insure Group.  Chris’s passion for sales, team building, and company growth has earned him a spot as VP of Sales and on the WE Insure Executive Team.

Dominic Raices

Chief Financial Officer

Dominic has over 25 years of experience as an accounting professional and has a diverse collection of knowledge and experience having worked for companies such as Watson Mortgage, Proficient Auto Transport, The Suddath Companies, Stein Mart, Merrill Lynch, and Liz Claiborne. Dominic earned his BS from Jacksonville University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Dominic is also a Reserve Police Officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office since July, 2012. He currently holds the rank of Reserve Sergeant.  Dominic is responsible for presenting and reporting accurate and timely historical financial information of the company. Produce monthly and annual financial reports. Oversee matters like cash flow, salaries and budgeting, and investments. Evaluate and advise on risk management, investment strategy, and capital acquisitions. Develop models for revenue/cost feasibility studies for projects being considered by the company.

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