Who We Are

At Seaside Insurance, we are here to steer you in the best direction for all your insurance endeavors, both professionally and personally.

 Our history

Since 1973, Seaside Insurance, Inc. has provided our clients with sophisticated financial products and a wide array of business services that aligned with their goals. We employ highly experienced professionals who have a steadfast commitment to excellence in service, professional ethics and personal integrity. Whether you’re a business owner looking to navigate the complex maze of employee benefits plans or a family seeking to create a lasting legacy for your next generation, the professionals at Seaside Insurance are positioned to offer you sound advice.

 Our people


Hardy Vaughn, CLU, ChFC, CAP, MSFS

Hardy Vaughn has more than 45 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designations.

He is a former president of the Central Florida Estate Planning Council and Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Financial Service Professionals; a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting; and a qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable (with 39 consecutive years of qualification). Hardy also enjoys membership in Court of the Table, Top of the Table, and The Forum 400.

Over the years, Hardy has been involved in many civic activities, having served on the board of directors of The Adoption Center, Inc., the Central Florida Chapter of American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association-Central Florida Region. He currently serves on the board of directors of The American College Foundation and Heart of the City Foundation and is a past president of The University Club of Orlando.

Hardy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Science in Financial Services from the American College at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Hardy is also a Registered Representative with Kestra Investment Services, LLC. Kestra Investment Services, LLC is not affiliated with Seaside Insurance, Inc. or Seaside Bank and Trust.



Cindi Johnston
Director of Group Benefits

Cindi Johnston specializes in the development of corporate employee benefits programs. She has worked with employers and HR professionals to design and implement employee benefits programs for more than 30 years. Cindi brings not only extensive experience, but strong industry knowledge to our company and customers. In a constantly changing healthcare environment, her expertise helps clients navigate the complexities of benefits programs, compliance, and funding options to manage their employee benefits portfolios.

Cindi specializes in the implementation and administration of employee benefits plans for clients in the mid-to-large size category. She has worked for some of the biggest insurance carriers in the industry include Aetna, Principal, and Humana.

Cindi is a member of the NFP Corporate Group Employee Benefits Committee, which monitors trends in the employee-benefits industry and promotes ongoing education. She is also an active member of National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).

Mike Ison

Mike Ison
Registered Representative

Mike Ison has been a successful, well-known banker in Central Florida for thirty-five years. His practice is focused on corporate and personal insurance opportunities and solutions. Mike’s vast knowledge of wealth management, financial and retirement planning, investments, portfolio design and tactical tax strategies provides customized options for his clients. Using a consultative approach to identify needs, he garners the confidence and trust of novice and savvy prospects and clients.

Mike is a graduate of Seminole State College, Emory University National Trust School, University of Florida School of Banking and the Orange County Bar Association’s Leadership Law program. Mike holds a Series 7 (General Securities Representative). Mike is also a Registered Representative with Kestra Investment Services, LLC. Kestra Investment Services, LLC is not affiliated with Seaside Insurance, Inc. or Seaside Bank and Trust.

As a native of Central Florida, Mike has a vested interest in giving back to his community and serves as a board member for Orange County Public Schools’ Foundation Board and is Chair Elect. He also supports the community by volunteering in various capacities with Junior Achievement, Coalition for the Homeless and Habitat for Humanity.


Kimberly Wajda
Senior Client Underwriting Manager

Kim Wajda currently serves as an administrative assistant and client service representative.

Kim is an insurance professional who holds life, health and fixed annuity licenses. In her role at Seaside Insurance, she handles the processing of new business to include individual life, disability and long-term care insurance. Her duties also include preparing illustrations, obtaining client information, coordinating the underwriting process, scheduling exams, and communicating with clients on all aspects of their policies. She has more than 33 years of experience.


Dorothy Quinones
Benefits Advisor

As a licensed agent in our Group Benefits Department, Dorothy Quinones oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations. With her high success in delivering quality service, Dorothy brings extensive experience in the management of billing, claims, and ongoing administration for both employers and individual plan participants. She also specializes in our electronic benefits administration system. Dorothy brings over 17+ years of experience in the industry, including 10 years of brokerage experience.

Aimee Crouse
Group Benefits Advisor

Aimee Crouse has been a licensed agent for over 20 years and has helped small business partners develop and implement their employee benefits programs throughout Central Florida. Aimee’s extensive knowledge and expertise with Group Benefits is unparalleled. She is well known for her great customer service, consistent communication, strong attention to detail and ensuring a positive experience for the company and their employees. She has relationships with all the group benefit carriers in Florida including, Aetna, Cigna, Florida Blue, Humana and United Healthcare.

Kristi Leonard
Benefits Advisor

Kristi Leonard has been a Health & Life licensed agent for 24+ years with group and individual product knowledge. Residing in Central Florida since 1999 she has built strong relationships in the insurance industry. She professionally handles the expectations of our clients and understands their needs to ensure proper benefits administration.

Insurance Advisors*:

  • Diane Akel, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Steve Altier, Sarasota
  • Karim Arja, Downtown Orlando
  • Melissa D’Orazio, Windermere
  • Keith Felton, Tampa
  • Kathy Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Kevin Kelly, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Doug Krenzer, Windermere
  • George Madden, Lake Mary
  • Veronica Maybury, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Sonja Griffin Newland, Tampa
  • Steve Rogner, Downtown Orlando

  • David Ruppel, Tampa
  • Stuart Scott, Downtown Orlando
  • Todd Smith, Downtown Orlando
  • Larry Stewart, Downtown Orlando
  • Jason Timmons, Coral Gables
  • Omar Tirado, Boca Raton
  • Scott Toth, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Eric Waldron, Downtown Orlando
  • David Wooten, Winter Park
  • Cheryl Yager, Windermere

* These individuals are not affiliated or employed with Kestra Investment Services, LLC.

Our promise

Financial security is often a matter of continuity. At Seaside, we promise to get to know you, your family and your business. We believe that taking the time to understand you and your goals means we can offer our advice more effectively. Once we’ve identified your needs and aspirations, we’ll recommend product-neutral, needs-based insurance solutions, right for today and tailored to your tomorrow. It’s our promise to build a solid rapport by meeting and exceeding your expectations in service and follow through.

Our model

We begin every relationship by performing a prudent analysis of all aspects of your insurance plans to assure you have adequate coverage, proper ownership and beneficiary structure. In addition, we will do a cost comparison to ensure you are receiving a good value on your policy. We take the time to understand your entire financial picture and deliver a fully integrated risk management solution with your best interest at heart.

Seaside Insurance is an independent insurance agency, meaning we embrace an open architecture and offer no proprietary insurance products. Open architecture involves the utilization of multiple insurance underwriters, which gives us the freedom to choose insurance solutions from a wide variety of providers. Our model allows us the objectivity necessary to choose the solutions that best meet your needs. We perform extensive due diligence and only work with the most stable and financially secure underwriters.

Our decision to adhere to an open architecture insurance model is a conscious commitment to align your best interests with the best valued products available to meet your needs.