Dealer Risk Services was founded in 1968 by W.O. (Hoot) Gibson as Amalex, Inc. in Bartow, Florida. From the early beginning, the firm exhibited the unique ability to place difficult and unusual exposures and quickly set itself apart from other agencies with an extraordinary commitment to service.
In 1985, Steven Gibson joined his father’s firm to serve as Vice President and Director of Marketing. He provided the company with a new sense of direction and growth. The firm became Gibson Insurance Group. With increased staff and resources, the younger Gibson moved to a specialized focus with a strong emphasis on complex accounts. Gibson Insurance Group gained a reputation as a major writer of Trucking risks, targeted Professional Coverage for Architects, Engineers and entered the Garage Liability market for the Automotive Industry.
In 1994, Steven Gibson left the family business to pursue a career with Universal Underwriters specializing in coverage for the Automotive Industry. After a successful tenure with Universal, Gibson returned to Florida to work for John Deere Insurance Group. Again, the focus was on the Dealership arena. Gibson remained a Top Producer for Deere as they transitioned to Sentry Insurance Group.
In 2001, Gibson returned to the family business, changing the name to Dealer Risk Services, and moved its operation to Florida’s east coast. DRS became a dedicated provider of Risk Management Services and insurance placements for the Automotive, Truck, Equipment, and Marine Industries.
What to Expect…
Expect a Risk Management Approach
Expect us to Listen
Expect to be Involved in the Process
Expect Market Expertise
Expect Impeccable Service
Expect us to Handle your Claims