Russ Bobbitt is a Native Floridian who has lived in Sarasota since he was 16. Russ graduated from Riverview High School in 1987, attended the University of Florida, and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1991. Russ started his insurance career in 1991 with RISCORP, a Sarasota based worker’s compensation carrier. Russ handled large self insured accounts that included contractors, hospitals, and governmental entities. In 1997, Russ made a switch to the agency side and became a producer at Purmort, Martin, and Mercier Insurance Agency. In 2004, with fellow agents Jamie Purmort, and Matt Stepulla, Russ became an equal partner in Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency.
A licensed Florida agent since 1996, Russ has licenses in Property and Casualty, Life, Health, and Surplus lines. In addition to his licenses, Russ has earned the advanced insurance designations; Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI), Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS), and Certified Workers Compensation Advisor (CWCA).
Russ is active in the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, where he is on the Executive Board, the Greater Sarasota Sertoma Club, where he is the former President and Chairman, the 100 Club of Sarasota, the Gulf Coast CEO Forum, and Leadership Sarasota, where he is a member of the Class of 2011. Russ also has coached youth sports in Sarasota for the past 11 years.
Russ and his wife, Nancy have been married for 20 years and have three boys, Nathan (18), Nicholas (13), and William (16).