Robert (Bob) Reynolds recently received national recognition for being a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) for more than 25 years and was given a plaque marking the accomplishment.
To earn the designation of CIC, an insurance agent must pass five tough essay exams that cover the specific insurance disciplines of life and health, commercial property, personal insurance, commercial casualty and agency management. Each exam is preceded by a three-day course, each focusing on the deepest elements of insurance coverage, policy contracts and their application in the field.
“Bob’s ongoing allegiance to and sup- port of the CIC Program is a testament to the value he places on ‘real world’ insurance education and client satisfaction,” Dr. William Hold, president of the society of CIC, said during the award ceremony. “His clients, colleagues and the insurance profession as a whole benefit greatly from his dedication.”
In 2000, Reynolds was named Agent of the Year by the Society of Certified Professional Insurance Agents. He is the only Floridian to ever receive the designation.
“I guess you could say the insurance business is in my blood,” Reynolds said. “It’s what I always wanted to do.”
His grandfather, E.H. Reynolds, entered the insurance field in 1910 and authored Florida’s first worker’s compensation law while working for Florida Power and Light. He founded E.H. Reynolds & Son in 1950.
Douglas Reynolds, Bob’s father, took over the business in 1957 and merged with fellow insurer Edwin Morris a year later, renaming the company Morris & Reynolds Insurance. Morris retired and sold his inter- est to the Reynolds family in 1979, although they kept the name. During his successful career, Douglas Reynolds served as president of the Miami Insurance Board and was awarded the Society of Professional Insurance Agents’ lifetime achievement award.
After earning his initial degree at Florida State University, Bob entered the family business in 1983 while continuing his studies at the University of Miami.
“Going to Miami was a natural choice for me since I’d grown up a fan, as well as the fact that my father graduated from the U,” Reynolds said. “In fact, many of my insurance and finance professors were the same ones my father had enjoyed three decades earlier.”
He has since taken over the business, its main office located at 14821 S. Dixie Hwy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to becoming a licensed CIC, Bob has earned many titles including Certified Professional Insurance Agent. He is an associate in automation management, in insurance services and in underwriting.
Morris & Reynolds is very active in the community, supporting numerous local and national foundations that include the American Cancer Society, the ALS Foundation of Florida, Breakthrough Miami and the Humane Society of South Florida.
Of all his accomplishments, Reynolds cites his family as his great- est accomplishment.
“My life’s biggest passion is my wife and partner Julianne and our two children,” he said. “By far, they are my greatest award.”