David LeBlanc, Peachtree Special Risk Brokers, Metairie, was installed president of the Louisiana Surplus Line Association (LSLA) at the 2022 Annual Meeting March 16-18. This was the first in-person LSLA meeting since the Covid-19 shutdown.

LeBlanc, a broker with Peachtree Special Risk Brokers, succeeds Buddy Campo, CRC Group, Metairie, who will remain on the board of directors as immediate past president.

LeBlanc, a 13-year veteran of the insurance industry, got his start on the retail side of the business with an independent insurance agency in Pensacola, Florida, after graduating from Troy University in 2009 with a degree in risk management and insurance.

He moved to the wholesale side of the business when he came to the New Orleans area to take a position with Peachtree Special Risk Brokers where he has worked for the last six years.

LeBlanc has served on the board of LSLA for the last four years, and he previously served as president-elect and secretary/treasurer.

As president of LSLA, he knows that the property market in Louisiana is facing a very tough legislative session. “All of my efforts will be going to preserve the property market’s capacity in Louisiana by defending (against) the bad legislation that has been filed this legislative session,” LeBlanc told the Reporter. “The market needs to correct itself naturally, not through legislation,” he added.

Among the benefits he sees in being a member of LSLA is that there is strength in numbers. “It is easier to get things done when you have a large number of people working toward one goal,” LeBlanc said. In addition, he said that networking with peers in the insurance business is another benefit of membership in LSLA. “It benefits your company by talking to other industry members about what is going on in the insurance industry,” LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc believes that the biggest issue facing the insurance market in Louisiana and the nation is the hardening of the insurance market. He contends that the length and severity of the hard market could impact the insurance market for years to come.

Mike Rodrigue Jr., RODCO Worldwide, Metairie, was installed president-elect, and Courtney Dupuis, Risk Placement Services, Covington, secretary/treasurer. Assuming board positions were Ron Capo, USG Insurance Services; Carol Davis, Burns and Wilcox; Crystal DePascual, Amwins; Jack Duke, Royal Insurance Associates; Scott Landry, Lane and Associates, and David Wood, CRC Wholesale Group.