Our Staff

Running a local business helps us better understand the needs of our fellow businessmen and women in Louisiana. Our clients are number one. We focus on doing the absolute best job we can for our clients and on maintaining near impeccable relationships with the insurance companies we represent.

Running a local business helps us better understand the needs of our fellow businessmen and women in Louisiana. Our clients are number one. We focus on doing the absolute best job we can for our clients and on maintaining near impeccable relationships with the insurance companies we represent.

Mark Fruchtnicht, CPCU, CIC

Mark is the founder of Financial Assurance, LLC (2006). He is the former president of Oxford Insurance Agency where his career in insurance began in the 1970’s. Through the years, Mark has served on numerous boards and advisory councils such as:

  • Certified Insurance Counselors education committee (current member)
  • Hanover Insurance Company agency advisory council
  • United Fire Group agency advisory council
  • Louisiana state board member Professional Insurance Agents association
  • Independent Insurance Agents of greater New Orleans (current member), and
  • Past president Deep South Chapter CPCU.
  • Currently on the agent’s advisory council for Louisiana Citizens Insurance Co.

Mark obtained his Certified Insurance Counselors designation (CIC) in 1985 and his Charted Property Casualty Underwriters designation (CPCU) in 1988.

Jared Strecker

Jared Strecker, CIC

Jared began his career in the insurance industry in 2006, immediately after graduating from Louisiana State University. He has spent the past 8 years working as a producer developing new business relationships for the agency with members of the greater New Orleans community. In 2010, Jared received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Jared is involved in the Louisiana Young agents association as well as a member of other local industry organizations. Jared focus on both business insurance solutions as well as working with individuals on their personal insurance needs.

R. Scott Hogan

R. Scott Hogan, J.D.

Scott graduated in 1995 from Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He then attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL receiving a bachelor of arts/science in business management. Following his undergraduate studies, he attended Loyola University school of law in New Orleans, wherein he attained his Juris doctorate with honors, Magna Cum Laude in 2005. He was then admitted to the Louisiana Bar in the fall of 2005. Scott went on to practice law in the commercial litigation section of a downtown New Orleans law firm with a specific concentration on insurance related matters. In 2009 Scott began his career in the insurance industry taking his insurance expertise to a Metairie LA agency. He has spent the past four years working as a producer, wherein he has developed new business relationships and aided in finding a wide range of insurance solutions of varying complexities and needs for his clients. Scott is well versed in complex marine and construction risks, commercial property risks, and personal and family asset protection. In his spare time Scott gives back to the greater New Orleans community as a member of the Greater New Orleans sports foundation and he also enjoys spending time with his family. Scott and his wife Stephanie have one son, Connor, and reside in Metairie.

Wayne Holmes

Wayne Holmes, CIC, CLU, ChFC

In the 1970’s, Wayne moved to the New Orleans area from Boston, Mass. He began working with Mark Fruchtnicht in 1980 in both business and personal insurance sales. Wayne obtained his Certified Insurance Counselor designation (CIC) in 1997, his Chartered Life Underwriter designation (CLU) in 1999, and his Chartered Financial Consultant designation (ChFC) in 2002.

Leslye Blanchard

Leslye Blanchard, CIC

Leslye’s insurance career began in 1977 and she’s worked together with Mark Fruchtnicht since 1979. Leslye is the manager of the agency’s commercial insurance department and handles larger, complex commercial insurance clients. Leslye obtained her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1989 and is currently working on obtaining the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

John Fiorito

John Fiorito, CIC

John has been in the insurance industry in the Greater New Orleans area for the past thirty six years. He spent twenty four years working for insurance companies like Fireman’s Fund, St. Paul, Aetna and United Fire Group. John was an inland marine specialist and Senior Property underwriter. With Financial Assurance, John is a commercial client account executive. He received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2011.

Scott Fruchtnicht

Scott Fruchtnicht

After working in a different field, Scott joined Financial Assurance in 2010. Scott is a licensed property/casualty agent and performs the tasks of field inspections to identify exposures to loss as well as both residential and commercial building valuations. Scott is presently working toward his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Christy Santangelo

Christy Santangelo

Shortly after finishing school in 1995, Christy began her career in insurance with Mark Fruchtnicht. She is a licensed property & casualty agent and spends most of her day serving the needs of our personal insurance clients. Through the years as a personal lines client account manager, Christy has developed longstanding relationships with our clients and insurance company representatives. Her people skills and personality are assets to her chosen profession. Also, Christy has been instrumental in bringing others into the business of insurance.

Nicole Schwankart

Nicole Schwankhart, CISR

Nicole began her insurance career with FA in 2006. It was a “baptism of fire” assisting clients with Hurricane Katrina losses. She quickly learned the essentials to become a personal lines client account manager. Nicole obtained her license in 2007 and her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation in 2010.

Tiffany Fruchtnicht

Tiffany Fruchtnicht, CISR

Tiffany joined FA in 2012 just after graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in business management. She obtained her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation in 2013 and is working toward the Certified Insurance Counselor designation. Tiffany works in our commercial lines department as a small business client account manager.

Lisa Barth, CISR Financial Assurance

Lisa Barth, CISR

Lisa began her insurance career in 2000. She’s worked at two other well established independent insurance agencies in Greater New Orleans and is now happily a part of the FA family as a licensed personal lines client account manager. Lisa obtained her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation in 2001 and is currently working toward the Certified Insurance Counselor designation.

Kasie Stokey

Kasey Stokey

Kasie began her career with FA in 2016. After working in the Commercial Real Estate/ Property Management Industry for 16 years she decided to change career paths and happily found a home at FA. She received her property & casualty licenses in 2016 and looks forward to furthering her destinations in the very near future.

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