Meet Some of the Tarpon Springs Team

Craig Rupe

District Manager
Craig is a family man with a beautiful wife and 3 great kids. He has been in the Insurance industry since 1994. He is very passionate about developing new agents and helping them discover the value of a career where they can help people and be successful.

 

Gary Papa

Unit Manager
Gary moved from Western NY more than 20 years ago, and lives in the Clearwater area with his wife and 2 sons, where they have been blessed with fine weather and many “rays of sunshine.” He successfully obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY and has 20 years of proven experience in both the Banking and Financial industry.

Being active in the local community is important to Gary. He is on the Board of Directors for the Suncoast YMCA and Past President of the Oldsmar Little League. He has received a Manager Award from the City of Oldsmar Council and the Oldsmar/Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Cup for outstanding contributions to the Chamber.
When meeting with clients, Gary’s goal is to listen to them to find the most beneficial solution to their needs and to produce significant cost savings. He also loves education people on our business.

 

Russell Mercier

Senior Licensed Agent
Russell was born in Tampa area. When he was young, he moved to Jacksonville where he grew up. Two years ago he moved back to Tampa. He has a beautiful 16 year old daughter and currently engaged. After being in the IT field for 15 years, he decided to get into helping people in the insurance industry after his grandfather passed from Alzheimer’s.
Russell’s competitive drive and attention to detail pushes him to do whatever it takes to ensure his clients, their families and their assets are protected.

Please note that our teams are made up of many valuable people and not all are listed on this page.