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Nielson Hoover Group
Charles J. Nielson
Chairman of the Board / CEO
Charles J. Nielson Chairman of the Board / CEO
Charles (Chuck) is not only the Chairman of the Board for all Nielson Hoover Group Companies, he’s also a top producer. With over 52 years in the business, Chuck still prefers to spend his days actively working as a Surety Bond Specialist, securing new accounts while servicing and maintaining existing clients. His passion for the surety industry not only shows in his daily activities but in his corporate responsibilities as well. Along with his associates, Chuck has created and managed a strategic plan that enables the Nielson Hoover Group of companies (NHC, CAFF and CAL) the ability to continue to grow their revenue and profits and, most importantly, maintain NHC’S position as the #1 surety bond agency in the Southeast and for CAFF and CAL to have the reputation as the most aggressive and professional construction insurance operations in South Florida.
While pursuing a degree at the University of Utah, Chuck joined a large Surety Company, where he received a formalized underwriting training. A promotion with the same company lead to a move to Miami, and eventually the position of Surety Underwriting Manager for South Florida and the Caribbean, which he held for several years, leading that Surety operations to the fastest growing office in the nation.
In 1974 Chuck moved to the Agency side of the business and started his own agency, underwriting and servicing surety bonds for construction accounts. With a prevailing culture of fairness and consideration towards the staff, and relentless passion and hard work, Chuck and his associates have built what is now the leading surety agency in the Southeast.
With over 50 years’ experience in Surety Bonds, Chuck’s expertise has earned him the respect and trust of those in the surety and construction industries as the foremost Surety Bond professional in the business.
Chuck has arguably written more bonds, both in number and aggregate liability, than any other surety broker in Florida’s history. He has also penned numerous articles over his career for publications pertinent to the construction industry. In addition, Chuck is regularly asked to speak at various construction related events for sureties, CPA, attorneys, and others.
Chuck has has been actively involved in the Construction Management program at Florida International University for nearly 30 years, with eight of those years as an adjunct professor for their Construction Management school. Chuck is Chairman of the Advisory Council for the School of Construction Management at FIU and has been a member of the Advisory Council for the past ten years. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind for more than 25 years and has served as the Chairman of the Board. He is also actively involved in other South Florida charities including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Chuck has an MBA from the University of Miami, and the Surety industry AFSB designation.
Chuck has lived in South Florida for over 50 years. He is married to Olga Nielson and has 7 children and 15 grandchildren.
Vice President, Administration
Olga Nielson Vice President, Administration
Olga began her insurance career in California working at one of the largest insurance companies in the nation, while attending school in the San Fernando Valley. She immediately became interested in the insurance industry and realized the numerous opportunities for advancement available to a woman. After working in various units and roles, in a few years Olga accepted an underwriting position at another major insurance company in California.
Moving to Miami in the 1970s, Olga also made the change to the agency side of the business as Commercial Lines Manager for a large insurance agency. She has held positions in two other agencies as Marketing Manager, Agency Manager, and Producer.
With over 40 years of experience in most facets of the insurance industry, Olga has also worked in Administration and HR. Currently, Olga is Vice President of Nielson Hoover Group (NHG), as well as Vice President and COO of Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, LLC (CAFF), one of the NHG agencies specializing in Commercial Insurance, to which she dedicates most of her time and expertise. CAFF has seen a substantial growth in the last few years and continues to increase its presence as one of the premier Commercial Insurance agencies in the area.
On the personal side, Olga is married to Charles J. Nielson. She enjoys time with their 7 children, and their spouses, and 15 grandchildren, who all live nearby. An annual family vacation with all 29 of them is something she and Chuck look forward to and relish. Spending time in Marco Island in their second home with family and friends throughout the year is a favorite diversion. Olga has been active with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind for many years.
David R. Hoover
David R. Hoover President
With nearly 30 years of experience in the surety, insurance and risk management industry, Dave’s knowledge and expertise is unparalled. As the President of the Nielson Hoover Group of companies, Dave oversees all facets of the business including operations, accounting, budgeting, planning, legal, compensation, IT, and staffing. He is a results-driven professional who doesn’t like to lose and has a proven track record of increasing sales and profits while building a sales culture around customer centric organizations. Dave is responsible for a multi-million dollar book of business and coordinates service with agency key clients. In addition, he develops and markets new surety business to keep current with the marketplace and remain active in production activities.
He is involved in all aspects of business acquisition, planning, budgeting, contract negotiation, compensation and integration. He is also responsible for all sales associate hiring, training and retention. Dave serves on the Agency Council for several Insurance & Bond Companies as well as Company Technology Committee as Agency Council representative. In addition, he is actively involved in numerous professional associations in the industry.
Prior to joining the surety and risk management industry, Dave (or “Hoov” as his friends call him) served 12 years as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) in the United States Marine Reserve. Throughout his tenure in various capacities, he was responsible for performance, training, administration, and career development of up to 100 U.S. Marines. This experience has proven invaluable when it comes to managing all 13 of the Nielson Hoover Group companies including Nielson, Hoover & Company’s 8 offices, Collinsworth, Alter, Fowler & French, Collinsworth, Alter, Lambert and Suretegrity.
Dave received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University.
David and his family currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Chief Financial Officer
Keith Nicholson Chief Financial Officer
As Nielson Hoover Group’s Chief Financial Officer, Keith brings with him over 25 years of unsurpassed experience in the field of Accounting and Business Insurance. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s financial and administrative duties including budgeting, financial planning, and payroll. Keith also plays an integral role in the design and implemention of the company’s producer incentive programs and is in charge of 401-K compliance, surplus lines tax compliance, and multi-state licensing requirements.
Throughout his career, Keith has seen it all and done it all. Starting in the late 80’s, he quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder to the position of Vice President/Controller for the Southeastern region of a large national insurance firm. In 2005, he took over a
retiring agent’s portfolio of business and nearly doubled it in a little over 2 years.
In the search for new challenges, Keith made the move to a regional Risk Management firm based in the Southeast when they were looking to start a new bond department. Here, he succesfully organized and implemented programs that taught him all he needed to act on his entrepreneurial instincts and start his own firm. So, in 2009, Keith hung his shingle in Palm Beach, Florida. A little over a year and a half later, he came to the attention of the Nielson Hoover Group and after some healthy conversation, he joined the agency as their CFO.
Keith is a graduate of Dowling College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. He is a licensed CPA in both Florida and New York and a recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Originally from Long Island, today, Keith and his wife of nearly 30 years reside in Boyton Beach, Florida. You can take the boy out of New York but you can’t take the New York out of the boy – Keith is and will always be a life-long New York Giants fan.
Mayelin Corporan Accounting Department
Since 1995, Mayelin has been building an impressive career in the Industry. Her knowledge and experience has been a key componant to the success of the Nielson Hoover Group of companies. Since joining Nielson, Hoover & Company in 2010, Mayelin has been in charge of the company’s Account Payables and Vendor Payables. Her strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task are imperative when it comes to making sure the company’s finances are accurate and up to date and that vendors and suppliers are paid within established time limits. There is a lot of pressure and responsibility in her role, so Mayelin’s time and stress management skills are definitely an important part of her job description.
Mayelin is a graduate of Broward College and has lived in South Florida since the early 1980’s. She is married and has two children.
Barbara Marrero Accounting Department
For the past 25 years, Barbara has held various positions for Nielson, Hoover & Company – from Producer to Account Manager to Marketing Manager. In her current role in NHC’s Accounting Department, Barbara is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures to ensure the company’s organizational effectiveness and efficiency. With her extensive knowledge and the various positions she’s held within the company, it’s easy to understand why Barbara is the “go-to” person when things need to get done.
Throughout Barbara’s impressive 35 years in the industry, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and the expertise to assist in all areas of the business. Having been an NHC team member for a quarter of a century, Barbara has proven that she is an extremely loyal and dedicated professional and is an integral part of the NHC family. Barbara’s strong work ethic coupled with her ability to multi-task and handle anything that comes her way, makes her the ideal team member. She considers it an honor and privilege to be a part of Nielson Hoover Group of companies and her role as her greatest reward.
Barbara lives in Miami, Florida with her husband of 36 years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, photography and traveling.
Tricia Coyle Accounting Department
A native Floridian, Tricia has been in the insurance industry since 2006 and with Nielson Hoover Group since 2012. As part of the Company’s Accounting Department, she is responsibe for the processing of accounts receivables and incoming payments; performing day-to-day financial transactions, including verifying, classifying, computing, posting and reconciling accounts receivables’ data. She is also tasked with preparing bills, invoices and reconciling bank deposits daily. Tricia is a customer service-oriented professional with hands-on experience and a strong attention to detail.
When Tricia’s not busy performing her daily accounting responsibilies, you might find her greeting people at the front desk, signing for packages or assisting with the phones. She is a true team player who has the ability to jump in wherever necessary.
Tricia and her two children live in Davie, Florida.