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UP CLOSE: John Fleming

UP CLOSE: John Fleming

NEW JOB TITLE: Atlanta-based executive vp for insurance services for Paul Davis National, the large loss specialty practice under Paul Davis Restoration Inc.

PREVIOUS POSITION: Atlanta-based vp and director of business development and marketing for Cunningham Lindsey USA Inc.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: I've known the Paul Davis organization for a long time in my previous roles in the industry. I've always thought very highly of them. I look forward to this opportunity to help Paul Davis National to grow their business through my contacts in the industry.

GOALS FOR NEW POSITION: Immediate goals are to re-contact a lot of friends and clients I've met over the years and introducing them to the difference at Paul Davis National.

CHALLENGES FACING INDUSTRY: Everyone who is involved in the insurance industry right now is tremendously affected by the impacts of this soft market. (A) soft market...requires insurers to be cost-conscious while maintaining their high level of customer service.

HOBBIES: I am an avid reader. I play the acoustic guitar when I have time. I'm also an avid fly fisherman.

MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT: My family has always come first to me. They are my cornerstone and my support in my career. You have to have that support at home.

FAVORITE BOOK: I'm a great fan of a South Florida mystery writer named James W. Hall. He and I correspond a lot.

CAN'T-MISS TELEVISION SHOW: I love “Burn Notice.” It takes place in Miami, which is where I grew up.

EMAIL OR PHONE, AND WHY: I might have said phone a few years ago. But now I find that most of the people I do business with are so busy. Email is convenient for their schedules, and I'm not as invasive with their time.