TAMPA, FL (October 17, 2015) –


Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners),   one of the Top 100 largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the U.S., announces the appointment of former Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder, Rich Thompson, as Commercial Risk and Employee Benefits Advisor.

Prior to joining BKS, Rich served as an Audit Senior Associate with KPMG. He holds an undergraduate degree in finance, a master’s degree in accounting, and he is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Most notably, Rich enjoyed a 14-year-career in professional baseball.

“We are excited to welcome Rich to our team,” says Partner, Trevor Baldwin. “Rich will use his CPA experience as a foundation for insurance advising. His understanding of the challenges entrepreneurs face will be invaluable when providing business owners with customized commercial risk management and employee benefits solutions.”

Rich takes a consultative approach and partners with clients to address their needs as both Commercial Risk Advisor and Employee Benefits Advisor. His extensive accounting background gives him a unique ability to customize comprehensive solutions while offering clients additional insight into their risk profile.

“I have been given the opportunity to grow with an incredibly successful and innovative firm,” Rich adds. “My position at BKS has given me a platform to better serve clients and hone my industry knowledge. BKS’ reputation speaks for itself, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this team.”

Rich Thompson can be reached at 813.676.3789 or

About Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) is an award-winning independent insurance brokerage firm providing private risk management, commercial risk management, employee benefits, and Vitality™ programs to clients wherever life takes them throughout the U.S. and internationally. One of the largest privately held firms in Florida, BKS takes a holistic and boutique approach to insurance architecture and risk management. The firm builds personalized client relationships and utilizes a proprietary process called RiskMapping™ to examine client lifestyles, passions, professions and business ventures generating a 360° view of their unique risk profile. BKS Holistic Protection™ is custom designed, which provides integrated coverage for all areas of a clients’ life. Headquartered in Tampa, with offices in Naples, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Tallahassee, BKS is driven to make a difference in the community, rewarding colleagues’ community involvement and supporting more than 40 charitable organizations.


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