748 US Hwy One Tequesta FL 33469
Matthew (Matt) Mitchell is the co-founder and co-owner of Venture Insurance Partners, a local independent insurance agency located in Tequesta, Florida. The establishment of Venture Insurance Partners is a culmination of over ten years of experience in the risk management & insurance field. The foundation and vision of Venture Insurance Partners is built on fundamental principles of entrepreneurship, customer service, moral values and stewardship.
Matt was born and raised in Marietta, GA (home of the famous Big Chicken) where he grew up playing sports, tubing down the Chattahoochee, watching the laser light show at Stone Mountain, water skiing on Lake Altoona and hiking Kennesaw Mountain. Most summers growing up were spent at Matt’s grandparents’ farm in Virginia where he developed his love for fishing, hunting, frog-gigging, and carpentry.
Matt attended the University of Georgia and earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in Risk Management & Insurance.
Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, headquartered in West Palm Beach, recruited Matt out of college in 2003 as their Corporate Risk Manager. It was during his four years at Fidelity Federal that Matt developed life-long friendships and gained invaluable real world experience. With over three billion in assets and over fifty bank branches spanning four South Florida Counties, Matt was responsible for Fidelity Federal’s internal corporate risk management processes focusing on risk transfer and mitigation, loss control and claims handling. Areas of concentration included Financial Institution Bond, Professional Liability, Director’s & Officers Liability, Workers Compensation and Property & Casualty. It was in the spring of 2007 when Fidelity Federal was acquired by National City. With the Fidelity Federal acquisition, Matt moved on to further his insurance career and South Florida lost a treasured local bank.
While remaining in the insurance field, Matt’s career shifted from risk management (buying) to retail commercial insurance (selling). The next seven years took the experiences at Fidelity and fine-tuned them by merging risk management practices and insurance sales. Matt developed a niche in the habitational insurance market – condominium, homeowner and property owner associations. By developing relationships with property managers, management companies and board members, Matt earned a spot as a top commercial producer for many years. Matt collaborated with industry experts to create the Habitational Insurance Program, the first of its kind in Florida.
In 2014 an opportunity presented itself to improve Matt’s career and become a Managing Principal of the Charles L. Crane insurance agency’s Florida operation. Historically, this agency was owned by a Jupiter local, Richard Berube (operating as Berube Insurance); Crane purchased Berube Insurance in 2010. This career shift to Crane offered management experience and an equity stake in the business. Matt was with the Crane Agency for one year and another opportunity presented itself to purchase this book of business and operate as a stand-alone independent agency. Crane is based out of St. Louis and both Matt (and his business partner Geordie Earle) jumped at the prospect of local ownership and to make a direct and distinct difference in the local community while at all times focusing on the needs of local clients.
Matt combines his strong work ethic, entrepreneurial passion and technical expertise to provide the best insurance and risk management solutions for his clients.