Meet Our Team

  • John A. Witherspoon, IV
    President

    Email: john4@scubains.com

    John Witherspoon has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.  He received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Mercer University in 1982 and his CIC designation in 1989.  John previously worked as the manager of the SCUBA department for Gale Smith + Co.  He is also active in commercial insurance business, handling various types of SCUBA manufacturing and service risks.  In 1989, he put together a program for SCUBA professional liability.  The program provided broad coverage at a competitive price and showed growth since its inception.  In 1993, a store program was developed and a boat program the following year.  These programs are very similar to the coverages we offer today.

    John's interest in SCUBA dates back to the 1970s.  He has been a master instructor in NASE (National Academy of Scuba Educators) and NASDS (National Association of SCUBA Diving Schools) and has more than 500 dives to his credit.  He also teaches underwater photography and videography as well as open water, advanced open water, and several specialties.  He holds certifications and instructor ratings for several other certification agencies.  John participates in DEMA conventions and programs.

    John's unique blend of insurance and SCUBA expertise qualifies him to act as a program coordinator for our SCUBA program.  He is the main contact for the boat and store coverages and lead underwriter for the program risk.  His contacts with various instructional and retail associations, as well as his knowledge and interest in the sport make him the perfect asset.  John's position as a founding board member of the Sea of Change Foundation was highlighted in the Aggressor Fleet's 2017 catalog, showing John building an underwater coral farm with the other board members at the Cayman Coral Nursery Project 2016.

     

  • Dixon Witherspoon
    Vice President

    Email: dixon@scubains.com

    Dixon Witherspoon has worked with his brother John in the SCUBA department since the late 1980s and attended his first DEMA is 1989.  Dixon was certified as a YMCA Open Water Diver in 1976, a NASE Advanced Open Water Diver in 1990 and a SSI Nitrox 40 Diver in 2015.  His recent dives include the USS Vandenberg in Key West, Great White cage dives at Guadalupe Island Mexico and most recently, "Iron Diver" (35 Dives) off the Belize Aggressor III.  The entire Witherspoon team is now diving the OTS FFM Guardian with communications and Dixon is a certified technician on that system after the 2016 DEMA.

    In January of 1982, Dixon began his association with Gale Smith + Company.  The following year he graduated from the United States Fidelity & Guaranty School of Insurance.  In the late 1980's, Dixon earned his CIC designation from the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, a Professional Continuing Education Program.  In 2008, he and the other stockholders of Gale Smith sold to Arthur J. Gallagher.  Dixon is currently Vice President  of Witherspoon & Associates, an AssuredPartners NL company.

    Dixon served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB.com) from 1997 to 2000 and 2000 to 2003.  He is active in local civic organizations, including being a past board member of the American Heart Association. He also served on the Vanderbilt University Parents and Family Association Advisory Board and the Baylor School Alumni Board.

    Dixon is a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and currently serving on the board of Double Impact, a Christian based mentoring and mission program.

  • Errean Smith
    Commercial Lines Agent

    Email: errean@scubains.com

    Errean is responsible for reviewing and processing applications, making policy changes and responding to customer inquiries as our newest Commerical Lines Agent. Errean comes to Witherspoon & Associates with a 10+ year background in the finance industry, so he is very familiar with the industry.  He is excited about his new position along with learning more about the insurance and diving industries.

    When he is away from work, Errean loves to spend time with his two young daughters, Briley and Brynna.  He is also an avid sports fan with a large interest in soccer, football and basketball.  We all hope in the office that Errean adds diving to the list soon!

  • Anna Witherspoon
    Compliance Officer

    Email: anna@scubains.com

    Anna is an essential element of the Witherspoon & Associates team.  As our Compliance Officer, Anna processes tax payments to the states and handles necessary licensing requirements with local governments.

    Anna helps implement any necessary changes or corrections to customer's policies.  Anna also assists John in various other tasks.  Anna looks forward to learning more about the insurance and SCUBA industries.

    Anna is a SSI Openwater Diver and dives the OTS Guardian FFM.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time exercising and walking her dog, Madra. 

  • Amy Mobley
    Customer Service Representative

    Email: info@scubains.com

    Amy is our Customer Service Representative (CSR).  Her responsibilities include reviewing and processing applications, making policy endorsements and responding to customer inquiries.  Amy comes to Witherspoon & Associates with a diverse background of expertise.  She is looking forward to increasing her knowledge of the SCUBA industry.

  • Donna Albert
    Attorney

    Email: dea@donnaalbert.com
    Office: (561) 994-9904

    Donna Albert is one of the best our industry has to offer for legal defense.  She started her own practice in 1993 specializing in SCUBA and has 30 years of experience in the legal industry.  She received her Juris Doctorate in 1984 from Florida State University.  Through the years, she has successfully defended agencies, store and boat owners and dive professionals alike.

    In addition to her legal work, Donna also works with agencies such as our company as a risk management consultant.  She has presented many times at the annual DEMA convention and is considered one of the top experts on pre- and post-accident defense.  She also gives back to nonprofit organizations such as the Southeast Regional Marine Mammal Standing Network that work to rehabilitate and release marine mammals back into the ocean.

    Donna works as the defense attorney for our program and assists with our risk management program in development.  She keeps her costs to a minimum which allows us to offer our competitively-priced premiums.  Donna cares about our clients and protecting the integrity of the SCUBA industry.

  • Craig Jenni
    Investigator

    Email: craig@dmci.pro
    Office: (561) 981-8101
    Cell: (954) 661-5663

    Craig Jenni is the President and primary investigator for Dive and Marine Consultants International and has nearly 30 years of experience in the SCUBA industry. Craig started his career as a dive store manager and instructor in Oklahoma.  Since then, he has been involved in commercial diving, the NAVY Seal program, is a professor, and program director for YMCA SCUBA and Florida Association of Dive Operators (FADO).

    Craig is certified through many certification agencies in our industry, such as PADI, SSI, IANTD, SDI, TDI, YMCA, NAUI, NASDS, DRI, and CMAS.  He is certified for a variety of technical diving such as cave, cavern, NITROX, TRIMIX, and rebreather.  In addition to his diving expertise, Craig has developed a program curriculum for risk management in agencies throughout the industry.

    Craig is the chief investigator for our program and directly assists Donna Albert in gathering information needed to mount a successful defense for our clients.  Our customers enjoy working with Craig because of his professionalism, level-head and customer service.  There is no one else you would rather work with under the stress of a post-accident than Craig!