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Staff Bios

Leslie Saunders - Owner & President

Craig Scurato - Vice President/Producer

Jim Davis - Training Consultant

 

Read our Capabilities Statement to find out how Leslie Saunders can benefit you and your company

About the Leslie Saunders Insurance, Benefits and Training

Leslie Saunders The world is constantly changing and we felt it was time for us to change too!  We have updated our website to provide you with the most relevant information about our firm’s products and services.  One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to deliver predictability, improved performance and increased profitability -- three important aspects for every successful business.  Not only do you benefit from our years of expertise in providing high-quality insurance programs, employee benefits and training, you also receive our personal and professional attention.

I hope you will take a few moments to peruse the new site and see the variety of products and services Leslie Saunders can offer your organization.  We feel it is important for you to know that we’ve been providing services as a certified woman-owned business for more than 20 years.  As your partner, we help your organization meet minority business contract requirements and quotas established by your customers as well as local, state and federal agencies.  In fact, all of our service offerings will help you achieve Tier I and Tier II Supplier Diversity goals, as well as comply with DOT DBE 49 CRF 23 and 26 requirements.

We are the largest diversity supplier to Avis Budget Group, which recently was honored by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises. This is the 11th consecutive year that WBENC has recognized this leading car rental company’s supplier diversity program for excellence.  We’re proud to be their partner and commend their commitment to providing business opportunities to our firm and other women's business enterprises. 

When your organization purchases goods and services from a minority-owned or woman-owned business like ours, it is a win-win opportunity for your company and ours.   As Ronald L. Nelson, Avis Budget Group chairman and chief executive officer noted in its March 2, 2011, press release, "A diversified supplier chain is invaluable to our company's growth. We remain committed to providing women-owned, minority-owned and small businesses with equal access to compete for corporate contracts. We proudly accept the recognition as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises."

Thanks for stopping by.  We look forward to partnering with you!

Leslie

News

  • More employees want pet insurance. Read More...
  • Article by Leslie Saunders and Jim Davis entitled, "Low or No Cost Ideas for Marketing Your Business" as featured in the November/December 2010 edition of Auto Rental News. Read More...
  • Leslie Saunders Recognized Among Top 100 Regional Minority Businesses. Read More...
  • Leslie Saunder's article "How to Become Certified as a DBE" as featured in the April 2010 edition of Auto Rental News. Read More...
  • Leslie Saunders Serves in Host Committee for 2010 Women in Business National Conference. Read More...
  • Leslie Saunders participates in the 2009 Women's Business Summit: Health Care and Business Growth in Washington, DC. Read More...
  • Leslie Saunders is a representative on the National Women’s Business Council. Read More...

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Leslie SaundersLeslie Saunders, President and Owner
Leslie Saunders has more than thirty years of experience developing innovative insurance products, employee benefits and training services for travel industry organizations, car rental companies and airport concessionaires.

Leslie strongly supports national certification for WBE/DBE firms. She is a long-time member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and serves on the Governing group of the WBENC’s national Women’s Enterprise Leadership Forum.  Leslie currently serves as a Presidential Appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan Federal government council that serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. 

Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University Douglass Campus. She earned a certificate from the Tuck/WBENC Executive Management Program.  Leslie and her husband live in the Tampa area.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • American Association of Airport Executives - AAAE
  • Airport Minority Advisory Council Member - AMAC
  • Women’s Presidents Organization - WPO
  • Women Presidents Education Organization – WPEO
  • Airports Council International - ACI
  • Society of Human Resource Executive Managers - SHERM

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2010 Top 100 Minority Business® Enterprise Award
  • 2007 Enterprising Woman’s Enterprising Woman of the Year
  • 2001 Working Woman’s Excellence Award
  • Twice recognized as a WBENC “Business Star.” 
  • Named to Tampa Bay Business’ Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses

Leslie’s marketing expertise was featured in the book “Breaking Through: Creating Opportunities for America’s Women and Minority Owned Businesses”, and her business life story is featured in the
book “Yes, I Can Do That!”

Craig Scurato

Craig Scurato joined Leslie Saunders in 2008 to expand the firm’s focus on providing benefit consulting to companies of all sizes.  Throughout his 20+ year career in the insurance and compliance administration business, Craig has held sales and sales leadership positions with the largest companies in the industry.

As a Sales Manager for Standard Insurance in St. Louis, he led the teams that sold and serviced large clients as diverse as St. Louis Public Schools, City of Memphis, Crane Corporation and Bunge. While Regional Vice President for Delta Dental in Kansas City, Craig led the efforts to build products, networks and community relations while selling and servicing half of the 1,000 + market for public and private employers.

He has helped both large and small employers find solutions to their most vexing benefit and compliance issues though a combination of knowledge, industry insight and creativity. Craig has extensive underwriting training and practical experience in all financial aspects of employee benefits and compliance administration outsourcing.

Craig is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA and currently resides in Kansas City, MO with his wife and two children.

Jim Davis, Training Consultant

Jim Davis is a training and development professional, with more than twenty years of experience in training management, design, development and implementation. Jim has managed training and development departments for Fortune 500 companies in classroom, self-paced, facilitated online and web-based formats.  His expertise spans all phases of adult learning and educational development including needs analysis, content design, course development, implementation and program evaluation.  Jim is a life-long learner dedicated to developing superior training solutions.

Prior to joining with Leslie Saunders, Jim was Vice President of Organizational Development, Education and Events with GMAC Home Services in Oak Brook, IL, (now Real Living) a multi-billion international provider of real estate, mortgage and relocation services. Jim directed the development and delivery of all educational products via classroom, convention, meeting, internet and self-paced delivery for all 1,300 company-owned and franchise offices.

Jim also served for many years in the car rental industry as Director of Learning and Organizational Development for Cendant Car Rental Group (previous owner of Avis and Budget Rent a Car), and Director of Training and Development for Budget Group (former owner of Budget Rent a Car and Ryder Truck Rental).  In these roles he directed front-line employee training for technical skills, product sales, local market sales and quality assurance training for more than 6,000 Avis and Budget rental locations. 

Jim has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from BBA the American InterContinental University, Hoffman Estates, IL. He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the International Society for Performance Improvement.  Jim and his family reside in the Chicago area.