Professional Disability Associates Appoints Michael Cleveland to Role of President

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Leading disability solutions and advisory services provider appoints 25-year veteran of the group life and disability insurance industry to lead the company through its next phase of strategic growth

Michael’s experience in leading large-scale claim organizations, the depth of his industry knowledge and his exceedingly strong reputation, will be invaluable to us in this role.

Professional Disability Associates (PDA), a provider of specialty risk resources and consultative solutions to the disability insurance market, subsidiary of The Advocator Group and Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO), announced today that Michael Cleveland joins the firm as President. Mr. Cleveland’s background includes leading the absence, group disability and life waiver of premium claims operations for several large insurance carriers. His addition to the team will bring an even greater depth of claims expertise to the organization and will allow PDA to position the business for further growth within its chosen markets.

Mr. Cleveland brings a broad base of leadership talents and operational excellence to this role, with experience in developing best practices and achieving performance goals; developing organizational goals and core competencies; supporting business partners and sales and revenue generation functions; evaluating business performance and talent requirements; overseeing the design and implementation of systems; and the development of leaders and other team members with high potential. PDA will look to Mr. Cleveland to collaborate closely with the senior management team to establish short and long-term goals, plan for growth, and set strategies for the future.

In joining the firm, Mr. Cleveland notes, “I am very excited to be joining the PDA team! I have worked with PDA periodically over the years, as a customer, so I am confident that I am well situated to truly understand the client experience to guide the team in developing strategies that allow us to deliver maximum value to the market.”

“Michael’s experience in leading large-scale claim organizations, the depth of his industry knowledge and his exceedingly strong reputation, will be invaluable to us in this role,” says Michael Shunney, CEO of The Advocator Group. “We expect that he will hit the ground running and have an immediate and very positive impact on our business and on the customer experience.”

Mr. Cleveland holds a BA from the University of Georgia, as well as designations as a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), Associate, Reinsurance Administration (ARA), and Associate, Insurance Regulatory Compliance (AIRC).

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Professional Disability Associates (PDA) is an innovative industry leader in providing specialty risk resources, including medical and vocational review services, consultative solutions and industry benchmarking, as well as full-service claim administration capabilities to major disability insurers and self-insured employers. PDA prides itself on delivering customized solutions and exceeding its clients’ expectations. To learn more, please visit our website,

The Advocator Group, LLC is a nationwide advocacy organization dedicated to helping individuals apply for and obtain Social Security Disability Insurance. In addition, The Advocator Group assists Medicare beneficiaries in identifying the best coverage possible for their unique needs. The Advocator Group's team of experienced Social Security and Medicare advocates ensures that each client is provided phenomenal service while each case receives close attention. For more information, visit

Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) is a leading insurance brokerage firm, providing risk management solutions to individuals and businesses. With more than 80 years of proven success and thousands of teammates, we offer knowledge you can trust and strive to deliver superior customer service. For more information, please visit

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