Meet The Leaders of the Blair Team
President / CEO
Andrea Blair is an industry veteran. Having been the head of Blair Insurance Brokers since 1991, she leads her team of knowledgeable professionals who share her commitment to excellence in customer service for all lines of insurance: Commercial, Home, Auto and Life.
Her brokerage takes a dynamic 360 degree approach to ensure there are no gaps in coverage which could threaten the security of a client’s family, business or financial well-being. For Andrea it starts with understanding their needs, analyzing their risk exposures, and implementing strategies to protect against those risks, both in the present and for the future. Assisting clients to understand and compare policies is a critical phase in the decision-making process. Andrea and her team pride themselves on educating clients, so they are able to make well-informed choices.
This idea of empowering clients through knowledge was so important to Andrea that in 2015 she wrote a book, The Insurance Coaches Guide to Protecting What Matters Most. The book was dedicated to her father Doug Blair who founded the brokerage in 1978. The goal was to simplify and demystify the seemingly complicated world of Insurance. “It’s about knowing what’s important and protecting it by preparing for the unexpected” Andrea would say.
The concept of being a coach goes back several decades to her years at the University of Western Ontario ( B.A. M.A). After playing soccer for the Mustangs, she coached the Women’s Varsity team until she was invited to coach at the Provincial level. Her dedication to coaching continued through her involvement with youth teams in her community. Andrea is about people and helping them live their best lives. Over the years Andrea has mentored staff and been a valuable resource for her colleagues in the industry. She is much appreciated for her ability to see things from different perspectives to arrive at a positive outcome.
The commitment and passion she brings to her professional life is one of the main reasons for her continued success. Blair Insurance has received the Reader’s Choice Award numerous times and in 2018 they were finalist’s for Insurance Business Canada’s Brokerage of the Year award. As a distinguished professional in the insurance industry Andrea has been invited to participate in several round table discussions with the heads of insurance companies. They respect her experience and trust her insights into how to improve their products.
Insurance is not just a business for Andrea, it is a family legacy and tradition. She has two sons, who she hopes will perhaps one day join her at Blair Insurance and experience the satisfaction that comes from protecting the interests of others. In the meantime, Andrea cherishes spending family time with her husband, their boys, and hanging out with their adorable chocolate lab. Their home is the center of friend and family gatherings. It is perhaps because her family is so important to her that she puts such value on helping her clients protect theirs.
Personal Lines Manager
Kimberley Finikin graduated from Humber College with a degree in Law & Security Administration and was initially interested in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement. Having grown up around her family owned Insurance Brokerage she changed course in 1995 and decided to obtain her license through the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario. At Blair Insurance we are so glad she made this decision.
She began her insurance career at her father’s brokerage where she worked until his retirement. From the beginning her focus was providing the very best in customer service to each and every client.
With her extensive insurance knowledge and her friendly, outgoing personality, Kim has become a valuable asset to our team at Blair Insurance. After 25 years of experience, she is a master in personal lines who shares her knowledge in order to help clients fully understand their policies. When it is time for a review she discusses updates with her clients and makes adjustments as necessary.
In addition to working with her client base, Kim’s commitment has her seeking out ways to help her colleagues and improve the work environment. She has made numerous suggestions which have been put into practice and have been of great benefit to the personal lines department at Blair. In addition to her knowledge and commitment Kim also brings laughter to our team and to our clients with her always pleasant personality.
Kim has been a single mom for 12 years to 2 children. Both are currently attending college. She has been active in her community coaching girls hockey, and as a certified trainer for some of her children’s sporting teams. She also enjoys quiet evenings at home with her 2 dogs Cooper and Zoey.
Robert D. E. (Bob) Smith
Life Department Manager
Robert (Bob) began his insurance career in 1983. He has spent his career customizing life insurance and employee benefits plans with each client’s unique situations in mind. His experience and knowledge allow him to easily explain a product’s pros and cons and to provide foresight into what to consider in the longer term. No matter the budget, Bob takes clients through their options and helps them choose the insurance solution that is right for them to meet their goals.
Bob’s passion is to provide tailored products for life insurance, estate planning, wealth management, employee benefits as well as personal health benefits. He is also a wonderful resource for his colleagues and is always willing to share his knowledge and perspectives.
From his early years of working in Group Insurance, Bob knows the strategic role of having the right employee benefits program plays for a business owner. It is critical not only for the welfare of the owners, for the employees they count on, and the staff who count on them for their livelihood. Bob can tailor any benefit package to fit the team.
When not busy working for you, Bob enjoys his family life. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 40 years, has two grown sons with partners, and two beautiful grandchildren. Bob is involved in the community serving nonprofit organizations and has coached hockey & soccer. He also enjoys the great outdoors, BBQs and being creative in the kitchen.
Debra started her carrier in the insurance industry 27 years ago. Her professionalism and interpersonal skills make her an asset to Blair Insurance Brokerage. She now holds the position as Office Manager, assisting with operations and coordinating the client service team to ensure the smooth integration of the company’s various departments.
Debra creates wonderful working relationships with clients. She has a passion for educating her clients on new products and coverages in home, auto and life insurance. She always strives to deliver comprehensive and cost-efficient coverage to each and every client. Blair Insurance is all about customer service and Debra is a great example of what natural ability and a caring attitude can do to uphold our mandate.
Over the years, Debra has developed long standing relationships with company representatives. This has become an invaluable asset when she is negotiating insurance coverage and premiums for clients. Insurance companies respect her, she is considered a seasoned senior professional for home and auto insurance.
A devoted wife and mother for 25 years, Debra enjoys family life with her 3 wonderful children. She enjoys music, cooking and is a striking bowler. She is generous and kind in each of her interactions with people and animals.