Ask the Expert
When it comes to insurance, finding the right policy to fi t your needs can sometimes be mindboggling. Protection Partners Allstate in Viera can help. The company offers one-stop shopping for all your insurance needs!
SM Select Viera spoke with Mariam Shapira, owner of the company about some important tips and background that may be helpful when looking to purchase multiple types of insurance coverage for your home, auto, business, and more.
Tell me about yourself and why you love helping folks with their insurance needs?
I am a native Floridian. I earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Management and Spanish from Bethune-Cookman University. While an intern in my junior year working in insurance claims, I decided to make the insurance industry my career. I live the motto of continuous learning. After passing the series 6 and 63 securities licenses, I studied to earn my Series 7 and 24 licenses. Obtaining the additional securities licenses allows me to have more knowledge of the products I represent with Allstate. I went on to earn my MBA in finance at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
After purchasing my first home in my early twenties, I fell in love with all aspects of owning property. Having experienced working several disaster claims in Florida, Texas, and California- I know what it’s like to help customers take their property from broken to beautiful. As a licensed Real Estate broker, my knowledge and experience provide a natural specialization in property insurance.
What lines of insurance do you offer?
My agency proudly protects every aspect of a person’s life. We insure business and personal autos, classic antique autos, boats, homes and condos, general liability, life, annuities, disability, long term care and retirement insurance plans. We even have policies for canine (dog) liability.
Why is Allstate a top company and how do the ratings and other options compare?
Allstate and its key subsidiaries are A+ AM Best rated. The company also provides traditional options on personal auto policies. We now off er the Milewise policy, a revolutionary way for drivers to save money. In addition to Allstate-Castle Key Condo insurance, we offer many highly-rated, well-capitalized property and commercial carriers.
What discounts are offered?
Allstate offers multiple discounts widely known as “bundling.” This includes savings for those purchasing combined home and auto policies, good student discounts, defensive drivers, association and group discounts, etc. Our pay per mile (Milewise) program offers savings for drivers who may be retired, work from home, or primarily use company cars, or carpooling options for transportation.
What do you think makes you stand out from other insurance agencies?
My formal education with undergraduate and master’s degrees, more than thirty years of insurance and financial services experience shows my dedication to being the best. Also, my real estate brokers license further allows me to transfer my vast knowledge to my team as well as to our clients. My office has locations both in Central and South Florida, allowing us to properly serve the entire state. We are multi-lingual team speaking English, Spanish, Hebrew and Russian.