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About The Nation Group

Our Mission

The mission of The Nation Group is to provide a full range of financial and insurance products for its customers in the central Florida marketing area. The Nation Group will dedicate its efforts to the financial security of its clients by providing products and service with a high degree of professionalism, putting the needs of our clients above our own. Our owners and employees are challenged to accomplish this with skilled management, experience, teamwork and constant improvement in knowledge and skills.

We invite you to complete an online quote or call to speak with a local agency to review coverage options for auto insurance, home insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business insurance, commercial insurance, renters insurance, boat insurance, and more. We provide free, no hassle and no obligation quotes to let you see what we have to offer.

Insurance Tailored For You

The Nation Group strives to offer you quality insurance coverage, a high level of professional service and a long-term relationship.

Affordable, Reliable Insurance Choices

The Nation Group offers several of the top insurance companies to choose from when selecting your insurance plan. We research the rates and coverage for you to find you the best options that fits your needs. You no longer need to call around town or search all over the Internet to find the best rates – we do the shopping and comparing for you to save you time and money!

The History of Nation Insurance

The Bruce Nation Insurance Agency was founded in Belleview, Florida in 1981. The agency purchased the Bob Carey Insurance Agency in 1986 and moved to Ocala. In 1992 Mike McDonald purchased the agency and renamed it Nation Insurance Agency, Inc. In 1995 Joan Rector and Mike McDonald formed Nation Financial Services, Inc. at 1702 NE 2nd Street to further meet client’s needs for financial services and employee benefits.

In January of 2000, the two agencies merged to form The Nation Group located at 2353 SE 17th Street. The agency enjoyed unprecedented growth that necessitated a change in location, and in June of 2001 moved to its present location at 420 SE 8th Street. In October of 2005, The Nation Group acquired Janine McKinney Insurance order to further facilitate its goals. The company also acquired the building, assets, and hired two of Janine’s employees to help facilitate the transition. With the systematic purchase of many of the local agencies, The Nation Group will continue to strive to maintain its identity of being locally owned and managed. By setting goals and action plans to achieve those goals, The Nation Group intends to make a continued financial impact in Ocala and Marion county for years to come.

1981 – Bruce Nation bought Crow Insurance in Belleview, FL to form Nation Insurance, Inc.

1992 – Mike McDonald purchased Nation Insurance, Inc.

1995 – Nation Financial Services, specializing in life and health benefits was formed as a sister company to The Nation Group

2000 – Nation Insurance and Nation Financial Services merged to form The Nation Group

2007 – The Nation Group acquired Janine McKinney Insurance

2010 – The Nation Group acquired Senior Insurance Services, a medicare supplement company

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About Our Agents

J. Michael McDonald - President, CIC, AIC, AAI

Mike McDonald

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Mr. McDonald began his insurance career in 1973 as a claims adjustor for the Florida Farm Bureau. While there, he obtained his Associate In Claims designation. He left the company in 1979, to become an agent for the Insurance Center of Ocala. The company changed its name to Signature Insurance, and Mr. McDonald became executive Vice-President in 1985. While there he obtained both the Accredited Advisor of Insurance, and Certified Insurance Counselor designations. In 1992 he purchased the Bruce Nation Insurance Agency and changed the name to Nation Insurance. In 1995 he and Joan Rector formed Nation Financial Services, and merged the two agencies in 1999, forming The Nation Group. The company is now one of the largest locally owned insurance agencies in the county, providing a full range of insurance products designed for individuals and businesses.

Joan M. Rector - VP

Joan Rector

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Ms. Rector began her insurance career in 1982. She began her career with the Northwestern Mutual and later became an independent agent. During her career she has obtained the following designations: Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Accredited Advisor of Insurance, and Chartered Healthcare Consultant. In 1995, she formed Nation Financial Services and merged in 1999 with Mike McDonald forming The Nation Group.

Debbie Black - Commercial Lines Agent

Debbie Black

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Ms. Black began her insurance career after graduating from Forest High School, with Wade-Noland Insurance. She moved to George Mangan Insurance in 1978 where she stayed until 1981. In 1981 she moved to Insurance Center of Ocala, which later became Signature Insurance. She initially worked as a personal lines customer representative, until 1985, when she was moved to commercial lines. Ms. Black joined The Nation Group in 1998 as a commercial lines representative specializing in a variety of business risks with special knowledge of large complex accounts. She prides herself in excellent service and invaluable expertise in both underwriting and placing business risks.

Renee Kline - Commercial Lines Agent

Renee Kline

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Hello, my name is Renee Kline. I was born in Ft. Myers, FL but grew up in Marion County. I graduated from North Marion in 1997. While attending high school I began my career in insurance working for The Nation Group at age 17 as a part time receptionist. I then obtained my Life,Health & Annuities license and Property & Casualty license. After obtaining my licenses I spent a few years in the Life and Health department and later moved on to property & casualty serving the great folks of Marion County. I have since advanced to the commercial department where I have remained for the past six years. I love working for The Nation Group and enjoy providing quality service to our clients.

Aaron Labagh - Agent

Aaron Labagh

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Hello my name is Aaron Labagh. I was raised in Ocala attending St. John Lutheran from kindergarten through high school. After graduating in 1991 I attended the University of Florida studying Exercise Sports Science. In 1996 I moved home to Ocala and joined my father and uncle in our family construction business. I obtained my contractor’s license and still maintain it today. In the year 2000 I met my beautiful wife Jessica who was also raised in Ocala. We were married in June of 2002 and are now blessed with two wonderful children, Peighton 8 and Parker 5. We love raising our children in the same community we grew up in. Many of our childhood friends also have decided to call Ocala home and our children will be lifelong friends. Our community is a special place that we feel is a perfect place to raise a family.

In 2007 when the construction and housing bubble was about to burst in our area, I had the great fortune to meet our agency’s principal Mike McDonald. He felt I was in the right situation and encouraged me to obtain my insurance licenses. After obtaining both my Property and Casualty and Life and Health licenses, he gave me the opportunity to come work for The Nation Group. It has truly been a life changing experience. Insurance is a never changing industry, and a vital part of everyone’s personal and commercial lives. I quickly came to understand that everyone has a slightly different situation and needs a personalized insurance plan. You never want to worry if you have coverage and protection for your family’s or business’s well-being. I feel with my community ties and construction background I can be very helpful in making sure my clients have an insurance plan that fits all their needs while maximizing the value of their premium dollar. I look forward to forming long term business relationships and ensuring my clients are always prepared in every situation

Rochelle McAllister - Customer Service

Rochelle McAllister

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Born and raised in southern California, I moved to Ocala in 1997. I am a licensed 2-18 and 4-40 agent and have been with The Nation Group since 2007. I assist the life/health and personal lines departments, in sales and customer service. If you have a questions regarding individual health, or how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect you, I’m only a phone call away. I also work on our weekly newsletters and if you are not already signed up just click HERE!

Bo Craig - Agent

Bo Craig

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Bo Craig, a 1975 graduate of the University of FL, has served in the Insurance industry as an agent and manager for over 30 years. During that time he has received his AAI & LUTCF designations. Since March of 1998 he has partnered with the Nation Insurance Group providing all lines of coverage

Wanda Long - Personal Lines Agent

Wanda Long

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My family has been in Belleview for five generations. I was born here in Ocala, raised in Belleview where I still live with my husband and high school sweetheart, Ellis. We have two children, who have blessed us with six grandchildren. My hobby is spending time with my family and attending our grandchildren’s sporting events. I have been in the insurance business since 1981, starting out as a receptionist. I have been a personal lines agent with the Nation Group for five years.

Cheryl Sims - Customer Service

Cheryl Sims

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My name is Cheryl Sims, I was born in Port Charlotte Florida and moved to Ocala when I was 8 years old. I graduated from Belleview High School and then attended College of Central Florida. At the time I was still unsure as to which career path I wanted to take until I crossed paths with The Nation Groups President, Mike McDonald and Vice President, Joan Rector. I had absolutely no experience in the insurance business and in all honesty never considered it as a career choice. I took a leap of faith and became one of their employees a week later. I was placed in the personal lines department, took several insurance classes and obtained my license. It was not easy, but it was worth it. I have been fortunate enough to call The Nation Group my home for over 8 years. When I am not in the office, I spend a lot of my time with family and friends, at church or in the gym.

Judy Bales - Personal Lines Agent

Judy Bales

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Judy Bales holds a property and casualty license and life and health license as well as a professional designation as an Accredited Advisor in Insurance through The National Alliance for Insurance and Education. Judy joined The Nation Group in 2005 with thirty years in the insurance business specializing in personal insurance solutions. Judy enjoys the challenge of putting together insurance programs to fit the client’s needs. “The best part of being an insurance agent, is the long term relationships formed with clients I would have never had the opportunity to get to know otherwise”. A call or a visit from a client is like hearing from a friend.

Cindy Critchfield - Life and Health Agent

Cindy Critchfield

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Hello, my name is Cindy Critchfield. Born in Madison, Florida, I moved to Ocala in 1970 and I graduated from North Marion High School in 1977. I have 4 children: Nathan 34, Danielle 23, Gabrielle 17, and Makayla 15 all born in Ocala. Joan M. Rector, our vice-president, offered me a position with The Nation Group in 2003 and I obtained my Florida insurance license for Life and Health in 2004.
My employment history includes restaurant manager, administrative assistant and bank manager but none as challenging or as rewarding as the insurance world. Insurance is rapidly changing and each person has their own needs and wants and this is where we excel. We can help you obtain coverage which will provide you peace of mind when life’s unexpected mishaps occur. Being prepared will enable you to be at ease.

John Brantley - Commercial Agent

John Brantley

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John enters his 24th year in the insurance industry. Started his insurance career with Nationwide Insurance in 1989. Has been with The Nation Group for the past 10 years.

Susan King - Bookkeeper

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My name is Susan King and I’ve been with The Nation Group for 10 years. I started as a Receptionist and after 2 years moved over to a place I enjoy being, and that’s in Accounting. With computers and systems ever changing and updating, my skills are sharpened, for the better, every day. I have three wonderful children and 9 beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time, my husband and I own three horses we show in Reining. This sport is a labor of love and has taken us all over, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina and of course Florida.

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