Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. Named Collier County Business of the Month for February 2016

NAPLES, FL (February 10, 2016) – The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. as the Business of the Month for February 2016.

Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.

The Board of Collier County Commissioners, Kristi Bartlett, Vice President, Opportunity Naples and Andrea Sturzenegger, Vice President, Marketing and Membership, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, presented George Schmelzle, President, Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. (IRMS); Bill Kuhlman, Executive Vice President, IRMS; Donna Engel, Service Department Manager, IRMS; Sara Hines, Administration Department Manager, IRMS; Brandon Hipwell, Underwriting Department Manager, IRMS; with a commemorative plaque at the February 9th County Commission meeting.

IRMS began as a startup company in Collier County in 1989 and has grown to over 50 employees. It recruited local talent, many of whom had no prior experience in the insurance industry; through investment in training and education, IRMS provided the tools to cultivate successful, dedicated insurance professionals The investment in a home office, located in the Vanderbilt Galleria, is indicative of a long-term strategic plan to continue to grow in Collier County.

IRMS supports many local organizations, but its primary emphasis is on supporting the United Way of Collier County. Over the years, many of its associates have participated on the United Way’s Board of Directors and Financial Review Committees. The IRMS United Way Committee actively supports the United Way financially through corporate gift giving, various sponsorships and enthusiastic participation in annual fundraising events such as the annual Walk for the Way and Stuff the Bus. It also utilizes the annual associate giving campaign that makes it easy for associate to give by allowing them to contribute via payroll deduction. Visit to learn more.

About The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization of more than 1,900 active members that works to strengthen the local economy and promote the business community. The Chamber accomplishes this through public policy and business advocacy, leadership programs, executive business forums and sessions, and enhanced member benefits and services. The Chamber is dedicated to ensuring that Collier County remains the best place in America to live, work, and visit. For more information, call (239) 262-6376 or visit

IRMS Named Collier County Business of the Month for February 2016
Pictured in front row: Andrea Sturzenegger, Kristi Bartlett, Brandon Hipwell, George Schmelzle, Sara Hines, Donna Engel, and Bill Kuhlman