Bradenton, FL – Next Level Administrators (NLA) recently announced the appointment of two branch managers. Kathy Fortier will lead the claims team located in the Atlanta, Georgia area and Victor Ontaneda will be responsible for the team in the Orlando, Florida office. Fortier and Ontaneda will be responsible for overseeing their respective branch operations, providing a local presence to NLA’s clients, and managing multiple jurisdictions. Additional responsibilities will be to direct adjusters in delivering services and claim outcomes that meet clients’ expectations, and ensuring all claims meet regulatory compliance. Fortier also holds the position of Compliance/EDI Manager and will be responsible for the submission of all documents to various states in accordance with statutory regulations.
Andrew Olwert, President of NLA, said “NLA is extremely fortunate to have Kathy and Victor join the team. Their experience and leadership skills will ensure NLA is able to empower clients to plan, execute, and drive consistently improve results to achieve their organizational goals.” Olwert also said, “Increasing the staff in Georgia and Florida has always been a part of our strategy and demonstrates our commitment to clients to provide unparalleled claims administration services.”
Kathy Fortier – Atlanta Branch Manager
Fortier has over 30 years of experience in managing Workers’ Compensation in multiple states and Canada. Prior to joining NLA, Fortier was a claims manager for a large self-insured trucking company. She has also held supervisory positions for national carriers and managed claims for large corporations with high self-insured retentions and performance based accounts.
Fortier is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in History with a minor in Business Administration. Fortier holds licenses in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Maine, Connecticut, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. She has received designations as an Associate in Risk Management and an Associate in Claims and is a member of the Atlanta Claims Association and the National Association of Professional Women.
Victor Ontaneda – Orlando Branch Manager
Ontaneda has over 10 years of experience in the Workers’ Compensation industry in adjusting, supervising, management, auditing and account management with Liberty Mutual and York Risk Services Group. He has supervised and managed various offices around the country with multiple jurisdictions involved. Ontaneda also worked for Bloomberg as an Equity Fundamental Analyst. His experience in the financial and insurance industries gives him an insightful approach to managing claims, mitigating exposure, and obtaining the best outcome.
A graduate of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey, Ontaneda holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics. He holds licenses for the states of Florida, Delaware, New York, Vermont and Alabama and has been a speaker in different Workers’ Compensation seminars.