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Lesser & Company has been a pioneer and leader in Florida public alignment since 1944. It is Florida's oldest public alignment company. I was surprised to hear from Mark Boardman that Steve Lesser passed yesterday morning. I felt a lump in my throat and wished that this horrible news was simply not true. Steve is my age. It's hard to accept that my friends and I are getting so much older that the things that make the elderly die happen to us. My visual memories of him are always with a sly and happy smile, because I know he had a significant, silent thought that he could only share if asked. He was wise and caring. True to the private person he was, his illness was kept secret except for a few. 19659003] The inaugural meeting took place in February 1

993 at the Marriott World Center in Orlando. At dinner the night before the meeting, Chip Merlin and Doug Grose, as our legal advisers, proposed a list of officers to be voted the next day by the public adjusters present. Raymond A. Altieri, Jr. in Tampa, was nominated as the organization's first president, Steven Lesser of Miami Beach as president – Elect, Stephen Sarasohn of Boca Raton as vice president, Chuck Howarth of Tampa as treasurer and Allan Brodsky of Hollywood as secretary. The directors were James Toukatly from Orlando, Craig Tanner from Clearwater, Ron Livingstone from Orlando and Ira Sarasohn from Boca Raton. Ray Altieri last night about our loss. We pointed out that it is difficult to understand that there is no more Mel Lesser, Norman Lesser or Steve Lesser at Lesser & Company. Lessers has so many iconic public war stories. Maybe because Mel and Norman were so weird in some of their actions, Steve became more serious and quietly led.

I wrote about Steve Lesser in a post when Ray Altieri became NAPIA's president:

Steve Lesser and his family were largely pioneers of public alignment in Florida. There were other public adjudicators who were considered FAPIA's first vice presidents, especially Dick Tutwiler, who had integrity and character. But because Ray Altieri and Steve Lesser were such good friends and Steve was from Miami, most people felt that Steve Lesser should take that position.

Last Friday night, Doug Grose, Steve Lesser and I were at NAPIA's installation banquet. We were overjoyed when Ray Altieri took office.

Ray Altieri is passionately proud of what he does and bitterly hates anything that hurts the reputation of adapting to the public. In his world, pride is in a job that is best done for an adjustment talent. He loves stories about public adjusters who help policyholders. His purpose is to serve policyholders, not to make as much money as possible. He abhors those who adapt unscrupulously, and his sharp Italian tongue lets others know exactly where they stand.

NAPIA has chosen a leader it can be proud of. Role models are important in all professions. Like Dick Tutwiler and Steve Lesser, Ray Altieri is a role model for public adjusters across the country …

Steve Lesser was truly a role model for public adjusters. Lesser & Company has been and will continue to be a leader in public adaptation. Especially for my dear friends, Randy Paul and Wally Milian, who worked with Steve, this passing makes us take a break and think about life. I would suggest that Steve Lesser's works character of humility, behaving like a gentleman and thoughts of helping others first is a good start for all of us to strive for.

Thought for the day

What we have done for ourselves dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
—Albert Pike


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