Mr. Blacklidge has over thirty years of executive experience in representing the property and casualty insurance industry both in Florida and nationwide. He prepared the Florida Certificate of Authority application on behalf of, and represented before the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, American Traditions Insurance Company. He also assisted with Modern USA’s Certificate of Authority.
Mr. Blacklidge is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Board Member of both American Traditions Insurance Company and Modern USA Insurance Company. He works collaboratively with the board of directors, president, chief executive officer and executive management offering strategic direction, political, legislative, regulatory and legal advice.
Mr. Blacklidge has many years of experience serving in significant roles of public policy development, legislative drafting, advocacy, lobbying, regulatory compliance, litigation, public affairs, insurance transaction drafting and execution. He has served both in insurance trade associations as well as “on the line” in the law departments of insurance companies. Mr. Blacklidge has served as the head of the internal defense litigation team and in addition to managing outside counsel has litigated on behalf of the companies throughout all of Florida. He is very familiar with all property/casualty insurance lines, particularly homeowners, and for many years he has been a powerful advocate for the insurance industry.
Mr. Blacklidge represents American Traditions Insurance Company and Modern USA Insurance Company as a Member of: the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) Legal and Governmental Affairs Committee and PCI’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Florida Property & Casualty Association's Homeowners Division, Florida-Based Property Insurers CEO Group, Inc., Member of the Board of the Florida Insurance Council, Member of the Florida Insurance Council’s Property Committee and Vice Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. Ray also is a Member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counsellors and a Member of the Fraternal Field Managers Association.
In addition, Mr. Blacklidge has been an active contributor to his community. In the past and presently, he has been involved as President of the Woodmen of the World Pinellas County Lodge, Member Knights of Columbus, both 3rd Degree Council and 4th Degree Assembly.
Mr. Blacklidge has a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.