AVANTE Insurance, founded in 1978, celebrates 35 years of business success helping business owners, families and individuals with their insuranceneeds. Avante Insurance was founded by Francisco (Paco) Fernandez who was originally from Cuba and a life insurance agent in Puerto Rico in the early 1970s. In 1973, the family moved to Miami and in 1978, Avante Insurance Agency emerged.

Paco has been a licensed property, casualty and life insurance holder for more than 40 years. The agency grew quickly, and before he realized it, Francisco had developed a reputation for his expertise in the industry and for being authentically interested in the welfare of his clients. Paco’s commitment to providing the absolute best service has been the benchmark of Avante’s strategy and key to the company’s steady growth.
In 1983, Francisco’s late wife Mary Fernandez joined her husband’s business and became a licensed property and casualty agent in 1992. Mary contributed and provided leadership to the growth and excellence of the agency. As a leader and voice for the consumer, she served on the Producer Committee with the FWUA, Underwriting Committee JUA, Past President of the LAAIA and a chair in the Legislative Committee of the LAAIA. Her contribution continues to live on through the next generation.
Today Gabriela Dominguez, CPCU, the daughter of Paco and Mary, serves as the CEO of Avante Insurance. Gabriela has served as past president of the South Florida CPCU Chapter, past president of the LAAIA and Regional Chapter Governor of the National CPCU Society.
Gaby’s brother Angel Fernandez, MST, CPA, is a vital part of the family business and serves as CFO of Avante Insurance.
“I am thrilled to celebrate such a momentous milestone for our company and carry on the family business in a way that honors my family and our community. We have always believed in treating our customers the same way we would like to be treated. We empower everyone that comes in contact with us so they are more knowledgeable about their insurance needs. Whether you are a customer, a partner, an employee or just part of our community, at Avante, we are always standing by,” says CEO, Ms. Dominguez.
To learn more about Avante, visit our website or contact us at 305-648-7070.