Management

The Roche Surety Team will do everything we can to ensure that you, the Bail Agent, receives all of the services that you and your agency need to drive your business growth – today and tomorrow.

Armando Roche

Armando Roche, MCBA, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Armando serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and is CEO and Founder of Roche Surety and Casualty Company, Inc., and Roche Surety, Inc. Armando has been in the bail bond profession for over forty years and is a graduate of the University of Tampa where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science. He is licensed by the Florida Department of Financial Services (FDFS) as a Managing General Agent, a Limited Surety Agent and is also an approved Instructor of both bail bond agent pre-licensing and bail bond continuing education courses required by the FDFS. Mr. Roche holds the distinction of having earned the bail bond industry’s highest designation, Master Certified Bail Agent (MCBA) and has been inducted into the Bail Agents Hall of Fame.

Mr. Roche is a Co-Founding member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States Association (PBUS – established 1981), and served continuously as Vice President or Executive Vice President until 1998 when he was elected to the office of President. He has served continuously on the Board of Directors since its inception and is a founding member of the Council of Presidents, has received National Bondsman of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been inducted into PBUS’s Hall of Fame.

Mr. Roche served for over twenty-five years as Chairman of the Legislative Committee and Chairman of the Educational Committee for the Florida Surety Agents Association (FSAA). Additionally, he has served as FSAA’s President and has received FSAA’s Florida Bondsman of the Year Award.

In 2011 he received the Florida Sheriff’s Association Legislative award, the first bail agent in Florida to receive this award. He was a founding member of GulfShore Bank. Mr. Roche is also on the board of SEDCO and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Foundation Board of Trustees.

Shannon Roche

Shannon Roche, CBA, President and Chief Operating Officer
Shannon serves on Roche’s Boards of Directors, and is President and Chief Operating Officer of Roche Surety and Casualty Company, Inc., and Roche Surety, Inc. Shannon has been in the bail bond profession for over 25 years and is a graduate of Eckerd College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. She is licensed with the Florida Department of Financial Services (FDFS) as a General Lines (P&C) insurance agent and a Limited Surety Agent. She is an approved Instructor for bail bond agent pre-licensing and continuing education courses that are required by the FDFS. Ms. Roche also maintains non-resident licenses in other states, and holds the distinction of having earned the bail bond industry’s designation, Certified Bail Agent. (CBA)
Ms. Roche is a member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS), a member of the Florida Surety Agents Association.

Linda J. Roche

Linda J. Roche, CBA, Treasurer and Co-Founder
Linda serves on the Board of Directors, and is Corporate Treasurer and Co-Founder of Roche Surety and Casualty Company, Inc., and is Corporate Secretary of Roche Surety, Inc. Linda has been in the bail bond profession for over 30 years. She is licensed with the Florida Department of Financial Services as a Limited Surety Agent. Mrs. Roche holds the distinction of having earned the bail bond industry’s Certified Bail Agent (CBA)designation.

Mrs. Roche is a member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS), is Co-Founder of PBUS’s Women’s Only Forum, and is a member of the Florida Surety Agent’s Association (FSAA).

Ken Berke

Ken Berke, Executive Vice President
Ken is Executive Vice President of Roche Surety & Casualty Co., Inc. He is a graduate of Hofstra University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Prior to joining Roche Surety, Ken held several agent relations positions with AAA Auto Club before moving onto ProVest as their Vice President of Contractor Relations. Ken has over 20 years experience in operations leading and managing both employees and independent agent networks throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. He is licensed with the Florida Department of Financial Services (FDFS) as a General Lines (P&C) insurance agent and a Limited Surety Agent. He has also earned the Certified Bail Agent (CBA) designation and is a member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS).

Blair Harvey

Blair Harvey, Vice President
Blair is Vice President for Roche Surety and Casualty Co. He is a graduate of Florida State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Blair is a licensed limited Surety agent, licensed by the Florida Department of Financial Services. He is a member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS) and also the Florida Bail agents association. Blair has been in the industry for over five years.

Melisa Martin

Melisa Martin, CBA, Compliance Officer
Melisa serves on the Board of Directors and is Secretary and Compliance Officer of Roche Surety and Casualty Company, Inc., and Treasurer for Roche Surety, Inc. Melisa has been in the bail bond profession for twenty three years and is a graduate of the University of Tampa where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1995.

She is licensed with the Florida Department of Financial Services (FLDFS) as a Managing General Agent and a Limited Surety Agent and also serves as a Certified Instructor teaching bail bond pre-licensing and continuing education courses that are required by the FLDFS.

Ms. Martin is the School Official for Bail Bond Education Providers of Florida, which began offering Continuing Education and Pre-Licensing Courses in August of 2011. Melisa holds the distinction of having earned the bail bond industry’s designation, Certified Bail Agent (CBA). Ms. Martin is a member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS) and the Florida Bail Agents Association (FBAA), and the University of Tampa’s Alumni Association.

Melisa is on the Board of Directors for the West Tampa Chamber of Commerce where she serves as Chair of the Education Committee, President of the Macfarlane Neighborhood Association and an Adjunct Instructor at Hillsborough Community College.

Edward R. Diliberto

Edward R. Diliberto, CPA, CGMA, Controller
Edward is Controller of Roche Surety and Casualty Company, Inc., and Roche Surety, Inc. Edward has been in the bail bond profession since 1999. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Leo University with a Concentration in Accounting. Edward is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Florida.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Diliberto served as Director of Finance for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a National Hockey League franchise and Assistant Controller of Kforce Inc. (formerly Romac International), a publicly traded specialty-staffing firm. Mr. Diliberto, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).

Tara Hinson

Tara Hinson, Operations Manager
Tara began her Bail Bond career in the early 90’s and began to work for Roche Surety, Inc. in 1995. She worked as the Bail Bond Coordinator at Roche until 1999. After graduating from the University of South Florida with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, she left Roche to pursue her love of teaching. Tara spent 17 years as a teacher with the Pinellas County school system. She returned to Roche in 2015 as the Operations Manager, overseeing this department which services over 1,000 agents nationwide.

Bob Dawson

Bob Dawson, MCBA, Director of Marketing
Bobis the Director of Marketing for Roche Surety & Casualty Co., Inc. Bob is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. Prior to joining Roche Surety, Bob had many years of experience working in the insurance and banking fields, as well as several years in the bail profession.

Bob is licensed with the Indiana Department of Insurance as a Bail Agent. He is a member and Master Certified Bail Agent (MCBA) of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS) and is also a member of the Indiana Surety Bail Agents Association (ISBAA). Bob currently serves as Indiana Surety Bail Agents Association’s Vice President. Bob also has spent many years on the Board of Directors of the White River Yacht Club, Inc. serving as Commodore and Chairman of the Board.

Roche Surety & Casualty Company, Inc. is a BBB Accredited Insurance Company in Tampa, FL