Our Team

Michael V. Gisonda, CLU®, ChFC®, LUTCF


Michael V. Gisonda is the President of The Bridge Group and has been in the insurance and financial industry for over 20 years. Michael has extensive knowledge and experience in the financial service arena which includes insurance, estate, business, investment and exit planning.

Michael has been awarded designations from The American College in studies of "Charter Life Underwriter", "Chartered Financial Consultant" and "Life Underwriting Training Council Fellowship". He is also a member agent of Nautilus Plus, a highly selective elite group of skilled professionals, limited to the top 25 members of The Nautilus Group®, a service of New York Life Insurance Company.  In addition, Michael is also one of the Founders of Master Minds, a national study group which meets semi-annually. Michael is a member of the Boca Raton Estate Planning Council.

Michael began his career in the insurance and financial services industry in 1996. In 2000 Michael joined forces as an agent with The New York Life insurance Company where he met and soon thereafter partnered up with Victor R. Miranda. He enjoys a deep sense of satisfaction from helping individuals, families, and businesses achieve and focus on their financial goals and needs. Personally and professionally, Michael thrives on maintaining balance. He feels a tremendous responsibility to his clients, some of which have been clients of the firm through 2 or 3 generations.

Michael was born in New York, raised in Southern Italy, and has been residing in Florida with his lovely wife Lisa for the past 16 years. Together they have been blessed with three wonderful children; Sophia, Olivia and Julian. As you can imagine having three young children can keep ones time away from the office very occupied. Nonetheless, he manages to find time to pursue his passions and hobbies which include; golf, guitar, reading, running marathons and Ironman triathlons.

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Michael A. Brooks

Financial Services Professional

Mike Brooks has had the privilege of working with The Bridge Group since 2008. He works closely with our group benefit clients on their health and ancillary benefit programs to ensure they are providing the most cost effective solutions. As the head of our benefits division, Mike also works closely with our 401(k) and qualified plan clients to make sure there are plans are accomplishing the plans intended goals. Mike also focuses his practice on retirement analysis, working with clients young and old to make sure their retirement dreams are achieved.

Mike attended Florida Atlantic University, where he studied Political Science and Finance. As a fourth generation New York Life agent, Mike looks forward to assisting his clients and their families for many years to come.

While raised in Northern New Jersey, Mike has made South Florida his home for the last 21 years. He is married to his beautiful wife, Summer and has three children, Jacob, Benjamin and Kennedy.

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Linda Heun, CLU®, FLMI, ACS

Registered Service Assistant

Linda M. Heun, CLU, FLMI, ACS has been with The Bridge Group for over 30 years. She is knowledgeable in all our areas of expertise. Linda’s current position of Chief Operating Officer for the firm has her focusing on assisting the agents with their advanced planning concepts, overall business operations and supporting the rest of the Team in their area of practice. She has made it her career to provide the highest caliber of support that she can for her Associate and his clientele while running the day to day operations.

Linda earned her FLMI from the Life Office Management in Atlanta, GA in 1990. She completed her Chartered Life Underwriter® designation from the American College in 2003. Linda is a native Floridian growing up in the South Florida area.

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Lorraine Arabia

Licensed Service Assistant

Lorraine was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y and has resided in South Florida for the past 25 years. She began her career in the insurance industry in 1996. As a licensed service associate, her background is in underwriting and new business administration. Lorraine joined The Bridge Group in 2011 as a New Business/Underwriting Coordinator. Her primary focus is to facilitate the underwriting process between the client, underwriter(s) and carrier. Her goal is to provide outstanding service to meet clients’ insurance needs in a cordial and professional manner.

Shannon Schwarz

Business/Underwriting Coordinator

Shannon Schwarz is the new business/underwriting coordinator for The Bridge Group and has been with the company since early 2016. Within the company Shannon fills many roles including the processing of applications, the ordering of exams and medical records for clients, maintaining and providing underwriting status to agents and clients, and preparing policies for agents to deliver to their clients. Shannon finds great satisfaction in making a positive difference in the lives of others. Her motivated and caring work ethic shines through her in all of her work tasks, client relationships, and in her day-to-day life. Shannon loves to spend time with her significant other, Roger, and with her son Rylan. When she isn’t working she loves being outdoors, listening to music, and reading.

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