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Talk of the bay: Screening gig takes Long off to Singapore

By Times staff
Published June 16, 2007


John W. Long, former chief executive of St. Petersburg's First Advantage Corp., is joining a company in Singapore that specializes in background screening for governments, investment banks and multinational corporations in developing countries. Long, 51, will be global chief executive of IntegraScreen Group, splitting his time between Singapore and St. Petersburg as he seeks to build the company through acquisitions. Long, who built First Advantage to more than 500 local employees during his four-year tenure, said he expects to add key positions in St. Petersburg. "How many and when is hard to say, " he said. "Although I do have a reputation for growing things fast." IntegraScreen's recent contracts include verifying visas for the British government and health care workers' licenses in Abu Dhabi. Long will also be making a "significant investment" in the company.

Insurance chief rattles rate cage
Chalk one up for the state of Florida. Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty on Friday notified United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. it has to immediately refund $43.2-million to its policyholders. McCarty said United, using the state's use-and-file rate-filing system, began charging home-owner rates in October that were higher than regulators later approved. Hence the refund. Based in St. Petersburg, United has about 63, 000 policyholders statewide, including about 7, 500 in the Tampa Bay area.