Cain & Cain, the local Power Couple

by Trish Utter

There is nothing sweeter that a happy couple, and that is what I found when I met up with Lori and Hugh Cain. Big smiles were on their faces and it is obvious how in love these two newlyweds are. Hugh Cain owns the Allstate Insurance office in Alachua, and Lori is the President of Emmer Development Corp.

The couple are both from the Gainesville area. Hugh was educated at Santa Fe High School in Alachua, played baseball at the University of West Alabama and came home to get his degree from Santa Fe College. Lori attended Gainesville High School and the University of Florida. Both of them just love the Gators!

The two met when Hugh’s oldest son, and Lori’s oldest son, played travel baseball fifteen years ago. Life brought the pair together again years later, but it’s not all roses and romance. These two are brilliant business people, making them one of Gainesville’s top power couples.

One of the many things the Cain’s have in common is that their fathers were businessmen who put them on their career paths. Hugh said, with a fond smile on his face, “My dad, Fitz Cain, started as an Independent Life Insurance agent in 1961. He loved to help people and instilled in me to always do the right thing for others. Years later he opened an Allstate Agency on Main Street, Alachua in 1989, right across from where Conestogas restaurant is. As I had learned about the business from my father, and got to know the client’s needs, I found a passion for the business. I decided to acquire the agency in 2002. I really enjoy helping people out. It can be a difficult task to decide on which policy is the right fit, but that is what I specialize in. It was nice to have the help and support of my dad in the office until his retirement a few years later.”

The brand new Allstate office is located next to Publix in Alachua on 441. Local residents often walk to the office just to chat with Hugh and are greeted with a smile from Holly Bessent a Licensed Sales Producer.

I asked Hugh what type of insurance his company offers, “We offer, Auto, Home, Life and Retirement policies as well as everything in between, and when you come in you can also talk to Tyler Greene who is also a LSP, and extremely knowledgeable on everything we have to offer.”

Is there a benefit if you insure your car and house with you? Yes, you get a multi policy discount. The more you bundle the more you save. We can write anywhere in the State of Florida.

As Hugh is a father, he has a nurturing way of looking after his clients to make sure they and their families are protected if mayhem hits home. I know I needed Hugh’s help when my kids started to drive. He walked me through the car insurance options and was able to save me money. That was a nerve-racking experience for me, but Hugh and his Allstate team helped a lot. Over the years Hugh has won many awards including Circle of Champions, Honor Ring, Leaders Forum and Nation Conference.

The agency went above and beyond to access my insurance needs. I was very satisfied with their help in transitioning from my old insurance company. Most importantly, it was a more affordable premium. Thank you Hugh and Tyler! -Betty S.

Your agency has been easier to work with than any other agency I’ve ever used. -Paula M.

I could tell when asking Lori about her father, Philip Emmer, that her pride for him was insurmountable. “My father came to Gainesville in 1960 with a dream and a mission to build low income housing. He turned this dream into his creation of Lincoln Estates, and in that, he was instrumental in federal legislation of affordable housing regulations. This is where Emmer Development Corp. started. Since that time we have done everything from affordable to luxury, multifamily and single-family housing throughout the state of Florida. Emmer Development happens to be the longest standing builder/developer in the area and we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and quality homes” said Lori with delight.

Lori grew up following her dad to construction sites and went on to work in every aspect of the business, from receptionist to construction superintendent. She enjoyed the business so much that she took the helm in 2002 and has been one of the most successful developers in our area.

Lori was awarded with the, ‘Women Who Make a Difference’ award from the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. This award honors successful business women who have given back to our community and make a difference in the lives of others. Lori also served as President at the Builders Association of North Central Florida. She is currently on the Board of BANCF and the Board of the Education Foundation of Alachua County and serves as a Take Stock in Children mentor. She holds a contractor’s license, real estate broker’s license and a CAM license.

Lori’s son, Ryan McGriff has followed in his mothers footsteps. After graduating from UF he joined the company as Superintendent at Lugano.

Lori’s latest development, Lugano, is a beautiful, spacious subdivision located close to Haile Village, Celebration Pointe, UF and Shands. Home prices start at $260,000 to $593,000 with square footage ranging from 1,504 to 2,384. You can start your tour of the model homes at 9297 SW 65th Place, Gainesville, FL.

When you visit the model home you will notice lots of detailed work. One feature that stood out to me was a mud room that had a doggie shower! Very handy and practical for pet owners.

“I think all the staff are very courteous and polite in their dealings, and very professional at the same time. I can’t wait for the soon-to-come amenities. I really like the palm trees at the entrance to the community. This is the first home that I have ever bought…but buying an Emmer home was “smooth sailing” so to speak, from the beginning to the end.“ — Usama S., M.D.,

“The thing I have liked best about buying a home from Emmer is the personal feel that comes with every aspect of actually owning a home. The service that we received when first shopping for a home and picking out the finishing touches did not stop after we moved in. The office worked with us during construction to make sure things were right. When you add the benefits of the clubhouse, Sorrento is pretty amazing. “ — Zach B.

The Emmer Group owns and manages six apartment communities in Gainesville, Pensacola, and Orlando, plus four homeowners associations. Gibraltar Title Insurance Agency is another function of The Emmer Group that has successfully operated for the past twenty-three years.

The Cain’s love to give back to their community and have generously given to many local charities.

We wish this couple many years of marital bliss.

Allstate Insurance 352-371-5777 Hughcain@allstate.com
Lugano 352-374-4910 www.EmmerGroup.com