11:15 a.m. Karst: When did you start with RCMA?
11:15 a.m. Coats: January of 2010. I’m a newspaper guy. This is a second career for me.
11:16 a.m. Karst: Have you been in Florida for a while?
11:17 a.m. Coats: I moved to Florida in April of 1981 and then in 1986 I moved to the Tampa Bay area. I started in Jacksonville. I’ve worked for three Florida newspapers and I spent the last 20 years of my newspaper career with the St. Petersburg Times.
11:18 a.m. Karst: What’s the most rewarding part of what you do?
11:19 a.m. Coats: Seeing what we do with the kids. I’ll tell you another story. My first day on the job, the most memorable thing was being acquainted with the benefits office and being told that RCMA. I’m a suburban guy, I’ve never lived in the country. So I learned in the benefits office that RCMA has processed not one but two workers compensation claims for employees who experienced watermelons smashing through the windshields of their vehicles. I promised myself that I would never tailgate a watermelon truck.