The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) has named Mark Bridges, a producer at Edmond, Deaton & Stephens Insurance Agency in Amarillo, as the André P. Juneau Young Agent of the Year.
Bridges was honored with the award – given annually to a young agent in Texas who has achieved success through hard work, community engagement and industry participation in a manner that would be considered exceptional for a person of his or her age – at the IIAT’s 112th Annual Conference & Trade Show held recently in San Antonio.
Bridges is a third-generation independent insurance agent. His agency, Edmond, Deaton & Stephens is owned by the Duncan, Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency in Pampa, Texas, a member of the Combined Agents of America group.
After earning his bachelor degree in insurance from Baylor University in 1994, he began his career with The Millers Group in Fort Worth, working in a variety of departments and helping Millers launch a new software company. But he was never far from his roots in the Panhandle.
In 2004, while earning his MBA from Texas Christian University, he made the decision to branch out on his own by opening up an Amarillo office for Duncan, Fraser and Bridges. Within three years, he helped double the size of the organization, taking it from being virtually unknown to being among the top three largest agencies in Amarillo.
Currently, Bridges runs the agency’s sales meetings, working with nine other producers and is in charge of developing a new sales process for Duncan, Fraser and Bridges. Bridges will be inducted as principal of the agency in January of 2010.
Active in numerous local and state association activities, Bridges has served as a board member of the Independent Insurance Agents of the Panhandle for four years and currently serves as president. He is a co-developer of the Producer Development Program for Combined Agents of America. He also is active in the local community, serving as chairman of the board for Leadership Amarillo & Canyon (LAC) and Teen Leadership Amarillo. Bridges has also been involved with the Downtown Amarillo Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity.
Source: IIAT, www.iiat.org