The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) honored former Corpus Christi independent insurance agent Loyd Neal with the Drex Foreman Award presented at IIAT’s 115th Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Antonio.
Named after Drex Foreman, who served as the chief executive director of IIAT for more than 30 years, the Drex Foreman Award is the highest honor IIAT bestows annually to an independent agent who has contributed greatly to the independent agency system.
Neal was in the insurance business for more than 50 years, ultimately growing one of the largest independent agencies on the southeast coast of Texas.
During that time, he was president of his local association and a board member of IIAT and its for-profit subsidiary. He served as IIAT’s liaison to the Texas Catastrophe Property Insurance Association and was active on numerous insurance company producer councils.
Neal has served on the Board of CP&L, Bay Area Medical Center, The Art Institute of South Texas, and was President of the Corpus Christi Council Navy League. He served in the U.S. Army for thirty years as both an active soldier and a reservist, retiring in 1989 as Colonel.
Neal was appointed by Governor Bush to several commissions to help maintaina presence for the military in Texas. In 1997 he was elected Mayor of Corpus Christi and served in that office for four terms. Retired from city office, Neal became the first Republican to be elected a Nueces County Judge in more than 140 years. He serves in that office today.
He holds the CPCU, CIC, CLU, CPIA and ARM designations, and he has taught as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.