Houston News

Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company Appoints John R. Todd as New President / Chief Executive Officer and Sam Bana as Chief Operating Officer

Houston, TX, November 6, 2015 – Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company, a leading provider of Homeowners and Tenant Dwelling insurance throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, is proud to announce the appointment of John R. Todd as President and Chief Executive Officer …

Texas Hospital Should Forfeit $32M in Ike Funds, Report States

A federal review says a Houston, Texas hospital should forfeit $32 million in government grants for Hurricane Ike recovery due to misuse of the money. Riverside General Hospital was named in the Office of Inspector General report released this week. …

Texas County Sues Automaker for $100M Over Doctored Diesels

The Texas county that includes Houston sued Volkswagen Group of America Inc. for $100 million, claiming the carmaker’s cheating on emission controls worsened  pollution in the area. It’s believed to the the first government claim stemming from the VW emission …

All Risks South Central Adds Producers in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans

Insurance wholesaler All Risks Ltd. has added three new producers in the South Central region: Zach Burdine in Dallas; Alan Doyle in Houston; and Aaron Ross in New Orleans. Burdine joins the Dallas office as a broker and brings proven …

Construction Firm Hit with $79.9K Fine for Excavation Hazards in Houston

Federal safety officials have fined SER Construction Partners Ltd. $79,900 for three safety violations at a site in Houston, Texas. SER Construction Partners Ltd. based in Pasadena, Texas, specializes in heavy civil construction and employs about 370 employees. The Occupational …

JLT Specialty Names Battenfield Sr. VP, U.S. Downstream Energy in Houston

JLT Specialty Insurance Services Inc. (JLT Specialty USA), a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), appointed Robert M. Battenfield as senior vice president and leader of downstream energy. He is located in Houston. Battenfield will be responsible …

IBTX Risk Services Opens Office in Houston

San Antonio-based independent insurance agency, IBTX Risk Services, announced it has expanded into the Houston market. IBTX will engage clients and prospects in this new market, working to expand their client base in the property and casualty, oil and gas, …

Guilty Plea in $2M Slip-and-Fall Scam at Houston Home Décor Store

An ex-worker at a Houston home decor store has pleaded guilty in a $2 million insurance scam in which customers intentionally fell and then filed claims. Sandra Johnson of Katy faces up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors announced the …

Fraser and Dimitry Join Alliant Insurance Services in Houston

Specialty insurance brokerage firm, Alliant Insurance Services, has added two veteran producers to its energy and marine group in Houston, Texas. Executive Vice President Cran Fraser and Vice President Ted Dimitry will be responsible for business development and the delivery …

Houston-Based Broker, J.H. Blades, Acquires Energy Rival Burke-Daniels

J.H. Blades & Co. Inc., an energy-focused managing general agent based in Houston, announced it has purchased wholesale broker Burke-Daniels Co. Inc., which also specializes in the oil and gas energy sector. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With …