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TWFG Founder Named Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year

Richard “Gordy” Bunch, founder, president, and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG) has been nominated Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, making him eligible for the 2015 national award. The Entrepreneur of the Year program …

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 …

Issuer Credit Rating of San Antonio’s National Unity Insurance Downgraded

A.M. Best downgraded the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bbb” from “bbb+” and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) of National Unity Insurance Co. (National Unity) in San Antonio, Texas. The outlook for both ratings has been revised to negative …

Texas, Louisiana Improve Building Code Rankings; More Work Needed

Texas doesn’t have the worst score in a recent ranking of state building code systems but it’s pretty close to the bottom, according to a national organization committed to improving the ability of properties throughout the nation to withstand catastrophic …

More People Sickened by Listeria Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream

An outbreak of a food-borne illness linked to some ice cream products made by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities. Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the …

Texas Takes Up Comprehensive Ridesharing Bill

Ridesharing giants Lyft and Uber left San Antonio in their rearview mirror after the nation’s seventh largest city restricted their operations, instead shifting their focus — and money — on convincing Texas lawmakers to allow them to operate statewide with …

Scruggs Named CEO of Texas-Based AmWINS Specialty Auto

AmWINS Group Inc. appointed David Scruggs as chief executive officer of AmWINS Specialty Auto (ASA), based in Richardson, Texas. Scruggs previously served as president of ASA. In his new role, Scruggs will be responsible for all day-to-day leadership and operations …

Liberty Mutual to Bring 5K Jobs to North Texas Campus

Liberty Mutual Insurance expects to have 5,000 employees working at its new campus in the Dallas suburb of Plano by the end of 2017. The nation’s third-largest insurer told employees Tuesday about the new campus, the Dallas Morning News reported. …

Higginbotham Adds Homeowners Association Insurance Practice Group

A group of five commercial property/casualty insurance professionals led by broker Mark Conner has joined Higginbotham in Houston. The group specializes in homeowners association (HOA) insurance and loss control, serving hundreds of single family community associations in Texas. The group came from the Houston office of Willis of Texas Inc., …

Texas-Based Energy MGAs Partner with Wild Well Control for Pollution Control

Houston-based upstream oil and gas energy managing general agent (MGA), J.H. Blades & Co. Inc., Swett & Crawford’s Dallas energy team and the recently-acquired Burke Daniels Inc., have joined forces with Wild Well Control Inc. to launch an early intervention pollution control and mitigation program for the …