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Texas Insurance Agencies Higginbotham, Aycock & Fowler Merge

Fort Worth, Texas-based Higginbotham and Aycock & Fowler, in Lubbock, Texas, have merged. Both are independent insurance firms providing property and liability insurance, risk management and employee benefit services to businesses and individuals. Higginbotham in recent years has expanded throughout Texas by …

Talbert Named CEO of Texas-Based Insurors Indemnity Cos.

Waco, Texas-based Insurors Indemnity Companies named Dave Talbert as president and chief executive officer effective March 1. Talbert joined Insurors Indemnity in February 2014 with more than 25 years of industry experience, having previously been president and CEO of Hochheim Prairie …

Texas Bill Would Create Roofing Contractor Registration Program

Texas state Representative Kenneth Sheets filed legislation that would establishes a voluntary roofing contractor registration program with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). Sheets said House Bill 1488, known as the Roofing Contractor Consumer Protection Act, would help protect consumers …

Higginbotham Unites Houston Offices

Independent insurance firm, Higginbotham, announced has united its three Houston offices under one roof and one operating name. Chapman Schewe Benefits Consulting, Madison Benefits Group and Swantner & Gordon are partners in the Higginbotham group. They moved Jan. 16, to a shared space …

Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B

In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

New Claims Consulting Firm Opening in Dallas

Nelson Claims Consulting LLC announced the formation of a highly specialized consulting group focused on providing management services to insurance carriers, policyholders and legal teams for all components of complex and high value contents claims, dispute resolution and litigation support. …

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, …

Texas Agency, Allred-Thompson-Mason-Daugherty, now Named Higginbotham

Allred-Thompson-Mason-Daugherty Insurance (ATMD) agency Wichita Falls, Texas, is now doing business under the name of Higginbotham. The name change was effective Jan. 1. ATMD has been in operation since 1988. Jay Awtrey, managing director of Higginbotham in Wichita Falls, said the name change …

Energy Workers at Loose Ends after Drop in Crude Prices

The drive from Ken Mercer’s home in Tennessee to the oil fields of western North Dakota takes 20 hours if you drive straight through. Every month, Mercer, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, would make the trip as part …

New Leadership Team in Place at Texas-Based Hotchkiss Insurance

Carrollton, Texas-based Hotchkiss Insurance Agency (HIA) announced a new leadership team. Mike Hotchkiss is now the CEO, Ken Hotchkiss is the chief operating officer and Greg Hotchkiss is the chief financial officer. HIA Founder Doug Hotchkiss has transitioned to his new …