Insurance Journal » Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:21:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Texas Bill Would Create Roofing Contractor Registration Program http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/26/358782.htm Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:34:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358782 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 …

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Higginbotham Unites Houston Offices http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/26/358726.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:58:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358726 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 …

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Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/26/358657.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358657 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 …

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New Claims Consulting Firm Opening in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/24/358555.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:56:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358555 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. …

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IBTX Risk Services Opens Office in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/24/358494.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:40:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358494 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, …

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Texas Agency, Allred-Thompson-Mason-Daugherty, now Named Higginbotham http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/22/358306.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:22:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358306 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 …

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Energy Workers at Loose Ends after Drop in Crude Prices http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/20/358235.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:50:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358235 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 …

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New Leadership Team in Place at Texas-Based Hotchkiss Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/20/358213.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:21:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358213 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 …

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All Risks Adds Tuley, Coffey in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/19/358103.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:56:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358103 The South Central region of wholesale insurance broker All Risks Ltd. has tapped David Tuley, to commence its Houston operation. In addition, Katie Coffey joined All Risks’ Austin, Texas, office as a brokerage underwriter, handling MGA contracts and small business …

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Networked Insurance Agents Hires Villegas as Texas Sales VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/18/357749.htm Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:14:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357749 Networked Insurance Agents has hired Henry Villegas as sales vice president in Texas. In this role he serves as the key point of contact for independent agency members in Texas. A native Texan, Villegas has more than 20 years of …

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Fraser and Dimitry Join Alliant Insurance Services in Houston http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/16/357553.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 03:00:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357553 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 …

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Palomar Specialty, Wellington to Launch Wind Insurance Product in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/13/357451.htm Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:31:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357451 Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., based in La Jolla, Calif., has partnered with Fort Worth-based Wellington Risk Insurance Agency Inc. (Wellington), to offer wind-exposed residential property insurance in Tier II counties in Texas. This represents Palomar Specialty’s first expansion product category …

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Bills Aimed at Property Claims Litigation Expected in Texas Legislative Session http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/11/357203.htm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:24:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357203 Texas lawmakers are expected to file legislation this year aimed at stemming the tide of property claims litigation in the wake of catastrophic weather events, such as hailstorms. Proponents of such legislation would like to see a measure that limits the time …

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Confie Seguros Acquires Texas-Based Baja Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/10/357057.htm Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:07:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357057 Confie Seguros, a national provider of personal lines insurance based in Huntington Beach, Calif., announced it has acquired Baja Auto Insurance, which provides auto insurance throughout Texas. Founded in 2006 with one store in Dallas, Baja has since grown organically …

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Texas Families Push for Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/05/356710.htm Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:34:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356710 Sitting behind pictures of loved ones killed in crashes, 15 Texas families tearfully pleaded with lawmakers to support a statewide texting-while-driving ban. “This is how I hold my baby now,” said Jeanne Brown, wiping away tears as she held a …

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Hub International Acquires San Antonio-Based Alexander Insurance Agency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/04/356445.htm Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:42:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356445 Chicago-based Hub International Limited (Hub), has acquired Alexander Insurance Agency (Alexander), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Alexander is an independent brokerage with a focus on commercial lines insurance for the commercial towing and transportation industries. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Alexander …

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Attorneys, Insurers Facing Off over Hail Litigation in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/04/356413.htm Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:39:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356413 The vestiges of twin hailstorms that ravaged the south Texas coast in 2012 are now blowing through the halls of the Capitol in Austin. Two of the state’s most-powerful lobbies, the insurance industry and trial lawyers, are gearing up for …

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Homeowner Insurance Complaints Drop to Record Low in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/03/356251.htm Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:10:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356251 Texas homeowners filed the fewest number of insurance complaints ever recorded with Texas regulators last year, the Insurance Council of Texas reported. It was the fifth year in a row that Texas homeowner complaints have gone down. There are more than …

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Beecher Carlson Appoints Zoda as Senior VP, Risk Control http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/03/356199.htm Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:50:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356199 Atlanta-based specialty insurance broker Beecher Carlson Insurance Services has appointed Jim Zoda as senior vice president of risk control. He is based in Texas. Zoda’s main focus will be to provide risk assessment and control, strategic planning, management of long-term …

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Lawsuit Against Union Pacific over Texas Veterans Parade Crash Begins http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/30/355995.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:49:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355995 A freight train that slammed into a parade float two years ago, killing four veterans and injuring 16 other people, came within 39 inches of missing the trailer, attorneys for both sides told a West Texas jury. A Midland County …

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4 CAA Agencies Expand Through M&As http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/30/355985.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:24:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355985 Austin, Texas-based Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA) announced that member agencies have expanded their books of business and locations through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over the last nine months. Together, four CAA members have grown their agencies by an …

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Texas Yogurt Company Founder Gets 5 Years in Prison for Arson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/29/355853.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:55:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355853 The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the business ablaze in a fit of anger over investors’ handling of the company. The Dallas Morning News reports a judge has sentenced 56-year-old Edgar Diaz …

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Texas-Based Roach Howard Smith & Barton Promotes Buchanan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/28/355677.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:38:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355677 Keleigh Buchanan was promoted to assistant vice president at Dallas-based independent insurance broker Roach Howard Smith & Barton. Buchanan has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. She specializes in offering products and services to high net-worth clients with …

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Deputy US Marshal Admits Guilt in Texas Insurance Fraud Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/26/355481.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:25:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355481 A San Antonio-based deputy U.S. marshal has pleaded guilty to wire fraud relating to an insurance fraud scheme. According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Reynaldo Gonzalez entered his plea in San Antonio. He admitted that he filed …

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Hotchkiss Insurance Agency Names Conner, Ramsey Partners in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/26/355269.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:33:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355269 Dallas-based Hotchkiss Insurance Agency announced that Chandler “Ross” Conner and Ben “Hunter” Ramsey each accepted invitations to become partners of the firm in December 2014. Conner, a native of Tyler, Texas, is a graduate of Texas A&M University and built …

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Schroeder Named VP of Marketing Texas-Based ITC http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/25/355267.htm Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:31:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355267 Insurance Technologies Corporation (ITC), a Carrollton, Texas-based provider of marketing, rating and management software and services, has promoted Becky Schroeder to vice president of marketing. In her new position as vice president of marketing, Schroeder will oversee the company’s continued …

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5 Accused in Houston-Area Truck Crash ATM Theft http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/23/354564.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:37:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354564 Five individuals are facing aggravated robbery charges after police in suburban Houston arrested them for allegedly robbing an ATM from a gas station. Police in Humble say several men used a stolen truck to ram into the side of the …

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The On-Boarding Process: Making New Clients Feel like Family http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/22/354932.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:51:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354932 In today’s competitive market, an effective client on-boarding process is the most important step in cultivating a lasting relationship. In order to develop a solid foundation, insurance brokers must make new clients feel as though they are working with a …

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Texas Regulators Recover $32.4M in Premium Refunds, Claim Payments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/16/354324.htm Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:06:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354324 Consumer protection staff for the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) were able to recover $32.4 million for Texas consumers during the past year as a result of complaint resolution, the agency announced recently. The money came from premium refunds and …

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Felton Named Asst. VP – Marketing and Development at U.S. Risk Solutions http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/16/354321.htm Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:58:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354321 Dallas-based managing general agency and surplus lines wholesaler, U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc., announced it has named Adam Felton as assistant vice president of marketing and development for U.S. Risk Solutions, its affinity group sales and servicing division. Felton will …

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