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Bishop Joins Southwest Risk in Dallas as VP, Property Broker

Jim Bishop has joined Southwest Risk LP as a vice president and property broker. Bishop has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry with extensive knowledge of the marketplace in the central United States. He began his career as …

Last Year’s Fatalities Prompt New Safety Features at Austin’s SXSW

Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and TV on the Radio are on the schedule, but what’s really getting attention at this year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, is safety. After a driver plowed through a barricade and into …

Graves Joins Dallas Office of All Risks

The South Central operation of property/casualty wholesale insurance broker All Risks Ltd. has added Eric Graves as a producer in Dallas. Graves joins the Dallas office as a brokerage underwriter and brings proven abilities in sales, marketing and business development. …

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 …

Feds: Texas Company’s Guardrails Meet Safety Standards in 8 Crash Tests

Federal officials said that a guardrail system found on many U.S. highways met safety standards in crash tests that followed accusations they have speared cars. Forty states have stopped installing the guardrails, and Trinity Industries Inc. stopped shipping them after …

Transportation Network Company Insurance Bill Passes Oklahoma Senate

A bill addressing the insurance requirements of transportation network companies (TNCs), or rideshare organizations, and their drivers has passed the Oklahoma Senate by an overwhelming majority vote of 40-3. SB 436, the Transportation Network Act of 2015, sets coverage requirements, …

3 Killed in West Texas Oil Field Explosion

An oil field rig exploded in West Texas killing three workers on March 10. Investigator Dusty Kilgore of the Upton County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened Tuesday morning near Rankin, about 40 miles south of Midland. Kilgore says a …

Nevada Speed Limit Could Hit 85MPH Under Bill

Nevada lawmakers are scheduled to review a bill that would allow the state to raise highway speed limits to 85 miles per hour. Republican Sen. Don Gustavson is sponsoring SB 2 and expects to testify on the bill on Tuesday …

IICF Announces $505K in Grants at Dallas Benefit Dinner

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Texas/Southeast Division announced it is providing a record-breaking $505,000 in grants to area and regional nonprofits in 2015. The grants total is the largest to date since the Texas/Southeast Division’s inception in 2012. The …

Wellness Specialist Florsheim Joins Higginbotham Insurance

Fort Worth, Texas-based Higginbotham has hired Claire Florsheim, JD, RD, LD, as health risk management and wellness consultant. Florsheim joins the firm’s Fort Worth office in its employee benefits department, which serves customers throughout the state. Her unit helps employers …