Sparks to Chair Insurance Council of Texas Board

December 15, 2009

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) has elected Craig Sparks chairman of its board of directors beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

Sparks has been president of the Union Standard Insurance Company in Irving since 2000. Sparks’ insurance career began the day he graduated from the University of Central Arkansas when he joined Floyd West & Company as a special agent. He also worked at Crum and Forster and Wausau before joining Union Standard as branch manager in 1993.

Sparks was recently elected president of the Association of Fire and Casualty Companies of Texas (AFACT) and is the founding president of the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud.

Jim Harms, branch vice president of the CNA Insurance Group, was elected vice chairman of ICT’s board. Dennis Devlin, regional vice president of the Travelers Companies, was elected treasurer. Joe Johnson, regional manager of the United Fire Group, was elected secretary.

Dorothy Langley, vice president and general counsel of Kemper, will serve as immediate past chair president.

The other members of the ICT board of directors and their representatives are:

  • Allstate Insurance Group: Robert Zeman
  • Chubb Group of Insurance Companies: Tom Fitzpatrick
  • Farmers Insurance Group: Frank Galitski
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company: Lee Ann Alexander
  • The Republic Group: Richard Mayer
  • State Auto Insurance Company: Lyndell Haigood
  • Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies: Mike Gerik
  • USAA: Robert Gilbert

James Drawert with the Republic Group also serves on the board as an advisory director.

Source: The Insurance Council of Texas,

Topics Texas

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