Texas Insurer Group Seeks Nominations for Industry Leadership Award

February 26, 2014

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) is seeking nominations for its annual Raymond Mauk Leadership Award, the council’s highest honor. The award will be presented on July 17, at the annual Mid-Year Property and Casualty Insurance Symposium in Austin.

The award honors former Texas Fire Commissioner Raymond Mauk (1903-2000) and recognizes someone who has made a notable contribution to the Texas property and casualty insurance industry.

Mauk enjoyed a long and distinguished career and held many positions of leadership within his company and industry organizations.

Most importantly, some 79 years ago, Commissioner Mauk was convinced that fundamental change was needed to protect the insurance buying public and the integrity of the marketplace from the misapplication of rates and forms.

To accomplish his goal, Mauk envisioned the creation of a central checking office that would enforce good business practices and audit the insurance industry’s paperwork for errors and competitive greed. Often facing great opposition and the traditional resistance to change, Mauk labored for two years to build support from both agents and companies.

By February 1935, Mauk’s leadership had led to the successful establishment of the Texas Insurance Checking Office, an institution which still serves the Texas industry today.

Nominations are being solicited from a broad spectrum of the Texas insurance industry and I encourage you to be thoughtful and creative in your recommendations.

The guiding principle for nominations should be recognition of someone who has made a difference for their employer(s), the industry generally, the Insurance Council of Texas or its predecessor organizations, the regulation of insurance in Texas or the routine business of the industry.

Nominations may be emailed to ICT Executive Director Rick Gentry at rgentry@insurancecouncil.org. A brief explanation about why the nominee should be considered for this distinguished honor is requested. Nominations are due by March 3.

Source: Insurance Council of Texas