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Texas Associates employee helps Smithville VFD secure $2,500 grant

Lisa Gonzales of our Smithville office, along with Smithville city grant writer Jill Strube, applied for and helped secure a $2,500 grant from the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas for the Smithville VFD.  They were one of only 14 VFD’s in Texas to receive a grant from IIAT.  Texas Associates and our staff are proud to be involved with our local communities.








 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

 

Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names James Russell
Young Agent of the Year

 

AUSTIN, TX — The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) is proud to announce that James Russell of Texas Associates Insurors in El Campo has been named the André P. Juneau Young Agent of the Year at IIAT’s 117th Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Antonio. This award is given annually to a young agent in Texas who has achieved success through hard work, community engagement and industry participation in a manner that would be considered exceptional for a person of his or her age.

 

Russell, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is a partner at Texas Associates Insurors and has been the top producer at his agency six times since 2007. Russell has an extensive knowledge of construction and oil and gas risks that he gained by participating in industry groups like the Association of Energy Companies and the Texas Oil and Gas Association. Since becoming an independent agent in 2006, he has developed many strong relationships with carriers and sureties that have generated new business for his agency. He recently collaborated with carriers to improve policy language for insureds with oil and gas operations.

 

A graduate of IIAT’s Producer Development Program and Leadership Academy, Russell is currently pursuing his Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation. An active member in his community, Russell serves on the Pastor Selection Committee and the New Facilities Committee for First Presbyterian Church in El Campo. Currently he is serving his second term as a School Board Trustee and is active in many education-based groups including the El Campo Academic and Athletic Booster Clubs.

 

“James is an agent who has achieved great success at a young age, and his commitment to the independent insurance industry admirable,” said IIAT President Don Whitaker.

 
 

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     Texas Associates Insurors is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) "Best Practices" Study Group.

            The Best Practices Study was initiated by IIABA in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance. The annual study of leading independent insurance agencies, which is conducted for IIABA by Reagan Consulting of Atlanta, Ga., documents the business practices of these high performance agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

Only 254 independent agencies throughout the U.S. qualified for inclusion in the 2016 Best Practices Study. An IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company must first nominate the agency which then must qualify based on outstanding customer retention, growth, stability and financial management. More than 1,800 agencies were nominated this year.  The agency first received this coveted designation in 1995 and is proud to continue the tradition with the most recent selection of agencies in 2016.
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Professionalism is not just a nice "catch phrase" for us.  Texas Associates Insurors invests time, effort and money into the educational development of its staff.  All Account Managers and Executives are accredited by one or more national accrediting programs for insurance professionals.  Our commitment is to provide only the best Account Management to our clients.  The various designations our staff holds are:

 

ACSR - Accredited Customer Service Representative 
AIS - Associate in Insurance Services 
CAM - Certified Account Manager 
CIC - Certified Insurance Counselor 
CISR - Certified Insurance Service Representative  
CLCS - Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist
CPCU - Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter 
CRM - Certified Risk Manager
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The Partners and Staff of Texas Associates Insurors/NewFirst Insurors participate in various industry groups and company agency councils.
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