Past+Presidents by yaofenjin


Robert graduated from Texas A&M University in 1962
with degree in Business. After three years in the U.S. Air
Force went to work for Employers Insurance of Texas as
a Sales Representative in Houston, Texas. Was promoted
and transferred to Dallas, Texas and completed the work
for the designation in 1977 and was elected President
serving in 1983-1984.

Senior Vice President of Sales when the company was
placed in receivership by the State Board of Insurance in
1972. Was involved in helping form a new company,
Employers General Insurance Group and was named its
Executive Vice President. In 1999 was elected President
& CEO and retired in 2006.

During career served as President of the Association of
Fire and Casualty Companies in Texas and remained
active in the Dallas CPCU Chapter. Have been and
continue to be actively involved in my church and in a
Dallas based charity, Ark House. Have served on
numerous church committees including Chairman of the
Board of Trustees. Have been involved in Ark House for
over 23 years handling various responsibilities including
Chairman of the Board. Also am currently serving on the
North Texas United Methodist Church Conference
Insurance Advisory Team which oversees the insurance
coverages for over 300 churches in the conference.

Robert is married to wife Diana (43 years) and we have
three married children and four grandkids.
William’s Achievements are:
-President of Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, member of the
Board of Directors 2002-2003
-President of the national CPCU Society, 1998-1999
-Chairman, CPCU Loman Education Foundation (a non-profit
education and research organization), 2008-2010, and member,
Executive Committee, 2000-2012
-President, Dallas Chapter, Society of Chartered Property Casualty
-President, Park Cities Rotary Club,1991-1992
-Rotary International, District 5810 (Governor's Group Representative
-District Conference chairman, 1993;
-Chairman, Group Study Exchange Leader to Germany, 1996)
-Chairman, Board of Trustees, Dallas Wind Symphony, 1995-1997
-Member, Independent Insurance Agents of Texas and Independent
Insurance Agents and Brokers of America

William retired December 31, 2011 as Vice Chairman of Sleeper Sewell
Insurance Services, Inc., a member company of The American National
Bank of Texas.

1989 Distinguished Service Award, Independent Insurance Agents of
1993 Leadership Recognition Award, Society of CPCU
1996 The Standard Setter Award, Society of CPCU

William is married to wife Mica; four daughters and seven
                 Karen Farris is a licensed risk manager with more than 30 years
                 experience developing comprehensive global insurance solutions for
                 commercial clients. She started the firms Technology, Life Sciences &
                 Media Practice Group and is recognized nationally for her expertise in
                 this field.

                 Karen is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in
                 Business Administration. After 10 years on the carrier side she joined
                 RHSB in 1982. She was named President in 1994, CEO in 1996 and
                 Chairman in 2011. Under her leadership the firm has tripled in size and
                 is now one of the leading brokerage firms in Texas with more than
                 7500+ clients worldwide. Karen was responsible for guiding an internal
                 perpetuation of her firm from the founding partners to the current group
                 of 12 shareholders.

                 She is a past chairman and board member of Assurex Global, the largest
                 privately held broker network in the world. Karen is a member of the
                 AICPCU Board of Directors and has served as president of both the
                 Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas and the Dallas Chapter of the
                 Society of CPCU. A long time American Heart Association volunteer,
                 she is currently a member of the Insurance Task Force. She serves as
 Karen Farris    President of the Board of Directors for Attitudes & Attire and in 2009
                 was honored as the Kim Dawson Attitude Award Honoree. Karen is a
CPCU President   member of the Park Cities Rotary Club Board of Directors and is an
  1986-1987      active Meals on Wheels and Ronald McDonald House volunteer.

                 In 2006, she was selected for Business Insurance magazine’s “Women to
                 Watch,” a special report highlighting women of accomplishment within
                 the insurance industry. She was named an honoree in the Dallas Business
                 Journal’s 2009 Women in Business Awards and was recognized as one of
                 the Top 25 Changemakers.
                 Bill Thornton, CPCU, CLU, joined W.R. Berkley
                 Corporation in 1990 and served as President of
                 Union Standard Insurance Group, Irving TX; Acadia
                 Insurance Company, Westbrook, ME; Berkley
                 Regional Specialty Insurance, Scottsdale, AZ; and
                 Regional, Excess Underwriters, Westbrook, ME.

                 Bill has over 40 years of insurance industry
                 experience.        Before joining W.R. Berkley
                 Corporation, he served 8 years as Assistant Vice
                 President/ Vice President of Trinity Insurance
                 Company in Dallas, TX, and 12 years with Safeco in
                 several locations.

                 Mr. Thornton holds a BS in Business Administration
 Bill Thornton   from Colorado State University.

CPCU President   Bill and his wife, Jacky, have two children, two
  1987-1988      granddaughters, and one grandson. He is a member
                 of the Dallas Chapter CPCU, Past Chairman of the
                 Maine College of Art Board of Trustees, a member
                 of the Portland Symphony Orchestra Board of
                 Trustees, and Past-President of the Maine Pine Tree
                 Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Bob Johnson, CPCU, AIC graduated
from Southern Methodist University
with a BBA Degree in Management.

Bob served in numerous claims positions
with Employers Insurance of Texas,
before joining Employers General
Insurance Group in 1992.

He served as CPCU Dallas Chapter
President from 1988 to 1989.
Retired as Vice President-Claims from
Employers General in 2005 after 42
years in the insurance industry.
 Hayden owned the Hayden R. Pittman Insurance Agency in Dallas and,
after his retirement in 1998, his son, John Pittman, continued the agency and
still operates it today. As President-Elect, Hayden was responsible for
monthly speakers and I-Day. He also served the Chapter as Chairman of
I-Day and as Director. Hayden is a Past President of the Dallas Independent
Insurance Agents. He received his CPCU designation in 1973.

The CPCU luncheon in October 1990 was attended by 133. Average
attendance for that year was 188 per meeting by year-end. Sixteen
committees were in full swing. We had 47 new designees. The seventh
annual I-Day in November 1990 had 648 in attendance. At the past-
president’s luncheon in February 1991, 22 past-presidents attended. “My
role as President was successful only because of the other officers, board,
committees and members who wanted to be professionals in their own

Since retiring in 1998 Hayden enjoys tennis, golf and traveling as well as
visiting his East Texas lake home with his wife, Peggy.
                           Jack is president and CEO of International Risk
                           Management Institute, Inc. also known as IRMI. IRMI
                           is a leader in keeping property-casualty insurance
                           professionals on the leading edge of risk management
                           and insurance via a vast reference library, a broad
                           curriculum of online continuing education courses, and
                           educational conferences. Jack holds BBA and MBA
                           degrees from the University of Georgia, where he
                           majored in risk management, as well as the CPCU,
                           CRIS, and ARM designations. In 1996, he was honored
                           as Georgia’s Outstanding Insurance Alumnus of the

                           Jack was president of the Dallas CPCU Chapter during
                           the 1991-1992 chapter year. The most notable chapter
                           accomplishment that year was the combination of the
                           Dallas I-Day with the IIAD’s Insurance Convention.
    Jack P. Gibson         Nearly 1,000 people attended the combined event as
CPCU President 1991-1992   opposed to 600 who had attended the previous year’s
                           CPCU I-Day. While the two organizations recently
                           decided to go their separate ways, the combined event
                           was successful for two decades.

                           Jack also served the CPCU Society at the national level
                           for many years as a member of the public relations
                           committee, annual conference committee, nominating
                           committee, and board of directors.
   Phyllis Cowan

CPCU Past President
                 Tom had a 35 year career with Employers
                 Casualty Company/ Employers General
                 Insurance Group with last position being
                 Executive Vice President.

                 He received CPCU designation in 1985.
                 Served as Dallas CPCU chapter President
                 1996 and 1997 .

                 He won the national CPCU Outstanding
                 Chapter award for Large Chapters in 1996
                 Started the very first Dallas CPCU
                 Chapter golf tournament in 1996
                 benefiting Easter Seals. Played at Chase
                 Oaks and Red Cashion was guest speaker
                 and tournament host.

 Tom P. Vick     In 2007 started my own business Natural
                 Health Advisory Institute which now
CPCU President   provides education and inspiration in the
  1996-1997      use of natural healing therapies for
                 chronic health conditions to over 13,000
                 monthly readers.
                   Maureen is the principal research analyst for Commercial Auto Insurance
                   and the Classification Cross-Reference. She is also a coauthor of
                   Commercial Liability Insurance and The MCS-90 Book.
                   Maureen’s first job in insurance was as a workers’ compensation rate clerk.
                   More importantly, in her opinion earning the CPCU designation in 1980
                   was the single most important decision she ever made in setting a course
                   for her career. Except for the Institutes’ General Insurance Courses which
                   she had taken years earlier, CPCU was the first course of study she had
                   attempted since her high school graduation.
                   Once Maureen received the CPCU, she immediately began studying for the
                   ARM designation; and then not too long after that, enrolled in night classes
                   at UTD to attain a bachelor of science in business administration (BSBA).
                   As it happened, her job with IRMI came about as a result of meeting Jack
                   at a CPCU event at about the time she was finishing her degree and was
                   working for a company where she felt that education was not highly
                   valued. Affiliation with CPCUs over the years has led to many great
                   opportunities and has enriched her life in more ways than she can count.
                   Maureen holds a BS degree, magna cum laude, from the University of
                   Texas at Dallas and an MBA in risk management and insurance from the
                   University of North Texas. She is a Chartered Property Casualty
                   Underwriter (CPCU) and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
Maureen McLendon   and Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designations. Ms.
 CPCU President    McLendon is an active member of the CPCU Society, having held a
                   number of chairmanships and offices, including president of the Dallas
    1997-1998      Chapter, regional vice president, national director—South Central Region,
                   chair of the Risk Management Interest Section, and as a member of several
                   national committees and task forces.
                   Maureen is a member of the CPCU-Loman Education Foundation's Loman
                   Club Gold. She is currently serving on the ISO Commercial Lines Industry
                   Liaison Panel.
    John Nance

CPCU Past President
I have worked at GEICO since 1984, right
after I graduated from college. I relocated from
Georgia in 1986 when a GEICO regional
office opened in Dallas. Over the last 28 years,
I have worked in many different capacities –
Human Resources, Customer Service, Claims,
Planning & Budgeting, Billing, and my current
role, auto claims project manager in the
Internet Business Unit.

I received my CPCU designation in 1992 and
became active in the chapter on the Good
Works committee, then the Public Relations
chair. I served as Vice President, and then
served as President from 1999-2000. I was
proud to accept the President’s Award for
Excellence on behalf of the chapter at the
annual meeting in Boston in October 1999.
    Debra Hale

CPCU Past President
                 Jane Damon started her career in the early 80’s.
                 Roach Howard Smith & Hunter (now Barton) helped
                 her start her career and insurance education. She
                 continued her career with Sleeper, Sewell & Co. and
                 received her CPCU designation in 1991 and was the
                 Regional New Designee Representative beginning
                 her journey in National Service with CPCU. Jane
                 moved to the Agent Broker Section and then to the
                 Risk Management Section where she is an active
                 committee member and Editor of the Risk
                 Management Newsletter. Jane has been active in the
                 Dallas Chapter of CPCU and President.

                 She spent 9 years with Artex General
                 Agency/American Contractors Insurance Group.
                 Jane has been with Wells Fargo Insurance Services
                 for over 11 years and is currently an Assistant Vice
                 President and Commercial Account Executive.
 Jane Damon
                 In addition to her CPCU, Jane also is a Certified
CPCU President   Professional Insurance Women, Certified Insurance
  2002-2003      Counselor and she received her Master of Business
                 Administration – Strategic Leadership from
                 Amberton University.
                  Millie is Director of Training and Education
                  of International Risk Management Institute,
                  Inc. also known as IRMI. IRMI is the
                  premier publisher of property-casualty
                  insurance reference. She directs all of
                  IRMI's training and education programs,
                  which include its webinars, seminars,
                  insurance CE programs, and conferences.

                  She also has primary editorial responsibility
                  for Practical Risk Management. Millie
Millie Workman,   holds the CPCU, CRIS, and MLIS
                  designations. She has been very active on a
CPCU President
                  national level in the CPCU Society and
   2005-2006      served as president of the Society in 2005-
                  2006. She currently serves as chair of the
                  CPCU-Loman         Education     Foundation.
                  Business Insurance magazine named Ms.
                  Workman "Risk Manager of the Year" in
                  1992, one of the "100 Leading Women in the
                  Insurance Industry" in 2000, and one of 80
                  "Women to Watch" in 2006.
Debra is currently serving as full time faculty in the Risk
Management, Insurance and Financial Services program at
the University of North Texas in Denton. She serves as
Faculty Advisor for Gamma Iota Sigma, the international
collegiate fraternity for risk management, insurance and
actuarial sciences majors. She is responsible for publishing
for RMIFS Resume Book, administering RMI student
scholarships and the annual RMIFS Interview Day on the
UNT campus. Prior to joining the UNT RMI faculty in
2009, she spent 30 years in the property & casualty
insurance industry.

Debra has earned her CPCU, CIC, CRM and AINS
designations. She holds a bachelors degree in business
management from Dallas Baptist University, and is near
completion of her MBA at UNT. She served as president of
the Dallas Chapter CPCU 2006/2007, president of the Fort
Worth Chapter 2011/2012 and has held many committee
chair and officer positions with both chapters. She is an
active member of DFW RIMS, and a board member for
Dallas CPCU, Fort Worth CPCU, the Insurance Council of
Texas, the Texas Risk and Insurance Professional Society,
Gamma Iota Sigma International, “Our Friends Place”, and
the Council on Litigation Management.

She is married to Randy, and they are blessed with 3
children and 3 grandchildren!
                   Joan has been employed by State Farm Insurance
                   since 1985. She worked in Commercial
                   Underwriting until 1991 and has worked in
                   Fire/Homeowners Claims since then. Currently
                   Supervisor over Claim Service Assistant Team.

                   CPCU designation 1992-San Francisco

                   CLU designation 2002

                   Dallas Chapter President 2008-2009

                   Good Works Chairman, Golf Committee Chair, All-
                   Industry Day Co-Chair

                   Currently serving on the Dallas Chapter Board of
Joan Fitzsimmons
 CPCU President    National Service Budget and Finance Committee,
   2008-2009       currently sitting on the Professional Experience
                   Resource Group.
Rob Olson is the author and principal research analyst for
IRMI's reference service, Personal Risk Management and
Insurance. He was formerly the principal research analyst for
Commercial Auto Insurance.

Mr. Olson earned a BA degree, cum laude, in economics and
an MLA degree, both from Southern Methodist University in
Dallas. He is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
(CPCU) and holds the Associate in Risk Management
(ARM), Associate in Automation Management (AAM),
Associate in Research and Planning (ARP), Construction
Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and Management
Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS) designations. He has
been recognized twice by the Insurance Institute of America
(IIA) for his outstanding scholarly achievements in its

Mr. Olson is also an active member of the CPCU Society,
having held a number of chairmanships and offices,
including president of the Dallas Chapter. He is currently the
chairman of the Personal Lines Interest Group.

In addition, Mr. Olson also serves as an adjunct professor at
Southern Methodist University and the University of North
Texas where he teaches risk management classes. Before
joining IRMI in 1998, Mr. Olson was an underwriting
manager for two national insurance companies where his
experience encompassed both personal and commercial lines.
                 John W. Mullen joined Direct General in March 2011
                 as President and Chief Executive Officer and a
                 member of the Board of Directors.

                 Mr. Mullen brings to the position 35 years experience
                 in the insurance industry, including eight years as
                 President of Unitrin Specialty where he oversaw a
                 $500 million personal and commercial auto insurance
                 business that was supported by 700 employees and
                 8,000 independent agents in 22 states.

                 Prior to Unitrin, Mr. Mullen served as President of
                 Financial Indemnity Company (Unitrin specialty auto
                 insurer) for five years and as Regional President and
                 SVP Claims with Windsor Insurance Group for 15
                 years. Additionally, he has held various roles in
                 Claims leadership with Liberty Mutual, Unigard and
                 Great American insurance companies.
John W. Mullen
CPCU President
                 Mr. Mullen has a BA from Bethany College, Bethany
  2010-2011      West Virginia and earned his CPCU designation in
                 1982. He serves on the Board of Trustees for
                 Bethany College, is a member of the Board of
                 Directors of the Insurance Institute for Highway
                 Tracey began her insurance career in 1986 when she was
                 hired as a secretary for State Farm. She worked in several
                 support roles while completing college.

                 In May of 1993, she raduated with a Bachelor of Science in
                 Business Administration from the University of Central
                 Florida and was hired that same month as a Claim
                 Representative at State Farm. Over the years, Tracey has
                 served in many different roles with State Farm, the Auto
                 Club, and the Hertz Corporation. These roles have included
                 Claim Representative, Claims Support Supervisor, Subject
                 Matter Expert, Technical Lead, Administrative Services
                 Supervisor, Claims Team Manager, and Claims Unit
                 Manager. She is currently serving as an Agency Specialist
 Tracey Weston   with State Farm.
CPCU President
                 Tracey completed her CPCU designation in 2002. She has
   2011-2012     been an active member of the Dallas Chapter since the late
                 1990’s having served as a Golf Committee Member, Good
                 Works Chair, Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, and
                 the 2011-2012 President.

                 Tracey is married to Mark and has two daughters,
                 Kymberley and Christina. She enjoys playing soccer, snow
                 skiing, scuba diving, hiking, and occasionally reading a
                 good book.
                      Steven is the President of EWI Risk Services, Inc., a
                      reinsurance intermediary based in Dallas, and a subsidiary
                      of NL Industries, a global industrial company (NYSE: NL).
                      He is also the Chief Risk Officer for the parent company.
                      He also serves as President of Tall Pines Insurance
                      Company of Vermont, an affiliated captive insurance

                      His insurance industry experience has spanned over two
                      decades with groups including Fireman’s Fund, TIG, and
                      Overseas Partners US Reinsurance Company. He has
                      served in the roles of CFO, Corporate Treasurer, and Ceded
                      Reinsurance executive.

                      He is the Immediate Past President and Chairman of the
                      CPCU Society 2011-2012. He is also the Chairman of the
                      Board of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association.

                      A native of Los Angeles, Steve has an MBA and a
                      Bachelors of Science, cum laude, from the University of
Steven M. McElhiney   Southern California. He also holds the Associate in
  CPCU President      Reinsurance and AIAF designations. He also received a
                      Congressional Nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.
                      He authored “Fundamentals of Reinsurance and
                      Reinsurance Markets” for IRMI in 2012.
                          STAN BULLOCK
                           CPCU President

Graduate of SMU in 1957 with a degree in Business
Received CPCU designation in 1968

Currently Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Roach Howard
Smith & Hunter
Partner and member of the Board of Directors since June, 1973
1955-73: Royal Insurance Company, Commercial Lines Manager

Past President, Dallas Chapter CPCU
Past President, Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas
Member of Eastern Hills Country Club, past member of Board of Directors

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