The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) posthumously honored Ron Lawson, former vice-president at the Republic Group in Dallas and IIAT member, with the Raymond Mauk Leadership Award Thursday, July 14, in Austin, at the 24th Annual ICT Mid-Year Property and Casualty Symposium. Lawson passed last October after a brief illness and his wife, Cheryl, accepted the award on his behalf. Lawson becomes the nineteenth recipient of the prestigious award.
ICT presents the Raymond Mauk Leadership Award each year at its Symposium. The award is ICT’s highest honor and is intended to bestow recognition on an individual whose leadership has made a significant difference in the business of insurance in Texas.
Fellow ICT board member and Regional President with the Traveler’s Companies, David Lavergne, presented the award and described how Lawson began in the industry, advanced his career, and along the way, helped bring many others into the business of insurance.
Lawson graduated from Auburn University and worked full-time to pay his way through school, becoming the first member of his family to have a college degree. After college, he began his insurance career in 1986 with Safeco Insurance in their Stone Mountain, Georgia office.
He later transferred to a Safeco office in Birmingham and there married Cheryl. They raised two sons, while transferring offices as part of Ron’s advancement at Safeco, and eventually moved to the Dallas area. Once in Texas, Lawson briefly worked for Cypress Insurance before joining the Republic Group in 2004. Lawson worked at Republic for 11 years, beginning as the company’s Vice President of Personal Lines and later Vice President of Industry Relations, before being named Vice President of Marketing in 2012.
Ron was also very active in the insurance industry and served on numerous board and governing bodies. At the time of his death, Lawson served on the board of the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT), the Board of Trustees for the ICT Education Foundation, the Association of Fire and Casualty Companies in Texas (AFACT), the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the Texas FAIR Plan Association, the Texas Medical Liability Underwriting Association (Texas JUA), and was a member of the Agency Company relations committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas.
Albert Betts, Executive Director of ICT, said of Lawson “There are very few individuals who are able to become successful in their careers, but also make sure that they give back to those who come after them. Ron was that type of person. Generally, he was just a big-hearted man and enjoyable to be around. On behalf of all of us at ICT, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award and we miss having him as part of the ICT family.”
About the Award
The Raymond Mauk Award honors former Texas Fire Commissioner Raymond Mauk and annually 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.
More than 70 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. Faced with opposition and a 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 continues to serve the Texas industry today.
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