Cindy Quy Receives the Drex Foreman Award – The Industry’s Highest Honor
IIAT’s Cindy Quy was named the 2018 Drex Foreman Award winner at IIAT’s 121st Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Antonio on June 15. The Drex Foreman Award is the highest honor awarded by IIAT and is named after Drex G. Foreman, who served as IIAT chief executive for more than 30 years.
Cindy joined IIAT in 1997 as an administrative assistant to former president Ernie Stromberger. She currently serves as IIAT’s Director of Member Experience. “Over the past 21 years, IIAT has benefited greatly from Cindy’s innate ability to get people involved, and keep people involved,” said IIAT Past President Peter Lauve. “It can’t be proven, but Cindy probably knows more independent agents in the state than any person on the planet. And when I say ‘knows them,’ I don’t mean ‘knows who they are,’ but rather, she knows them on a first name basis and has worked with many of them,” he said.
“Cindy’s personal integrity and love for what she does exponentially increase her effectiveness and positive influence on our industry,” said Peter. “We’ve all heard it said many times, ‘insurance is a people business.'” It’s no wonder that the consummate ‘people person’ has been able to have such a profound effect on our association and industry.”
Cindy was raised in Stanton, TX and attended McMurray University in Abilene, where she met her husband Rick Quy. After graduating, Cindy worked stints at Conoco/DuPont and Rice University. Cindy and Rick have been married 48 years and have two children and four grandchildren.
“I am both terribly pleased and humbled to be included in the company of such esteemed people. I love the association and I love meeting and working with all our members,” said Cindy.
Bob Shepard of Harlingen Receives Paige Eiland Political Action Award
The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) is proud to announce that Harlingen independent insurance agent Bob Shepard is the winner of the Paige Eiland Political Action Award presented at IIAT’s 121st Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Antonio.
The Paige Eiland Award recognizes an agent whose political involvement has had a great impact on the independent insurance agency system. The award has only been presented five times since its inception 13 years ago. It was last presented in 2013 to Al Boenker of Fort Worth. The award is named for Paige Eiland of Stanton, Texas, a longtime IIAT member who worked tirelessly on behalf of agents in both state and federal political arenas.
As a long-time member of IIAT, Shepard is a past board member and president of both IIAT and the IIAT Services Boards. He has served on IIAT’s Legislative Committee and most recently served as the chairman of the IIAT IMPACT Board of Trustees. Shepard serves nationally on the IIABA Insurpac Board and has played a critical role through his service on the TWIA Board of Directors. “Bob is known for following through on his commitments, and takes his volunteer leadership roles extremely seriously,” said IIAT Governmental Affairs Director Lee Loftis.
As a pioneer in the Republican Party, Shepard was elected to the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) in the late ‘80s. He has served twice on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He was first appointed by Gov. George W. Bush in 1996 and was reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2005. Shepard served as Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from 2006 to 2009. He also served as President of the College for All Texans Foundation. Additionally, Shepard is a past President of the University of Texas-Brownsville Development Board and former Chairman of the Board of Regents of Pan American University in Edinburg.
“Bob has been and continues to be a true servant leader to our industry, his community and business in Texas for over forty years. During his career he has become an influential voice at the Texas State Capitol and in D.C.,” said Lee.
André P. Juneau ELITExas Member of the Year Award
William Crocker of Higginbotham in Austin was named the 2018 André P. Juneau ELITExas Member of the Year. This award is given annually to a young insurance professional 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.
Account Manager of the Year Award
Christine Davis, account manager with TexCap Insurance in Dallas, was named the Account Manager of the Year. This award is given annually to an account manager in Texas who exemplifies outstanding leadership and service to the independent agency system and to the public.