Frank Swingle Receives the Drex Foreman Award – The Industry’s Highest Honor
Frank Swingle, Jr., founder and CEO of Swingle Collins & Associates in Dallas, was named the 2019 Drex Foreman Award winner at IIAT’s Insurcon in Grapevine on June 21. 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.
Frank founded Swingle Collins & Associates 37 years ago based on his commitment to help successful business owners’ in the North Texas area. His agency’s ability to meet their clients’ risk management needs while attracting great talent and shareholders, has resulted in the agency becoming one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in Texas. Under Frank’s leadership, Swingle Collins & Associates has received many accolades, including:
- Insurance Journal “Top 100 Property/Casualty Agency” for the past three years;
- Cornerstone Awards recipient for both commercial and personal lines;
- A “Best Practices Agency” for more than 20 years; and
- Dallas Business Journal “Best Places to Work.”
A key to his agency’s success is Frank’s focus on insurance education. “Frank has established perhaps the strongest internal education program in the industry. He has demonstrated his commitment to helping his employees learn the art of insurance and become true masters of our trade. It is engrained in their culture,” said outgoing IIAT Chair Jeff Brady, president and CEO of Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates in Houston.
Whether engaging with the community, business owners, or the agency, Frank attributes his success to his adherence to his core values. “Frank is ‘fiercely’ independent and he truly lives his core values of integrity, knowledge and customer service,” said Brady.
Frank has demonstrated these values in additional industry leadership roles, including serving as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) and president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas (IIAD), and numerous agency and carrier boards and councils.
A long-standing member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Frank served as president and chairman of the Byron Nelson PGA Tour golf tournament. He also serves on the board of the Salvation Army and is a member of the Addison Rotary Club.
“I’m tremendously honored to receive this award. I couldn’t be here without my wonderful family and my phenomenal teammates,” said Frank. “None of us could be here without the wonderful environment we have in Texas to sell insurance. At this event (Insurcon), we see each other as friends – our carrier partners, our vendor partners and competitors. We need to be friends and we need to work together to make this industry as great as it can be,” said Frank.
Wes Kurtz of Houston Receives André P. Juneau ELITExan of the Year Award
Wes Kurtz of Pathfinder/LL&D in Houston was named the André P. Juneau ELITExan of the Year at IIAT’s Insurcon in Grapevine last week. This award is given annually to a young insurance professional in Texas who has achieved success through hard work, community engagement and industry participation in a manner that is considered exceptional for a person of his or her age.
Kurtz is Chief Operating Officer at Pathfinder. Before his insurance career, he served in the United States Air Force, Post-911, where he worked on massive transport aircraft, stationed at various airbases around the globe. After leaving the service in 2007, Wes returned to college, earning his degree at Sam Houston State University, while providing IT support to various companies, including Pathfinder. Two years after joining Pathfinder as a full-time IT employee, Wes moved into sales and became a top sales person for Pathfinder.
Kurtz is the current president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston. He has been working closely with IIAT to develop new strategic planning initiatives for the local Houston chapter and has been instrumental in the selection process for the new IIA Houston Executive Director.
Ronda Brown of Austin Receives Account Manager of the Year
Ronda Brown of Texas Associates Insurors in Austin was named the Account Manager of the Year at IIAT’s Insurcon in Grapevine last week. 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 at large.
Ronda began her insurance career in 1990 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and has worked exclusively in the independent agency system since. She has been with Texas Associates Insurors for the last 18 years. In her current position, she is responsible for commercial new business marketing and placement.
Ronda has served on her agency’s E&O and social committees and was a founding member of their wellness committee. She served on the inaugural CSR Advisory Council for Service Lloyds Insurance Co. and has since served on agent councils for Texas Mutual Insurance Co., CNA Insurance Cos. and FCCI Insurance Co. Ronda holds the CIC, CRM, CISR and ACSR designations.
“Ronda is a true insurance professional. Her understanding of the industry, market relationships, coverage forms, and leadership within our agency is an unmeasurable asset,” said James Russell, a partner at Texas Associates Insurors.