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Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names Wes Kurtz of Houston Young Agent of the Year

Jun 26, 2019

Wes KurtzThe Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) is proud to announce that 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.


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The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) expands the value and influence of independent insurance agencies via advocacy, training, business solutions, professional networking, and market resources.

Independent insurance agents represent multiple insurance companies; they aren’t employees of any single insurance company. Their independence empowers them to focus exclusively on providing their customers with the best, most personalized insurance options possible.

As the largest association of independent agencies in the country—representing nearly 1,500 agencies that employ approximately 20,000 Texans—IIAT provides a wide range of products and resources to the insurance industry. Each year, IIAT delivers more than 250 days of education, ongoing legislative and regulatory advocacy, access to new insurance markets, customized business solutions, and answers to thousands of specific questions from across the state (and country).

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