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Mark Ray of Corpus Christi to Serve as Chair of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas

Jun 26, 2019
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The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) elected Mark Ray of Borden Insurance Agency in Corpus Christi to serve as chair for 2019-20 during IIAT’s annual business meeting in Grapevine, June 21, 2019. With nearly 1,600 member agencies in 225 counties, IIAT is the largest state association of independent insurance agents and professionals in the U.S.

Mark is vice president of Borden Insurance Agency in Corpus Christi. His insurance experience spans more than 30 years. Mark started his career as a commercial insurance agent with Swantner and Gordon Insurance Agency before joining Borden Insurance more than 14 years ago. Mark specializes in oil and gas, lawyers' professional liability and other commercial property and casualty coverage. He has served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of the Coastal Bend, chairman of the IIAT Windstorm Task Force, and as regional vice president for IMPACT, IIAT’s statewide political action committee.

Mark is very active in his community in Corpus Christi, where he resides with his wife, Robin. He is chairman of the board for the Coastal Conservation Association Texas, chairman for the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation at Texas A&M Harte Research Center, and serves as Trustee of the Texas Foundation for Conservation. In 2018 Mark was named the Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist of the year. Mark is also active in the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, the Port Aransas Rod and Reel Club, the Coastal Bend Emmaus Community and Corpus Christi First United Methodist Church.


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About IIAT

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).

Learn more online at IIAT is affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA, the “Big I”) and TrustedChoice. There are 14 local, standalone associations in Texas.