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Tara Mitchell Joins IIAT as Director

Jan 08, 2020

125x128-taraThe Independent Insurance Agents of Texas is pleased to announce that Tara Mitchell has joined the association as a director. Tara will lead IIAT’s technology initiatives to innovate and streamline business practices and bring greater value to IIAT members and the independent agent community. IIAT is strategically investing in ways to help agents with their data and benchmarking, while building a modern, interactive experience for its members that cultivates agency growth & profitability. 

For the past four years, Tara has worked as Director of Information Technology Services, VP of Technology, and Chief Information Officer at the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX). She has managed several projects to improve the organization’s platforms, systems and business processes while overseeing operations and technology. She participated in state and national policy research affecting the industry, helping to ensure compliance during the most active surplus lines legislative cycles in the past 20 years. Tara helped shape the organization’s brand identity and led the website relaunch, technology and data strategy.

Prior to joining SLTX, Tara worked in financial regulation for seven years at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). She served as the Registrations Officer for Company Licensing & Registration where she was responsible for the non-admitted market unit, including surplus lines, accredited/trusteed reinsurers, risk retention groups, purchasing groups, and life settlement providers and brokers. Tara has also served as subject matter expert for the information technology enhancements groups with goals of automation and streamlining business practices. Prior to joining TDI, Tara was a Personal Banker with JPMorgan Chase.

Tara holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin as well as designations, including an Accredited Financial Examiner (AFE), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Associates in Insurance (AINS).

“Tara will be strategic in leading innovative IT projects for IIAT. Her combination of skills and expertise in the insurance industry will bring more value to our community and lead us into the future,” said IIAT President and Executive Director Marit Peters.


Matt Smith

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.