New board members and officers were introduced during IIAT’s annual awards ceremony & business meeting during INSURCON at the the JW Marriot Hill Country San Antonio on June 22. Mark Bridges of INSURICA in Amarillo, was elected as IIAT Chair for 2022-2023. Josh Andrajack of Boley-Featherston in Wichita Falls, will serve as chair-elect; and Tommy Dies of Bryan Insurance Agency in Graham, will serve as vice chair.
Elected to the board of directors were Mike Hotchkiss with Hotchkiss Insurance Agency in Houston, Ben Patterson with Patterson & Associates in Richardson, and Mark Perkins with Perkins Insurance Agency in Abilene.
Mark Bridges is a third-generation insurance agent who started his insurance career in
Fort Worth in 1994 at a regional insurance company before moving into the agency force in 2002. In 2004, Bridges moved to Amarillo to open an office for his family’s insurance agency, DFB Insurance Group. In 2009, Bridges was recognized as IIAT’s Young Agent of the Year.
Over the past 18 years, Bridges has helped grow the agency organically and through acquisition to become one of the largest independent agencies in Texas. In 2017, DFB merged with INSURICA, based out of Oklahoma City. Bridges is now the Texas Regional President for a division of INSURICA exceeding $47 million in commission revenue with more than 200 employees and 12 branch offices.
“I’m honored to be elected as the chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas and to serve during our 125th anniversary year. I consider it to be one of the highlights of my career. I appreciate the opportunity to represent the great State of Texas as our main liaison as we address the needs of independent agents,” said Bridges.