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2018-2019 IIAD Board Nominees

The IIAD Nominating Committee is pleased to present its slate of five candidates for Director positions.  Four positions are available.  Each Director is being elected or re-elected to serve a two-year term, to begin on Sept. 1, 2018.  The bios of each candidate are listed below, followed by the voting buttons.  Each member agency may select up to 4 of the names on the ballot, with one ballot per agency allowed as stated in the IIAD Bylaws.  This is an important privilege of each member agency of IIAD

Please forward this to your agency principal(s) to complete, and cast your vote by 6/15/18. 

Ray Deaton is the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Commercial Insurance Solutions and. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Marketing & Management.  Commercial Insurance Solutions specializes in insuring multifamily properties, hotels and senior assisted living properties. Ray has been on numerous mission trips to the Dominican Republic with Prestonwood Christian Academy in conjunction with Score International. Ray is the proud father of three children. He loves the outdoors and hunting is a passion.


Josh Gilbert: started with K&S as an intern in the summer of 2001. After graduating from Baylor University in 2002, Josh was hired full time and learned all job functions within the agency on his way to becoming an Account Executive. Josh achieved his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2012 and became an agency principal in 2017.


Charles LipscombCharles has served on the IIAD Board as a Director since 2016 and is seeking election to a second term.  Charles is a Principal of The Lipscomb Insurance Group.  He was born in Dallas and attended Cistercian Preparatory School, followed by Vanderbilt University and UTD School of Business Management.  Charles is a member of St. Rita Catholic Community.  He is Chairman-elect of Fossil Rim Wildlife Conservation Center.  Charles is also on the Board of Trustees of Cistercian Preparatory School and on the Board of Coon Creek Hunting & Fishing Club.  He is a member of Dallas Country Club, Coon Creek Hunting & Fishing Club, Idlewild Club, Calyx Club and TIGER 21.  Charles is involved in many other civic and charitable organizations.  Charles formerly served on the Board of IIAD from 2004-2006.  Charles married Kelly Bowman Lipscomb in 1996 and has 3 children, Charlie, Shel and Connor.


John Stollenwerck: John began his insurance career at Ragland, Strother & Lafitte (RSL) as a Producer in 2002 and was named Partner in the firm in the spring of 2015. Prior to joining RSL, John worked for several years in the technology consulting and sales fields with EDS, Brightstar and Actuate. Before embarking on his business career, John was a professional golfer, acquiring an Australian PGA tour card. John’s business experience allows him to understand the real-world risk issues facing companies and service firms today. His areas of expertise include extensive experience in the golf/country club industry, as well as acumen in technology, real estate, lawyer’s E & O (errors and omissions) and manufacturing. John is a graduate of the University of Missouri and has earned his CIC designation. He married his college sweetheart, Stephanie, and they have two children. During his time away from the office, John enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and his role as Usher for HPUMC.


Jeff Strahan: Jeff has served on the IIAD Board as a Director since 2016 and is seeking election to a second term.  Jeff serves as Managing Director of Dallas Higginbotham.  He is passionate about serving his clients by providing them with the tools to confront today's risk management goals. He strives to maintain strong relationships with carrier partners, colleagues, clients and fellow insurance professionals.  Prior to Higginbotham, Jeff was Co-Founder of Americap Insurance Group which was acquired by Higginbotham. Jeff has worked for IMA, Wm. Rigg, Higginbotham and Liberty Mutual.  Jeff has his BBA in insurance from University of North Texas.  Jeff and his wife Carrie have been married 17 years and are the proud parents of Jack (12) and Luke (9). They enjoy anything that can be done outdoors: hunting, fishing, boating, snow skiing, etc.  Jeff and his family are members of Bent Tree Bible Church.



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