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Named as one of the best companies to work for in Texas in 2009, Roach Howard Smith & Barton (RHSB) is a full-service independent insurance brokerage with more than 75 employees and three office locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. It is one of the largest and prodigious firms in Texas, with more than 7,000 clients whose locations span the globe, and part of a major privately held broker network, Assurex Global, that includes more than 20,000 insurance professionals generating annual premiums in excess of $28 billion.

There are 13 shareholders who lead RHSB including Barton Tucker, CFO; David Cooper, executive vice president; Tom Hughston, executive vice president; Karen Bitzer, vice president and CIO; John Losurdo, vice president and COO; and Karen Farris, president and CEO. RHSB writes 80 percent commercial lines business and 20 percent personal lines, with targeted specialties including technology, life sciences, media, real estates, jewelry, religious institutions, hospitality, global business and high net worth individuals. It has an annual premium in excess of $90 million.

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Roots In 1955, RHSB’s founder, Richard Roach, sold his first insurance policy using a philosophy that guides the company today: Clients come first. Soon after founding the firm, Roach was joined by Leroy Howard, Max Smith and Archie Hunter. The name of the firm became Roach Howard Smith & Hunter Inc.

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