Stephens Insurance has hired Chris Hawkins as senior vice president, Robert Mann and John Rhodes as vice president, and Kevin Yandell as claims coordinator, enhancing critical risk management capabilities in Texas, an accelerating market for Stephens.
Headquartered in Little Rock, Stephens Insurance LLC is an affiliate of Stephens Inc.
“We take great pride in being able to deliver practiced guidance and high-quality solutions important to defusing the complex threats companies face daily. With these additions, we continue to build a team around expertise that truly meets the needs and interests of our clients. We are pleased to welcome them to Stephens and look forward to their contributions in Texas and beyond,” said Marty Rhodes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stephens Insurance.
Hawkins will lead the firm’s automotive risk management services and brings more than 16 years of insurance expertise specializing in automotive dealers, manufacturers and car rental operators. This will be a new offering under Stephens’ commercial property and casualty team. Prior to joining Stephens, Hawkins was a senior vice-president with Arthur J. Gallagher’s Automotive Practice. He will work from the Austin branch.
Mann joins Stephens after 16 years in operational management and business development in the construction industry. He will play a key role in building relationships among contractors and real estate companies in support of the firm’s commercial lines business. Recently, he served as Development Manager at Patrinely Group, LLC. He will be in the Houston office.
Rhodes will support new business development and growth initiatives in Texas. Previously, he spent six years with AmWins Group, Inc. assisting in the production and placement of complex energy property risks. He will be based in Austin.
Yandell has 15 years of combined experience in managing a multiline claims department, loss analysis, and many aspects of administering workers’ compensation and commercial property claims. Yandell comes to Stephens from the Texas Association of Counties where he was a Property Claims Supervisor. He joins the Austin office.