Our Leadership

Bob Dean, Founder

Founded Dean & Draper Insurance Agency, LP in 1980. A University of Houston graduate, Bob gained experience from more than a decade as a loss control manager. To build the agency, Bob focused on acquisitions and marketing programs, and consistently bringing new insurance companies to Dean & Draper. Dedicated to excellence, he has grown Dean & Draper to one of largest independent insurance agencies in the country with more than $160 million in sales and over 150 agents and employees. With a strong commitment to the community and the industry, Bob served on many boards. A member of "C" Club, Bob received the National Leadership Award from the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2002. Bob has received many industry awards including; Travelers Elite Agent 1998-2004, Travelers Producer Counsel 1998-2004, and Hartford Producer Counsel 1999-2004.

Kyle Dean, MBA, CLCS, President & CEO of D&D Companies

Kyle Dean is the President & CEO of the Dean & Draper Companies. After receiving a BA degree from Texas Christian University and a MBA from Texas Wesleyan University, Kyle joined his father’s insurance agency in 2005. He worked as a producer for the agency for 8 years and was promoted to Vice President of D&D in 2010.  During his role as a producer he was given the “Top Gun” award in 2011, which is the top new business sales for all D&D Companies.  In 2013, Kyle assumed the role of President & CEO after the sudden passing of his father, Bob Dean, who founded the agency in 1980.

Kyle will serve as President of Independent Insurance Agents of Houston (IIAH) in September of 2015.  Following his father’s passing, Kyle was asked to serve out his dad’s last year on the board for the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) in 2013. He was honored and graciously accepted the role.

Kyle is politically active for IIAT. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee for IIAH.  He held the position of Regional VP for IMPACT for four years, which is a state fundraising arm for the independent agents to have their voice heard at the Capital in Austin.  Kyle serves on many industry advisory councils including The Hartford, Travelers, and Texas Mutual.  He was appointed to serve on the Insurance & Risk Management advisory board at the University Houston – Downtown in 2013. He was recently appointed to serve as a board member for the Texas Insurance Education Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) supporting the undergraduate university degree programs in Insurance and Risk Management.   

Gene Darnell, Vice President and Partner of D&D, Chief Operating Officer of Benefit Solutions L.P. 

Robert E. "Gene" Darnell Partner joined Dean and Draper in 1992. Life time resident of Houston Texas started his Insurance career in 1988 receiving prestigious awards including Rookie of the Year and Agent of the Month. He currently serves on the Agent Advisory Committee for several Insurance Companies and a member of the National Association of Health underwriters and Houston Association of Health Underwriters. He contributes his success to his wife Carla and his 3 wonderful children.

Ralph Howard, CIC, Executive VP, and Chief Operating Officer of D&D

Over 40 years experience in the insurance industry. Having earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) professional designation in 1979, he also is a licensed Risk Manager. In 2000 Ralph became affiliated with Dean & Draper Insurance Agency primarily focusing on production of commercial insurance and employee benefit programs. Currently he is an active member of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP), serving on the Board of Directors. Ralph also has chaired insurance company advisory committees and the Education Committee of CIC. Ralph's Commitment to community and family is based on his philosophy of treating people right and believes in letting clients know their business is a number one priority.

Gary Jensen, MBA, CPA, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of D&D Companies

A native Texan, Gary came to Houston in 1981 and spent the next 20 plus years as an entrepreneur running his own businesses and, coincidentally, as a Dean & Draper customer.  After selling his last business Gary jumped at the chance to participate in Dean & Draper's transformation into a premier player in the Insurance Industry.  Since 2003 he has managed the financial growth of the agency, coordinated a number of acquisitions helping Dean & Draper earn the coveted recognition as a "Best Practices Agency" as recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.  Gary and his lovely wife Charlotte have four children and, at last count, nine grandchildren. 

Affiliates

Anthony H. (Tony) Morelos, CIC, President of the W.E. Gibson Agency, Inc 

The W.E. Gibson Agency, with offices in College Station and Navasota, became affiliated with Dean & Draper in February of 2002. Tony has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to his current position, Tony was Senior Vice President of Dean & Draper Insurance Agency, Inc. He owned and operated a successful independent agency (General Alliance Insurance Center) in Houston for over 25 years, which merged with Dean & Draper in January of 2000. Tony is a Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston and a former Regional Vice President of The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. He served on the Board of The Insurance Publishing House and has written numerous articles in several trade magazines concerning insurance topics. Tony is Past President of the Navasota/Grimes County Chamber of Commerce, and Secretary of the Governance Council of Grimes St. Joseph Hospital. 

Gary Norris, CIC, Managing Partner of the Alpha Omega Insurance Group, LP

A graduate of the University of Houston and has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Alpha Omega in 1984 he operated several companies in the oil and gas industry. Gary acquired Alpha Omega in 1988. Actively involved in the insurance community, he serves as the President of Safeco Insurance’s Texas Advisory Council. Gary is a designated Certified Insurance Counselor and continues to serve the community as a member on several industry councils.

Richard Coyle, Managing Partner of the Soules Insurance Agency, LP

Richard "Dick" Coyle, CLU, AAI, a native of Schenectady, NY, grew up in the Magnolia area and graduated from Conroe High School. He attended Texas and the University of Houston before becoming a helicopter pilot in the US Army. He served in Viet Nam in 1967-68 and was later an instrument instructor at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, before returning to Montgomery County and joining Soules Insurance Agency. Dick purchased an interest in the agency in 1972 and became its owner in 1983.

Dick received his Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1975 and Accredited Advisor in Insurance in 1985. He has extensive experience in writing group life and health as well as property and casualty coverage for both personal and commercial customers. He and the agency's employees take pride in continuing education and achieving professional designations that help them to better serve their customers as a result, many of their clients have been with the agency for many years.

Dick's involvement in the growth of our community has included serving as Fund Drive Chair and President of the Montgomery County United Way, as an 11 year board member of lVlUD 46, on the board of the Joint Powers Agency of The Woodlands, and the HGAC. For several years, he acted as trustee for the University of the Americas and also acted as a trustee for the University of the Americas Foundation. He is a past president of the Conroe Rotary Club Where he has been a member for the past 33 years. He and his Wife Mary Margaret have two grown children and four grandchildren.