Kyle Dean Succeeds the Late Bob Dean as President and CEO of Dean & Draper

Posted on Wed, Jul 31, 2013

Houston, Texas, July 31, 2013 – Dean & Draper Insurance Agency LP announced that Kyle Dean has taken the helm as President and CEO in the wake of Bob Dean’s sudden passing. In his former position as Vice President and Partner, Kyle Dean played an integral role in the strategy and daily function of Dean & Draper.

“We are strong and we are moving forward,” said Dean. “It’s business as usual at Dean & Draper. I am humbled and honored by my father’s faith and trust in me to carry on his legacy.”

Kyle Dean holds a BA in Entrepreneurial Management from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Texas Wesleyan University. He has spent the last nine years fully committed to the company’s clientele, business partners and the Dean & Draper team.

He also serves the insurance industry as a whole in his role as board member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston and Vice-Chairman of its Legislative Committee. In addition, he is an active member of Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. He is well positioned to maintain the vision he and his father shared, upholding the reputation of quality and service on which Dean & Draper was built.

Throughout his lifelong commitment to building a strong agency, the elder Dean crafted a business that would continue to grow and thrive in his absence. The Dean duo worked hand in hand over the years, formulating strategies for the future based on shared values and philosophies. Both agreed the people who make up Dean & Draper are its most valuable asset.

 “My father left us much too soon, and his presence will be greatly missed,” said Dean. “However, he set us up for success, focusing on a solid, trustworthy staff as the driving force of this agency. Together, the team and I share a commitment to insure the growth of Texas for many generations to come."

About the Bob Dean Memorial Fund

In memory of Bob Dean, the Bob Dean Memorial Fund was set up to benefit the Insurance & Risk Management Degree Program at the University of Houston-Downtown. Mr. Dean was a founder of the Insurance & Risk Management degree program and Chair of the IRM Center Advisory Council. Checks made payable to UH-Downtown may be mailed to Dr. Wendall Braniff, Director Insurance & Risk Management Center, University of Houston-Downtown, One Main, Suite B-488, Houston, TX 77002.

About Dean & Draper Insurance Agency LP

Founded in 1980, Dean & Draper caters to an international roster of clients from six offices, including its headquarters in Houston, Texas. Through a network of more than 200 diverse insurers, the independent company offers the most competitive, comprehensive policies for personal and commercial insurance needs. This National Top 100 agency in Property & Casualty and Top 50 agency in personal policies underwrites in excess of $150 million in annual auto, home, health and corporate premiums.

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Dean and Draper Promotes Education at UHD

Posted on Tue, Apr 09, 2013

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Summary: Dean and Draper Insurance Agency is collaborating with the University of Houston Downtown on its growing Insurance & Risk Management program. Dean and Draper President and CEO Bob Dean is one of the founders of the program and is helping to provide more insurance-related education for the insurance industry.

Houston – Dean and Draper Insurance Agency, “a Trusted Texas Choice agency,” wants to insure that more students get the education they need to succeed in this industry today. To that end, Bob Dean, president and CEO of Dean and Draper, along with a small group of industry leaders who, in 2007, founded and personally funded the University of Houston’s Risk Management Program in 2007 and has served on the Insurance & Risk Management Advisory Council since 2009. In 2011, he became chairperson of the council with a dedicated focus on education and employment. 

Under Dean’s leadership, more students have pursued a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, through the university’s Insurance & Risk Management program. Recently, the program has made education even easier by offering online courses, which help more students and professionals achieve their goals in the insurance industry by creating internships and connecting students and graduates with industry employers.  This program, now available to students across the State of Texas, currently has 23 graduates, all of whom are employed in the industry and 30 majors who will graduate within the next two years.

“We believe that education is the key to succeeding in the insurance industry today and tomorrow, and are thrilled that more and more students are gaining the knowledge and background they need to succeed at the University of Houston Downtown,” Dean said, a graduate of the University of Houston.  

Dean has worked with the University of Houston Downtown on the program for the past six years, helping to expand courses and enrollment, providing funding for scholarships and operations, offering internships to students and participating in the search for the program director and the school’s first full-time tenure-track faculty member. The program requires all majors to complete an industry internship and graduates enjoy a variety of career opportunities, since Houston is the third largest insurance market in the United States. The program prepares students for insurance careers in areas including underwriting, claims, risk assessment, accounting, finance, technology, sales and marketing. Further, students can also complete coursework and take examinations for various professional designations, including the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), the Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) designation, and the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations while obtaining their degree.  Each course, approved by the Texas Department of Insurance, will count as 30 hours of continuing education for those students currently licensed. 

“We look forward to working with the University of Houston Downtown and its students for years to come, providing education and employment opportunities throughout the insurance industry,” Dean added. 

About Dean and Draper Insurance Agency

Founded in 1980 by President and CEO Bob Dean, Dean and Draper Insurance Agency caters to an international roster of clients from five offices, including its headquarters in Houston. Through a network of more than 200 diverse insurers, the independent company offers the most competitive, comprehensive policies for personal and commercial insurance needs.  This National Top 100 agency in Property & Casualty and Top 50 agency in personal policies underwrites in excess of $150 million in annual auto, home, health and corporate premiums and employs over 135 people. For more information, please visit

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Houston Tops Forbes List Of America's Coolest Cities To Live

Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2012

By: Morgan Brennan (Forbes Staff)

Houston is known for many things: Oil, NASA, urban sprawl andbusiness-friendly policies. But the Texas city deserves to be known for something else: coolness.

The Bayou City may not be the first place you associate with being hip or trendy. But Houston has something many other major cities don’t: jobs. With the local economy humming through the recession, Houston enjoyed 2.6% job growth last year and nearly 50,000 Americans flocked there in response — particularly young professionals. In fact, the median age of a Houston resident is a youthful 33.

The result? Over the past decade, the dreary corporate cityscape has been quietly transforming. Stylish housing developments have popped up downtown, restaurants have taken up residence in former factories and art galleries like the Station Museum have been inhabiting warehouses.

Combine that with a strong theater scene, world-class museums and a multicultural, zoning-free mashup of a streetscape and you have the recipe for the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of America’s Coolest Cities To Live.

Behind the Numbers

“Cool” is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as “very good; fashionable.”  Of course what, exactly, is good and fashionable is very much in the eye of the beholder. We sought to quantify it in terms of cities, ranking the 65 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (areas that include cities and their surrounding suburbs that are defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on seven data points weighted evenly.

Sperling’s Best Places helped us calculate the number of entertainment options per capita in each metro area. We also ranked the cities based on other recreational opportunities, including the amount of green space, the cost and number of outdoor activities like golfing and skiing available, and the number of pro and college sports teams.

List: America’s Coolest Cities To Live

With the help of Sperling’s we tallied restaurants and bars per capita, weeding out chain establishments – Applebee’s has less sizzle than a local chef’s bistro.

We also looked at each city’s cultural composition using Sperling’s Diversity Index. It measures the likelihood of meeting another person of a different race or ethnicity. Increased diversity tends to lead to a larger assortment of interesting shops, restaurants and events.

Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we factored in median age, favoring places with a large young adult population.

We ranked the cities based on net migration (the number of people who relocated there in 2011) and also on unemployment rates, since a city’s offerings are only as good as the amount of people who want and can to afford to enjoy them. (No one likes to hang out in an empty bar, right?) We culled this data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Moody’s Analytics.

Houston is joined in our top 20 by four other Lone Star metro areas: Dallas ranked fourth; San Antonio, 11th; Fort Worth, 13th; and Austin, 19th. They all boast strong economies, large young adult populations and relatively high levels of cultural diversity.

Second on our list is Washington, D.C. With federal spending strong, the nation’s capital sailed through the recession with low unemployment and an influx of newcomers. Many of those newcomers have, like Houston, been young adults. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, residents in their 20s and early 30s make up about a third of the metro area’s population – 23% more than in 2000.

Washington also scored high thanks to its melting pot of a population, a large selection of local eateries and watering holes, and a host of activities that range from Smithsonian museums to music concerts. Washington reportedly hosts more festivals and events than any other U.S. city, according to Destination DC.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many of America’s priciest cities also made the cut: Los Angeles ranked third, San Francisco came in ninth and New York took 10th. “Established places like New York … have a built-in cool crowd,” says Bert Sperling, founder of Sperling’s Best Places. “They are like adult playgrounds and people go there for good food and interesting events.”

List: America’s Coolest Cities To Live

In general the cities on our list fall into one of two categories:  established (typically wealthier) cities (like New York, Los Angeles, even D.C.) and up-and-coming places whose low costs of living and/or strong economies have been attracting artists and young adults who can’t afford to live in the former.  Up-and-coming metro areas that made our list include D.C.’s neighbor to the north, Baltimore (No. 14), and New York’s neighbor to the southwest, Philadelphia (No. 15).

“Baltimore is in transition because it has been down and out for a long time but it’s beginning to come back because it’s affordable,” says Sperling. “[And] Philadelphia had been forgotten, but now it’s being referred to as the Sixth Borough.”

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