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About Dean & Draper


An Independent Insurance Agency Who Works Alongside You

We’ve helped countless families and businesses insure what matters most to them for decades, in Texas and throughout the country

Now it’s your turn. Let us prove to you that we are your complete, committed source in insurance excellence. How? We’ll tell you a little about ourselves. We’re a team of insurance advisors with more than 500 years of combined experience who’ve developed strong relationships with a large and diverse group of insurance companies, enabling us to negotiate the best terms and insurance coverage for our clients.

It started with our founder, Bob Dean, who believed a plan of action, preparation, and the will to succeed and follow-through were crucial to success - in every aspect of life. Bob grew Dean & Draper from a small, localized agency to a nationwide, leading agency in the industry by bringing in independent agents and building authentic relationships with everyone he worked with. Today, we can offer clients the added value of choosing what company, policy, or plan is right for them and assisting them in creating a risk management program tailored to their needs.

What sets Dean & Draper apart

The difference you’ll experience when working with our agency

Dean & Draper still operates under the same principles embodied by Bob, with his son, Kyle Dean leading the team. Under Kyle’s leadership, the team has added additional comprehensive coverage options for individuals and businesses. He’s also ensured every Dean & Draper associate works to keep their clients’ interests protected, without treating them like a quote.

Technology & Diversity

Throughout our history, we’ve maintained the best characteristics of being a locally owned, independent insurance agency. But we’ve heavily embraced technology and creativity, bringing us ahead of the curve to most other agencies when it comes to technical sophistication. You have access to several tools and resources when you work with us, even having the ability to view your policy online, 24/7. Our technical insight, coupled with our investment in relationships, has allowed us to offer more unique solutions. We’ve specifically been able to expand our risk management services, allowing us to compete on the national level while still offering a homegrown experience.

Value & Service

The service and knowledge you have access to when you work with Dean & Draper are unprecedented. Instead of logging into a faceless interface, our clients can speak with a real person.  They communicate with a person who lives and works in the area and has a genuine desire to serve their community. And they know when disaster strikes, they’ll have a partner there to help them through it.

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Our pledge to you

We are committed to earning your trust, developing a relationship, giving tailored risk evaluations, and using the latest technology to bring it all together. Here’s how we do it.

We Listen

We’ll get to know you. There is no other way than listening to learn how to tailor your solution to your needs and risks.

We Educate

We strive to educate you on what risks you face and what policies will cover you in your time of need. When you work with us, you'll always have a source of knowledge by your side!

We Execute

Fancy tools and talk are great, but we know it means nothing if it’s not executed to the fullest. We’ll ensure yours is properly and assist you in optimizing as your circumstances change.

We Dedicate

Risk management, personal, health and commercial insurance all play an integral role in your life. We’re dedicated to your success and will become trusted advisers - through good and bad!

Kyle Dean MBA, CLCS

President & CEO of D&D Companies

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Kyle Dean is the President & CEO of the Dean & Draper Companies, a trusted full-service independent insurance agency founded by his father that has helped families and businesses protect what matters most to them for more than 40 years.

Kyle serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) and is a member of the Budget and Finance Committee as well as Board Liaison to the Large Agency Advisory Council. He is also the past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston (IIAH). 

Kyle is a leading voice in Austin, helping support businesses and protect consumers in his role as chair of the IIAH Legislative Committee, and serves on the state association's IMPACT Board of Trustees, a political action committee which makes sure independent insurance agents are represented at the state capital. 

Kyle joined the family business in 2005. In his role as Sales Executive and then Vice President he helped his father Bob Dean evolve Dean & Draper from a localized agency to a nationwide provider. 

He was humbled to take over as President & CEO of the firm in 2013 after the sudden passing of his father. Kyle has continued to expand the agency and its comprehensive coverage options for individuals and businesses while maintaining his father’s philosophy of “work hard, play hard, and treat each other like family”. 

Kyle currently serves as Council Chair for the Insurance & Risk Management Council at the University Houston – Downtown. Kyle also serves as a board member for the Texas Insurance Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) supporting the undergraduate university degree programs in Insurance and Risk Management. 

Kyle graduated from Texas Christian University with a BA in Entrepreneurial Management and then earned his MBA from Texas Wesleyan University.

He is passionate about giving back to his community including Dean & Draper’s support of causes such as Camp Hope, which provides interim housing for military service personnel, veterans and their families struggling with PTSD.

Born and raised in Houston, Kyle still resides with his wife Kristen and two children in The Bayou City, where they can be spotted most weekends hustling between football, baseball, basketball and soccer games. Kyle and his boys are actively involved with Cub Scouts. In his free time Kyle enjoys fishing and cheering for his TCU Horned Frogs.

Gene Darnell

Senior Vice President

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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.

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.

Stephen Smith CPCU

Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer of D&D Companies

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Stephen is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Dean & Draper Companies. Stephen's experience within the insurance industry in Texas covers 33 years in roles such as President of Summit Global Partners and also President of HUB International. His background in commercial and personal insurance is expansive and he serviced on agency councils for CNA, Liberty Mutual, AIG, Hartford, and Texas Mutual.

Stephen is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Economics/Finance. Before his insurance career, Stephen was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army serving in Germany and Fort Hood.


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3131 West Alabama, 4th Floor
Houston, Texas 77098
Toll Free: 1.888.266.2680
Phone: 713.527.0444

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