The Travelers Institute Chooses Austin for Next Insurance Education Symposium

November 20, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), will host its Consumer Insurance Education symposium today at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The event will provide community members with information that can help improve their understanding about home, auto and other personal insurance policies. Higginbotham Insurance and Financial Services and the Austin Chamber of Commerce are partnering with the Travelers Institute for the event.

“We are pleased to provide individuals in Austin with resources and information to help them better understand their insurance,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “We are grateful for the partnership of everyone speaking at today’s event and the knowledge they bring to those attending our program.”

A panel discussion will focus on different types of insurance coverage and steps that individuals can take to help mitigate or prevent damage from unexpected events. In addition to Woodward, panelists will include:

  • Mark Ambrose, General Manager of Sales and Business Development, ABC Home and Commercial Services;
  • Sean Patrick Condon, Private Mortgage Banker, Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking;
  • Eric Copper, Broker, Austin Portfolio Real Estate; and
  • Mary Russell, Managing Director, Personal Insurance/Chief of Administration, Higginbotham Insurance and Financial Services

The Consumer Insurance Education symposia series, launched in 2013, is a national tour that is part of a broader company-wide consumer education program that leverages Travelers’ 160-year risk management expertise.

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About Higginbotham Insurance
Higginbotham is a single source for insurance, risk management and financial services that provides access to commercial and personal property/casualty coverage, employee benefits, retirement plans, life insurance and executive compensation through more than 250 regional and national carriers. The firm was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, with more than 20 additional offices statewide. Higginbotham ranks as the nation’s 30th largest independent insurance brokerage firm based on revenue (Business Insurance, July 2014).

About Austin Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Austin Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for its 3,000+ members. For more information about the Austin Chamber of Commerce visit

About Travelers Institute
The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the insurance marketplace and the financial services industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers’ senior management and the technical expertise of many of Travelers underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. For more information, visit

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Source: The Travelers Companies, Inc.