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About Us

About our Insurance Services Insurance Associates of the Southwest, LLC is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance and risk management services to commercial enterprises, individuals and families. Created in 1996 by the merger of three Houston agencies, IAS expanded again in 2002 when a fourth agency joined the IAS team. IAS roots go back more than three quarters of a century.

At IAS, we work with you to assist you in gaining a better understanding of the risks you face. Then through proper due diligence we ensure your peace of mind by providing you with optimum solutions. Working together we can have a positive impact on your total cost of risk.

We are more than just an insurance agency-we are a resource to help you manage the risks you face.

Our Staff
Carl ArpCarl Arp -

Carl began his insurance career as a claims adjuster with Texas Employers. He soon moved into sales for Texas Employers, later starting his own agency. Carl remains a strong claims advocate for his clients, often using his claims background to assist in the resolution of difficult claims. Carl works very closely with a variety of commercial clients ranging from construction to manufacturing. Carl is a fourth generation Houstonian; his ancestors landed in Texas in 1836-37. He is active in the U.H. Alumni Association, and is a past president of the Bauer College of Business Alumni Association.
Gary BanksGary Banks -

Gary began his career in 1974 with the Travelers Insurance Companies. He left to assume managerial responsibilities at a mortgage company owned insurance agency, before eventually joining with others to found his own agency. Gary works with a variety of clients, with special emphasis on construction, commercial real estate, and manufacturing. He is very active in both industry associations, as well as serving on advisory councils for various insurance companies. Gary is one of the eight original founders of IAS and serves as its Treasurer. He holds a BBA degree.
Henry ChildersHenry Childers -

Henry's experience as a pilot in the U. S. Air Force taught him the art of focusing on what is essential. He has brought that talent to his career in insurance. Henry enjoys working with other focused clients, hence his concentration in construction, engineering, and service trades. Construction bonding is also one of his areas of expertise. Henry has his BS degree, and is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). Henry is a founding member of IAS.
Bill Kottwitz, Jr.Bill Kottwitz, Jr. -

Bill is a third generation insurance agent. Nurtured in the insurance business, Bill began his formal training in 1981, completing an extensive training program with a multi-national insurance company. While considered a generalist, Bill has developed special interests in working in the areas of real estate development and management, retail/wholesale distribution, senior care facilities, and assisting high net worth individuals in meeting their special needs. He is an IAS principal.
Jim KottwitzJim Kottwitz -

Jim has grown up in the insurance industry, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. His tenure with a national insurance brokerage firm, combined with his experience in his family's business, has given Jim a unique perspective. For more than 20 years, Jim has assisted clients, both domestic and foreign, in the design, marketing, negotiation, and placement of competitive insurance programs, and in the management of their risk management and cash flow programs. Jim represents and works closely with manufacturing clients, financial clients, clients in the fields of medicine, technology, public entities, commercial real estate, and professional liability. Jim is President and COO of IAS. He is also a principal of the firm.
Jo StevensonJo Stevenson -

Jo grew up in a family owned business, thus acquiring insight into the complexities businesses face in securing adequate protection from the risks they face. This background, combined with her experiences gained while working for a leading international bank and a Fortune 500 company, makes her a strong advocate for her clients in the fields of technology, commercial real estate, and manufacturing, be they local or international. Jo also aggressively seeks and places personal insurance for her many clients. Jo has both a BBA and a MBA degree.
Brian SchmulenBrian Schmulen -

Brian held various positions in sales and business development, primarily in the fields of healthcare and business technology services, before his competitive drive led him to IAS. Brian likes the challenge of helping his clients find solutions to insurance related problems. He is a generalist, working with wholesale distributors, retail establishments, manufacturers, engineering firms, commercial real estate owners, healthcare, and professional enterprises. Brian has a degree in Business and Computer Science.
Mike TurnerMike Turner -

With a B.A. in economics, an MBA in marketing & finance, and professional designations as a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Mike possesses a unique perspective when assisting his clients in the management of their insurance and risk management programs. Mike is a generalist, with clients in manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, various service industries, and professional organizations. He works closely with clients in the middle market, as well as with national and international accounts. Mike is one of the founders of IAS.
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