BURLINGTON, N.C., January 26, 2010 – TAPCO Underwriters, Inc. (TAPCO), a Burlington, N.C.-based MGA specializing in high-volume, transaction-based excess and surplus insurance lines, announced today the addition of an underwriting service center in Dallas, Texas. The announcement was made by TAPCO President Tap Johnson III.
As part of their national growth plan started in 2007, TAPCO now has offices in California, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas, covering a 19-state territory that includes Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington state and Washington D.C.
TAPCO veteran Ellen McBride will manage the Dallas office. Ms. McBride has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and has been with TAPCO as a senior commercial underwriter since 1996. She has earned the CPCU, AU and ASLI professional designations. TAPCO joined the CRC/Southern Cross family in late 2008 and will share the office space with them.
“The Dallas office expansion gives us more power to provide the efficient, friendly and timely service agents have come to expect from TAPCO,” says Johnson. “Ellen has been a committed member of the TAPCO team for more than 14 years, making her an excellent leader for our new office.”
Underwriters in the new Dallas service center will have the same ability as all TAPCO offices to electronically generate, deliver and archive quotes, binders, policies and endorsements, as well as bind coverage in a simple five-minute phone call. Through the use of TAPCO’s revolutionary service model, an actual quote with the entire E&S binding authority market, application(s), finance agreement(s) and terrorism form are generated as PDF documents and e-mailed to the agents before they hang up their phones, allowing the agent to review the quote and application with the insured while they talk. Changes can be made in a matter of minutes, and a revised quote can again be sent electronically to the agents.
For more information about TAPCO or to receive an instant quote, please call 1-877-TAPCO-99 (877-827-2699), or visit www.gotapco.com.
TAPCO was founded in 1983 in Burlington, N.C., by Tapley O. Johnson Jr., and joined the CRC/Southern Cross family in late 2008. TAPCO specializes in the timely placement of Excess & Surplus lines business for both commercial and personal lines insurance accounts. TAPCO has in-house binding authority to write more than 1,000 classes of business, through A-rated carriers for a wide range of risks, including all types of Property; General Liability; Inland Marine; Dwelling and Homeowners; miscellaneous Professional and D&O; Vacant and Builder’s Risk; Liquor Liability; and General, Specialty, and Artisan Contractors; Personal Umbrella, and other lines. The company began with just three people but has since grown to five offices that employ 180 people, service 8,000 agencies and currently write in 19 states.