Our Roots

HANKS INSURANCE GROUP, INC.

Roots to 1925 in Powell, Texas

                 H. H. Hanks Insurance Agency was founded in the 1920’s in the lobby of the Powell State Bank by Hamp H. Hanks.  As an officer of the bank, Hamp needed to insure homes and autos financed by the bank, and the easy way to get the job done was to do it himself.

            The actual date the agency was founded is in some doubt.  The Home Insurance Company of New York was represented by H. H. Hanks Insurance Agency in 1925, and that is the earliest record of the agency found to date.

            For thirty years or more, Hamp operated the agency from the bank lobby and wrote primarily family insurance on autos and homes.

            In 1955 Hamp H. Hanks died, and his wife, Aliene C. Hanks inherited the agency.  Aliene had worked in the bank with Hamp, but she had very little knowledge of the insurance business.  It was a struggle for her to learn the business, pass the licensing test and continue to provide family insurance to customers from the Powell area and eastern Navarro county.

            Even though her start in the insurance agency business was difficult for Aliene, she saw the agency as a way to serve her community and, at the same time, provide some extra income for a single mother.  Her persistence in her effort to learn the business and continue the agency paid dividends for thirty-seven years, and she was still active in the agency business until her death in 1992.

            The current Hanks is Dock C. Hanks, the son of Hamp and Aliene Hanks.  Dock was interested enough in the family business to major in Finance with an emphasis on Real Estate and Insurance at Texas Tech University and graduate with a BBA in 1967.  Dock continued his education in insurance and received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in June, 1981 and his Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation in 2001.

            After a few months in 1967 as a Corsicana life insurance agent with Pan American Life of New Orleans, Dock purchased the Frances M. Cushman Insurance Agency and started his Corsicana career in the property and casualty insurance business.

            Dock purchased the Rosa George White Insurance Agency and the Willis Insurance Agency in 1969 and added the Gabe Goldburg Insurance Agency in 1973.  In 1978 the combined agencies, known as Hanks & Co. Insurance and Bonding, began to market to contractors in North Texas, East Texas and Central Texas.    The agency experienced steady growth until 1983 when Dock sold Hanks & Co. to the Corsicana Insurance Agency.  After a year of working for the Corsicana Insurance Agency as a commercial account executive, Dock left Navarro County for a short time to operate an insurance agency in Austin.

            In 1988, Aliene C. Hanks assumed ownership of an existing corporate insurance agency, Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. and with Dock C. Hanks as President of that corporation, Aliene owned both agencies for the four years prior to her death in 1992.  Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. was based in Corsicana.

            With his background in commercial insurance, Dock operated Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. as a commercial lines insurance agency in Corsicana, and Aliene continued to operate H. H. Hanks Insurance Agency as a personal lines insurance agency in Powell.

            In 1991 Aliene combined the two agencies in Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. and turned all day to day operations of the insurance agency over to her son, Dock C. Hanks in the Corsicana office.

            Aliene was never far from the insurance business as she helped Dock place her customers with new companies, and she was available for advice and support for agency management until her death in April, 1992.

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Debbie Hanks, ACSR

            The Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. agency started a period of steady and healthy growth in 1992 that continues.  The agency had only a part-time employee in 1991.  Kathy York, ACSR was added full-time in late 1993, Debbie Hanks, ACSR was added full-time in early 1995, and Ronda Lewis, ACSR was added full-time in early 2000.  After Ronda left the agency in the early 2000’s, Debbie took over the personal lines department and Peggy Gillen, previously with the agency for over 20 years, returned to support all agency efforts.  Debbie continues to grow the personal lines department and assist with our commercial insurance clients.

Kathy S. York, ACSR

Kathy S. York, ACSR

Kathy took a short eight year “leave of absence” in 1997 and just returned in 2005.  She serves again as the agency Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative; Debbie now handles personal lines and  agency accounting and marketing as well as assisting Kathy with agency commercial accounts.

            The agency has targeted transportation accounts for over 20 years, and well over half the agency is transportation related accounts.   Agency marketing efforts work state-wide to build the transportation and commercial lines account base.  One main source of growth is referrals from current satisfied clients.

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Patrick A. Deem, CIC

            Patrick A. Deem, Sr., CIC of Austin has served as a Vice-President of Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. since 1996, and Patrick brings such a wealth of insurance knowledge to the agency that insurance agents all over the United States attend classes taught by Patrick to learn more about commercial insurance.

            The agency now represents many quality “A” Rated insurance companies that are familiar to all as well as several fine managing general agencies that provide quality insurance products.  Markets are constantly updated in order to provide quality coverage and price for all clients.

            Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. was recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas at a luncheon of the Dallas Association of Insurance Agents in February 2000 with the “Professional Development Award”.  This award recognized the fact that all office personnel of the agency had received an insurance industry professional designation, the Accredited Customer Service Representative or ACSR designation.  At that time, Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. was one of only 80 or so agencies in Texas of the IIAT membership of well over 2000 agencies to receive the award.

            From H. H. Hanks Insurance Agency in the lobby of the Powell State Bank in the early 1920’s has evolved a family business in Navarro County that provides insurance services to clients all over Texas as well as serving client needs in other states.  That original one man office has become an organization that   includes three full-time employees and one part-timer along with our specialist in Austin..

            Hanks Insurance Group, Inc. has served the insurance needs of families and businesses of Navarro County and Texas for over 85 years, and that service continues to grow and spread around Texas.

Contact Us

Hanks Insurance
120 W. 5th Avenue
P.O. Drawer 590
Corsicana, TX 75151-0590
800-50-HANKS
kathy@hanksinsurance.com

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