CHAD BALLARD, Casswood Insurance
Chad is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has twenty-two successful years in the insurance industry. Prior to moving to California he was employed by American National Insurance, Prudential Property & Casualty and Prudential Financial. He was awarded the prestigious Gibraltar Award while at Prudential, supported many organizations through The Prudential Foundation and was involved with EAGLES – Prudential’s Employee Association of Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals & Transgenders. Chad served on the Board of Directors as Vice President of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for eight years and was instrumental, along with the AGLCC, in organizing and founding Austin’s annual Pride Parade which he chaired for five years. While involved in Region 3 he attended the 2002 InterPride Conference in San Francisco and the 2003 InterPride Conference in Montreal. During that time he became affiliated with the Casswood Insurance Agency.
In 2005 he accepted an Account Executive position with Casswood. Upon moving to Palm Springs, the goal was to focus on his career, relax and have some down time. However, that did not last long. After his first day on the job (September 12, 2005), he attended a Desert Business Association event. By November of that year, he found himself on the Board! Over the next seven years he served in various Board positions, promoted the organization, encouraged individuals and businesses to become Members, attended several CCBO Conferences and represented the DBA at several NGLCC Conferences to help restructure, grow and develop the organization.
In 2008 he was recognized by the DBA as Board Member of the Year and was promoted to Western Region Manager of Casswood Insurance Agency. He served as President of the DBA from 2011-2013 and finally decided to cycle off the Board to enjoy that long awaited down time! While shifting his focus back on his career he continued to support and participate in the DBA, is no stranger to the Palm Springs business community and was promoted to Vice President of Casswood Insurance Agency in 2014. The DBA recognized Chad at their 2015 Awards Dinner as Business Person of the Year.
Last year Chad served on the Diversity Task Force panel discussion at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America national conference and has been invited to participate and promote their national InVEST program. InVEST is an educational program that teams educators with representatives from the insurance industry to provide insurance instruction, exposure to an insurance environment and career opportunities to high school and college students.
Pride events and the organizers or Pride events are very near and dear to Chad. He is thrilled to be employed by the largest gay owned and operated insurance agency in the United States. Casswood has been insuring Pride events for over 30 years and insure 90% of all Pride Events in the U.S. They have been administering the InterPride Insurance Program since 1994, participating and sponsoring the regional conferences and InterPride AGM.
Other organizations he supports include: Aids Assistance Program, Desert Aids Project, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Hospitality Association and the Human Rights Campaign. In his free time, Chad enjoys working out, running, playing golf, traveling, spending time with family and friends and sharing life’s adventures with his husband, their dog Lexi and their cat Linus.