Albert has served as executive director since March 31, 2014. Prior to joining ICT, he was a partner at the law firm of Thompson Coe Cousins and Irons, LLP, practicing in the firm’s Insurance law and Governmental and Legislative Advocacy Group. While there he served as general counsel for ICT, and represented other insurance related clients at the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas legislature.
In 2005, he was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry as the first Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation for the State of Texas, and reappointed in 2007. He served as Commissioner from 2005 through 2008. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Mr. Betts served as Chief of Staff for the Texas Department of Insurance.
Overall, Albert has nearly 25 years experience as a lawyer, public policy administrator, and in executive management. He is also co-editor of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Handbook and is a frequent speaker to insurance, risk management, and employer groups on property and casualty insurance and workers’ compensation issues.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a licensed attorney since 1991.
Paula Harmon, CPA is the Controller and Director of Administration for ICT. She joined the organization in 2016 and brings over 20 years of varied experience to her role. When not at work, Paula enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, catching a good movie, reading or cheering on the Longhorns football team.
Mark’s primary responsibilities include preparing news releases on events that have a direct impact on the insurance industry in Texas. He is also responsible for signing up new Members and Associate Members. His other projects include an Annual Hurricane Tour, the We’re Out to Alarm Texas smoke alarm campaign, the Lock, Take and Hide crime prevention program and the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud. Prior to ICT, Hanna was a TV anchorman at KTBC-TV, Director of Public Affairs at the UT System and in public affairs at the Texas Department of Insurance.
Steve Nichols is ICT’s Manager of Workers’ Compensation Services. As the program manager, he monitors regulatory, judicial and legislative developments that impacts ICT membership and represents ICT’s members before the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) and TDI’s Division of Workers’ Compensation. He also develops training and is the managing editor for all workers compensation newsletters and publications. Prior to joining ICT, Steve worked for the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission as the manager of medical dispute resolution, APA hearing administrator, and mediator. He also served 23 years in the military on active duty and as a reservist as a paralegal and military law office manager. Steve is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Troy State University.
Matt Stillwell is ICT’s Manager of Governmental and Regulatory Communications. He monitors the various entities affecting the insurance industry in Texas like the State Legislature, Texas Department of Insurance, and TWIA, among others, and reports back to ICT members. Matt also publishes the monthly Texas Insurance Newsletter. Prior to joining ICT, Matt owned an independent insurance agency for 9 years, and has additional background in marketing, public relations, and politics.
Barbara Schoenfeld is ICT’s Executive Assistant and Meetings Coordinator. Ms. Schoenfeld works with other ICT staff to develop ICT’s seminars, conferences and the Mid-Year Property and Casualty Insurance Symposium. She coordinates all of the ICT Board of Directors meetings and acts as the direct staff liaison to the ICT Board. She also works with area hotels and other venues booking locations for the ICT Board of Directors’ meetings. She maintains the group and company membership lists and also provides administrative assistance to A Texas Advisory Association on Arson (ATAC). Barbara keeps an open door so she can always be available to help members with whatever their needs may be.