Norma Carabajal Essary, Excess & Surplus Lines Association of Texas

Norma Carabajal Essary, Excess & Surplus Lines Association of Texas

CEO
Excess & Surplus Lines Association of Texas

As the first female CEO of Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas’s (SLTX) 30-year history, Norma has been instrumental in re-establishing SLTX’s presence within the insurance and risk management realm, trade and industry associations, media/social publication platforms, and legislative members for the development and support of a growing E&S industry.  She supports the buying community to ensure they are aware of the benefits this industry provides for consumers alike, the available capacity, expanded conditions, risks and ability to respond to emerging, innovative markets.  Using her industry-wide expertise, she is now considered one of the leading subject matter experts. With a national presence in matters involving excess insurance and risk management programs, Ms. Essary has been part of paradigm shift of female industry executive leaders in the insurance industry. This speaks to the value proposition in developing new organizational strategies to include talent management and mentoring opportunities within a younger workforce. The end results impact the property/casualty markets, excess & surplus (E&S) lines insurance, reinsurance, captives, health and welfare, enterprise risk management, and compliance management across Texas and beyond. Such holistic focus allows game-changing decisions that will ultimately change the marketplace as new risks and technology advances bring disruption to the industry. 

Prior to joining SLTX, Norma spent 13 years overseeing strategic enterprise risk management as the VP, Risk Management, for the 4th busiest airport in the world, and was also considered the highest-ranking Hispanic female in the airline risk management industry, worldwide. Beyond the insurance procurement and risk management functions, she strategically implemented a $3.5 billion construction-specific ROCIP, a fully staffed onsite medical clinic, self-funded WC claims program, integrated disability with FMLA, P/C litigation management, and all safety specific compliance programs under the occupational health and safety umbrella.