Read Hammond

Senior Vice President/SW Regional Manager

Read.Hammond@amtrustgroup.com

832-917-7419


Situated in Houston, Mr. Hammond is charged with growing the business in Texas as well as focusing on establishing agency title operations in New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. Prior to joining AmTrust, Mr. Hammond was Vice President/Area Operations Manager and Underwriting Counsel for First American’s operations in Texas. During his tenure, he expanded First American’s operations to three offices in the state. Earlier, he was an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Jones Walker. Mr. Hammond earned a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and an undergraduate degree with a major in music, a minor in business, at the University of Texas at Austin.


Randy Elkins

Managing Director/Counsel, Texas Operations

Randy.Elkins@amtrustgroup.com

281-433-4988


As Managing Director/Counsel-Texas Operations, Randy’s primary responsibilities are to establish offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin and to oversee AmTrust’s organic growth across the State. In his four-decade career filled with banking, legal, real estate and entrepreneurial experience, Randy has focused on commercial real estate transactions, complex creditor-debtor relationships, start-up ventures and business planning/strategy. Prior to joining AmTrust, Randy held positions with Stewart Title, including Senior Vice President, Counsel & Division Manager at Stewart Title Company and Vice President at Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Before that, he practiced law as Special Counsel at HughesWattersAskanase and as a partner at the national law firm of Baker & Hostetler.


Ed Lester

Vice President, Texas Operations

Ed.Lester@amtrustgroup.com

713-858-6510


Ed focuses on establishing AmTrust’s agency network in order to support client relations and business development efforts for the company’s direct operations. Before joining AmTrust, Ed was retired after a 34-year career with Stewart Title Company serving as Group Senior Vice President overseeing its title operations in South Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. During his tenure with Stewart Title, he was instrumental in the development of its property tax service company and in expanding the title insurance operations into Mexico. During his tenure with Stewart Title, he was instrumental in the development of its property tax service company and in expanding the title insurance operations into Mexico. Having served as Chairman/CEO of Stewart Title of Houston during the late 80’s and early 90’s, Ed is adept at expanding markets and growing revenues.


Andi Bawcum

Regional Sales Representative

Andi.Bawcum@amtrustgroup.com

903-669-8184


Andi's initial role with AmTrust Title is to be assistive to Read, Randy and Ed in all areas related to the start-up of the Texas operations. Her responsibilities include: onboarding new hires on the Texas team, assisting with securing office space, and other administrative duties. Andi's role will evolve into a sales position, as a Regional Sales Representative. Andi graduated from Rice University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, where she was a four year varsity letterman on the volleyball team.