Southwest Agency Team

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. 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 Bawcum began her career at AmTrust Title in April, 2017 as an Operations Assistant in the Houston, Texas office. She began her real estate career working as an intern for an established real estate investment and advisory firm where she was part of the due diligence team working on transactions involving acquisition and/or disposition of properties in sectors such as retail, industrial, office, multi-family, self-storage and hospitality. It was here that she realized her passion for all things real estate. As a four year varsity letterman on the volleyball team at Rice University, Andi was a voracious competitor which, ultimately, led her to be a natural fit for a career in sales. As a Regional Sales Representative, Andi’s knowledge, experience and connections have proven to be a tremendous value add to her clients. Andi graduated from Rice in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.