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Vintage Underwriters is a family owned and operated Managing General Agent and Surplus Lines Agent, licensed in the State of Texas, focusing on placement of Excess and Surplus Lines Accounts as well as Admitted. Dedicated to maintaining experienced insurance professionals, underwriting for strong stable markets and providing excellent service to retail agents. Our success lies in our philosophy, our personnel and the agents for which we serve.
Founded in 1980, our company provides retail agents with a variety of highly rated insurance products. We hold many in-house binding authorities with numerous top-rated carriers and brokerage contracts for middle market and hard to place accounts.
Meet the Vintage Team
William Edmondson – Founder/Owner, President
Bill Edmondson is co-founder and co-owner of Vintage Underwriters, Inc., with nearly 50 years of Underwriting experience under his belt working for Insurance Companies, Independent Agents and Managing General Agencies before starting Vintage Underwriters, Inc. Along with wife, Becky, Bill established the business in 1980, and since that time they have focused on providing quality service to customers and ethical behavior. Bill has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 2005. He has also established a Premium Finance Company, consulted in the set-up of two insurance agencies and served on their Boards of Directors. He has testified as an insurance expert on numerous occasions over the past 20 years and served on the Board of Directors for two insurance companies in the late 1980’s. Vintage Underwriters, Inc. is a member of T.S.L.A. (Texas Surplus Lines Association), WSIA (Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association) and HIAA (Houston Independent Agents Association) where Bill served on the Casualty Committee.
Rebecca Edmondson – Founder/Owner, VP – Accounting
Becky Edmondson is co-founder and co-owner of Vintage Underwriters. She has worked in the industry for more than 40 years and has worked in all areas of the business from Office Manager and Accounting to Claims, and is a Texas Local Recording Agent. Becky and her husband Bill established Vintage Underwriters in 1980. She has a true heart for the community and serves in numerous leadership positions including President of the Westbury Civic Club, Co-President of the Westbury Super Neighborhood and is on the Board of Friends of Levitt Pavilion Houston. Becky has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 2004 and is a Founding Member of the Westbury Community Garden and Board Member of Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy. She is a member of Leadership Houston Class XXIX and served on the Houston Clean City Commission representing District K from 2014-2017. When she is not working or out “hugging trees”, Becky enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, relaxing at the beach, cheering on her beloved Astros and reading.
Mark Edmondson – VP – Underwriting
Mark Edmondson is passionate about the commercial insurance industry. A native Houstonian, he attended St. Thomas More Parish School, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Texas Tech and the University of St. Thomas. He joined Vintage Underwriters in 2002, learning the business from the ground up. Mark started in the file room, moving from reception and data entry to underwriting. He has served as an Underwriting Assistant, Underwriter, Underwriting Manager and now holds the position of VP of Operations. Mark enjoys baseball, gardening and building insurance products. Mark has a desire to build more programs and agent specific products to better serve Vintage Underwriters’ partner agencies.
Kathryn Noser – Business Development
Kathryn Noser joined the Vintage Underwriting team in November 2017. Prior to entering the insurance industry, she spent more than 15 years as a fundraiser, securing millions of dollars to support the missions of various healthcare organizations, and another 6 years working in Education, both as a teacher and an administrator. Kathryn received her B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University. She is active in the community as a member of the Bellaire Business Association, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for The Company OnStage, a nonprofit community theater in Southwest Houston. She is excited for the opportunity to work with Vintage’s partner agencies to develop strong, mutually beneficial relationships and a solid foundation for future growth.
Claudia Ruiz – Underwriter
Claudia Ruiz has been a part of the Vintage Team since 2010. She started as an assistant underwriter and 2 years later was promoted to Commercial Underwriter. She is in charge of quoting all new business submissions and renewal accounts. She determines policy terms and calculates premiums on the basis of actuarial, statistical and background information. She enjoys working with agents and building good and strong relationships with them. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with BA in Journalism. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family.
Saby Gonzalez – Underwriter
Saby Gonzalez has been with the Vintage Underwriters team since 1998. Saby started working for Vintage Underwriters as a receptionist and has moved up the various positions until she reached Commercial Lines Property and Casualty Underwriter. Saby enjoys workings with Vintage Underwriters and the variety of scenarios that can happen in the insurance industry. Saby holds a BS in General Business. When outside of work, Saby enjoys spending time with her family.
Elsa Rivera – Underwriter
Elsa Rivera has been a part of the Vintage team since 2012. She started as an underwriting assistant and later moved up to Renewal Underwriter. She is now in charge of inspections and compliance for all commercial policies. She has been in the insurance industry for 10 years. This experience gave her the knowledge that helps not only our underwriters within our company, but also our agents. She is a proud Houstonian, and supporter of The Houston Texans, Rockets and Astros.
Jennifer Brown – Assistant Underwriter
Jennifer Brown is a native born Houstonian and a proud Texan. She studied Criminal Justice with a specialization in Juveniles and Psychology while working for a private school, which was a natural fit for her head for details, heart for social justice, and love of children. After graduation, she transitioned to helping homeowners by running an office for an emergency services company. From there, she moved to underwriting to help commercial customers with meeting their insurance needs by working at Vintage Underwriters. In her free-time, she enjoys relaxing with her family, kickboxing, and serving on the board of directors for a local community theater.
Lisa James –Underwriting Assistant
Lisa James joined Vintage in January 2018. Lisa was born and raised in the greater Houston area. She studied business while raising her two beautiful sons. For eight years, she worked in management for a popular restaurant brand. She brings with her an attention to detail and commitment to expediency in order to meet the needs of our agency partners and their clients. In her free-time, Lisa enjoys good old fashion family time, kickboxing, and reading a good book.
Tiffany Stirling-Frank – Assistant Underwriter
Tiffany Stirling-Frank has been with the Vintage Underwriters team since October 2016. Tiffany started working for Vintage Underwriters one week after she moved from California to Texas and is currently in training to become an Underwriter. Prior to working for Vintage, Tiffany worked for an insurance tracking company in California for 6 years and later for a wine distributor that shipped throughout the United States. During that time, she learned a lot about the wine industry and developed a love of wine. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Sara Thornton – Underwriting Assistant
Sara Thornton joined the Vintage team in 2018. Sara has come from an insurance tracking background in California, then moved to Texas. She is an Underwriter Trainee with lots of interest of learning more aspects of the industry to further her career with Vintage Underwriters. Outside of work, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, friends, reading and gardening.
Sunshine Shilts – Claims/Accounting Assistant
Sunshine Shilts has been in the insurance industry for 17 years and a part of the Vintage team since 2009. She joined the team as a CSR and provided administrative support to the Vintage staff. She now handles commercial claims and serves as the accounting assistant. She is a proud mommy of one and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.
Kayla Gonzalez – Business Development Assistant
Kayla Gonzalez was born and raised in Houston and will be studying Business Marketing and Finance. She has recently joined the Business Development team alongside Kathryn Noser and is looking forward to continue learning about the insurance world. In her free time Kayla likes to spend time with family and friends and being outdoors.