Gov. Rick Perry joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely and Lance LaCour, President and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, to announce the opening of a GEICO claims office in Katy.
The office is located at 21420 Merchants Way in Katy. GEICO expects the office to employ 400 associates by 2015 and up to 1,000 associates within the next three years. The company will fill positions for entry-level claims representatives, degreed candidates for liability claims representatives and college graduates for GEICO’s fast-track management development program with a focus on claims operations.
“We are energized by GEICO’s decision to establish its Houston Claims Center and 1,000 new jobs in Katy, Texas,” said Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (EDC). “Katy Area EDC’s targeted focus on recruiting quality companies, such as GEICO, will produce a strong economic impact to the Katy area. When fully staffed, GEICO will be one of the top 20 employers in the Katy area, which includes a part of the Energy Corridor. Katy’s dynamic and energetic talent pool, great business climate and available spec buildings were surely key ingredients for GEICO’s decision,” LaCour added.
“We know the greater Houston area has built a thriving economy because of the outstanding professionals who make it their home,” said GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely. “We hope to offer them the kind of career opportunities that will appeal to them as we continue to attract more and more customers and grow our business.”
GEICO’s relationship with Texas dates back to its origins, having been founded in Fort Worth by Leo and Lillian Goodwin in 1936 to provide auto insurance for federal employees and members of the military. GEICO has maintained a regional office in Dallas since 1986 and has more than 2,200 associates supporting the regional operation.
Founded in 2003, the Katy Area EDC’s mission is to establish the Katy area as the premiere location for families and businesses through planned economic growth and economic development. Since its inception, the Katy Area EDC has grown to 170 members and assisted in the creation of more than 12,000 jobs and more than $1.3 billion in capital investment.