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Quirk & Company has a rich history dating back to 1930 Our many years of experience in the surplus lines insurance industry allows us to offer the most knowledgeable and comprehensive service to our customers.
  • 1930 - The company is founded

    W.H. Quirk Sr. originally founded the company,  June 1, 1941.  Fred McAllister joins 90 days later, forming Quirk & McAllister.
  • 1940 - Frank Quirk Joins Quirk & Company

    Frank left the State insurance department on April 1, 1940 to join Quirk & Company on a full time basis.
  • 1941 - Quirk & Company

    W.H. Quirk purchased the interest of Fred McAllister. On June 1, 1941 the name of Quirk & Company came into existence.
  • 1969 - Became a specialty & surplus line wholesaler

    In 1969 Quirk & Company becomes a specialty and surplus lines wholesaler.
  • 1974 - Robert C. Quirk becomes manager

    To expand the markets for Quirk & Company, he visited and contracted with Lloyd's of London Underwriters. This contract has successfully remained in place for over 40 years.
  • 2018 - Karen Quirk becomes CEO

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W.H. Quirk, Sr. - founder -

Quirk & Company was founded in San Antonio on June 1, 1930, with the first contracted company being Southern Fire Insurance Company of St. Louis, Missouri. This company shortly thereafter became the home of New York's group of companies. In the beginning our contracted companies were all property insurance companies. The original name of the company was W.H. Quirk & Co., with Fred McAllister, who was property underwriter for many years with the Hornberger-Beckmann General Agency, joining W.H. Quirk, Sr. after about ninety days. The name of the company became Quirk & McAllister.

The Original Partnership of W.H. Quirk. Sr. and Fred McAllister Consisted of Fred McAllister handling underwriting and W.H. Quirk Sr. handling the field work.

W.H. Quirk Sr. Started in the insurance business in Chicago, Illinois with the Continental of New York. He came to Texas in 1909 to work for the old Woulett Rating Bureau. This operation became the State Fire Insurance Division. Mr. Quirk later worked for the Seinsheimer operation in Galveston, the Republic Insurance Company of Dallas, Texas, and as state agent for Northwestern National Insurance Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He brought the Northwestern National to the Hornberger-Beckman General Agency when he joined the in the early 1920's. He was special agent for Hornberger-Beckmann until he started his own general agency on June 1, 1930.

On June 1, 1941, W.H. Quirk purchased the interest of Fred McAllister. On that date the name of Quirk & Company came into existence.

Frank Quirk

W.H. Quirk, Sr. brought his two sons into the ownership of the general agency. W.H. Quirk, Jr. had been associated with the general agency off and on from 1930. Frank left the State insurance department on April 1, 1940 to rejoin Quirk & Company on a full time basis.

During the 1930's and until the latter 1940's the general agency prospered with such fine companies as the Gibraltar Fire and Marine Insurance Company and the city of New York Insurance Company, both Home of the New York Group, Lafayette Fire Insurance Company, Central Fire Insurance Company of the Insurance of North America Group, Federal Union Insurance Company of Royal Globe Group, Sentinel Fire Insurance Company of the Springfield fire and Marine group, and Atlanta Home Underwriters of the Fireman's Fund Group.

It was in 1939 that the general agency contracted with its first casualty company, The Western Casualty and Surety Company of Fort Scott, Kansas, along with its associate company The Western Fire Insurance Company. In 1943 Quirk & Company contracted with the Fidelity and Guaranty Insurance Company. Later that contract was changed to the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company.

In 1953 we contracted with the Employers Liability Assurance Corporation of the Employers Group of Boston. The original contract was only for fire and marine insurance, and later included casualty representation of the Northern Assurance Company. The Western Companies, the USF&G and the Employers of Boston were all pillars of strength with the general agency until 1969 when our standard business was sold to Aetna Insurance Company.

In 1969 Quirk & Company became a specialty and surplus lines wholesaler. In 1984 we contracted with National Unity Insurance Company and again began operating with this company as a managing general agency.

Robert  C. Quirk

Robert C. Quirk graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with honors and was inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society.

In 1969, he became a licensed CPA and joined Haskins & Sells as a senior accounting assistant in Dallas, Texas. In 1974, he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. That same year he was admitted to the State Bar of Texas.

Since 1961, Robert Quirk worked with Quirk & Company in both full and part time roles becoming the manager in 1974, after his graduation from law school. To expand the markets for Quirk & Company, he visited and contracted with Lloyd's of London Underwriters. This contract has successfully remained in place for over 40 years.

As a respected leader in the wholesale insurance industry, he served as an advisor regarding insurance matters to the State of Texas during legislative sessions. With his visionary leadership, the first state legislation paving the way for The Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas became law.

He was the past president and chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Surplus Lines Association (TSLA). He served on the executive committee of the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), was a member of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) Legislative Committee, and served, in an advisory role, as vice president and secretary of National Unity Insurance Company from 1984 to 1991.