Pictured: Mickey Gilley, Kathleen Hicks, Johnny Lee
Kathleen met Mickey Gilley while operating her company, Rogers & Rogers Insurance & Risk Management. Mickey owned Gilley’s Club. The club was the primary site for Urban Cowboy and housed a mechanical bull. Due to the film’s popularity, other venues wanted to buy mechanical bulls but needed liability insurance to do so. Kathleen secured the first liability insurance for mechanical bulls for a $2,500 per bull annual premium that included a stipulation requiring cowgirls and cowboys to sign a waiver before their ride. Kathleen and her team never had a claim.
"My designation gave me confidence. If I could read an insurance policy and put it to work, I could accomplish great things."
Pictured: Kathleen Hicks, Willie Nelson
Kathleen acquired an even more famous client while she co-owned Miller-McCrocklin Agency in San Marcos, Texas. The local radio station called and said Willie Nelson's 1986 July 4th fundraiser for Farm Aid II was about to be cancelled because the backers were having trouble securing insurance. Although she had never placed event coverage, Kathleen met with Willie, discussed his needs, and secured proper insurance coverage. In less than a week, she used best-practices risk management techniques and reduced coverage costs by over $200,000. The Miller-McCrocklin Agency donated their commission to Farm Aid II to benefit struggling family farms.