Shepard Walton King Insurance Leadership

  • Bob Shepard
  • Chairman of the Board
  • 956-423-8755 Ext: 4131
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Robert W. Shepard is the Board Chairman of Shepard Walton King Insurance Group.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA. A long-time member of Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. He has been active in the insurance business for over forty years. Shepard currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. Shepard has served on the Legislative Committee for a number of years. He has chaired the Windstorm Task Force. He currently serves on the Service Board and is Chairman of Impact Board. He is a past member of the TWIA Board of Directors.

Shepard has been actively involved in higher education statewide and regionally. He was appointed Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Rick Perry in July 2005 and served until 2009. He was first appointed to THECB by Governor George W. Bush in 1996. He served as Chairman and President of the College for All Texans Foundation.

Shepard is the Past President of the University of Texas-Brownsville Development Board and former chairman of the Board of Regents of Pan American University in Edinburg.

He is the former chairman of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Past President of the Harlingen Economic Development Board. He has served on the boards of the Harlingen Industrial Foundation, Valley Partnership, Salvation Army and Texas Lyceum.

Bob Shepard and his wife Anne have five children between them and 8 grandchildren. He lives in Harlingen, Texas.

  • Raul Cabaza, III
  • President
  • 956-682-2841 Ext: 4004
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Raul, a Weslaco resident, graduated from Pan American University with Bachelor of Business Administration in 1987 and began working in the insurance industry at The Hartford. In 1991, he joined what is now Shepard Walton King.

Raul sells and services insurance products and programs for school districts and municipalities, artisan contractors, health care providers, non-profits, and retail/wholesale operations. A Certified Insurance Counselor, his practice includes property, general liability, fleet, workers compensation, professional errors and omissions and directors and officers liability insurance.

Raul’s long-term community involvement has benefited medical, civic, and educational organizations and his church. Raul and his wife Cynthia, who is also an executive at Shepard Walton King, have two sons.

  • Josh Fields
  • Vice President
  • 956-423-8755 Ext: 4120
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Raised in Harlingen, Josh Fields graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Prior to joining Shepard Walton King Insurance Group in 2003, he worked as a financial consultant.

Josh is a Certified Insurance Counselor and is actively involved in servicing large property and casualty clients, including South Padre Island condominiums & school districts in Cameron, Hidalgo & Willacy counties.

Josh and his wife Mia have two daughters and a son, and are active members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Outside of work, Josh enjoys the outdoors by spending time fly-fishing and quail hunting. He also serves on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Board, is a Trustee for the Harlingen Water Works System, and is also a Board Member for the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce.

  • Chris Graham
  • Vice President
  • 956-682-2841 Ext: 4018
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Valley native Chris Graham attended Texas A&M and the University of Texas Pan-Am and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with Finance as his major. He worked as a Farmers Insurance liability adjuster for two years before joining the predecessor of Shepard Walton King in 1993.

Chris specializes in all aspects of commercial insurance. He applies his experience as an adjuster and a Certified Insurance Counselor to assist clients through the claims process, marketing process and is proud of his long-term retention rate.

A graduate of Leadership McAllen, he has served as president of the Coastal Conservation Association and the McAllen South Rotary Club. Chris and his wife, Marianne, have three sons. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting and camping with his family.

  • Cynthia Cabaza
  • Vice President
  • 956-682-2841 Ext: 4020
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Cynthia, a Weslaco resident, graduated from the University of Texas-Pan Am with a B.A. in Business Management. She started her career with Allstate Insurance Company as a claims adjuster and then applied that knowledge to property and casualty insurance sales. As a Certified Insurance Counselor she has helped hundreds of individuals and business owners with their insurance needs since starting at Shepard Walton King in 1996.

Cynthia Cabaza’s wide range of experience and dedication to customer service resulted in her becoming a Stockholder at SWK in 2009. Cynthia has been married to Raul Cabaza for more than 28 years, and he is also a Stockholder at SWK. Now that their two sons are grown, they are raising two corgis. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys running, cross fit and volunteering in her local community and at her church.

Shepard & Walton Benefits Leadership

  • Aaron Thorburn
  • Vice President
  • 956-423-8755 Ext: 1423
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Aaron received his group health and welfare experience principally while serving in a variety of senior sales and regional management positions with a national health and welfare insurance company in Houston and Dallas. He is vastly experienced in helping mid to large employers evaluate and manage their group health plans, with a particular expertise in helping develop and manage all aspects of ASO plans.

Aaron is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Raised in McAllen, Aaron and his family returned to the Rio Grande Valley in 2009 to join SWL as the Managing Partner of the Benefits Division. Aaron serves clients throughout all of Texas, with a large concentration located in Houston and South Texas.

  • Kirk Ashy
  • Vice President
  • 512-751-8623
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Originally from Victoria, TX, Kirk Ashy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and has lived in Austin ever since. Kirk entered the insurance business in 1998 and worked for 2 national insurance firms. He focuses in group health and welfare plans for small to midsize employers. He is experienced in ASO, ACA and all other aspects of employee benefits.

Kirk joined Shepard Walton King in 2008 and manages the Austin Office. He and wife Kristin have 2 children. Kirk enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams, playing golf and tennis, as well as hunting and fishing.