Of Farmers- Merchants Bank
Breaux Bridge – Farmers-Merchants Bank and Trust Co. has announced the appointment of Thomas K. Huval, CIC, as the new chairman of the board of directors.
Huval will preside at meetings of the directors and meetings of the shareholders. In addition, he will counsel with and advise board president Fred H. Mills Jr.
Huval has been a director on the board since 2006.
Presently, Huval is executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Brown & Brown Louisiana Inc. (formerly Huval Insurance Agency), the nation’s sixth largest insurance intermediary featured by both Forbes & Fortune Magazine as being among the top publicly-held companies in the country. In addition he is the owner of Accel Protection & Technologies.
Prior to joining Brown & Brown in 2001, Huval Insurance Agency was one of Louisiana’s largest privately-held insurance organizations and was recognized in 1998 as being the “Agency of the Year” by Rough Notes Magazine, the first Louisiana-based agency to receive this acknowledgement.
Huval sits on a number of industry councils such as legislative chairman, Independent Insurance Agents board of directors; LWCC Insurance Company advisory board; Rough Notes Magazine editorial board; Greenwich Group board (past president); America First Insurance Company advisory council; Safeco Insurance Company agency council; Associated Risk Managers (ARM); and the Sitkins 1%er Group.
Huval extends himself into the community and has served as Leadership Lafayette XI member; past board member, Diocese of Lafayette School Board; board member, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana; past president, Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce; past member, St. Bernard Catholic Church Strategic Planning Project; past president, St. Bernard Elementary School Foundation Board; past board member, St. Bernard Elementary School Board; past chairman, St. Bernard Elementary School Building Project (René Calais Junior High Building); past chairman, St. Bernard Elementary School Harvest Dance; and past member, St. Bernard Elementary School Physical Plant Project.
He is the son of Patrick Huval and the late Belle Huval and is married to Velma Marie Doré and they have three children; Patrick, Griffin & Jordan — all currently attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.