Mark V. Williamson, CIC, Founder and CEO
Mark entered the insurance business in 1958 at his father’s agency, which specialized in contract bonds. He founded the Mark V. Williamson Company in 1974, with $300 and a determination to build the very best property and casualty insurance agency in the region.
Mark became a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in 1979, when the designation was first made available in Arkansas. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas (IIAA) for over twenty years, and was elected President of the organization in 1995. Mr. Williamson served as the organization’s State National Director from 1996 to 2000, and he continues to serve the IIAA as Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. Mark was the recipient of the Allan Kennedy Memorial Award — the IIAA’s highest honor — in 2000. He is past Chairman of the CNA Insurance Company’s Producers Agent Council for the Southern Region.
Mark is an active member of both the CARTI Foundation Board of Directors and the Iberiabank Advisory Board in Arkansas. He helped start the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation in 2000.
Mark S. Williamson, CPCU, CIC, President
Mark joined his father at the Mark V. Williamson Company in 1988, after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a BSBA degree in Finance and Insurance. He was named president of the Mark V. Williamson Company in 1990.
Mark earned the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in 1989, and received his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) diploma in 1994. He was honored by the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas (IIAA) as “Young Agent of the Year” in 1994.
For five years, Mark served on the CNA Insurance Company’s Producer Advisory Council, and was chairman for one year. He is a past board member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas and has served on the Unitrin Business Insurance President’s Advisory Council. Mark has also served on the Business Alumni Advisory Council of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Bill began his insurance career in July, 2001, as Vice President and Account Executive with the Mark V. Williamson Company. Since joining Williamson Insurance, Bill has proven himself to be an effective insurance professional — respected by his peers and customers, alike. He has attended extensive insurance training classes and earned his designation as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in 2007.
Bill is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas.
Kim Ellis, CIC, VP of Agency Operations/Marketing
Kim joined the Mark V. Williamson Company as Vice President of Agency Operations/Marketing in August, 2004. Prior to that date, she owned and managed an insurance agency in northeast Arkansas.
Kim became a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in 1989. She was honored by the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas (IIAA) by being named “Insurance Woman of the Year” in 1994, and was elected president of that organization (its first female president) in 1999. Kim was awarded the prestigious “Allen Kennedy Memorial Award” (Insurance Agent of the Year), in 2001.
Kim serves on the Board of Directors of the CARTI Foundation and is a member of Rotary Club 99.
Wes Dyson, Account Executive
Wes began his career in insurance in 2006 and joined Williamson Insurance in 2018. As a proven sales leader, Wes’s career includes experience handling the insurance for industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction, and habitational property. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a Business Administration degree concentrating on Insurance and Risk Management, he has completed extensive additional training in Commercial and Personal Lines.