Yancy & Associates, Inc. (YAI) was founded in February 1994 by President and CEO Darren G. Yancy, Sr as an Exclusive Agency for the Nationwide Insurance Enterprise. It is one of the charter companies of the Yancy International Consulting Group, LP (YICGLP) also known as Yancy Companies. The agency specialized in personal property & casualty insurance as well as the sale of registered securities. The operation added commercial insurance in 1997 and business brokering in 2003. Real Estate was added in 2004 under the trade name Texas Investment Properties primarily to accommodate real estate backed business brokering with larger and more complex transactions.
To help facilitate this decision and streamline the operation, the company cancelled its contract with Nationwide Insurance in 2010 and moved all remaining insurance clients and operations to its sister independent agency Yancy Insurance & Financial Services, a division of The Yancy Group, Inc., which is also owned by YICGLP. Carol Gomez Yancy is president of The Yancy Group, Inc. That division was sold in 2014. In 2020, the retail insurance operation was reorganized again under The Yancy Group, Incorporated under the trade name American Tejas Insurance Services.
The company is organized as a C-Corporation under the laws of Texas, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of YICGLP. YAI has several divisions that span the strata of industries the firm and its principle have experience in. The company is a licensed Real Estate Agency, conducts business and commercial real estate brokerage for select clients, offers risk management services and general consulting, as well as trading opportunities by company President Darren Yancy.
In 2021, YAI acquired a majority interest in Gulf Atlantic Traders, LLC (GULF).
Darren has been in sales, marketing, and management for over 40 years. He has been active in the insurance and financial services sector for the past 28 years as CEO/President for YAI and Managing Partner for YICGLP. Darren has been responsible in the company for operations, risk assessment & management, underwriting, brokering, organization of insurance captives, claims management, business brokerage, commercial real estate sales, project development, as well as raising capital for client projects.
Prior to his start up of this business, Darren served as National Sales Trainer for Brinks Home Security where he traveled the US opening new offices and training staff in existing offices.
Darren was educated to be an institutional investment banker from the University of Texas at Arlington School of Business, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Accounting. Darren holds professional licenses as a General Lines Insurance Broker, Managing General Agent, Surplus Lines Agent, and Property & Casualty Adjuster, as well as a commercial Real Estate Broker. Darren was a Registered Representative from 1995 to 2007. Darren is the presiding officer on the firms Federal Firearms License and is also on 3 additional Federal Firearm Licenses for manufacture and import with our sister company The Yancy Group, Incorporated.
After leaving insurance with the sale of the agency division in 2014, Darren re-entered the sector working for national broker HUB International in 2018. In 2020, Darren left HUB and began operations for International Standard Transport Risk, LLC, (ISTR) - another YICGLP company. ISTR was formed to be a wholesale operations company and Managing General Agency. In 2020 ISTR took over the management of a non-franchised dealer garage program. Currently Darren has ISTR in the process of coming out with a tow truck and garage product exclusive to the company in 2022.
In 2019, Darren joined The Automotive Edge Radio Show and added the new segment Truck Talk. Darren's topics included energy, infrastructure, insurance, and trucking - sectors Darren had years of experience in from underwriting, placing, and adjusting claims for all these areas. Darren created a new talk radio genre with political leaders from all levels, as well as industry experts to get into policy and its impact on everyday Americans. In January 2021, Darren launched the nationally syndicated podcast The Information Edge with Darren Yancy. Working from the success of Truck Talk, Darren added other areas that are grounded in his expertise. Effective September 1, 2021, Darren is no longer a part of The Automotive Edge Radio Show. Darren plans are to expand Information Edge into a 5 day broadcast before the end of Q2 2022.
Darren's political career began in 2009 with the election of President Barack Obama and the destructive path of the Administration and the 111th Congress. Darren originally began to campaign for the Texas Congressional District 17 race in 2009. However, the loss of an eminent domain lawsuit to gas producer XTO made the sale of his property impossible and a potential move to Washington DC out of the question. Darren dropped out of the race and entered the Texas Senate District 22 race where he faced a 16 year incumbent. Darren uncovered a major scandal involving the incumbent and a nasty race ensued. Darren lost a close primary race to the incumbent while being outspent over 20 to 1. However, the scandal forced the incumbent to resign. A Special Election was held to replace the disgraced Senator. Darren, out of money and exhausted from the primary, was not able to compete well in the Special Election. 9/11 Survivor of the Pentagon crash Col. Brian Birdwell stepped up and took the Special Election and has been serving Texas proudly ever since.
Darren is a believer in public service. He served as a Commissioner, Secretary/Treasurer/ Risk Manager of the Johnson County Emergency Services District #1 for close to 5 years. In this appointed position, he volunteered on this five member Board dedicated to the management of emergency services to the residents of Johnson County, Texas. Duties include contracts & their negotiation, disbursement & management of funds, complex budgeting, tax issues, and the overall administrative oversight of the District.
Darren was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Brazos River Authority by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in October 2019. He served on the oldest water board in Texas to help develop, maintain, allocate, and manage one of the largest river basins in Texas. The B.R.A. manages over 750000 acre feet of water along the Brazos River that starts in the Texas Panhandle and ends in the Gulf Coast. Darren stepped down from this post in spring of 2021.
Darren has been married to Carol Gomez-Yancy for 32 years. They are parents to Dane, Zach, Brenna, & Gene Yancy.