Jay Ward, GBA


Jay Ward has been a partner at The Ward Agency since 2007.  Prior to joining the Ward Agency, he was a regional sales manager for Prudential Insurance Company for group life and disability coverages.  He also worked in sales roles for UNUM and The Standard.  With over 20 years of experience, he values the ability to help employers solve problems with customized solutions with managing costs while still providing high quality insurance and human resource tools and assistance.  He has helped contribute to the dramatic growth of the firm which has positioned The Ward Agency as a premier insurance agency that is well respected in our industry.

He is a member or has been a member of a number of professional organizations including National Association of Health Underwriters, and East Texas Health Underwriters, Rose City SHRM, and has served on the United Health Care Broker Advisory Committee. 

Jay remains committed to the philosophies that have guided the firm from the start and personally remains involved in working with his clients and growing the business as a Producer.  Jay is active in civic and community affairs in the North Texas area, as is the firm. 

He attended Northwood University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business management.  He also has earned his Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation through The Wharton School of Business and The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.  He has a daughter, Anna and a son, Matthew.  He currently serves on the Smith County United Way as a cabinet member for the Professional Division, a mentor through PATH, People Attempting to Help, and is on the golf advisory committee for the Tyler Junior College Scholarship Foundation.   He also is the current Vice President of Public Relations for the Tyler Evening Toastmasters Group and is a part of the Medical Committee for the Tyler Chamber of Commerce.  Jay is a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler.