Artex Steps Forward Dallas, Texas

Nov 02, 2020

Welcome to Dallas, TX

The 11th stop in our walk around the world.

Welcome to Dallas, Texas – the 11th stop on our Artex Steps Forward journey.

We just completed 876 miles since our last destination (Scottsdale) and 18,507 miles in our overall 27,969-mile journey. Our team in Dallas is led by Steve McElhiney, senior vice president and director of reinsurance for Artex North America. Steve and his group joined Artex in 2019 as part of an acquisition. Since then, they have moved seamlessly into our family where their focus is on reinsurance solutions for captives, RRGs and mutual insurance companies. When we asked Steve about the most rewarding part of his job he told us, “The most rewarding is delivering a reinsurance solution that saves the day. We have saved clients from failure due to how well their reinsurance programs have responded to hurricane and tornado losses.” Steve has been a vocal and instrumental leader in the captive world, and is the most recent Past President of CICA, the Captive Insurance Companies Association. When speaking with people interested in selecting insurance as their career choice, he has some sage advice: “Never stop learning. Insurance success comes from more than practical experience; it must be supplemented by formal insurance technical knowledge, such as CPCU and other programs. Knowledge is power—spend the extra time to secure such formalized training and your career will benefit. You can’t fake it until you make it. Insurance is a career decision and requires a life-long learning approach.”

Steve is a military veteran, and the group in Dallas are supporters of charities associated with veterans, like Wounded Warrior Project®, as well as others involving children, women’s issues and education. Steve regularly supports the CPCU Loman Educational Foundation and the USC Risk Advisory Board. Outside of work, Steve is a huge college football fan, an avid walker and enjoys international travel.

Fun facts about Dallas:

  • Dallas and Fort Worth are collectively known as the DFW Metroplex. Once known as a cowboy town, it has since evolved to be multi-cultural and is the largest metropolitan area in the United States that isn’t on a navigable body of water.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is larger than the island of Manhattan – that’s almost 27 square miles; as well as being the number one visitor and leisure destination in Texas.
  • The integrated circuit computer chip (which became the microchip) was invented in Dallas in 1958.
  • Dallas Children’s Hospital has the largest permanent model train exhibit in the country on display in their lobby.
  • The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the United States featuring 19 blocks of museums, venues and galleries.
  • The term “Super Bowl” was coined in Dallas, by Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League and son of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt.
  • The frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas.
  • Despite having six professional sports teams in the DFW Metroplex, the true pastime in Dallas is shopping. Dallas is home to more places to shop per capita than anywhere else in the world.
  • Don’t miss $13.99 all-you-can-eat beef ribs at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, where you can experience the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive.

Looking for some family friendly activity?

  • German chocolate cake came from Dallas, not Germany. It is named after an American chocolate maker, Samuel German, and became famous when Mrs. George Clay published her recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” in the Dallas Morning Star newspaper in 1957. You can make your own version of the recipe here.
  • Experience the amazing Dallas arts scene from home. There is so much to choose from!


Follow our journey, including our milestones, as we trek nearly 28,000 miles around the globe here.