Captive Insurance 101

A "captive insurance company" is a property and casualty insurance company specifically established to insure the risks of an associated business. Owning your own "captive" comes with advantages that help you gain better control over your business’s risk management, earnings, and tax planning. Conventional insurance policies often limit or exclude coverage for certain inherent operational risks.

With captives, these risks can be written right into the policy, free of vague or ambiguous language. Under IRC 831(b), middle market organizations can take advantage of both the primary benefits of captives, including tailor-made risk coverages and secondary benefits, such as improved tax planning. Capstone is the leading alternative risk planning company for the mid-market and we’re continuing our 17-year trend of growth and leadership in the industry. While other captive managers disclaim tax and legal services, we offer a comprehensive alternative risk financing program in collaboration with The Feldman Law Firm LLP. We invite you to explore all the benefits of forming captives and the turnkey services we provide.
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Megan Brooks, Capstone Associated's Vice President of Operations

Megan M. Brooks, ARM
Vice President, Operations

Megan M. Brooks, ARM Named VP of Operations

New Captive Insurance ServicesFebruary 8, 2016 (Houston, TX) - Capstone Associated Services, Ltd. is proud to announce the promotion of Megan M. Brooks, ARM to its executive management team as Vice President - Operations. In her new role, Brooks will work closely with Capstone's President and COO, Charles Earls, CEO and its General Counsel, Stewart Feldman, along with The Feldman Law Firm LLP in managing Capstone's operations.

In furtherance of Capstone's continued growth, Brooks will concentrate on continued team coordination and maintaining quality control. As Team Capstone's national client base continues to expand, the ability to benefit from the exchange of ideas among both team members and clients becomes even more important and is a key part of Brooks' focus.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Megan in her new role. This promotion is in recognition of her initiative and leadership, as evidenced by her work with Capstone over the last decade," commented Capstone President Charles Earls.

During her time at Capstone, Brooks has spearheaded initiatives to install procedures and processes to ensure that a consistently high product is delivered to our clients. She will continue to ensure that the many moving parts to the management and operation of property & casualty insurance companies are fully and timely addressed.

"I'm excited to have been given this opportunity to help lead Team Capstone as Vice President - Operations. In my 10 years at the Company, we have experienced continued growth which is due, in part, to the high quality and comprehensive services offered. Along with its affiliated law firm, Capstone uniquely offers a total solution -- from tax and regulatory to insurance and accounting. Most captive managers offer only administrative services. In contrast, Capstone and its partner, The Feldman Law Firm LLP, have in-house insurance professionals; regulatory, financing, and tax attorneys; accountants; and underwriters -- literally the full team. I am proud to enter my 2nd decade of working with this team dedicated to providing the highest quality of captive management services to its national client base. I look forward to being a part of Capstone's continued success in 2016 and long into the future."

Brooks's experience includes over 15 years in accounting and a decade of practice in the captive insurance industry. Brooks has a B.S. in Finance, along with a Certificate of Accountancy from University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business. Most recently, she was awarded the Associate in Risk Management by The American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. She is currently eligible to sit for the CPA and is working towards that goal in 2016. She also works with a number of local charities, including The Woods Project and The Easter Seals of Houston, as an executive committee member and active volunteer.

"We're excited to have elevated Megan to this new position," said Stewart A. Feldman. "She has a proven ability to keep client priorities on track, especially in the design and implementation phases of alternative risk planning. We offer her our sincerest congratulations for her well-deserved promotion."

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