Governor Rick Perry joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely today to announce the company is opening a new claims operation in Katy, Texas. GEICO expects the office to grow to 400 associates by 2015 and up to 1,000 associates in the next three years. The office is located at 21420 Merchants Way in Katy, Texas.

GEICO will fill positions for entry-level claims representatives, degreed candidates for liability claims representatives and college graduates for GEICO’s fast-track management development program with a focus on claims operations. To learn more and to fill out an online application, job seekers may go to

"Whenever we hear about a major employer expanding or relocating to Texas, it affirms what we’ve been telling people all these years," Gov. Perry said. "When you create a place that rewards innovation and hard work, and frees people to do best in pursuit of their dreams, good things happen. Like many cutting-edge companies, GEICO knows that Texas is a great destination for innovative companies looking to excel."

"We are energized by GEICO’s decision to establish its Houston Claims Center and 1,000 new jobs in Katy, Texas," said Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (EDC). "Katy Area EDC’s targeted focus on recruiting quality companies, such as GEICO, will produce a strong economic impact to the Katy Area. When fully staffed, GEICO will be one of the top 20 employers in the Katy Area, which includes a part of the Energy Corridor. Katy’s dynamic and energetic talent pool, great business climate and available spec buildings were surely key ingredients for GEICO’s decision."

"We know the greater Houston area has built a thriving economy because of the outstanding professionals who make it their home," said GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely. "We hope to offer them the kind of career opportunities that will appeal to them as we continue to attract more and more customers and grow our business."

"We’re thrilled to bring long-term careers with great opportunities for advancement to the greater Houston area with this new claims operation," said Tara Carthew, branch manager of the new office. "I can’t wait to get started and meet some of the folks I’ll be working alongside to ensure that our customers get outstanding service throughout the claims process."

GEICO is no stranger to Texas. The company was founded by Leo and Lillian Goodwin in Texas in 1936 to provide auto insurance for federal employees and members of the military. GEICO has maintained a regional office in Dallas since 1986 and has more than 2,200 associates supporting the regional operation.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 19 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

GEICO’s online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.