Warren Barhorst is the CEO of the Barhorst Insurance Group (BIG), a Texas-based insurance and financial services firm with more than 30 offices across the state of Texas. Barhorst, a graduate of Texas A&M and a former football letterman with the Aggies, opened his first insurance office in Northwest Houston in 1993 with major dreams and minimal capital. Barhorst’s entrepreneurial spirit, people skills and business vision have enabled BIG to continually expand its business scope and bottom-line profits. BIG, the No. 1 Nationwide Insurance agency in the United States was named to the Houston Business Journal’s Fast 100 in 2008 and the 2008 Inc. 5,000 list. In 2009 BIG ranked 29th on the Houston Business Journal’s "Fast 100", and up more than 1,000 spots on the Inc. magazine Inc. 5,000 list. BIG was also ranked No. 3 by Texas Monthly on the 2008 mid-sized Best Companies to Work for in Texas list. Barhorst has earned numerous awards through the years, including the 2008 Houston and Gulf Coast area Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year.® Barhorst and his wife, Lisa, have three children—son, Spencer, and daughters, Ashley and Shelby.
Rusty Burson is currently the associate editor of 12th Man Magazineand Vice President with the 12th Man Foundation. Burson, a 1990 graduate of Sam Houston State, began his professional career as a newspaper reporter and editor in Galveston and later in Fort Worth. After leaving the newspaper industry, Burson took a role in municipal public relations and then became an editor for numerous business publications in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Burson joined the 12th Man Foundation, the fund-raising organization for Texas A&M athletics, in 1998. He lives in College Station with his wife, Vannessa, and the couple’s three children—son, Payton, and daughters, Kyleigh and Summer. Burson has authored four previous books.