Wade C. Crawford

PrincipaL, Consultant

Wade C. Crawford
“I have a passion for solving complex underwriting issues to create the best possible value with a proven track record of saving clients 8-20% on their Benefit Plans”

Wade brings over 30 years of insurance knowledge and experience to his clients’ portfolios. He is established in the Houston marketplace as a leader in employee benefits planning and has resources to serve companies of all sizes.

Wade began his Insurance career at GE and Sun Life Financial as Regional Sales Director where he designed and implemented employee benefit plans for well over 150 self-funded clients. Wade also successfully facilitated partnerships with TPAs and managed care networks to significantly grow GE/Genworth Financials’ self-funded business. He is highly skilled at analyzing network savings to ensure clients the best financial outcome.

He joined Americanized Benefits Consultants, aka Empower BIG in 2008, where he provides sound counsel and cost-effective benefit plans for clients in all areas of group Medical, Stop Loss, Short/Long Term Disability, Life/AD&D, and Voluntary Products. Wade’s extensive background in creating self-funded solutions for his clients has established him as an expert in the field.

Working closely with underwriters and actuaries, Wade has assisted his clients with strategic direction, rate reviews, pricing, and product development.

In addition to new business development and employee benefit planning, Wade serves as a self-funded consultant to other insurance brokers evaluating their clients for compatibility with self-funded benefit options.

A native Houstonian, Wade earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s a passionate family man and is married with three children. Wade is a dedicated mentor in youth sports programs, where he’s volunteered for over 16 years.


  • University of Texas – McCombs School of Business Dual Degree Plan:  Marketing and  Risk Management and Insurance (RMI)
  • Licensed General lines Agent: Life, Accident, Health & HMO Property Casualty
  • Six Sigma Certified