Our History

Family matters.

Our roots go deep in the Lone Star State.

As a fifth generation Texan, John purchased the company from his mother who ran the Gatesville agency after she took it over from the original owners in 1968. She convinced John to go to work for her in 1979. “Give it one year,” she told him. “If, at that point, you don’t like the insurance business, you can try something else.” John never looked back: eventually dedicating the independent insurance and bonding agency to the construction industry.

In 1997, when John’s mother stepped aside to care for his ill father, John took full reins of the agency. Expanding to Dallas in 2000, John formed a partnership with Doug Moore, another multi-generational Texan with deep roots in the community. Adding experienced staff, opening the Temple office in 2003, and creating new positions to better serve clients, Ward & Moore has grown rapidly over the past decade, impacting key construction economies and establishing a rock solid reputation for knowledge and trust. John and Doug believe their success comes from a grounded philosophy of working hard, telling the truth and always striving to exceed client expectations – standards that would surely make Mom proud.