Although Tom was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, he is a Texan at heart. He moved to Texas in the late seventies and met his wife Jill in Houston. They married in 1979, and together they moved to Austin in 1981. After he finished his degree at The University of Texas at Austin, Tom and Jill started their family in 1985. They were first blessed with their son Will and then 2 years later were again blessed when Sam arrived on the scene. Tom and Jill raised their boys on the north shore of Lake Travis in Point Venture and spent many hours together skiing, knee boarding and wake boarding on the lake. Starting in the insurance business in 1989 with owning his own Farmers agency, Tom sold that business in 2005 and opened Dowd Insurance as an independent agency. Besides running the agency Tom enjoys listening to all styles of music, has a green thumb for indoor gardening, loves reading (especially theology) and serves the community at Celebration Church.
Sam has had the privilege of calling central Texas and Austin his home for his entire life. After finishing school at The University of Texas at Austin (Hook em!), Sam joined Dowd Insurance to continue to build on his father’s legacy of service to central Texas businesses and families. Sam enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Grace and their rescue pup, Hutch Dowd. Any day spent on the trail at Lady Bird Lake, the Greenbelt, or Barton Springs is a win for all three of them. When out around Austin, they also love exploring the food scene or catching a show at ACL or Stubbs. Sam and Grace also enjoy volunteering for local charities in their free time. Superhero Kids, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and Austin Dog Rescue are a couple of their favorites.
Shannon joined the Dowd Insurance team in 2015. Shannon lives in Cedar Park with her husband of 22 years and their two children. Her daughter will be starting her college career at NYU this fall, and her son will entering his sophomore year in high school. In addition to her two children, Shannon also has two dogs to round out her family. Shannon is very active in their church and the community and enjoys watching her daughter perform in musical theatre and her son play soccer. In her free time, Shannon enjoys tackling home improvement and gardening projects.
Sara has been a licensed insurance agent in Texas and Colorado for almost 15 years, and she brought her talents to the Dowd Insurance team in June 2017. Born and raised in Texas, Sara and her husband met in high school and have been married for almost 20 years! They have two daughters, 18 and 10. Sara enjoys reading, shopping with her daughters and spending time with her family and friends on the weekends, most likely barbecuing. After spending 4 years in Denver, Colorado, Sara and her family recently moved back to Texas. Their family time together consists of watching football (Longhorns, Aggies and the awesome Denver Broncos), playing with their chocolate lab, Daisy, and finding neat little daytrips they can take over the weekends on her husband’s motorcycle.
Jenn was born in Arlington, Texas and grew up just outside of Fort Worth in Weatherford. Growing up she fell in love with the performing arts, and followed that calling to Oklahoma City University, where she studied Dance Management. Upon graduating, she stayed at the university as staff at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Art Management. While in Oklahoma, she met and married Will Dowd, a pilot in the United States Air Force. The Air Force then moved them to Okinawa, Japan, where Jenn enjoyed island life, scuba diving, sushi and volunteering for a local animal rescue. After 3 years overseas, Jenn and Will recently moved to Spokane, Washington, where she spends the majority of her free time enjoying the wonderful weather the Pacific Northwest has to offer, dancing in the kitchen, and raising their young daughter, Hailey.
Teresa joined the Dowd Insurance team in October. Before launching her career in insurance, Teresa worked for a number of years for Lockheed Martin. She met the love of her life, Mark, in college. Teresa and Mark have one fur baby, Zeus, a chow chow. Teresa loves to fish and to spend time in nature. One of her favorite memories is fishing in Alaska with her husband last year. When she’s not taking a trip to fish on the coast, you can find Teresa and Mark day tripping to find the best food places in Texas.