Our Story

Ragland Strother & Lafitte was formed January 1, 1995 with the merger of Cornerstone Insurance Agency and Ragland Insurance Agency.  This merger brought four principals together as partners – Cruger S. Ragland, CPCU, W. Scott Ragland, CIC, AAI, William E. Strother, CPCU and D. Gregg Lafitte.  These four provided a rich insurance heritage to Ragland Strother & Lafitte.  The company now operates under the leadership of Gregg Lafitte and Scott Ragland.

The Ragland family dates their insurance agency history back to the early 1900’s, when Cruger’s grandfather, Cruger T. Smith was a partner in the Craddock and Smith Insurance Agency.  Mr. Smith’s son-in-law, Alphonso Ragland, Jr., Cruger’s father, founded Ragland Insurance Agency in 1943.  Cruger joined the agency in 1954 after graduating from the University of Texas.  In 1978 Scott joined Ragland Insurance.  All three of the Raglands received their CPCU designations and when Scott received his designation in 1983, he was the first third generation person to receive the CPCU designation in America. Cruger S. Ragland and Scott Ragland, as well as Cruger T. Smith  were all past presidents of the Texas Association of Insurance Agents.

Cornerstone Insurance has a history in Dallas dating back 60 years.  In 1984 the Lafitte family purchased Ogden Lockett Insurance agency and changed the name to Cornerstone Insurance.  Ogden Lockett was formerly known as the Henry Miller Agency and was formed in the early 1950’s.  Gregg Lafitte joined the firm 1987 and in 1989 Bill Strother merged his operation with Cornerstone.  The agency flourished and grew substantially under their leadership, including the purchase of the Shaffer Agency in 1991. Surry Shaffer started our entertainment division at that time.

Ragland Strother & Lafitte operates today as one of the leading agencies in Dallas. Our excellent staff strives to be the most knowledgeable in the industry.   We represent the leading insurance companies in the United States and offer a broad array of property, casualty, professional, life, and health and employee benefits products to our clientele.