The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Advisory Council is comprised of a small group of high-level transportation professionals from across Texas and every sector of the transportation world. The council, which meets annually, offers a tremendous service to the Institute by advising on transportation issues and trends and supporting TTI’s research programs and initiatives. TTI profiles several council members in each issue of Researcher.
Executive Director for Auto Underwriting Solutions
San Antonio, Texas
Joel Camarano joined the TTI Advisory Council as its newest member in March 2013. He is executive director for auto underwriting innovation and development for the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) located in San Antonio. Camarano leads research and development of innovative auto-insurance products and solutions, emphasizing safer driving and safer vehicles for USAA’s auto-insured members. He has almost 24 years of property and casualty insurance experience, primarily focused on auto- insurance underwriting, servicing, product management, portfolio management, and loss prevention and mitigation.
Previously, Camarano worked at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in Austin, Texas, and Bloomington, Ill., before joining USAA in 1998. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter professional designation.
David Cain Consulting
David Cain chairs the TTI Advisory Council and is a long-time member. A former member of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, Cain is president of David Cain Consulting in Dallas. He conducts governmental and relations consulting for numerous clients. During his time in the Texas Senate from 1995 through 2003, he chaired the Senate’s Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Committee on Administration, and twice chaired the Southern Legislative Conference Transportation Committee.
While in the Texas House from 1977 to 1995, Cain chaired the House Committee on Transportation and wrote the legislation that created the Texas Department of Transportation. He has served on the Capitol Preservation Board and the governing board of the Council of Governments.
Owner, Chairman of the Board and CEO
Williams Brothers Construction Company
A long-time council member, Doug Pitcock of Houston is owner, board chair and CEO of Williams Brothers Construction Company. He operates one of the largest highway and heavy contractors in the nation. Pitcock helped form the company in 1955 and has been a prominent leader in the transportation industry for more than 50 years.
Among his many accomplishments, Pitcock was appointed by Pres. Gerald Ford to serve on the National Transportation Policy Study Committee. He is a member of the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor and was named one of the Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Construction Professionals of the 20th Century by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. He has also served as president of the Associated General Contractors of America, among other board positions.