A. R. “Buddy” Dike

Founder, Texas Financial Partners
Founder, The Dike Company

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“The financial services field can appear to be all about numbers, but to me it is a relationship business. I've always been a people person, and that taught me the importance of the Golden Rule in building client relationships. In my experience when that rule drives client relationships, they turn into friendships that can last decades.”

  • Entrepreneur
  • Launched The Dike Company in 1966 to respond to clients' specialized needs for estate planning, business insurance, and employee benefit plans.
  • Later formed The Insurance Alliance to combine expertise in diverse planning disciplines.
  • The Insurance Alliance was acquired by Willis Group Limited, third largest insurance broker in the world, in 1991.
  • Chairman for Willis-Fort Worth until 1999
  • Bought back individual life insurance clients and some group benefits clients from Willis. 


  • Graduate of Texas Christian University
  • Football scholarship, lettering three years, chosen team captain senior year
  • Member of TCU Lettermen’s Hall of Fame
  • President of TCU Letterman’s Association 1966-67
  • TCU Valuable Alumnus 1978


  • Chartered Life Underwriter 1962 

Professional Leadership

  • President, Insurance Alliance 1988-1991
  • Founding member of PartnersFinancial, purchased by National Financial Partners, 1997
  • Chairman of the Board through PartnersFinancial’s formative years 1994-2001
  • Past President of Fort Worth Association of Life Underwriters
  • Past President of Fort Worth Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Past President of Fort Worth Business and Estate Council
  • Charter Member and past Board Member of the Top of the Table
  • Life Member of Million Dollar Round Table
  • Member of Association of Advanced Life Underwriters

Business Leadership

  • Served the Board of Americredit Financial Corporation (NYSE) for twelve years until acquired by General Motors.
  • 21-year Board Member of Cash America International (NYSE)
  • 20-year Board Member of Texas Commerce Bank, Chemical Bank, Chase Bank of Texas

Community Leadership

  • Currently serves the Board of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association since 1971 and Past Chairman of the Board 1976-78.
  • Board of Trustees of Texas Christian University since 1985
  • Serves on the Board of the Davey O'Brien Foundation


  • Buddy and Sara have three children, David, Michael and Susanne.




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