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Industry Awards

Independent agents wear a lot of hats as small business owners, employers, consumer advocates, industry professionals and civic leaders. KAIA’s annual insurance industry awards are one way to recognize and promote the valuable role that Kansas independent agents fulfill on the local, state and national level.

Each year, the association recognizes four shining stars in the Kansas independent insurance industry: an Agent of the Year, an Outstanding Young Agent, a Distinguished Service member, and a Company Representative of the Year. Members are invited to nominate independent agents and company representatives for one or more of these industry awards. Nomination forms are brief and nominations may be made anonymously.

The honorees are recognized each year during KAIA’s Leadership & Development Conference.

Award Descriptions & Nomination Forms

  • Agent of the YearNomination Form
    Recognizes a Kansas agent who has made significant contributions to the industry, enhanced the ideals and reputation of the industry and/or shown a commitment of service to his or her community. Open to all KAIA agent members.

  • Outstanding Young Agent - Nomination Form
    Recognizes a young agent (under age 40 or less than five years in the business) who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, motivation and dedication on behalf of the industry and/or association. Open to all KAIA young agent members.

  • Distinguished Service Award - Nomination Form
    Recognizes an individual in the independent insurance industry who has gone above and beyond as a KAIA member through volunteering, advocating or enhancing association membership or operations. Open to all KAIA agent and company members.

  • Company Rep of the Year - Nomination Form
    Recognizes an individual working at an insurance company who has been a proponent of KAIA and its member agencies, enhanced the reputation of the industry and promoted the independent insurance agency brand. Open to all KAIA company members.

 

  • Advocate of the Year - Nomination Form
    Recognizes an individual working at an insurance company who has been a proponent of KAIA and its member agencies, enhanced the reputation of the industry and promoted the independent insurance agency brand. Open to all KAIA company members.

2017 Nominations

Nominations for the 2016 industry awards may be submitted at any time. Click on the nomination form link next to each award at the left to download the form.

2016 Award Recipients

Agent of the Year
Doug Smart
Smart Insurance Agency

Outstanding Young Agent
Josh Goodman
J. Goodman Insurance Agency

Company Rep of the Year
Jack Radar
Farmers Alliance Insurance

Advocate of the Year
Rep. Scott Schwab

Company Advocate of the Year

EMC

1752 Club Agent of Merit
Risk Elliott
Elliott Insurance Inc.