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Celebrating 100 Years of Service

The Kansas Association of Insurance Agents

It is with great honor that I am able to announce KAIA's 100th Anniversary!

Organizations that have reached this prestigious milestone share certain traits including integrity, accountability, and exceeding our members' expectations. Independent agents choose to come back to us time and again for these reasons and we are truly grateful for their continued support.

- Dave Hulcher, Executive Director

 

 

Names of the Association

1920-1957
Kansas Association of Insurance Agents

1958-1974
Kansas Association of Independent Insurance Agents

1975-1991
Independent Insurance Agents of Kansas

1992
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Kansas

1994-2000
Kansas Association of Insurance Agents

Every organization has its beginning, and this is the genesis of the Kansas Association, as recalled by Dwight Smith - a man who had a strong hand in getting it underway.

Charles G. Blakely, Jr., of the C.G. Blakely & Co. of Topeka, one of the first presidents, in an introduction to the series of letters from the early leaders, recalled that his first interest in the organization of the association began after attending the NAIA convention in 1920 at Des Moines.

Our agency had been a member of the National Association for many years, dating back to the 1890s along with one or two other direct agency members of the state.

At the meeting in Des Moines, Smith met Carl Rieke, who was that time hustling memberships for the National Association. Carl wanted to know what chance there was of organizing a Kansas Association and he told him to "come on down to Topeka."

Rieke did visit Topeka sometime in 1920 or 1921 and they organized the Topeka Board of Fire and Casualty Underwriters. From Topeka, Rieke organized the Wichita Board. By mutual agreement between the Wichita Board and the Topeka Board, Elmer Reese was appointed president for the first year. Smith was appointed secretary until Charlie Foote took over, or until he started my first term as president in 1926.

Most of the original members of the association were solicited directly by Rieke, who traveled over all the state after the Wichita and Topeka meetings. Rieke was working on a commission basis with the National Association and will be remembered by many of the old members.

The second president, who faithfully attended Kansas Association meetings every year, and always had something constructive to add, was Fred A Gould of the Gould Agency in Arkansas City.

Gould recalled that there was an earlier organization of the Kansas agents, not affiliated with the National Association. When the NAIA’s representative came to Kansas,  Gould remembered that the agents decided there was no room for dual and competitive associations, so the then-existing association was dropped.

At the first convention of the new organization, at which time Reese was presiding, Gould was elected secretary. “At this time,” Mr. Gould told the story, “we agents were working vigorously to meet unfair competition, with the feeling that we did not have too much cooperation from our companies.”

“We also were confronted with such a lack of appreciation from the companies that it sometimes amounted to almost a disinterested or unfriendly attitude. In fact, the relationships seemed very similar to the old attitude of big business toward the workers. However, not all companies evidenced this unfriendly attitude.”

THE FOUR HORSEMEN

The founding of the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents proved to be a slow and tedious job and hard to sell.  But the young association was lucky to have four Kansas Agents who were ultimately known as the “Four Horsemen”.  They were Frank Priest, of Dulaney, Johnston & Priest, Wichita; Wade Patton, of Wade Patton Insurance, Hutchinson; C.K. Foote, of Beezler, Mason, Maxfield & Foote, Wichita; and Duane Stover, of Harris Burns, Wichita.

These four men traveled the state to promote the KAIA. They received national recognition for promoting national, state, and local associations.

Patton was secretary of the Association for almost 30 years. Both Foote & Stover later became presidents of the association. Priest was on the National Association Executive Committee from 1927-30 & 1933-36.

100 Years of Leadership

1920s

1921 ELMER REESE - Wichita

1922 FRED A GOULD – Arkansas City

1923 WILL S THOMPSON - Hutchinson

1924 GLENN CHARLTON - Lawrence

1925 GLENN CHARLTON - Lawrence

1926 DWIGHT SMITH - Wichita

1927 CHARLES G BLAKELY, JR - Topeka

1928 CHARLES G BLAKELY, JR - Topeka

1929 BERT MICHNER - Hutchinson

1930s

1930 CHARLES K FOOTE - Wichita

1931 CHARLES K FOOTE - Wichita

1932 ROSSE CASE - Marion

1933 HOLMES MEADE - Topeka

1934 DUANE T STOVER - Wichita

1935 JOHN V KELLEY - Leavenworth

1936 JAMES D GILMORE - Independence

1937 HARRY TINKLEPAUGH – Kansas City

1938 GLENN HUSSEY - Topeka

1939 ALEX H CASE - Marion

1940s

1940 LAURIN W JONES – Dodge City

1941 LAURIN W JONES – Dodge City

1942 VICTOR G HENRY - Wichita

1943 EDWIN S NELLIS - Topeka

1944 URBAN C BROWN - Emporia

1945 GEORGE STOSKOPF – Baxter Springs

1946 RAYMOND L BUDGE – St John

1947 WEBB WOODWARD - Topeka

1948 CHARLES SCHOONOVER – Garden City

1949 GEORGE BACON – El Dorado

1950s

1950 KENNETH ROSS – Arkansas City

1951 CHENEY PROUTY – Kansas City

1952 HOWARD N FULLINGTON - Wichita

1953 WILLIAM L KLINE - Hutchinson

1954 ROBERT S CHARLTON - Lawrence

1955 PAUL H HEINZ, JR - Topeka

1956 DEAN MATHEWS - Ashland

1957 PAUL C YANKEY, JR - Wichita

1958 DONALD E SCHULZE – Kansas City

1959 W W HINDS - Marysville

1960s

1960 MAYNARD ANGWIN - Pittsburg

1961 BURTON B ELDER, JR – Elkhart

1962 PRESTON M BACON – Wichita

1963 JOHN E PRECHTEL – Wichita

1964 PAUL D TOMPKINS - Topeka

1965 DONALD L PATTON - Hutchinson

1966 MURL RICHMOND - Salina

1967 M JAY WANAMAKER - Topeka

1968 DUANE BRIDGES - Norton

1969 LESLIE D HOSTETLER – Wichita

1970s

1970 OMAR I ARMSTRONG – Kansas City

1971 CHARLES W HANNA - Emporia

1972 RAYMOND L MANN - Wichita

1973 WALTER M CRAWFORD - Larned

1974 WILLIAM DEARTH - Parsons

1975 JAMES FEE - Hutchinson

1976 ED RUTTER – Garden City

1977 PAUL A ELLIOTT - Wichita

1978 CHARLES HOSTETLER - Manhattan

1979 M R CORYELL, JR – Junction City

1980s

1980 M DEE MANN - Topeka

1981 ROBERT SCHUMACHER - Hays

1982 RAYMOND M RYAN - Pittsburg

1983 JOHN M ZIMMERMAN - Liberal

1984 DAVID PATTERSON – Overland Park

1985 DENNIS E POER - Salina

1986 STEPHEN J WANAMAKER - Topeka

1987 DONALD WASSON - Wichita

1988 GARY L SOLLARS - Lawrence

1989 DANIEL R MESSELT - Manhattan

1990s

1990 JOSEPH C LUKENS, II - Wichita

1991 STEPHEN ROSS – Arkansas City

1992 JAMES W MCBRIDE, JR - Topeka

1993 KEITH MALONEY & DONALD D GRAVES – Parson & Hutchinson

1994 AL SHANK, JR - Liberal

1995 ROBERT E KERR - Lawrence

1996 LOUIS J FANKHAUSER - Bern

1997 ROSS HARTLEY - Baxter Springs

1998 GREGORY A HEINZE - Luray

1999 TIM GROSS - Larned

2000s

2000 GREG S RENN - Wellington

2001 THOMAS V MURRY – El Dorado

2002 SANDRA K BROADSTREET - Wichita

2003 WILLIAM D BUCKLES - Independence

2004 DON L MORRIS - Paola

2005 D SCOTT STUCKEY – Junction City

2006 DALE CHAFFIN - Hays

2007 DAN DEENER – Arkansas City

2008 ROBERT T FEE - Hutchinson

2009 CHARLES R (RICK) ELLIOTT - Louisburg

2010s

2010 CYNTHIA J HOWER - Holton

2011 MARK LOWRY - Stockton

2012 PAUL LEE HAYS, JR – Shawnee Mission

2013 TIM TYNER – Council Grove

2014 ROBERT C (BOB) WOOD - Parsons

2015 SUE ANN SCHULTZ - Topeka

2016 DUSTIN DAVIS – El Dorado

2017 LYLE DAVIDSON – Delphos

2018 SCOTT STRONG – Nashville

2019 LEE GLEASON – Hutchinson

2020s

2020 KRISTY WILSON - Holton

 
 

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