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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 levels.

Members are invited to nominate independent agents and company representatives for one or more awards. Nomination forms are brief and nominations may be made anonymously.

The honorees are recognized each year during a KAIA event.

2021 Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Industry Awards are now being accepted.

Recent Award Recipients

Agent of the Year
Kevin O'Brien, The Reily Company

Distinguished Service Award:
Rick Elliott, Elliott Insurance Inc.

Company Rep of the Year
Eric Schwarz, West Bend Mutual Insurance Co

Outstanding Young Agent
Joan Sutton, Kansas Association of Insurance Agents

Advocate of the Year
Will Larson, Kansas Association of Insurance Agents

1752 Club Agent of Merit
Bob Heilman, Heilman Insurance

Award Descriptions & Nomination Forms

Agent of the Year

Recognizes a Kansas agent who has made significant contributions to the industry, enhancing 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

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

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 agents and company members.

Company Rep of the Year

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

Recognizes an individual working on legislative and regulatory issues to support KAIA while advocating for customers, member agencies, and the independent agency system. Open to all KAIA company members.

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