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Assurance Partners and Keller Leopold Insurance Announce Merger

By Chrissey Breault | July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021 – Assurance Partners (Salina, KS) and Keller Leopold Insurance (Garden City, KS) are proud to announce the merger of our organizations as of September 30, 2021. While each organization has experienced much success and growth, together we will capitalize on each other’s strengths and provide current and future clients with even more…

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KAIA Adds Kevin O’Brien to Executive Committee

By Chrissey Breault | July 19, 2021

Kevin O’Brien has been named to the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents (KAIA) Executive Committee. O’Brien, who is vice president of Reilly Insurance, will serve as the secretary/assistant treasurer. As the 2019 KAIA Agent of the Year award winner, O’Brien is a natural leader, mentor and always willing to take the time to teach and…

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KAIA Receives 2021 Excellence in Insurance Education Award

By Chrissey Breault | July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021 – Topeka, Kansas – The Kanas Association of Insurance Agents (KAIA) has been announced as a 2021 Excellence in Insurance Education Award recipient. The Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) award began in 2010 to recognize state association education department staff for their individual efforts to educate and serve their members and strengthen the…

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Post-Pandemic Job Description Review

By Chrissey Breault | June 23, 2021

Job descriptions affect multiple aspects of employment. An effective job description should accurately reflect the essential duties and responsibilities of an employee’s position. For many employees, job duties have fluctuated as a result of the pandemic. Employees have cross-trained and absorbed additional duties when co-workers were out of the office due to quarantine or other…

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Kansas Supreme Court Case Suggests Court Would Uphold Damage Cap in Wrongful Death Cases

By Chrissey Breault | June 21, 2021

In a recently released four to three decision, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld a statute banning a claim for wrongful birth. In the case of Tillman v. Goodpasture, the Supreme Court held the statute was constitutional and enforceable. Wrongful birth cases are a form of medical malpractice based on the negligence of a physician in…

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New OSHA Guidance for COVID-19

By Chrissey Breault | June 18, 2021

In response to the updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), which explains that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except in limited situations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released updated guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the…

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Kansas Association of Insurance Agents Hires Director of Business Development

By Chrissey Breault | June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 – Topeka, Kansas – Josh Goodman is joining the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents’ (KAIA) team as its new Director of Business Development. Goodman had been active in KAIA leadership for many years, including as a KAIA board member and past Young Agents Chairperson. He started the J. Goodman Insurance Agency in…

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3 Questions to Ask Technology Partners about Client Data

By Chrissey Breault | May 10, 2021

In the insurance industry, client data goes through many different touchpoints, and ownership of it has long been in a tug-of-war between multiple stakeholders: the client, whose information it is; the agency, who collects it; the carrier, who produces policy data; the management system, which stores it; and other third-party technology vendors, who access it. …

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The Story of Frank T. Priest

By Chrissey Breault | March 30, 2021

“The Association was founded to develop better agents to better serve the citizens and industries of Kansas and promote a better relationship between member agents and the insurance companies they represent. Due to pioneers’ efforts, the dedicated officers and committee members, and the quality of the member agents, the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents today…

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