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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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KAIA Partnering with Tarmika emphasizes mutual dedication to Kansas’ Independent Insurance Agents

By Chrissey Breault | March 2, 2021

TOPEKA, KANSAS – Feb. 23, 2021 – The Kansas Association of Independent Agents (KAIA) announced a new partnership with Tarmika, a single-entry comparative rating platform specifically designed for independent insurance agents. “We are thrilled to establish a relationship with Tarmika to offer discounted pricing to members on their rating platform”, says Dave Hulcher, KAIA Executive…

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SECURA Insurance Publishes 2020 Annual Report

By Chrissey Breault | February 25, 2021

Neenah, Wis. (Feb. 25, 2021) – SECURA Insurance released its 2020 annual report this week sharing details about strong financial performance, company culture, and continued investment in relationships. “I don’t think anyone could have predicted the events that would happen in 2020,” said Dave Gross, SECURA President & CEO. “Looking back on the year I’m proud…

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Kansas Association of Insurance Agents Elected New Board Members

By Chrissey Breault | February 4, 2021

“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many great agents to lead KAIA,” stated newly installed KAIA President, Doug Smart. “Being part of the association has helped my business succeed and provided me with the opportunity to meet so many great people. I look forward to working closely with our members and staff in 2021.”

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KAIA Board Announces Virtual Annual Meeting and Legislative Update

By Chrissey Breault | January 14, 2021

Due to the difficulties of being able to safely meet in person, the KAIA Board has decided to hold our required annual membership meeting virtually, along with a Kansas legislative update.  The virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT and all members are encouraged to attend. …

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Bison Insurance Group Adds New Shareholder Members of Bainswest

By Chrissey Breault | January 13, 2021

The Bison Insurance Group, an insurance agency partnership located in Kansas, and their member agencies agreed to become shareholder members of Bainswest. This agreement has been ratified by the shareholders of Bainswest and Bison Insurance Group today. The member agencies of Bison Insurance Group include: Renn & Company-Wellington Al Shank Insurance-Liberal Tyner Insurance Group-Emporia, Wamego,…

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What Kansas Insurance Agents Can Expect during the 2021 Legislative Session

By Chrissey Breault | January 12, 2021

The Kansas Legislature convenes for its 2021 regular session on Monday, January 11. The 2021 edition of the legislature will look different than last year, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 landscape. Exactly how the legislature navigates the business of running this session is not clear and will be tested depending upon the pandemic’s…

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Second Stimulus Package Highlights

By Chrissey Breault | January 8, 2021

Congress reached an agreement on Dec. 20, 2020, for a second stimulus package that will provide immediate aid to both individuals and businesses. This President’s signature occurred on Dec. 27, 2020, making it the law. The law impacts both the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and loans established under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).…

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Kansas to Offer Insurance Licensing Exams Online

By Chrissey Breault | December 9, 2020

TOPEKA, KANSAS, Dec. 9, 2020 – Today, the Kansas Insurance Department, under the leadership of Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt and in partnership with Pearson Vue, announced that Kansas will begin offering online proctored insurance producers examinations on Dec. 15. “When COVID hit, Kansas was the first Department in the nation to get our producer licensing…

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