AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Combined Agents of America, LLC (CAA) announced that five of its members and agents were recently elected to leadership positions with the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents (KAIA). CAA member Bob Wood, president of Wood-Dulohery Insurance, was elected president of KAIA. Dusty Davis, a broker at ICI Insurance (a CAA member agency), was elected treasurer of KAIA. CAA member Chad Fuqua, owner of Fuqua Ruth Typer Insurance, CAA member Jim Runnebaum, president of SBS Insurance Agency, and Ryan Murry, broker at ICI (a CAA member agency), were all elected to the board of directors. Elections were held at KAIA annual meeting in October 2013 at Overland Park, Kansas. With expansion into Oklahoma and Kansas, Texas-based CAA is a managing general agency (MGA) committed to further expansion across the country to strengthen the independent insurance agency system through profitable growth and exceptional service for its member agencies.
"It's an honor to be selected to lead the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents. It's also great to work with a strong board of directors, many of whom are also CAA members," said Bob Wood. "The Kansas "contingent" of CAA members have actually been working together for many years in KAIA leadership, which formed a strong nucleus for our inclusion in CAA."
The Kansas "contingent" at CAA includes 7 members, many with a long history of serving in leadership positions at KAIA.
CAA members and agents elected to KAIA leadership in 2013 include:
Bob Wood, president of Wood-Dulohery Insurance, Inc. and CAA member, was elected president of the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents (KAIA). Wood has served on the KAIA board of directors since 2003, most recently as vice president and president-elect. In 2001, the local chamber named him Business Person of the Year. That same year, he was recognized with KAIA's Agent of Merit award for service to his community. Wood-Dulohery Insurance has locations in Parsons and Pittsburg, Kansas. URL: http://wooddulohery.com
Chad Fuqua, AAI, AIS, owner of Fuqua Ruth Typer Insurance and CAA member, was elected a KAIA board member and has been serving since 2012. Fuqua also sits on the KAIA government affairs committee, and has been the KAIA golf chairman since 2006. Fuqua Ruth Typer Insurance has locations in Hesston, Lindsborg and Newton, Kansas providing insurance solutions to clients in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. URL: http://www.fuquainsurance.com
Dusty Davis, broker at ICI Insurance, a CAA member agency, was elected the new treasurer of the KAIA board of directors. Davis has served on the KAIA board since 2006, and was elected to the executive committee in 2012. He has also served as chairman of the communication/Trusted Choice, golf and young agents committees. Davis also served as president of the Agency Services Corporation of Kansas (AScK). ICI Insurance has four locations in Kansas, including El Dorado, Emporia, Derby and Wichita. URL: http://www.icblueskies.com
Jim Runnebaum, president of SBS Insurance Agency and CAA member, is a current KAIA board member serving since 2010. Runnebaum is also chairman of the KAIA technology committee, while serving on the KAIA communication/Trusted Choice and golf committees. He also serves on the board of AScK. SBS Insurance Agency has six locations in northeast Kansas providing insurance solutions to clients in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. URL: http://www.sbsins.com
Ryan Murry, CIC, broker of ICI, a CAA member agency, is the current KAIA young agents chairperson and serves on the board of directors.
CAA members and agents elected to past KAIA leadership positions include:
JoErin Stuteville at Elliot Insurance Group, a CAA member agency, served in 2011 as president of the KAIA's young agents group, and on the board of directors. The agency serves Kansas and Missouri. URL: http://www.elliottinsurancegroup.com
Rick Elliott, president at Elliott Insurance Group, a CAA member agency, is a KAIA past president from 2009-2010.
Roy Frey, at SBS Insurance Agency, a CAA member agency, served in 2009 as president of the KAIA's young agents group, and on the board of directors. He also serves on the KAIA events committee.
Tom Murry, president of ICI and CAA member, was a KAIA past president in 2000-2001.
Trent Richmond, president of Bridges Group, Inc. and CAA member, served on the board of directors in 2008-2009. The agency has offices in Norton, Hill City and Winona, Kansas. URL: http://www.bridgesinsurance.com
About Kansas Association of Insurance Agents
KAIA represents more than 500 independent insurance agencies and branches in Kansas. Its members are small businesses that employ more than 3,000 licensed agents in communities throughout the state. As independent agents, KAIA members offer consumers all lines of insurance, including property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products.
About Combined Agents of America, LLC
Founded in 1997, Combined Agents of America, LLC (CAA) is based in Austin, Texas, and is comprised of 52 independent insurance agencies located throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. By funneling the agencies' combined premiums, CAA brings larger volume commitments to insurance companies, while empowering its members to realize greater benefits from insurance companies, vendor discounts and other incentives. In 2012, CAA generated more than $566.7 million in combined property and casualty annual premiums, and currently works with 18 of the largest insurance companies in the nation. All CAA member agencies remain independent and are recognized by insurance companies as a key component to their future growth and goal commitments. Additional information is available at www.combinedagents.com.
CAA member agencies include: Aars & Nelson Insurance Agency, Barnard Insurance Agency, Bartlett, Baggett & Shands, Benchmark Insurance Group, Benton-Luttrell-Brown Company, Bigham-Kliewer-Chapman-Watts Insurance Agency, Bibby Brilling & Associates LLP, BRIA Insurance & Risk Consultants, Bridges Group Inc., Bosworth & Associates, Bryan Insurance Agency Ltd., Brownrigg Insurance Agency Inc., Cravens Warren & Co., Crockett Insurance Service, Duncan-Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency Inc., Ed Berrong Insurance Agency, Ed Weeren Insurance Agency Inc., EFGI Insurance & Bonds LLC, Elliott Insurance Group, Evans-Ewan & Brady Insurance Agency Inc., Fuqua Ruth Typer Insurance, First Insurance Services, First Texas Insurance Services LC, Henry Norris Insurance Agency, Inc., HC&H Insurance Group, Garrett Insurance Agency, Inc., GBS Insurance Agency Inc., Grona Boles Martin & Bloxsom Insurance, Hill County Insurance Agency, HC&H Insurance Group, ICI Insurance, Insurance Net Inc., JHC Insurance Agency Inc., J. S. Edwards & Sherlock Insurance Agency, Keller-Leopold Insurance, Inc., McCorkle Commercial Insurance Agency, Mims & Smith, Mr. Insurance Agency, Inc., NTX Insurance Group, Inc., Pierson-Fendley Insurance Agency, LLC, Pinnacle Insurance Group Inc., Porter Insurance Agency Inc., Purifoy Insurance Agency, LTD, SBS Insurance, The Shropshire Agency Inc., Siegeler Insurance Agency, Inc., Southern Star Insurance, Walthall-Sachse & Pipes, Inc., The Weatherby-Eisenrich Inc., Wellmann Insurance Agency, Inc., Western Insurance Agency, Whorton Insurance Services, and Wood-Dulohery Insurance, Inc.
Courtney R. Holder
Tel: (512) 627-0779
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