Being in and around the fair and festival industry for all of my life means I’ve developed quite an affinity for all things associated with this form of outdoor entertainment. I know the best funnel cakes and corn dogs, which rides give me that sought-after stomach drop, and what judges really look for in a prize-winning heifer, pig or pie. I’ve lost count of the number of state, county and local fairs and festivals I’ve attended in my life. And while I do my best not to pick favorites, I must say I have an affinity for the Washington State Fair, which occurs every September. “The Fair,” as it’s known in Washington State, has been a long-standing client for Haas & Wilkerson Insurance and is thus deserving of this month’s client spotlight. Continue reading
At Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, we take our commitment to our culture and the Kansas City community seriously—so seriously that we don’t leave that commitment to chance. We leave it to some MIGHTY DUCKS! Yes, I said MIGHTY, and yes, I said DUCKS! What started as a social committee many years ago has morphed into a six-person team that serves not only as the driver of all team celebrations and community activities but also serves as an important liaison between our staff and leadership team. Continue reading
The 2016 Royals baseball season is in full swing, and once again I'm regularly decked out in my fan gear cheering on our boys in blue. It's been a season of ups and downs so far, but we are above .500 with our 43 wins and 39 losses (as of the writing of this blog). So, I'm pleased with our season so far. I've seen some great games and some not-so-great ones. I know it's tough to top last year's performance, but that doesn't mean I don't hope they can pull it off again come October.
It's July 4th and time to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Personally, I'll be gathering with friends and family to fill bellies with hot dogs and burgers fresh off the grill, and to light up the sky with some fireworks and sparklers. We will wear our red, white and blue to honor those who fought throughout the last 240 years for the principles that make our country great. Across our nation, we'll be joined by our fellow Americans, many of whom will spend the weekend at a local fair to commemorate Independence Day. Agricultural fairs do an amazing job of bringing people together for this weekend, providing entertainment, food, rides and night skies filled with bangs, booms, oohs and aahs.
At Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, we're proud and thankful to be a third-generation family-owned independent insurance brokerage. As anyone with a family business knows, it's not always easy to run and work for a family-owned business. But my sister, Kimberly Wilkerson, and I feel like we're doing right by our father, Bill Wilkerson, grandfather, William Ralph Wilkerson Jr., and his business partner, Al Haas, by how we've picked up their torch. Many of the businesses we insure are also multi-generation family businesses, and we're pleased to serve their commercial insurance needs and help them manage risk.
As many of you know, I'm a proud board member at Kansas City's public television station – KCPT. I'm “all in” on its mission to educate, enrich and entertain the Kansas City community. Our public television station is one of Kansas City's best assets—one that brings our city and region together.
School’s out, pool’s open—summer is here! It’s also fairs and festivals season, and there’s no better event to kick off the summer season in Kansas City than Boulevardia. Held June 17-19 in the historic West Bottoms, Boulevardia is a celebration of beer, food, music and the best of Kansas City, brought to you by one of our favorite homegrown breweries—Boulevard Brewing Company. It’s a great way to spend Father’s Day weekend with family and friends.