Cyber Insurance: A Growing Need for Businesses

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While technology is undoubtedly changing business for the better, it also opens businesses up to previously unheard of risks. Cyber threats, such as the theft of sensitive business information or customer data including Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and addresses, are becoming more common than ever. Your business — no matter the industry — is likely at some level of risk. Taking into account the well documented impact cyber breaches have had on several big companies recently, many business owners are turning to cyber insurance as a way of reducing risk. Is it time you considered it?

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How Rugby Changed A Nation: Inspiration from Francois Pienaar

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A couple years ago, I had the chance to check off one of my “Bucket List” items with a trip to South Africa. A good friend who works for Black and Veatch (a global leader in engineering, procurement and construction services for the crucial areas of energy, water, and telecommunications) had been transferred to Pretoria for a power generation facility project. He and his wife were our willing and enthusiastic tour guides.

During that trip, my family fell in love with the South African culture, countryside, wildlife, and wines. It's a beautiful country with beautiful people. While we there, President Nelson Mandela was alive but hospitalized and many felt there would be unrest when he passed. Luckily, that did not come to pass.

The remnants of apartheid were still apparent in the country. But when you realize that it has only been 20 years since racial integration began (1994), South Africa has made incredible progress. 

As part of our cultural education on South Africa, we learned of the importance of the sport of rugby, and in particular, the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship. That international sporting event became a healing moment in the early days of Nelson Mandela's presidency. If you rent the movie Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, you too can witness this powerful story.

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Risks & Rewards: Playing Safe And Winning

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As a coach for my daughter's softball team and my son's basketball team, I've learned a lot about motivation and teamwork — two things we prize at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. The way a coach provides a framework in which their players can do their best mirrors the way an insurance plan can provide a framework that allows a client to focus on the things that are important to them. Coaches also know something about risk, which means they acknowledge the inherent physical nature of competitive sports and mitigate those physical risks while encouraging players to work to their full potential. This got me thinking: how else are coaching and insurance related?

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ArtsKC: Unleashing the Power of the Arts

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A few weeks ago Kimberly Wilkerson spoke at the Accelerent breakfast about ArtsKC, the Kansas City Regional Arts Council. It was a great reminder of the impact of the arts on our hometown, as well as the efficacy of ArtsKC as a champion of local artists and a facilitator of collaboration between the art and business communities. The mission of ArtsKC is to Unleash the Power of the Arts for the benefit of the Kansas City region, and the ripple effects of ArtsKC’s mission have become widespread since this regional arts council was founded 16 years ago.

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The Importance of Diversity: Women Making a Mark in KC Business

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Haas & Wilkerson Insurance is proud to spread the word that Kimberly Wilkerson has been named one of the 2015 Influential Women of Kansas City Business by KC Magazine! It’s nice to see in print what we have known for years – Kimberly is a savvy and accomplished businesswoman who has revolutionized the way we do business. She joins a group of extraordinary local women in the pages of KC Magazine.

Kimberly is an Agency Principal and Vice President of Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. She joined as an active partner in 2008, transitioning quickly from a background in education into the insurance industry. As the granddaughter of founder Ralph Wilkerson and daughter of second generation leader Bill Wilkerson, Kimberly is part of a legacy of leadership.

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Go Royals! A Third Generation Legacy of Loyalty

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Last year's postseason success and nail-biting World Series competition brought the Kansas City Royals back to national prominence. Almost 30 years after their 1985 World Series win, the little team that could showed the world that teamwork and spirit could make amazing things happen. Their amazing feats re-invigorated the fans who have stayed loyal for all these years. It was a thrilling time to be a Kansas Citian and a Royals fan!

The 2015 season kicked off last Monday, April 6th, with a home game against the Chicago White Sox, and fans both locally and nationally have their eyes and hearts set on our hometown team's continued success. It's a testament to Kansas City's hometown pride that fans are rushing to fill the seats this season, resulting in much higher tickets prices on secondary markets, as Jesse Lawrence reports in Forbes. The Royals have a special place in our hearts at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, and we can't wait to see what this season brings!

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SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World

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A truly inspiring week-long event begins tomorrow in Kansas City. From April 7th to the 13th a community will come together to remember the tragic events of April 13th, 2014, and to build something good out of unimaginable evil. The event is called SevenDays. It is a creation of Mindy Corporon, who lost both her son and her father, and the LaManno family, who lost their mother Terri a year ago when a lone gunman, motivated by hate, opened fire at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas. 

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