Inspiration Through Creativity: Art by John Davis Carroll

With so many schools around the country – and even here in Kansas City – battling tight finances, art in the classroom is often an unfortunate victim to budget cuts. But while it’s not considered part of the core curriculum, art programs can indeed provide a solid foundation for children’s emotional, social and creative development. Plus, art has been shown to actually help kids succeed in other academic areas, leading to higher SAT scores and increased graduation rates.

Here at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, we know how important the arts are to our schools and our community as a whole. I love visiting the galleries during First Fridays, and I get excited when Kansas City is honored for our artistic achievements on the national level. So it was a no-brainer when we decided to participate in “Now Showing,” a program of the ArtsKC Regional Arts Council, last year. The program brings art and business together by providing opportunities for area artists to display their work in the conference rooms, lobbies and office spaces of local companies. The partnership exposes the artist to potential new audiences and brings the wealth of local talent and creativity to our area employers.
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Walk With Us to Get Heart Healthy! Featuring the AHA Kansas City Heart Walk

I suppose it goes without saying the heart is an important organ. But lately, I’ve been thinking about just how much we use the heart as a metaphor for the important things in life. We’ve published a few posts recently about the people who serve our organization with a lot of heart. We’ve also focused on groups that have contributed to the heart of our community. We’ve even had a few heart-to-hearts with some of our amazing clients.

But for Ryan and I, the heart has a particular significance. Back in 2004, our father, Bill Wilkerson, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 58. The impact of his passing touched not just the Haas & Wilkerson Insurance family but the greater Kansas City community. We’ve always been grateful for the legacy our dad left behind by how involved he was in the insurance world and in our local community.

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Helping Our Community Grow: Putting a Spotlight on Bank of Blue Valley

We've been very fortunate to work with a wide variety of businesses since the inception of Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. From small startups to established community firms, clients with niche specializations to individual policies, people from all walks of life—we've served an incredibly diverse amount of people and companies.

One of the more rewarding experiences we have in our business is watching our clients grow and achieve success over time. One client we've watched achieve great things in our community is Bank of Blue Valley. Chartered in 1989, Bank of Blue Valley opened in southern Johnson County down at 119th and Metcalf before the area had really been developed. The bank saw a potential for growth in that area, and given how we've all seen the area develop, they were definitely correct in their observation. 

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Keeping Family Strong: Team Spotlight on Carol Porter

In my mind, one of the biggest rules for any family is that you always take care of each another. Through thick and thin, a family should always have each other's collective back. And because we pride ourselves on being a big family at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, it's always been important to have people on our team who follow the same philosophy.

Carol Porter, one of the producers in our fair and festival division, is probably one of the people who best embodies the role of caretaker in our organization. From her commitment to taking care of clients to the positive energy she brings to work each day, Carol is such a warm and caring member of our agency. Plus. Carol's always inspired our team as as a woman who has really carved out her own pathway to success in a field where men have often been the majority. Check out our recent interview with Carol.

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What Does An Insurance Agent Really Do? The 3 Most Important Traits of Great Agents

I've written a little bit before about how a good insurance agent fits into the same category as a lawyer or an accountant: he or she provides a consultative service aimed at holistically building your business, not simply resolving individual issues. When you're searching for insurance for your business, especially, you want to work with someone who's focused on helping your business grow and has the knowledge and experience to be able to cover any issues that arise. Bad insurance agents sit around and twiddle their thumbs, waiting for their client to make a claim. Good insurance agents are proactive about helping their clients avoid issues in the first place.

Here are three traits that help great insurance agents stand out from the rest.

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Running to Make a Difference For Kids and Our Community

As a mom of two little ones, nothing makes my heart ache more than hearing of a child who has endured a cancer battle. So when I learned the story of Natalie Fleischaker and about her battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable and extremely rare brain tumor in her brain stem, it only made sense to lend a helping hand in ensuring kids with this diagnosis have the best research and treatments available. In addition to highlighting the Natalie A.R.T. Foundation at our April Accelerent Breakfast, Haas & Wilkerson Insurance is also a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Natalie’s A.R.T. Run 5K coming up in September.

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How Baseball Taught Me (Nearly) Everything I Needed to Know About Business

While March Madness has given way to April Sadness for many of us in Kansas City, I’m pretty optimistic about the state of KC sports—mostly because we’ve arrived at baseball season and I get to watch the Royals. While it’s certainly easy to be a fan when your hometown team is the reigning world champion, baseball has long been my favorite sport. From the days of Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig, all the way to Hosmer’s slide in game five, baseball has a rich history of amazing moments, broken records and interesting characters.
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