Putting Our People in the Spotlight: Branden Banks

I love working at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance for many reasons, but one of the biggest is the people I work with. One of the things that makes our agency unique is our people-first philosophy, and I think it really makes a big difference in how much everyone looks forward to coming to work each day. 

This week, I’d like to take some time to highlight one of those people who makes Haas & Wilkerson Insurance such an excellent place to work. He's a crucial part of our team, and does so much to make our agency a better place.

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Staying Up to Date: The Risks and Benefits of 21st Century Technology

Did you know it's only been a little over eight years since the first iPhone was released? It's kind of hard to believe, especially because we're already on its sixth or seventh different iteration. 

Although I know many people who decry technology for ruining family meals or the movie theater experience, I actually find modern tech to be incredibly useful, efficient and connective—even if my kids do seem to have a more intuitive grasp of how the newest iPhone works. One of the great things about the newest apps and platforms is that they've allowed our agency to communicate better with our clients and with each other. It's one of the reasons why we've placed such a big emphasis on making sure the technology we use at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance is up-to-date, functional and, frankly, pretty cool.

We also realize that with the rapid changes in technology come new risks and vulnerabilities. We've never been an agency to shy away from change, but we also know the value of being cautious when it comes to actually implementing changes. Let's talk a little about how the technology of today affects the way we work.

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A Great Big, Helpful Family: Why We Value Our Independence

Through my working life, I've noticed that the most rewarding moments for me are the ones where I've been able to genuinely connect with and help others. From my work as a teacher and educator to joining Haas & Wilkerson Insurance in 2008, I've always loved being able to develop relationships based on helpfulness, trust and goodwill.

One of the things I love about what I do now is that I still have those opportunities to form those relationships in which I can help others. And it's because of Haas & Wilkerson Insurance's status as a close-knit, independent agency that I'm able to do so.

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Growing Together: Placing a Spotlight on KC’s Construction Industry

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance has grown in a number of ways throughout the years, just like the city from which we've grown. And when I look around at the growth Kansas City has experienced over the past decade or so, I’m always struck by how many new and innovative construction projects have cropped up.

From the new streetcars downtown, to the Courtyard Marriott/Residence Inn and the One Light luxury apartments being added among several new features of the KC skyline, the Paris of the Plains continues to grow and prosper. When you consider the high demand for housing in the area, you see just how vital construction is to the Kansas City community and just how busy many of these contractors and companies have been during the past few years. These companies make our community great, and I'd like to take a little time this week to give them the spotlight.  

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A Brave New Year: Our Exciting Goals and Resolutions for 2016

Welcome to 2016!

I imagine many of you are having some mixed feelings about being back at work after a few good weeks of relaxing, eating and enjoying the company of family friends. Some of you are probably returning from sun and sand at the beach to much colder weather, while others are looking out across our flatter-than-a-pancake state and wishing they were still carving a beautiful path down the slopes.

However, many of our team members have been busy at work over the past few weeks. The weeks preceding and following the new year can be a little bit hectic for us, and I’m so grateful and appreciative of all of our employees who continue to do great work while the majority of the country winds down for the holidays.

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All’s Fun in Fairs and Festivals: The IAFE Annual Convention and Trade Show

A few members of our Haas & Wilkerson Insurance team recently took a pretty exciting trip to Vegas. We weren't off to gamble or celebrate any bachelor or bachelorette parties, though. Instead, we had an incredible time at The International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE) Annual Convention and Trade show. Hosted in the Paris Hotel from November 29th through December 2nd, the event is highlighted as “the largest event serving fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions,” and in its 125th year, we got a front row ticket.

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A Look Back at a Fantastic Year: Our 2015 Year-in-Review

Isn't it funny how fast a year goes by? We're into our final week of 2015, and it seems like just yesterday I was making my New Year's resolutions for this year. I guess it's time to start thinking up what 2016's resolutions will be. 

In reflection, 2015 has been a great year for our Haas & Wilkerson Insurance team. We've achieved so much with the help of our customers and community. And speaking of community, Kansas City's 2015 hasn't been too shabby either! 

In this week's post, I'd like to take a look back at our year and celebrate some of our biggest moments from this year.

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