When my father passed away unexpectedly in 2004, it was one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever faced. Not only was I dealing with the loss of my father, but I also took over the role of CEO unexpectedly. I had to learn my way and lead the company without very much business leadership experience under my belt.
Luckily, I was surrounded by our incredible staff, who really helped me keep the company strong while I learned the ropes and transitioned into my new role. Their help and the support of my family reminded me just how lucky I am to be a part of a business that’s been in our family for three generations—and that family connection goes way beyond our name.
A Long History
Haas & Wilkerson Insurance was founded in 1939 when our grandfather, William Ralph Wilkerson Jr., went into business with Al Haas. Over the years, their reputation for honesty and stellar customer service helped them grow the business to serving locales representing nearly every state in the country. However successful the company became, leaving the Kansas City area was never a consideration. The company has always been – and will always be – far more interested in the strong work ethic and integrity that Midwestern values provide.
My own father Bill Wilkerson joined the company in 1969. After I took over in 2004, my sister Kimberly joined our team in 2008. We’ve been incredibly lucky to achieve the kind of success that has allowed our business to remain in our family for three entire generations—a truly rare feat. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the rest of our staff, who truly make Haas & Wilkerson Insurance a family business.
Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
While we’ve achieved a great deal by way of insuring the success of our clients through our history, there’s a lot that’s changed in our industry over the years. As such, we’re continually focused on how we can move forward and continue to serve our customers and community at the highest level.
In our community, our team consistently donates their time and talent to a myriad of amazing projects. These projects include volunteering for foundations like The American Cancer Society, Children’s Miracle Network, Fisher House, Harvesters, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and many, many more. Further, we recently insured the historic parade celebrating our very own Kansas City Royals World Series victory!
Haas & Wilkerson Insurance has been in Kansas City for three generations, and our community and customers have given us so much. It’s our long history here that keeps us providing the highest levels of customer service and community support.
The Bell That Keeps Ringing
Over 100 years ago, the Willkerson family farm kept a cast-iron bell that would help alert the family to important news. Today, the bell has found a home at the Haas & Wilkerson Insurance headquarters. Our bell is a tangible reminder of the longevity that comes along with a strong foundation and continuous hard work. It is also a reminder to never lose sight of the goal that Al Haas and our grandfather set out for us, which is to provide the highest level of customer service to the Midwest. We’ve been a part of this community for a long time, and we look forward to serving it for many more years to come.