2019 Recipient

Tony Kimmi
Farm Bureau Financial Services
PC Claims Vice President
Manhattan, Kan.

Tony Kimmi is the PC claims vice president for Farm Bureau Financial Services. He has also served in leadership roles over various functions in the company including product development, compliance, legislative relations, underwriting and profit & loss. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Atmospheric Science. He has worked for Farm Bureau Financial Services for 24 years. Tony has completed the Kansas Farm Bureau Masters program, and he has earned AIC, AIS and CPCU designations.

Mr. Kimmi has been active in KAPCIC since 1999, serving on the board and various committees throughout that time. He has participated in several NAMIC Congressional Contact Program visits and also represented KAPCIC by serving on Interim Legislative Committees to study credit-based insurance scores and uninsured motorists in Kansas.

2018 Recipient

Keith Birkhead
Farmers Alliance Insurance Companies
Chief Executive Officer
McPherson, Kan. 

During his tenure as President & CEO, Birkhead provided leadership to several industry organizations, including the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the Alliance of American Insurers, and American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters. Birkhead has made significant contributions to the McPherson community. In addition to supporting church and school activities as his children grew up, he also served on the boards of Peoples Bank and Trust, McPherson Health Care Foundation, McPherson Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Multi-Community Diversified Services (MCDS), Disability Supports of the Great Plains and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). According to Joe Brossard, President and CEO at Farmers Alliance, “Keith leaves a legacy of service and professionalism, carried out each day through the staff at Farmers Alliance. We will work hard to maintain the standards that he has set, and to build on the strong foundation he helped to create.”

2017 Recipients

Jack Rader
Farmers Alliance Insurance Companies
Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Reinsurance
McPherson, Kan. 

Jack Rader joined Farmers Alliance in June of 1977 after graduating from McPherson College. Jack started in the claims department and shortly thereafter moved to the marketing department. In 1993 he was named vice president of marketing and has held a number of leadership positions during his time with his company. He currently serves as the chief marketing officer and vice president of reinsurance. throughout his tenure with Farmers Alliance, he has received numerous awards for his service to the industry.

Jack’s dedication to insurance and his community doesn’t stop there. He has served as an instructor for many industry classes and has been instrumental in developing new products for his company. He has led the American Association of Insurance Services board, served as a KAPCIC director and has been involved with the McPherson County Crime Stoppers, McPherson Optimist Club, St. Joseph catholic church and many other civic organizations.


Dan Scott
Kansas Mutual Insurance Company
Topeka, Kan. 

Born and raised in Kansas, Dan Scott has been in the insurance business for 43 years – 38 of those with Kansas Mutual. He started out as an underwriter, worked as an executive manager, and is now president of the company. Dan has been active in united way, his church – Christ the King, and youth sports – including coaching basketball, baseball and softball. He has served as president of the Kansas Association of Property & Casualty Insurance Companies. He has also been an active member of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, vice president & treasurer of the Midwest Rating and Service Bureau, and he has served on the audit committee of the Kansas Insurance Guaranty Association for the past 8 years.  Dan is retiring from Kansas Mutual Insurance Company in February of 2018.


Dwight Tully
Columbia Insurance Group
Vice President, Salina Kansas Branch Manager
Salina, Kan. 

After graduation from Fort Hays State University in 1974, Dwight began his insurance career at Cimarron Insurance Company in Cimarron, Kansas as an underwriter and was promoted in 1990 to director and vice president.
In 1992, he became employed by American (Fidelity) Mercury Insurance Company as an assistant vice president. While at american mercury he held numerous leadership positions.

Dwight began his career with Columbia Insurance Group in 1997 as an assistant branch manager in Salina, Kan. and then was promoted to vice president-salina branch manager in 1998. He currently holds this position today. Dwight has held numerous committee positions during his tenure in insurance with multiple organizations including being a board member of KAPCIC. Dwight also plans to retire within the next several months.

2016 Recipient

Marlee Carpenter
Topeka, Kan. 

Marlee Carpenter has 16 years of experience lobbying state legislative issues in Kansas.

Marlee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Wichita State University. She received her law degree with dean’s honors from Washburn School of Law in 1999. After graduation, she took a government affairs position with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, working her way up to lead lobbyist. She left the chamber in May 2008 to begin work as a contract lobbyist with her business partner Natalie Bright. Marlee is active in many business and civic organizations in the Topeka, Kansas, area and statewide. She resides in Topeka, with her husband, Thad, and children, Paige and Haley.