Bill Walton Partners with K2 Insurance Services


Bill Walton joins K2 Insurance Services as part of a new program initiative offering specialized insurance products to children participating in youth sports.

January 11th, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA – NBA Legend and Hall of Famer Bill Walton joins K2 Insurance Services, it was announced today. Walton’s partnership coincides with a new program initiative which develops and distributes insurance products that offer both protection to children participating in youth sports, as well as for the providers of those camps and leagues.
The one-time basketball star and current ESPN and Pac-12 commentator is now partnering with K2 Insurance Services through his interest in helping young people learn life lessons through sports, and the philanthropic nature of this initiative.
Walton recognized “there is nothing better than being part of a great team. I know the value that sports participation brings to young lives and I am acutely aware of the need for the highest quality insurance coverage. This opportunity is a seamless transition to all the objectives that drive my blessed life.”
While this new program initiative is about protecting the youth in sports, it will also focus on the promotion and advocating of the importance of participating in sports from a young age.
Walton brings more than 45 years of knowledge, passion, and advocacy for the importance and development of youth sports. As part of the new youth sports initiative, he will help create a competitive specialty brand, which delivers high quality, comprehensive insurance products across the nation.
Chairman Pat Kilkenny and President & CEO Bob Kimmel formed K2 Insurance Services in 2011. Together they have over 60 years of combined industry experience. Pat formerly owned and ran Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, an industry leading general agency with more than $1 billion in annual written premiums.

Allied Public Risk Acquisition Announcement

Allied Public Risk is proud to announce the acquisition of Alteris’ WaterPlus, FirePlus, and JPRIMA programs. Twenty-one Alteris employees transitioned to Allied Public Risk as part of the acquisition. The agency’s new leadership team comprises Paul Fuller (CEO), Stephanie Gilmore (President/COO), Vickie Kartchner (President-in-Transition/Primary Practice Head), Margaret Zechlin (Executive Vice President/Alternative Practice Head), and George Pappas (Senior Vice President/Distribution).

Allied Public Risk has a rich tradition of providing innovative pooling, reinsurance, excess casualty, retention, and primary products to a wide array of public entities. The Primary Practice will consist of MuniPlus, WaterPlus, FirePlus, and JPRIMA programs. The Alternative Practice portfolio remains unchanged.

Allied Public Risk is a subsidiary of K2 Insurance Services, LLC of San Diego which was formed in 2011 by industry executives Pat Kilkenny and Bob Kimmel, in partnership with Endeavour Capital.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Fuller at

Improving Onboarding Practices

Improving Onboarding Practices

Regardless of the industry or size, every business needs to vet and hire qualified employees. As the staff is the backbone to any successful operation, retaining them is just as important as hiring them. While many believe the onboarding process is a trivial one, research indicates that a proper training and hiring process is critical to retaining valuable staff members. In order to minimize Employment Practices Liability, here is how to effectively improve the onboarding process.

Write it down.

Rather than ramble on about processes and procedures, business owners should have a written, documented plan. This will help to guide the process, ensure consistency over various training groups, and keep it organized. Keep in mind that whoever is in charge of onboarding should evaluate its effectiveness and add and remove sections as needed.

Train onboarders.

While an enthusiastic employee might be eager to show off what makes the company so stellar, it’s important that they have the skills needed to thoroughly train and answer any questions the new hires might have. Ensure they set expectations, introduce the company, and establish a foundation for future training, explains Small Business Trends.

Pace the training.

It might seem better to throw new hires into their roles, but having them start slow and adapt to their surroundings is better for productivity and employee retention. Introduce job duties one at a time, allow room for questions, and try not to overwhelm them.

Emphasize culture.

According to the Association for Talent Development, company culture is one of the most important considerations for job seekers. Allow new hires to engage with other workers and get to know the company and the perks of the job.

Consistency is key.

The more onboarding sessions are completed, the easier the rhythm will be. Consistency is critical to ensure all new hire orientations run smoothly and obtain the same information as their predecessors.

About K2 Insurance Services

At K2 Insurance Services, LLC, we are dedicated to creating a leading underwriting and distribution franchise both in the standard and specialty program insurance markets. K2 was formed by two insurance industry veterans with the purpose of acquiring managing general agents and developing multi-line programs. Our goal is to distribute innovative products through retail and wholesale distribution channels. To learn more about our services and partners, please contact us today at (855) 976-8113 or visit K2INS.COM.