K2 Insurance Services Acquires Affinity Specialist Star & Shield Insurance

Over the past several years, K2 (www.k2ins.com) has assembled a core group of specialty insurers and MGAs across the country. Based in San Diego, California, K2 was formed in 2011 by Chairman Pat Kilkenny and President & CEO Bob Kimmel, in partnership with investment firm Endeavour Capital. Pat and Bob have over 60 years of combined industry experience. Pat formerly ran and owned Arrowhead General Insurance, an industry leading general agency with more than $1 billion in written premiums. Bob served as Executive Vice President and MGA Practice Leader at Guy Carpenter, an insurance intermediary and a division of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Offering a wide array of insurance products through multiple leading insurers, inclusive of product features that address specific needs of Public Safety personnel, Star & Shield is dedicated to serving those who put their lives on the line every day. President and CEO, Allen Durham has over 20 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry with over two-thirds of his career working with the public safety sector.

“Allen and his team are building a significant provider of insurance products and services for a very special group of people, our first responders and their families. We are proud to add the Star & Shield brand to the K2 partner portfolio and help expand the platform nationally,” said Bob Kimmel, K2’s President & CEO.

“K2 brings a significant amount of expertise and product availability to Star & Shield. We are very excited to be a part of the K2 family. The alignment with K2 provides additional catalyst as we expand the Star & Shield product offering and grow Star & Shield to a national presence, further advancing our mission of serving those who serve and protect us,” said Allen Durham, Star & Shield’s President & CEO.

A Look at Specialty Insurance and Who Needs It

A Look at Specialty Insurance and Who Needs It

The average American may understand the most basic insurance policies; homeowners, auto, general liability coverage for businesses, etc. However what many don’t realize is that sometimes coverage needs go beyond what a standard market is able to provide. Many of the MGA’s we partner with at K2 offer the coverages needed for these specialized clients through specialty insurance policies. So, what is specialty insurance?

In the simplest terms, specialty insurance is insurance that can be obtained for items or events that are considered unique or special circumstances. The items that would fall in these categories are rarely covered by standard insurance policies. This could be anything from powersports vehicles to educational liability, and even specialty homeowners insurance for houses with aging roofs.

A common misconception about specialty insurance is that it is unaffordable. However if consumers consider the amount of financial loss that could occur should they need to use their policy, it’s typically a great value versus the alternative. Consumers should always do their due diligence to find finically sounds specialty insurance carriers.

This includes reading the policies and understanding any provisions and/or exceptions. An effective agent will also take a close look at any other existing policies the consumer has, in order to ensure they aren’t getting redundant coverage, nor will they have any coverage gaps.

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.