Our Executive Team:
Richard Daiker, President ~ Mr. Daiker manages the firm’s financial operations.
As the founding principal of K&S Insurance Agency, Mr. Daiker has played a key role in growing the company from a sole proprietor to its current status as one of the largest commercial insurance providers in the state of Texas. Although he stays busy with the firm’s leadership, Mr. Daiker also still services a book of long-time, loyal clients dating back to his days as the business’s only owner. Mr. Daiker is a graduate of Indiana University who brings nearly 40 years of industry experience to his leadership of the K&S family. He’s an active member or leader of the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce, the Associated General Contractors of Texas, the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers.
Tony Fierro, Vice-President ~ Mr. Fierro is responsible for new business and the K&S sales team.
University of North Texas alumni Tony Fierro joined the K&S team in 1999 following a two year stint in the finance industry. Besides serving as the firm’s sales manager, Mr. Fierro heads up the K&S team responsible for providing excellent customer service for each client’s insurance and surety needs. Mr. Fierro is a Certified Insurance Counselor, the industry’s leading designation for experienced professionals who have completed a rigorous education and examination program. He is currently on the board of K&S Group, Inc. and also an active member/leader of Lake Pointe Church (including the church’s youth sports ministry program), supporter of thelastwell.org (a water project for Liberia), the Associated General Contractors of both Dallas and El Paso, the Hispanic Contractors Associations of Dallas/Ft. Worth, and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers. In addition, Mr. Fierro serves on the American National Bank Rockwall Community Development Board and the University of North Texas Program Advisory Council for Finance (PACF).
Johnny Moss, Secretary/Treasurer ~ Mr. Moss is responsible for new business and also serves as the firm’s personnel chief.
After graduating from Texas Tech University, Mr. Moss went to work for CNA Surety as a bond underwriter until he joined K&S in 2002. Besides managing K&S human resources, he is also a leader of the firm’s new business team and is responsible for providing each insurance and surety client with exceptional client service. Mr. Moss was a founding board member of the current Young Construction Council at AGC in Dallas. He is currently an active member/leader in the Association of General Contractors & National Association of Surety Bond Producers. He is also a member at Lake Point Church.
John D. Marek, Vice-President ~ Mr. Marek is responsible for new business and sales management.
A specialist in manufacturing, wholesale, retail and construction, Mr. Marek’s industry experience dates back to the early 1990s when he began working for a local agency as an account representative following his graduation from UT-Arlington. He’s earned designations as both a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager. Mr. Marek is the past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, a leading industry professional group. He’s also an active member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.
Gary Thompson, Vice-President ~ Mr. Thompson manages the firm’s marketing department.
Mr. Thompson is a 38 year insurance industry veteran who is responsible for overseeing the agency’s marketing and insurance carrier relations. Besides marketing, he also has experience in risk management and commercial underwriting. Mr. Thompson earned his MBA from East Texas State University and has been with the agency for over 27 years.
Our management and production team:
Rob Kanuth~ Production
A University of North Texas graduate, Rob began building his book of insurance and bond clients in 2002 and joined K&S Insurance Agency in 2006. He is a member of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and several insurance industry groups including the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) and the IIAD Young Agents program. He is president of Alumni Corporation Board for the University of North Texas Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi; participates in the University of North Texas Mentor Program; and he is the founder of the Santa’s Little Helpers charity benefiting New Horizons Children’s Home. Rob is very active in mentoring and coaching children through youth sports. He lives in Rockwall, TX with his wife Kate, daughter Elle, and son Eli.
Jack Nottingham~ Production
Jack Nottingham began his insurance career with K &S in 2008, starting out in the marketing department before going into production in January of 2012. He is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos. His experience is in the construction and manufacturing industry.
Jay Jordan~ Production
Mr. Jordan joined the K & S team in 2005 after working for nearly 8 years at Automatic Data Processing. He is a Texas Tech graduate and is focused on helping clients with their Property & Casualty and Surety needs. He is a member of the United Masonry Contractors Association and the North Texas Stone Fabricators Association. Mr. Jordan also serves as a Director at Synergy Bank and is a leader of the Lake Pointe Church Adoption and Foster Care Ministry.
Jeremy Barnett~ Production
Jeremy is originally from Lubbock Texas and values his West Texas Heritage. After graduating from Coronado High School in Lubbock in 1994 he attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. He played soccer at Midwestern and graduated with a major in Marketing in 1998. Jeremy joined K&S Insurance Agency in 2009 coming over from the construction industry. He received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2012. Jeremy is also a member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) and the IIAD Young Agents program. He currently attends First United Methodist Church of Midlothian and sits on the Board of Trustees. Jeremy is very active in mentoring and coaching children through youth soccer and teaching Jr. High Sunday School. He has an obvious passion for it. He lives in Midlothian, TX with his wife Shannon, son Justin, and daughter Tatum.
Jade Porter~ Production
Jade is originally from El Paso Texas and is an alumni of Franklin High School. Mr. Porter went on to attend The University of North Texas and in 2002 earned a degree in Finance. Upon graduation Mr. Porter went into the banking industry where he was a branch manager for Nationstar Mortgage. Jade joined the K&S Sales force in 2008 and is an active member in the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, the IIAD Young Agents of Texas and the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association. He currently lives in Rockwall Texas with his wife Jennifer and daughters Analeigh and Emmerson.
Josh Gilbert~ Account Executive
Josh started with K&S as an intern in the summer of 2001. After graduating from Baylor University in 2002, Josh was hired full time and learned all job functions within the agency on his way to becoming an Account Executive. He has achieved his Certified Insureance Councselor designation and is loooking for other educational opportunities to help beter serve the firm’s clients. Outside of work Josh enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying to improve his golf game, and Cross Fit.
Mistie Beck~ Bond Manager
Mrs. Beck began her career in the surety industry as an underwriting account manager in 1998 with Reliance Insurance Company in Dallas, TX. Reliance merged with Travelers Insurance Company in 2001. Mrs. Beck continued her professional development with the Travelers bond department as a Construction Underwriter until Novemember 2008 when she joined another local agency as their Surety Manager. In June of 2011, she joined the K&S team. Besides managing the bond department, she is responsible for providing superior custormer service and the development of agency/client relationships. She is also an intergral force in helping create and maintain an energized internal environment. Mrs. Beck holds a Texas Insurance license since 2009 and is currently working towards her AFSB designation. She is an active member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers and the Dallas Surety Association.
Jarrett Willson~ Production
Jarrett joined K&S in 2011 after eight years with Pepsi Beverages Company where he served in multiple sales related capacities. Jarrett has a strong background in customer service and has brought that approach to K&S where he strives to provide each client with the highest level of personalized customer service. Jarrett is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas as well as Eastridge Church of Christ in Rockwall.
Shauna Brinkman~ Account Executive
Shauna is an Account Executive at K&S from Mesquite, Texas. She has been in insurance for seven years and has been with K&S for almost two years and holds a ACSR certification. She attended college at Eastfield Jr College. She currently lives in Mesquite with her two children, Brandon and Bailey.
Kathy Watkins~ Operations Manager
Kathy is the K&S Operations Manager and has 32 years of experience in the insurance industry. Her designations include CPIW, ACSR, and CIC. She lives in Josephine, TX with her husband of 36 years. She is a proud mother of three children and four grandchildren. She is an active member of the Josephine Baptist Church.
Cliff Craddock~ Production
Cliff joined K&S in 2005 and is the managing director of the health insurance division of K&S. He specializes in fully insured large group health plans, self insured group plans, and group voluntary products. Before joining K &S, he had a successful career at ADP working with companies to help outsource HR administration, employee benefits and payroll.
Cliff graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He is currently pursuing the designation of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS). Cliff and his wife Kim along with their 2 children live in Heath, TX.
- Diane Duckworth, Account Executive
- Misti Jones, Controller
- Jim Parker, Loss Control
- Steven Searcey, Production
- Robert Shuya, Production
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Lee Lewis, Lee Lewis Construction, Inc. – Large Texas Commercial General ContractorK&S has been a trusted partner in several areas including; risk management, insurance and surety which helped advance our growth from 22 employees several years ago to presently over 275. They not only realized our expectations, but understood our client’s expectations and helped us exceed them.
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