News & Updates

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We recognize each of our team members is extremely talented. Inside or outside the office, our employees receive recognition for their experience, leadership, and community involvement. Below we would like to recognize some of the most recent accomplishments from our Kunkel & Associates employees.

Best Places to Work in Dubuque

The Telegraph Herald and Dubuque Chamber of Commerce named Kunkel & Associates, Inc. as one of the Top 13 workplaces in the city, and we placed 2nd of the Top 13.

Watch the interview with Jason Knockel, CEO.

Iowa Top Workplaces

The Des Moines Register named Kunkel & Associates, Inc. as one of the 139 Top Workplaces in the state of Iowa, and we are in the Top 20 amongst Small Businesses! This is our 6th year in a row receiving the Iowa Top Workplaces Award. The companies nominated have been recognized solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees. Our organization wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing employees. At Kunkel & Associates, Inc., culture and employee engagement are our top priority!

Kevin Meyers Named 2023 Rising Star

Rising Stars is a dynamic and thriving initiative in Dubuque, Iowa, as featured by the BizTimes. This innovative program is designed to recognize and celebrate the emerging talents and visionary leaders who are shaping the future of our community. With a focus on young professionals and entrepreneurs, Rising Stars highlights the remarkable achievements, contributions, and innovative thinking of individuals who are making a significant impact across various industries in Dubuque. Through engaging stories and in-depth profiles, the BizTimes provides a platform to showcase the exceptional talent and dedication of these rising stars, fostering a sense of pride and inspiration within the community while championing the next generation of leaders in Dubuque, Iowa. BizTimes article.

2022 Tim Kunkel Award

Kunkel & Associates announced Erin Sieverding as the recipient of the Tim Kunkel Character Award for 2022. This award recognizes exemplified professionalism, leadership, compassion, hard work, and a great sense of humor.

The Tim Kunkel Award is presented to a Kunkel & Associates employee who portrays closely to Tim’s character. Congratulations, Erin!

Kunkel & Associates Awarded Agency of Excellence

We’re thrilled to announce Sentry has named Kunkel & Associates, Inc. as a 2023 Agency of Excellence. Sentry also awarded our own Producer Gary Kunkel with the Producer of Excellence award. These awards reflect our commitment to the trucking industry and the relationships we’ve built and strengthened over the past year—and we’re just getting started!

Kunkel CEO Awarded for Outstanding Achievement

Jason Knockel, Class of ’96, presented with Outstanding Professional Achievement and Success award from Clarke University.

Read more about Jason here.

New Hires

Kunkel & Associates has recently hired Nesia Smith, Account Manager, Ireland Quinn, Administrative Assistant, Griffin Fennesy, Account Executive, Sam Ambrosy, Account Executive, Emma Bible, Benefits Services Representative, Wyatt Wreidt as an Account Executive, Lauren Meyer as a Client Service Representative, Paige Mueller as an Account Manager, Michael Stecklein as an Account Executive and Cameron Patton as an Account Executive.


Natalie Timmerman, Account Manager, has been named to Marketing Representative, Shelby Middendorf, Client Service Representative, has been named to Account Manager, Kim Esser, Account Manager, has been named to Senior Account Manager, Brittany Olson, Account Manager, has been named to Senior Account Manager, Tricia Slater, Account Manager, has been named to Senior Account Manager, Travis Buch, Director of Transportation Safety & Analytics, has been named to Director of Strategic Growth, Jason Brown, Senior Accountant, has been named to Accounting Manager, Rachel Schmitt, Benefit Manager, has been named to Benefits Team Lead, Kayla Wedewer, Claim Counselor, named to KCS Claims Manager, Erin Sieverding, Employee Benefits Supervisor, has been named to Vice President, Employee Benefits; Mike Spalla, Account Executive, has been named to Vice President and Morgan Hess, Administrative Assistant, has been named to Sales Support Representative; Trisha Mueller, Client Service Manager has been named Vice President, Nolan Knabel, Claims Assistance has been named Claims Consultant, and Jamie Sprank, Claims Consultant has been named, Senior Claims Consultant.

Why Kunkel?

Dedicated. Trusted. Insurance. We provide services in the transportation, property and casualty fields, and employee benefits.

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