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.

2023 Tim Kunkel Award

Kunkel & Associates announced Trisha Mueller as the recipient of the Tim Kunkel Character Award for 2023. 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, Trisha!

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 Allie Cooley as a Human Resources Generalist, Tyler Luensman as an Associate Account Executive, Ben Onderick as an Information Systems Manager, Karla Valaskey as Senior Accountant, Barb Miller as Facilities Maintenance Technician, Hunter Acha as an Associate Account Executive and Michele Blum as an Account Manager and Nicole Sutton as a Personal Lines Insurance Specialist.


Meriah Marrtin, Customer Service Representative, has been named to Senior Account Manager. Ashley Lamey, Premier Account Manager, has been named Senior Premier Account Manager. Max Brozovich, Vice President of Transportation Sales, has been named Senior Vice President of Transportation Sales. Amy Steger, Senior Account Manager, has been named to Team Lead for the CSRs and ASRs. Tricia Slater, Senior Account Manager, has been named to Development Associate.

Why Kunkel?

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

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