KW Specialty Welcomes Matt McColley to the KreW

Matt McColley is Vice President of Claims for KW Specialty reporting to me. Matt has 25 years of experience in property and casualty claims management. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Matt began his insurance career with Sentry Insurance. He has worked for other national carriers including GEICO and The Main Street America Group. For the past seven years, Matt held the role of Chief Claims Officer for Berkley Human Services in Minneapolis. Matt has extensive experience developing best practices and processes for personal and commercial lines claims handling as well as litigation and vendor management. Please help me welcome Matt to sunny Arizona and The KreW.

KW Specialty adds Sia to the KreW

Sia Lahai is the newest member of the KreW. She has worked in accounting and finance roles for nearly three and a half years in different industries such as construction, software development and healthcare. Sia is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Business Management and Economics with emphasis in Accounting and a Minor in Information Technology. She is currently a CPA candidate. Sia has vast experience in financial analysis, billing, account receivable, account payable, payroll to name a few and has been instrumental in streamlining business operations. Please help me welcome Sia to our team!

KW Specialty add Laurel Weinholdt to the KreW

Please welcome to the KW Specialty team, Laurel Weinholdt, our Director of Regulatory & Compliance. Laurel brings over 20 years of experience in Regulatory & Compliance along with a Product Development background. Laurel will be working with our agency management and claims systems. Her legal research and product analysis experience will support our commitment to creating a solid platform for our Wholesale Agents to use for years to come.


KW Specialty Welcomes Lar Drolet to the KreW

Lar Drolet is the Data and Integration Architect for KW Specialty Insurance Company. Lar comes to KWS with 20 yrs. of IT experience as a software developer, designer and architect. He will bring innovation to the architecture, direct data governance, generate data visualizations, manage day to day operations for data reporting systems and stores, and assist in integration of the KWiQ (KW Intelligent Quoting) platform. We are happy to welcome Lar to the KreW!

Gordon Keffer Joins KW Specialty

Gordon Keffer joins KW Specialty as our Controller, with over twenty years of experience in property and casualty accounting and finance. Gordon began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he focused exclusively on the insurance industry serving clients on the West Coast. After leaving public accounting Gordon served insurance companies of varying sizes to include Fortune 500 to small start-ups.  Gordon finds business insights by translating financial results into ‘plain English’ while still maintaining classic accounting controls. Gordon is well versed in all aspects of insurance accounting and finance to include streamlining processes, financial analysis, and controls.  Gordon will be reporting to our CFO Parker Kelley. Please help me welcome Gordon to the KreW!

KW Specialty’s Parent, Kramer-Wilson Celebrates its 50th Anniversary Today

KW Specialty Insurance Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kramer-Wilson Company, Inc. Kramer-Wilson was formed by its founders Lawrence Kramer and Weldon Wilson in 1969 (pictured) to operate as a managing general agency in California. In 1972 Kramer-Wilson formed Century-National Insurance Company, a California domiciled property and casualty company specializing in auto physical damage policies sold through automobile dealerships. Kramer-Wilson acquired Western General Agency in 1986, an agency specializing in homeowners insurance that sourced business through banks and mortgage lenders. This was Century-National’s entry into the homeowners segment which became its dominant line of business. Other lines written by Century-National included dwelling fire, earthquake, renters, mobile home, commercial auto, and personal auto. On June 1, 2016, Kramer-Wilson sold its insurance assets including Century-National to National General, but retained KW Specialty Insurance Company.

KW Specialty was originally incorporated in Turks and Caicos in June, 1983 as KW Reinsurance Company, Ltd., a Turks and Caicos domiciled insurance corporation. On November 1, 2017 the company was domesticated from Turks and Caicos to the State of Delaware and the name was changed to KW Specialty Insurance Company. Also effective November 1, 2017 KW Specialty was granted a Certificate of Authority as a Domestic Surplus Line Insurer domiciled in Delaware.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the doors opening for Kramer-Wilson on April 15, 1969, all of us at KW Specialty Insurance Company thank Lawrence Kramer and Weldon Wilson for their vision and now the entire Wilson family for their sound business judgement and support they have continued to provide. All of us at KW Specialty Insurance Company hope to carry the family legacy of mutual success for the next 50 years and beyond.

KW Specialty’s Claims System Update


KW Specialty was excited to have our system vendor representatives from Sapiens (formerly StoneRiver) to work on the blueprint for our KWiQ (KW Insurance Quote, which is fast and intelligent, thus the name KWiQ) System. The system is pre-integrated with Sapiens DigitalSuite, which offers an end-to-end, holistic, configurable, flexible and seamless digital experience for our customer groups and third-party service providers and is comprised of Digital Engagement and API Layer components that are all cloud-based.

KWiQ System Kick-Off

KW Specialty is meeting this week with our system vendor for our insurance platform we are calling KWiQ, the KW Insurance Quoting system. Stay tuned for more updates on the build out of KWiQ, which will be a cloud based, highly configurable P&C platform with intuitive, user-friendly, agile and robust digital capabilities, offering rich functionality, while providing comprehensive policy life-cycle support and delivering a diverse insurance ecosystem to our Partners.

Jamie Weirback joins KW Specialty

Please welcome to the KW Specialty team, Jamie Weirback, our Product and Data Specialist. Read more