IMA vice president and Diversified team leader Clay Smith has been included on the 20 to Know in Insurance list compiled by the Kansas City Business Journal.  While many award lists are focused on long-established industry leaders, this award specifically honors the movers and shakers in Kansas City – the people who help others expand their market knowledge as well as their networks.

Patrick Lanning, president of retail specialties and services and Kansas City market president, nominated Clay based on his significant impact at IMA since he joined the company in 2017. He shares that, “Clay has been crucial to the success of our Kansas City office; there is no doubt about it. Not only does he hold himself to a high standard of excellence, but his leadership skills empower others around him to thrive. Clay has a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the big picture when it comes to the insurance industry. But more importantly, he understands his clients in a way that I rarely see.”

As the Diversified team leader and vice president at the IMA Kansas City office, Clay offers IMA’s non-construction clients, specifically those in renewable energy, a commanding perspective regarding strategic oversight, insurance placement and risk management services.

Upon learning of recognition, Clay stated, “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal and also a huge testament to what the entire team here in Kansas City is accomplishing.  I’m so thankful for the opportunities IMA has afforded me and the meaningful relationships I’ve made along the way. I remain so excited to be a part of the team in Kansas City, and I can’t wait to watch the continued success both here in Kansas City and across all of our offices.”

View the entire list in the Kansas City Business Journal.



IMA Financial Group is a North American insurance brokerage firm specializing in risk management, insurance, employee benefits and wealth management. Employing more than 1,500 associates, with anchor offices in California, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas, IMA is among the top independent, employee-owned brokerages in the U.S. The company’s mission is to protect assets and make a difference for its clients, associates and communities.

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