Shareholders Bios

Jim Wilson

Shareholder, CEO, Account Executive


Jim earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Jim began his insurance career in 1976 as a sales management trainee in the home office of Federated Insurance Companies. He later became a district manager and ultimately a sales manager for Federated, covering the western half of the State of Missouri.

In 1982, Jim joined what was then known as Insurers & Investors Inc. to once again work more closely with clients in order to assist them in reducing their total cost of risk.

Today, as CEO of Assurance Partners, LLC.  Jim and the firm have attained the status of Certified Analytic Brokers™ powered by TCORCalc®. The Analytic Brokerage Platform helps firms identify financial leakage that is occurring in their business operations. Once identified, resources are deployed to help eliminate the Financial Leakage, thereby enhancing shareholder value.

With over 35 years of experience as an insurance broker & Risk Manager, Jim works with larger firms in the Midwest. His primary expertise is in the areas of Healthcare and Manufacturing. Jim is well known throughout the region as a business consultant with considerable expertise in Alternative Risk Transfer programs.

Kristy Balthazor

Shareholder, COO, Account Executive


Over the course of her 23 year career in the insurance industry Kristy has held a variety of key positions with our firm. She is a Certified Analytic Broker specializing in the delivery of quantifiable financial results for our clients.

Kristy is a Kansas native with a strong commitment to community. She is currently serving as a Board member for the Salina Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the BLES organization that brings Christian based resources and support to its members.

Kristy has four children, all are graduates of Kansas State University. Golf and grandchildren are her hobbies!

Mark Skidmore

Shareholder, President, Account Executive


Mark started his insurance career in 1993 as a producer with the Gilbert-Magill Company in Kansas City, where he completed the Producer Partnership Program with the St. Paul Insurance Company. During that time, he also earned his AAI designation. In 1997, Mark joined the Philadelphia Insurance Company as a Production Underwriter. In 1999, Mark joined Assurance Partners.

In 2000, he relocated his family from Missouri to Salina. He became Vice President and a shareholder in 2005. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Baker University. Mark and his wife, Kellie, have two boys Jack and Charlie. Jack attends the University of Arkansas and Charlie attends KU. Mark is involved in many community organizations. Serving on the board of Salina Country Club, Sacred Heart JR SR High School Endowment, Salina Area Home Builders. Mark is also past president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina.

Mark has developed expertise as a broker and risk management consultant and directs that experience into two main industries; Construction and Public Entities. He counsels his clients in dealing with the design, development and management of insurance, risk management and surety portfolios. He routinely consults with public administrators to develop new strategies that reduce their risk profile and positions them for a more favorable financial performance.