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May 4, 2022

Aviation Insurance Association Presents Frank S. Kimmel III the Prestigious Pinnacle Award

(LEXINGTON, KY.  May 4, 2022)

The Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) is pleased to announce longtime member and past president Frank S. Kimmel III as the 2022 recipient of the Pinnacle Award.

The Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious award given by the Aviation Insurance Association. Since the award’s inception in 1993, less than 30 aviation insurance professionals have received this distinguished honor. Recipients of the award have demonstrated that their career achievements exemplify the standards and goals of the association and have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Frank has deep roots in the aviation insurance industry. He is the owner of Kimmel Aviation Insurance Agency, Inc., a family business founded by his mother in 1972. With over 17,000 flight hours logged, including over 8000 hours as an ag pilot, Frank holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s (ATP) license and Commercial pilot credentials in three foreign countries where he flew as an ag pilot. He has received several awards for his work in agricultural aviation insurance, including John Robert Horne Safety Award and Allied Industry Distinguished Service Award by the National Agricultural Aviation Association.

Frank has been an active member of the AIA for more than 30 years. Throughout this time, he has served in multiple leadership roles, including as the director of continuing education and the director of the agents and brokers division. From 2011 to 2013, he led the association as AIA’s president, overseeing the growth of membership and two successful conferences held in Lake Las Vegas, NV, and Orlando, FL.

Frank is currently the Chairman of the AIA Education Foundation. He also regularly shares his industry knowledge and expertise as a frequent speaker and an advisor to the current board of directors.

“On behalf of the entire board of directors, I’d like to personally thank Frank for his continuing support of the AIA, and our heartiest congratulations on this well-deserved recognition as this year’s Pinnacle Award winner,” said AIA President Greg Sterling.

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About Aviation Insurance Association

The Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to expanding the knowledge of and promoting the general welfare of the aviation insurance industry through numerous educational programs and events. AIA welcomes members of all facets of the aviation insurance industry, including such professionals as: agents/brokers, claims professionals, underwriters, attorneys, associates and college students interested in the business.

About Kimmel Aviation Insurance Agency, Inc.

Founded in 1972, Kimmel Aviation Insurance (KAI) arose from a need to write hard to find and much needed insurance on Cropdusters. Since then, KAI has grown to be one of the largest insurers of Agricultural Aviation Insurance in the world and is licensed in 50 states. Kimmel employees 12 staff members across 3 states that combine to bring over 100 years of experience in aviation insurance.

Kimmel Insurance writes a variety of aircraft from Cessna to Beechcraft; Cubs to Jets; and Air Tractors to Warbirds. Whether it’s workers comp, hangar liability, or a sky diving team, anything aviation related can be covered by Kimmel.

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