Phil Kelling, president and CEO of American Rental Association (ARA) Insurance, located in Kansas City, Mo., has announced his plan to retire effective Feb. 29, 2020. John Kennedy, CPA, CPL and current ARA Insurance CFO, who joined ARA Insurance in 2017, will assume the role following Kelling’s departure.
Kelling has been with ARA Insurance since 1997 and has many accomplishments throughout his tenure. Under his leadership, ARA Insurance grew from a small insurance agency with four independent agents to a premier insurance program with a network of insurance agents who support the needs of ARA members nationwide.
Kennedy comes into the role of president of ARA Insurance with a wealth of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining ARA Insurance, Kennedy spent 10 years in the insurance premium finance industry having served as the corporate controller for IPFS Corporation.