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John Pryor

John Pryor

Insurance & Risk Management Consultant


Contact Info

PO Box 12588
Bakersfield CA 93389-2588
Phone: (661) 588-1100


Background

John Pryor writes on continuous performance improvement for the Insurance Industry section of IRMI.com.

Mr. Pryor is CEO of his consulting firm and retired in 2006 as co-founder of Kern Insurance Associates, Inc. in Bakersfield, California. He began his insurance career in San Francisco in 1956 working for two insurance companies. In 1960, he joined his father's agency in Bakersfield which evolved into Kern Insurance Associates in 1970.

In addition, he co-founded in 1985 a highly innovative and separate personal lines agency (separate from Kern Insurance), Personal Express Insurance Services. Both firms are still prominent in the central California marketplace.

Today, he continues to serve as an independent consultant, not as a broker. His consulting practice includes working with business owners to continuously improve their insurance and risk management programs and, when claims or other problems arise, to help resolve them quickly and effectively without litigation. It also includes working with attorneys and CPAs to help them help their respective clients resolve "sticky" insurance issues. He also writes a monthly newsletter on current risk management and insurance issues—within the context of Deming's principles of quality management.

Mr. Pryor has been very active in the insurance industry. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the "Institutes" (AICPCU/IIA). He concluded a 5-year term on the board of governors of the CPCU Society in 2005. He was the founding chairman of the CPCU Society's Total Quality Special Interest Section and past president of the California "Big I" (now Insurance Brokers and Agents of the West).

He received his B.A. degree from San Jose State University. He is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award conferred by California State University Bakersfield.

IRMI Publications


Expert Commentary

Date Article
Jul 2018 The Importance of Building a Safety Culture
Sep 2017 Overlooked Risks of Hurricanes and Other Disasters
Jun 2016 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Solution
Aug 2015 What Our Founding Fathers Feared Most, as Illustrated by Insurance Regulation*
Jan 2015 Enterprise Risk Management Demystified
Jun 2014 Why Risk Management and Quality Management Must Converge
Dec 2013 Insurance Innovation—Balanced Scorecard
Nov 2013 Insurance Innovation—an Oxymoron?
Oct 2009 Deming's Deadly Diseases: Obstacles To Avoid So Deming's 14 Points Will Work for You
Jan 2009 Deming's Point #14 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Jul 2007 Deming's Point #13 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Jan 2007 Deming's Point #12 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Sep 2006 Deming's Point #11 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Jun 2006 Deming's Point #10 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Mar 2006 Deming's Point #9 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Dec 2005 Deming's Point #8 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Oct 2005 Deming's Point #7 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Jul 2005 Deming's Point #6 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Apr 2005 Deming's Point #5 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Jan 2005 Tom Peters "Hates" Quality but "Loves" Its Principles and Practices
Sep 2004 Demings's Point #4 as Applied to the Insurance Industry
Jun 2004 Deming's Points #2 and #3 as They Apply to the Insurance Industry
Mar 2004 Deming's Point #1 as It Applies to the Insurance Industry
Feb 2004 Deming Disciples—Our Industry's Real Leaders?
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