York-based McConkey Insurance & Benefits names vice president/principal

Kurt Gehman has been named vice president and principal of McConkey Insurance & Benefits, a provider of financial security and risk management solutions. 

Gehman’s promotion became effective on Jan. 1. 

“I’m truly blessed to be a part of such a great, hardworking team whose core mission is above all to serve others by providing our clients with the expertise and peace of mind to navigate today’s growingly complex risks,” Gehman said in a statement. 

McConkey Insurance & Benefits has provided financial security for individuals and businesses since 1890 and serves clients on a national and international basis. Gehman joined McConkey in 2015 as a business insurance executive. 

Having close to 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Gehman adds extensive workers’ compensation experience. He started in the insurance industry as an underwriter and wrote several of the captive insurance programs to which McConkey serves as program administrator. 

Gehman developed custom tailored workers’ compensation programs that addressed the specific needs of individual mid-large market businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Since joining McConkey, Gehman has been instrumental in serving some of the agency’s more complex clients and developing solutions that provide them with the resources and financial stability to successfully operate their organizations. 

“It is a pleasure to have Kurt join the ownership team at McConkey,” McConkey Insurance & Benefits’ CEO and President Mike Harter said. “He is a key part in our ability to perpetuate the agency from within and remain locally owned and independent. Kurt has also been a key contributor in improving processes and procedures for the betterment of employees and clients.”

Gehman received his BSBA Degree from The University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics. He holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and is a member, and past Board of Director, for the PA Dutch Chapter of CPCU. 

Gehman currently serves as a board member of the Lancaster City Fire Foundation and is an active member of the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association.

RKL debuts new services in growth and change management

An RKL practice leader advises a client as part of the new RKL Next service. (Photo: Submitted)

Manheim Township-based professional services and accounting firm RKL LLP introduced new services offered to help companies managed growth and change issues.

Company officials said RKL Next was designed to use the firm’s skills in operations, technology, human capital, data analytics and financial management to help its clients in manage like leadership transitions and acquisitions and other issues in uncertain business times.

“Many of our clients are increasingly feeling left behind given the rapid pace of change in our business environment,” said RKL CEO Edward W. Monborne. “Through RKL Next, we work alongside owners and management teams to uncover new ways of leveling up and advancing toward their goals.”

RKL Next was designed to take advantage of the skills and insights of its employees to help clients align their business objectives through its own talent and organization, leverage data to make better business decisions and streamline accounting practices to focus on growth. It will do this by sending teams into the field to evaluate business operations.

“RKL Next is a unique model for our region,” said Bethany Novis, RKL partner and consulting services group leader. “Instead of reaching up to the national level for this type of expertise at the expense of personalized service, small to mid-sized companies throughout the Mid-Atlantic can now tap into RKL Next for future-ready strategies delivered by a trusted local advisor.”

RKL operates six offices in Pennsylvania and has more than 450 employees. The company offers services like accounting, data analytics and risk management.