Since 1979, our mission has been to help people and businesses protect what they care about. With that in mind, we approach every task with in-depth expertise, hard work, and an unwavering Kandu spirit. We hold fiercely to our independence, partner with clients, form lasting relationships, and work together to create personalized solutions. Because all business is personal.
We are a partner for life. We want our clients to know that we’re as invested in their business as they are, helping them stay ahead of the curve as industries and demands change. We are planning for the future with intention, and we vow to hold onto the independent spirit and integrity that got us to where we are today. We want every business to know that when they ask k.p.d. for help, there’s only one response they will get in return: “Yes, we Kandu that!”
Partnership - We view our clients as partners, not transactions. We work together to create personalized solutions that put your success first.
Independence - Since 1979, our continued independence has allowed us to focus on our clients, giving us the freedom to keep them in sync with insurance carriers and k.p.d. team members.
Expertise - Each of our advisors specializes in one line of insurance so that clients are always working with highly experienced professionals.
Dedication - We push up our sleeves and go the extra mile to get the job done right because it’s the right thing to do.
Innovation - We’re focused on a better future, staying open-minded and nimble as industries and demands change.
A hand-crafted brass elephant stands strong and proud in the lobby of our office in Springfield, OR. We call him Kandu, named for the can-do spirit that permeates our culture at k.p.d.
Visit one of our offices and you’ll see many employees proudly wearing a Kandu necklace or a gold elephant pin with a diamond on its trunk. It’s a symbol of loyalty and our way of saying thank you for ten years of dedication and stellar service. The characteristic intelligence, strength, pride and strong family bond of the elephant make it the perfect mascot for Team Kandu, a group dedicated to independence, hard work and solutions that help our clients succeed.
Mission & Values
Kyle P Hudson, CIC
Chief Executive Officer
Kyle Hudson is a Central California native who graduated from Oregon State University. In 2003 Kyle joined KPD Insurance. Although new to the insurance industry that year, Kyle finished in the top 2% of students in the National Alliance for Insurance Education’s New Producer School. That resolve for excellence is key to his follow through and attention to details with clients, carriers, and employees. Kyle holds the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor.
Family and community involvement are a priority for Kyle. He and his wife, Kate, have three children. Kyle serves on several non-profit boards and is a member of Young Presidents Organization.
Kyle enjoys travel, golf, and watching his kids participate in their respective sporting events.
Mission & Values
Ken Price, CPCU
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ken Price joined KPD Insurance in 2013 as a Select Commercial Lines Producer. He then served as the Operations Manager until his recent assignment as the Chief Operating Officer. Ken is the son of Gordon Price, one of KPD’s founders. Ken grew up in Junction City, Oregon and received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Oregon State University with a Major in Business Management. Ken also earned the CPCU designation in 1995 from the Insurance Institute of America.
Prior to joining KPD Insurance, Ken began his 30+ year insurance career on the carrier side of the business with Nationwide Insurance as a Claims Adjuster. From that start, Ken has held various carrier Regional Management positions in the areas of Claims, Operations, Underwriting, Sales, and Product Management. These assignments took Ken and his family all over the United States including stops in Portland, Denver, Chicago, Tampa, Detroit and Sacramento.
After experiencing all the carrier side of the business had to offer, Ken settled his family back in the Eugene area and began his agency career. After deciding not purchase into a local agency, Ken joined KPD Insurance and he looks forward to no other moves until the end of his career. Ken has been married to his college sweetheart, Suzanne, for over 32 years and together they have two children who both graduated from the University of Oregon. When Ken is not camping or hiking with Suzanne, he will most likely be salmon fishing in the ocean or on the Siuslaw River. Ken is also involved with the Education Together Foundation to help raise scholarship funds for the Tiger Alumni Association.
Mission & Values
Robert Weeks, RHU
Executive Vice President
The son of Oregon’s former Insurance Commissioner, Gary Weeks, Robert joined KPD as an Employee Benefits Advisor in 1994. His commitment to controlling health care cost while improving the health and well being of employees resulted in Robert quickly being recognized as a leader in his field. He currently sits on the Broker Advisory councils of Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon, United Healthcare, PacificSource Health Plans, and LifeMap.
Robert grew up in the Eugene/Springfield area and is a native Oregonian. He attended Oregon State University and was a member of the football team for two years. He finished his playing career at Western Oregon University where he earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Currently Robert holds the professional designation of Registered Health Underwriter, and is involved as a member of both the National and Oregon Association of Health Underwriters.
While in college Robert married his high school sweetheart and they have two boys. You will find the Weeks family actively involved in the community with CASA of Lane County, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and on the high school gridiron where Robert is an assistant football coach for a local high school team. Helping others succeed and improve is what he enjoys most about the relationships that are developed each day.
Mission & Values
Joe E Couey, CIC
Executive Vice President
Joe Couey joined KPD in 1997 as a workers’ compensation specialist. During a 4 year term in the United States Air Force Joe served as an Occupational Health Technician, launching his career in occupational health and risk management. That career included years of safety management in the private sector, as well as safety consulting on the insurance carrier side. Joe was nominated to the board of directors at KPD in 2010.
Originally from California, Joe moved to Oregon and graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1981. The United States Air Force took Joe to the Boise area where he attended Boise State University while fulfilling his 4 year enlistment in the Air Force. He continued his education and obtained the Certified Insurance Counselor designation that he maintains today. Joe prides himself in the ability to assist his customers in the prevention and mitigation of workers’ compensation claims.
Spending time with family and friends is high on the list of Joe’s priorities. His skill for developing relationships is apparent in Joe’s personal life, and is a tremendous asset in providing for the needs of his customers. Whether it’s a University of Oregon sporting event or a local charity fundraiser, you’ll find Joe surrounded by the important people in his life.
Mission & Values
Ryan Melvin, CIC
Executive Vice President
Ryan Melvin was born and raised in Oregon where he attended Pleasant Hill High School. After High School, he went on to George Fox University where he earned his Bachelor degree in Business Management. While at George Fox, Ryan played on the basketball and soccer team earning the opportunity to play in the national playoffs.
In 2002, Ryan started his insurance career working for another agency. He made the move to KPD in 2003 and quickly become a leader among the Property and Liability department. In 2006, Ryan became a partner at KPD and earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation which he continues to hold today. In 2013, Ryan was asked to join the leadership team at KPD and currently serves as a board member.
Beyond insurance, Ryan is actively involved with his young family. He and his wife have three boys and on most weekends you will find him coaching any number of sports. When he’s not coaching Ryan enjoys a variety of activities in the outdoors.
Dedicated to Making a
Happy Team, Happy Clients
A commitment to professionalism, continuous education, teamwork and customer focus lays a solid foundation, but people pulling together in the larger community and having some fun is what sets us apart. Our employees like what they do and want to be here, so it’s no surprise we were named once again as one of Oregon Business’ “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This marks the tenth time we’ve received this honor, putting us in the Oregon Business Magazine Hall of Fame.
Chish Courtney, SHRM-SCP SPHR
We are currently hiring.
As we continue to grow, we are seeking new members to join team Kandu in the following areas:
Property & Casualty Insurance Producer (Advisor) – Portland, OR.
Our Advisors specialize in one line of insurance and have a team of experts that support them in driving new business sales revenue growth and client retention.
- 3 + years of insurance sales or carrier marketing experience
- Goal Oriented/driven
- College degree and Insurance Licensing preferred
- Consultative and positive approach with prospects, clients, and associates
- Excellent multi-tasking, problem-solving, and negotiating skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work independently, while communicating openly with team
k.p.d. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Clients Say It All
"They assist us in so many critical areas of our business that we consider them to be a valuable member of our management team. In an addition to providing valuable financial products, service and counsel for general and product liability, umbrella, and workers' compensation insurance, they also provide a wide array of products and services in the employee benefits area. Some of these services include benefits benchmarking, communications, compliance, employee advocacy, health and wellness programs and plan consulting services, particularly for health insurance. We communicate with them regularly to stay abreast of current issues in an ever-changing human resources and benefits environment. We believe that they care about what they do, how they do it and the people they do it for. I would readily and heartily recommend KPD Insurance to anyone seeking these types of products and/or services."- Jerry Cunningham, VP and CFO, Rexius Forest By-Products, Inc
“KPD has been a tremendous support and solution to all of our needs. More importantly, we feel that they are a member of our Team. Our strategy is more than a regional presence, we have a national roll-out program and KPD brings a deep toolbox to manage our Worker’s Compensation programs, training, case management and solutions.”- Greg Roderick, CEO, Frontier Management, LLC
“Evan, and in fact the entire KPD crew, have been consistent in offering quality insurance options to meet the ever-changing needs of our company. The customer service provided is top notch and Evan goes above and beyond to ensure that we have excellent coverage at competitive prices. In a complicated and complex industry, KPD Insurance has been a breath of fresh air.”- Lauren Umbdenstock, Operations Manager, T.T. & L. Sheet Metal, Inc.
“KPD Insurance has acted as our company’s bonding agent for over two decades. Their knowledge, expertise and attention to detail have been vital in securing payment and performance bonds for our company. I feel confident recommending the bond department at KPD Insurance. Their entire staff is trustworthy, thorough, easy to work with, and always provides exceptional service.”- Scott Omlid, CCIFP, Roger Langeliers Construction Co.
"I initially choose to work with KPD Insurance because they are an Oregon-grown local company. They truly embody the cliché that Oregonians are nice people – all of my interactions with associates at KPD Insurance have been kind, professional, and beyond helpful. I have recommended KPD to several friends and colleagues and will continue to send folks their way!"- Lori Magee, Lead Universal Associate, Umpqua Bank