A Partner for Life


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.

The Elephant - Kandu

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.

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Our Leadership

Kyle P Hudson
Ken Price
Robert Weeks
Joe E Couey
Ryan Melvin

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.