Pacific Palisades, California
Kimberly Michel and her husband, Tom Michel, bring more than 60 years of production and management experience to their agency, Michel Financial Group, where Kim serves as Managing Partner. She has been a pioneer for many women in the insurance and financial services industry and broken down many traditional gender barriers.
Kim first started as a successful agent, and then became the top nationally producing brokerage manager for one of the industry's largest companies. From there, she moved into agency management where she received five nationally recognized awards for top production and was the company's leading premium agency for three consecutive years. She is a multiple recipient of GAMA's (General Agent and Managers Association) International Diamond Management Award.
The insurance and financial services industry recognized her contributions to their industry and community by awarding her the prestigious Will J. Farrell award in 2012. Kim was the first female President of GAMA Los Angeles as well as the first female President of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) Los Angeles. Kim has been elected to the NAWBO (National Association of Woman Business Owners) Los Angeles Hall of Fame. In 2005, Century City Chamber of Commerce bestowed the Women of Achievement Award on her and in 2009, the Santa Monica YWCA honored her as the Woman of the Year.
She currently is active in many charitable organizations including Easter Seals Southern California, where she was recently the Board Chairperson. Other volunteer work has included Lorraine Jackson Pearls of Hope Foundation, The Every Child Foundation, Big Thinking Women and the Women's Leadership Forum.
Besides the family atmosphere at Michel Financial Group, Kim and Tom's home family includes two boys, T.J. and Marcus, and they reside in Pacific Palisades. Elected to Easter Seals Board of Directors in October 2014, Ms. Michel serves in 2016 as vice chairman of the Development and Marketing Committee, and as a member of the Governance Committee.