Rich Cunningham, Senior Claims Representative at Farmers Alliance Companies, received the 2019 Excellence In Service award at the companies’ recent Christmas Banquet.


According to a news release, he was recognized for his “caring attitude and exceptional service to policyholders and claimants who have experienced a loss.”


The Farmers Alliance Companies, headquartered in McPherson, provide property and casualty insurance through independent agents in an 8-state region. A


Cunningham, who has lived in Salina since 1962, graduated from Salina Central High School in 1973 and Brown Mackie School of Business in 1974. He obtained his Associate in Claims from the Insurance Institute of America in 1990. In 1991, he obtained his Senior Claims Representative status and has helped train new adjusters for many years.


Cunningham has held all offices in the Mid Kansas Claims Association and Kansas Claims Association, including President twice for Mid Kansas Claims Association in 1991 and 1995 and once for Kansas Claims Association in 1998. He was named Mid Kansas Claims Association’s Adjuster of the Year in 1990 and 2003. He was named Farmers Alliance’s Employee of the Month in January of 1992, February of 2016, and most recently in October of 2019.

Although Cunningham, who has been a resident adjuster since 1984, typically serves the North Central Kansas area, he has worked a claim in every county in Kansas over his 37 years with Farmers Alliance.


Cunningham and his wife Beth have been married for 43 years. They have a son, a daughter, and one grandson. When he’s not working, Cunningham enjoys traveling, taking fishing trips to Lake Texoma, attending sports of any kind, detailing cars, and collecting match books and matchboxes.