Family Tree Insurance Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2016 by sisters, Anne Wardner and Alexis Ribordy, who started in the insurance business over 16 years ago. Anne and Alexis had the opportunity to purchase an existing agency, allowing them to transition from captive agents to an independent market and transform business on their own. In addition to Anne and Alexis, the Family Tree team includes Customer Service Representative Stephanie Borough and Licensed Insurance Agent Aimee Kosmala. At Family Tree Insurance Solutions, Inc. partnerships with many of the industry’s top carriers allows the team to offer competitive products to cover your home, autos, farm, business, & recreational vehicles. Family Tree also offers fixed annuities & life insurance to protect your most valuable asset – you!

As Independent Agents we can save our clients valuable time and money because we are able to do all of the leg work to find the best value on insurance. We represent many companies and offer a wide range of insurance solutions that are tailored to meet the individual’s needs for all of our clients. Our goal is to leave a legacy our families can be proud of…Our passion is providing relationship driven service and to protect the families of all of the people we work with! We will continue to grow and expand our agency while providing the high standard of service we strive for. Family Tree Insurance Solutions is unique because we are not just business partners, Anne and Alexis are also sisters with deep rooted family values and a belief that family is life’s biggest blessing and an irreplaceable gift. We also believe that our community is family and our family is our community. When our clients become a part of Family Tree Insurance Solutions, they become a part of our family.”  – Aimee Kosmala.

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Family Tree will be hosting Family Fest on Friday, June 29 to commemorate their two year anniversary. The public is welcome to attend. There will be an official ribbon cutting, free food, two door prize drawings and plenty of family fun! 



“Putting shoes on their feet and smiles on their faces.”

Sole Reason specializes in the distribution of new donated sneakers to local children in need. Founder and President Jerry Hudgins created the non-profit with the purpose of giving back to the community in a new and meaningful way. The idea was developed while he was working with various area non-profits, including Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Kansas, the Rescue Mission and Let’s Help. Since being established in 2016, Sole Reason has been able to provide thousands of pairs of shoes to area school children ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade students. 


When he isn’t working the night shift at Frito-Lay, Jerry is engaging with different area schools and agencies to identify kids in need, locating shoes that match each case profile, hand-delivering and managing donations, and trying to increase his company’s visibility in the community. The latter being one of the biggest challenges.

As Jerry explains, “Many people who require our services might not even be aware that we exist, so I’m trying to get the word out there the best I can through word of mouth and increasing community partnerships.”

If a business is interested in becoming a sponsor, providing volunteers and/or hosting a shoe drop-off box, please contact Jerry via email or at 785.338.2965

Sole Reason sponsors include Advisors Excel, Topeka Community Foundation, Topeka 20/30 Club, Walmart Store #6392, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Topeka Firefighters Association Local #83, PepsiCo, Lyndon State Bank, Vanderbilt’s Work Boots & Clothing and Dynamic Insurance. 

Sole Reason only distributes new sneakers. All donations of gently used shoes will be given to other area agencies. 

This July, Sole Reason and Topeka Pizza are teaming up to help local kids in need! Round up your order to the next dollar amount and help put a new pair of sneakers on the feet of the less fortunate! Donations will also be accepted at the restaurant. As a special thank you, all those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a 2015 World Series Baseball autographed by Salvador Perez!