About KMA

KMA was founded on the belief that continuing insurance education could be more than just a requirement—that it could spark innovation through information. Not only is our team highly credentialed and experienced, but also extremely passionate about guiding agents and companies into the future.

Who We Are

Formed in 1995, K.M. Associates (KMA) has been a leader in insurance education for 25 years. 

We serve the needs of the insurance community by providing the highest quality continuing education and professional training programs. We offer training for insurance companies, brokers, and independent agents and focus on making our services convenient, cost effective, and enjoyable.

At KMA, we bring the learning platform to your organization by creating an environment that will help insurance professionals achieve excellence and success in their career. We offer over 150 insurance continuing education and professional training programs spanning New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware, and we are constantly expanding our capabilities to meet the needs of insurance professionals. We will even tailor a program to specifically meet your company needs, and in most cases we can have the program approved for CE credits, if needed.


Our instructors are experts in the insurance industry and enjoy offering their experience and expertise. They are nationally recognized training consultants and highly credentialed, bringing a wealth of expertise and experience to our learning programs. They are active insurance professionals who come with a diverse insurance background and enjoy training.

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Kym Martell

Owner & Founder

Early in her insurance career, Kym discovered she had a love for and a talent in training insurance professionals. Kym started her career as an insurance agent, and while she loved selling insurance, she found the continuing education courses at the time…uninspiring. She knew there was a better way to learn. She finally decided to follow her calling, left agency work, and founded KM Associates, Insurance Management & Training Consultants (KMA), in 1995 to specialize in training and consulting services.

With over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, Kym brings to her clients a wealth of experience in agency and risk management, sales, claims, and customer service. Kym designs, develops, and delivers continuing education and professional training programs on a national level for a variety of clients, including professional organizations, insurance companies, agencies, and brokerage firms.

In addition to managing KMA, Kym serves as a state faculty member for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers (Big I, NJ) and is a frequent speaker for various state and professional organizations. She also serves as a national faculty member of the Agents & Brokers of America for providing their E&O Risk Management Programs.

As a consultant, her extensive corporate and consulting experience perfectly positions Kym to provide professional liability and loss control audits. She also is equipped to provide customized E&O Loss Prevention training in the areas of workflows and agency management.

Kym has earned her CRM, CIC, AAI, CRIS and MLIS designations and resides in Asbury Park, NJ. She loves hiking, Sundays at the beach, and caring for her rescue cats.

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Cathy Trischan

Management and Training Consultant

Cathy Trischan has been with the E&K Insurance Group in Eatontown, New Jersey since 1996, and currently serves as Director of Commercial Underwriting. She began her insurance career upon graduation from Rutgers University in 1987. She has worked as a claims adjuster for a major property and casualty carrier as well as in the commercial departments of several New Jersey agencies.

In addition to her work with E&K, Cathy provides education and consulting services to agents, brokers and others. She is a National Faculty member of The National Alliance and serves as a mentor for new CIC and CISR faculty. Cathy is a regular presenter for various agents associations and other organizations and has taught both pre-licensing and continuing education courses. She has written courses and articles on various insurance topics.

Cathy and Kym met over 30 years ago when both were working for local insurance agencies and discovered they both had a passion for teaching and traveling. When their busy schedules allow, you often will find them planning the next trip to somewhere!

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