Charles Kilo Jr. | Dr. Charles Kilo | Raju Mukhi | Kathy Kilo Peterson
... Charles Kilo Jr. | Dr. Charles Kilo | Raju Mukhi | Kathy Kilo Peterson
next venture was the invention, with her
physician brother Charles Kilo Jr.
, of a stethoscope holder.The item, not yet brought to market, accounts for her
"This works like a cell-phone holder that they can put on their belt or lab coat, and it's really designed to be an advertising specialty item." Next in Kilo Peterson's entrepreneurial "serial" came the Osteoporosis Health and Education Center, which she started while working as practice manager at West County Internal Medicine after college until 1999. The for-profit center lasted for five years before going under, mainly, Kilo Peterson said, because her attention was divided between that business and her move into the insurance business.Dealing with increasing insurance costs and unresponsive insurance companies as a practice manager prompted her move into the insurance business.
"I thought I could do it a lot better," she
said."So I got my broker licenses and helped people (medical practices and other businesses) with their malpractice, group health, dental and life insurance.I felt there was a real niche in providing better service."
Not long after getting into the business, she
hooked up with State Farm
, in part because two of her
uncles had been State Farm
agents and spoke highly of the company, and also because her
father had sold insurance for State Farm in the 1950s to help pay his
way through medical school.Her father, Dr. Charles Kilo, is a renowned diabetes researcher and head of the Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Research Foundation.
Kilo Peterson is a junior executive board member of that foundation and has served on its golf tournament committee for more than 10 years.She
next community involvement will be with Shriners Hospital
, where her
2-year-old daughter, Lucy, recently underwent successful surgery for hip dysplasia.