May 6, 2008

Stuart Henderson Elected to AAIS Board of Directors

Western National Insurance Group, based in Edina, MN, today announced that Stuart Henderson, J.D., CPCU, president and CEO of Western National Insurance Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) as of its annual meeting held April 20-22, 2008. Henderson joins the 10-member board as its sole newly elected member for 2008.

"On behalf of Western National, a longtime subscriber to AAIS's services, I can attest to the quality and professionalism of this fine organization," Henderson said. "I thank AAIS for the opportunity to serve its members in this new capacity."

AAIS, based in Wheaton, IL, is a national insurance advisory organization that develops standardized policy forms and rating information used by more than 600 property/casualty companies throughout the U.S.

Western National Insurance Group is a super-regional insurance group writing over $243 million in Direct Premium annually with over $211 million in Policyholder Surplus. The group consists of four regional Property and Casualty Insurance companies with shared administrative offices in Edina, MN and a local underwriting and claim office in Seattle, WA. Western National Mutual Insurance Company writes personal and commercial lines in IA, MN, ND, SD and WI; Western National Assurance Company writes personal lines in NV, OR, UT and WA, and commercial lines in OR and WA; and Western Home Insurance Company writes personal lines in MN, NV, UT and WA. Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company will commence writing niche commercial lines in those territories in 2008. All of the companies' products are sold exclusively through professional independent agents.

For further information, contact:

Mary S. Manley
SVP Corporate Affairs & Administration

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