June 12, 2008

Western National Insurance Group Announces Officer Promotions

At the Board of Directors meeting of Western National Mutual Insurance Company held on June 10, 2008, Leon Smith was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Kevin J. Christy, ACAS, was promoted to Vice President - Chief Actuary.

Leon Smith has been with the company 11 years, most recently serving as Treasurer, and is responsible for all accounting functions, in addition to premium billing and investment activities. Previously he spent 25 years with American Hardware and 3 years with Motorists Mutual in various and progressively more responsible accounting roles.

Kevin received his Bachelor's in Business Administration in Actuarial Science & Risk Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After starting his insurance career at Capitol Indemnity, he joined Western National in 1999 as an Actuarial Assistant. Since then, and while earning his ACAS, Kevin has served as the Manager of the Research and Development Department for all Western National companies. With this promotion, he will retain the ratemaking and policy form duties of his current position, as well as his duties in reserving and reinsurance. In addition, he will assume management responsibility for the Marketing side of Sales & Marketing, reporting to Executive Vice President - Underwriting & Marketing, David Eide.

"We are very pleased to recognize Leon for the strategic role he has filled for us, in addition to his general accounting role, over the last few years," said President & CEO, Stu Henderson. "And having Kevin join our officer ranks adds a strong leader for our employees to follow in the service of the policyholder."

Western National Insurance Group consists of five regional Property and Casualty Insurance companies with shared administrative offices in Edina, Minnesota. Western National Mutual Insurance Company writes personal and commercial lines in MN, WI, SD, ND and IA; Western National Assurance Company writes personal lines in WA, OR, NV and UT, and commercial lines in WA and OR (maintaining an underwriting and claim office in Seattle); and Western Home Insurance Company and Pioneer Insurance Company write personal lines in MN, WA, NV and UT. The Group writes over $240 million of premium, and has over $200 million in Policyholder Surplus. All of the companies' products are sold exclusively through professional independent agents.

Western National is a Trusted Choice® and a Ward's Top 50 Company.

For further information, contact:

Mary S. Manley

SVP Corporate Affairs & Administration