June 29, 2022

Western National Insurance Group Announces Officer Promotions of Dockendorf and Kristjanson

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Mutual Insurance Company today announced that it has promoted two employees – Rich Dockendorf and Scott Kristjanson – to new Assistant Vice President roles on its officer team, effective immediately. 

 Rich Dockendorf, now Assistant Vice President – Underwriting, joined Western National in 2015 and has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, specifically commercial underwriting. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Saint John’s University. 

 Scott Kristjanson, now Assistant Vice President – Underwriting, joined Western National in 1987 and has held a variety of roles during his time with the company, working first in Personal Lines, then transitioning to Workers Compensation, and Commercial Lines. He was promoted to Director of Underwriting in January 2021. 

 “Rich and Scott have proven themselves to be outstanding leaders in the service of our customers, business partners, and internal stakeholders,” said Rick Long, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to recognize their experience and impressive contributions with these promotions. I look forward to continuing to utilize their talents, resourcefulness, and expertise to further grow our business and enhance our customer experience, both internally and externally, across our Group.” 

 Western National Insurance, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of property-and-casualty insurance companies. The Group writes business through five active insurance companies—Western National Mutual Insurance Company, Western National Assurance Company, Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company, Umialik Insurance Company, and American Freedom Insurance Company — and is affiliated with Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. Together, the affiliated Group writes over $800 million in personal and commercial direct premium in 19 states across the Northern, Midwestern, and Western U.S. as well as in Alaska; and surety bonds in 41 states. All of the companies’ products are sold exclusively through professional Independent Insurance Agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT
Senior Vice President - Communications & Customer Experience
(952) 921–5680 or (800) 862–6070 Ext. 7680

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