July 17, 2013

Western National Insurance Group named to 2013 Ward's Top 50

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group (WNIG) of Edina, Minn., today announced that it has been named to the 2013 Ward’s 50 Benchmark Group of top performing property-and-casualty companies in the United States. Being named to this group recognizes Western National for achieving outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over a five-year period (2008 – 2012). This is the eighth time in the past nine years (and the fifth consecutive year) that Western National has been named to this list of top performers.

"It’s an honor to be recognized once again by the Ward Group® as an industry leader in financial strength and performance," said Stuart Henderson, president and chief executive officer. "Being named to the Ward’s 50 is a real credit to solid business planning and to the dedicated efforts of our employees, independent agents, and other business partners. We look forward to building on this financial strength for the continued protection of our policyholders in 2013 and beyond.”

Ward Group®, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based consulting firm that specializes in the insurance industry, annually reviews the financial results of over 3,000 Property/Casualty insurance companies, selecting the top 50 performers. This group of 50 companies is referred to as the "Ward's 50".

Western National Insurance Group (WNIG), headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies writing over $365 million of premium on over $300 million of policyholder’s surplus. The group serves the property-and-casualty insurance needs of individuals, families, and businesses in 18 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S., with products sold exclusively through independent insurance agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT

Assistant Vice President – Communications

(952) 921–5680 or (800) 862–6070 Ext. 7680