July 18, 2008

Kevin Christy Named a Fellow of the Casualty Actuary Society

Western National Insurance Group today announced that Kevin Christy, Vice President - Chief Actuary, has earned the Fellow of the Casualty Actuary Society (FCAS) designation, the highest credentials offered by the Casualty Actuary Society (CAS). Through this achievement, Christy joins an elite group of approximately 2,500 Fellows nationwide (3,000 worldwide); he also becomes Western National's first FCAS. He will travel this fall to attend the CAS Annual Meeting & Conferment Ceremony in Seattle, WA.

"We're very proud of Kevin's achievement," said Stuart Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Edina, MN-based property and casualty insurer. "He brings a high level of expertise and talent to the actuarial and product development here at Western National."

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. Kevin served as the Manager of the Research and Development Department for all Western National companies, and was recently appointed Vice President - Chief Actuary.

The Casualty Actuary Society, based in Arlington, VA, is the foremost professional society for casualty actuaries, consisting of over 4,300 members employed by insurance companies, educational institutions, ratemaking organizations, state insurance departments, the federal government, and independent consulting firms.

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 lines in MN, SD and WI, 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 states 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