July 18, 2012

Western National Named a Top 50 Company

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group (WNIG) of Edina, Minn., today announced that it has been named to the 2012 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 (2007 – 2011). This is the seventh time in the past eight years that Western National has been named to this list of top performers.

"We are pleased 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.  "This recognition is the result of solid business planning and of the continued hard work 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 2012 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, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of seven active companies serving the property-and-casualty insurance needs of individuals, families, and businesses.  Written premium as of December 30, 2011 was $314.4 million, on Policyholder Surplus of $269.6 million and Assets of $689.7 million.  The group’s products are sold exclusively through professional independent agents in 17 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S.

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Steve Norman, AIT

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