July 18, 2017

Western National Insurance Group Named a 2017 Ward Group Top 50 Property-and-Casualty Insurance Company

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced that it has been named to the 2017 Ward’s 50 Benchmark Group of top-performing property-and-casualty insurance 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 (2012 – 2016). This is the 12th time in the past 13 years (and the ninth consecutive year) that Western National has been named to this list of top performers.

“We’re pleased to be included on this important list, and to have done so by producing another five-year period of strong financial results,” said Stuart Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Western National Insurance Group. “The performance behind this recognition is the result of a quality business plan and of the hard work of our employees and independent agency partners. We look forward to pushing ourselves to build on this financial strength for the continued protection of our policyholders in the years to come.”

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

Western National Insurance, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of property-and-casualty insurance companies providing personal and commercial coverage in 20 states across the Midwestern and Western U.S. as well as in Alaska; and surety bonds in 32 states. The Group writes over $631 million in Direct Premium through eight active insurance companies—Western National Mutual Insurance Company, Western National Assurance Company, Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company, Western Home Insurance Company, Arizona Auto Insurance Company, Umialik Insurance Company, American Freedom Insurance Company, and Nevada General Insurance Company—and through one affiliate, Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. All of the Group’s products are sold exclusively through professional Independent Insurance Agents.

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Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT

Vice President – Communications

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