September 26, 2006

Western National Insurance Group Announces President & CEO Re-election as Director to NAMIC P/C Conference Board

Western National Insurance Group, based in Edina, MN, today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Stuart C. Henderson, JD, CPCU, has been re-elected for a three-year term as a Director on the Property Casualty Conference Board of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).

"I am looking forward to continued service on behalf of this fine organization," said Stuart Henderson, president & chief executive officer of Western National Insurance Group. "As with any other form of volunteer service, I get just as much benefit out of the experience, and the interaction with other mutual company executives, as I put in - probably more!"

The newly expanded Western National Insurance Group consists of five regional Property and Casualty Insurance companies with direct written premium in excess of $240 million and total assets of $470 million. Western National Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in Edina, Minnesota and writes personal and commercial lines in MN, WI, SD, ND and IA. Western National Assurance Company maintains offices in Seattle, Washington, and writes the same types of business in WA and OR. Farmers Home Mutual Insurance Company, Western Home Insurance Company and Pioneer Insurance Company are currently headquartered in Edina, MN and write personal lines in MN, WA, NV and UT. All companies distribute their insurance products solely via the Independent Agency system.

Founded in 1895, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) is a full-service national trade association serving the property/casualty insurance industry with more than 1,400 member companies that underwrite more than 40 percent of the property/casualty insurance premium in the United States. NAMIC members are small farm mutual companies, state and regional insurance companies, risk retention groups, national writers, reinsurance companies, and international insurance giants. NAMIC benefits member companies through government relations, public affairs, education, arbitration services and insurance programs.

For further information, contact:

Mary S. Manley

SVP Corporate Affairs & Administration