December 2, 2013

Western National Hires New Vice President - Human Resources

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group (WNIG) of Edina, Minn., today announced that Lori A.M. Smith, has joined the companies as Vice President – Human Resources. In this role, Smith will be responsible for all of the HR-related areas in all WNIG companies.

Currently an independent HR/Business Consultant, Smith has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles in human resources and compensation management, including positions at Comm-Works, LLC; Piper Jaffray Co; Skyline Displays, Inc.; Gelco Information Network; and several other Minnesota companies.

Smith earned her B.S. in Human Resources & Management from the University of Minnesota. She has also completed the Mini-MBA program at the University of St. Thomas.

“We are very fortunate to have attracted an experienced and well-credentialed HR executive like Lori to our management team,” said Stuart Henderson, president and chief executive officer of Western National Insurance Group. “Her strong background in companies of various size and complexity will be of great assistance to us as we manage, and grow, our company and our workforce. We look forward to working with Lori in the service of our customers, agents and employees.”

Western National Insurance Group, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies writing over $400 million of premium on over $300 million of Policyholder Surplus. The Group serves the property-and-casualty insurance needs of individuals, families, and businesses exclusively through professional independent agents in 19 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT

Assistant Vice President - Communications

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