West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. Named 2016 Company of the Year by National Association of Professional Insurance Agents
WASHINGTON – The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named West Bend Mutual Insurance Company as the recipient of its prestigious 2016 Company Award of Excellence. The presentation was made on September 23, 2016 at a gala ceremony held in conjunction with PIA’s Board of Directors meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.
“This is our Association’s highest company honor,” said PIA National President Robert W. Hansen, Jr., in presenting the award. “West Bend has done much to further the interests of their professional independent agent partners. Their underwriters have spent years working with their agents, cultivating relationships based on mutual trust and understanding.”
(L to R) Jim Schwalen, West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. vice president
personal lines and marketing,Robert W. Hansen, Jr., LUTCF, CPIA, PIA National's president,
David Nicholas, West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.senior regional sales manager – Iowa
“West Bend has always demonstrated a strong commitment to agent education—providing their independent agent partners with professional development and continuing education opportunities,” Hansen said. “West Bend is a stalwart supporter of professional independent insurance agents and of PIA,” Hansen said. “They are truly our partners.”
The PIA National Company Award of Excellence honors a company for its commitment to PIA, to the independent agency insurance distribution system, and to furthering the interests of professional insurance agents by creating a better business environment.
“We’re honored to receive the Company Award of Excellence from PIA National,” said Kevin Steiner, West Bend president and CEO. “All of us at West Bend firmly believe in the value of the independent agency system. Nothing happens until an agent sells a policy so we’ve always done our best to provide them with the products and resources they need to serve their valued customers. In addition, we pride ourselves on the quality relationships we share with our agent partners at every level. This award confirms our agents value those relationships as much as we do.”
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1894 and headquartered in West Bend, Wisconsin, provides property/casualty insurance products throughout the Midwest. The company offers a broad personal lines coverage package, a full range of commercial products and services, insurance for specialty lines, and a surety division. West Bend employs more than 1,200 associates and is represented by approximately 2,000 independent insurance agencies throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, and Nebraska and has grown to more than $1.5 billion in assets and over $1 billion in annual revenue. The company has been rated A (Excellent) or better by A.M. Best since 1971 and is consistently ranked at the top of a nationwide ease-of-doing business survey.
Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.