Western National Insurance Group President & CEO, Richard Long
Western National Insurance, headquartered in Edina, is a group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies (and one affiliate – Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company of Lansing, Mich.) providing personal and commercial coverage in 22 states, plus surety bonds in 41 states, across the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S. Building quality relationships has been at the core of the company's operations since it was founded in 1901. From its roots as a direct-writing fire insurer for Minnesota's creameries and cheese factories, to its current role as an Independent-Agent-driven super-regional insurer for individuals, families, and businesses, Western National has focused on providing exceptional service to its agency partners, policyholders, and local communities. The company is a proud supporter of the MIIAB.
“At Western National, we believe working exclusively with Independent Insurance Agents provides our mutual policyholders with the best possible choice to meet their protection needs," said Rick Long, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The mix of expertise and quality carrier options that only an Independent Agent can provide makes us proud to call it our sole distribution system. We are honored to partner with Independent Agent associations, especially the MIIAB in our home state, now and in the years to come."
While Western National is focusing on the future, the Group is also taking time to celebrate its recent successes. In the past year, Western National surpassed $600 million in policyholder surplus, was named a Top 175 Workplace in Minnesota, and received recognition once again as a Ward Top 50 Benchmark Group of top-performing U.S. property-and-casualty companies (its 16th time in the past 17 years). In addition to these accolades, a strong business plan and the continued hard work of employees and agency partners resulted in growth of the Group's assets to $1.7 billion.
For 2021, Western National remains focused on increasing the ease-of-use of its online systems, enhancing relationships with its agency partners, and achieving profitable premium growth. Combined with the company's ongoing commitment to individual-risk underwriting and to prompt-and-fair claims service, these efforts have Western National on track to continue building on its successes throughout 2021 and beyond.