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Press Release

March 6, 2020

Umialik, Western National Insurance Group Announce 2020 ‘Circle of Excellence’ Agencies and Award Winners

(Anchorage, Alaska) Umialik Insurance Company and Western National Insurance Group today announced their 2020 Circle of Excellence agencies and award winners:

2020 Western Region Circle of Excellence Agencies

  • Alaska USA Insurance Brokers

  • Alliant Insurance Services

  • Basin Pacific Insurance

  • Bell-Anderson Agency

  • Business Insurance Associates

  • Central Washington Insurance Agency

  • Conrad-Houston Insurance

  • The Dunlap Agency

  • HUB International Northwest

  • Inland Insurance

  • Johnson Insurance Group

  • Marsh & McLennan Agency

  • Propel Insurance

  • Redmond General Insurance Agency

  • RISQ Consulting

2020 Central Region Circle of Excellence Agencies

  • The Accel Group

  • Advance Insurance Agency

  • Ansay & Associates

  • Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting

  • Bremer Insurance Agencies

  • Brennan & Stuart

  • Brown & Brown of Minnesota

  • Choice Insurance

  • Christensen Group

  • Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmerman

  • Corporate Four Insurance Agency

  • Dilley Insurance Brokers

  • Dimond Bros. Insurance

  • Fischer Rounds & Associates

  • The Horton Group

  • The Insurance Center

  • J.A. Price Agency

  • Kraus-Anderson Insurance

  • M3 Insurance Solutions

  • Maguire Agency

  • Marsh & McLennan Agency

  • North Risk Partners

  • Rand-Tec Insurance Agency

  • TrueNorth Companies

  • Weizenegger-Engel Insurance

2020 Award Recipients

  • Fast-Track Agency of the Year (Central Region): The Brehmer Agency

  • Fast-Track Agency of the Year (Western Region): Rice Insurance

  • Commercial Lines Agency of the Year (Alaska Region): Marsh & McLennan Agency

  • Commercial Lines Agency of the Year (Central Region): Dimond Bros. Insurance

  • Commercial Lines Agency of the Year (Western Region): HUB International Northwest

  • Personal Lines Agency of the Year (Alaska Region): Silva Insurance Services

  • Personal Lines Agency of the Year (Central Region): Corporate Four Insurance Agency

  • President’s Award: Chris Meidt, President & CEO, North Risk Partners

The Western National Insurance Group Circle of Excellence recognition is announced annually to spotlight an elite group of partners who have excelled based on performance and growth over the past five years (2015 - 2019). An agency must also demonstrate that they meet high standards of professional excellence and integrity in order to be considered for this recognition.

In addition to this Personal Auto Premium Relief program, the following new programs have been put into place to ensure flexibility for customers of Umialik:

  • Through June 1, 2020, the company will not be canceling Personal Lines policies due to non-payment of premium.

  • The company will work with every policyholder who needs premium billing relief to ensure flexibility (including the ability to change billing timing).

  • The company will continue to provide coverage under Personal Auto policies when a covered person uses their personal vehicle in the usually excluded business activity of delivering food, groceries, and/or pharmacy items.

  • Umialik will not file any new rate increases for Personal Auto through at least June 1, 2020. The Penalty Free Promise® for Personal Auto continues, meaning Umialik customers will never see an increase related to a ticket or accident.

Umialik Insurance Company, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, has served the property-and-casualty insurance needs of Alaskans since 1981. Umialik is a member of Western National Insurance, 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 $717 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.

The actions above apply to customers of the following standard property-and-casualty companies: Western National Mutual Insurance Company and Umialik Insurance Company.

Umialik Insurance Company, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, has served the property-and-casualty insurance needs of Alaskans since 1981. Umialik is a member of Western National Insurance, 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 $717 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.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT
Vice President – Communications & Customer Experience
(952) 921-5680 or (800) 862-6070 Ext. 7680
steven.norman@wnins.com