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Press Release

November 28, 2016

Eric Furtado Joins Western National Insurance Group

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced the hiring of Eric Furtado as Vice President of Agency Sales, based in the company’s Edina, Minn. office. In this role, Eric will be responsible for day-to-day sales activities as well as management of the group’s Regional Agency Manager team.

Eric joins Western National with over 15 years of industry experience. Most recently, Eric was Vice President of Personal Lines Underwriting at QBE, where he successfully managed a staff underwriting over $750 million in personal lines premium. Prior to joining QBE, Eric had multiple supervisory responsibilities on the direct side at GEICO in the Washington D.C. area.

“We are glad to have a leader of Eric’s caliber join our management team,” said Jeff Couchman, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Agency Sales at Western National. “Eric brings a unique blend of talent, experience, and passion for working with Independent Agency partners that will help us add significant value to our agency relationships in the days ahead.”

Western National Insurance Group, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional property-and-casualty insurance group writing over $520 million in Direct Premium in 19 states, plus surety in an additional 7 states. The group consists of 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), as well as one affiliate company (Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company), together serving personal and commercial customers in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S, and in Alaska. 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
Assistant Vice President – Communications
(952) 921–5680 or (800) 862–6070 Ext. 7680