Auto-Owners Receives the 2017 Company Award of Excellence
Auto-Owners Chairman & CEO Jeffrey F. Harrold (left) and PIA National President Gary Blackwell (right) during the gala ceremony. (Photo: Courtesy of PIA)
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named Auto-Owners Insurance (Auto-Owners) as the recipient of its prestigious 2017 Company Award of Excellence. The presentation was made Sept. 15 at a gala ceremony held in conjunction with PIA’s board of directors meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Auto-Owners is highly deserving of this: our association’s highest company honor,” said PIA National President Gary Blackwell, while presenting the award. “For independent agents, Auto-Owners is a true partner. Many of us have placed Auto-Owners Insurance high among the carriers we represent. There are many good reasons for this: financial strength and stability, excellent service, superior products, unparalleled quality and ease of doing business.”
“Perhaps the most important reason we are so loyal to Auto-Owners, is that Auto-Owners is loyal to independent agents,” Blackwell said. “It’s a perfect match!”
The PIA National Company Award of Excellence honors a company for its commitment to PIA, to the American Agency System and to furthering the interests of professional insurance agents by creating a better business environment.
“We are honored and humbly accept this award on behalf of the associates of Auto-Owners that make such awards possible,” said Jeff Harrold, chairman and CEO of Auto-Owners Insurance who — along with Mary Pierce, the senior vice president of marketing and sales — was on hand for the presentation.
Established in 1916 and headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance is the 17th-largest property/casualty insurance group in the nation, based on a written premium of over $6.3 billion. The company also ranks 398th on the Fortune 500 list.
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