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May 9, 2014

Stacey Matteson Promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Umialik Insurance Company

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced that Stacey M. Matteson has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Anchorage, Alaska-based Umialik Insurance Company, effective immediately.

Stacey joined Umiaik in 2013 as Director of Underwriting. Prior to joining Umialik, Stacey was Senior Vice President of Underwriting for Farmers & Mechanics Insurance Company in West Virginia, and Product Manager for Vesta Insurance Companies in Alabama.

In her new management role, Stacey will be responsible for leading the group’s commercial and personal lines operations in Alaska. She will fill the role currently held by Senior Vice President and General Manager Tessa Wilson, who will retire on August 1, 2014 after 26 years of service.

“We are very pleased to have so successfully completed Umialik’s leadership succession plan,” said Rich Kalina, Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Western National Insurance Group. “In addition to Stacey’s extensive underwriting and product management expertise, her background includes agency sales experience in Alaska, making her a great fit to know and understand the needs of our partners and customers throughout The Last Frontier state.”

Umialik Insurance Company, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, is a member of Edina, Minn.-based Western National Insurance Group (WNIG), a super-regional group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies writing over $400 million of personal, commercial, and surety premium on over $315 million of policyholder’s surplus. The group serves the insurance needs of individuals, families, and businesses in 19 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S., with products sold exclusively through 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
steven.norman@wnins.com