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June 20, 2013

Western National Insurance Group announces officer promotions of Bain, Norman, Schwegman

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group (WNIG) today announced that it has promoted Mara Bain, Steve Norman, and Christine Schwegman all to the position of Assistant Vice President in their respective departments, effective immediately.

Mara Bain, Chief Experience Officer and Assistant Vice President, joined Western National as Controller in May 2012 after several years of experience with Great Northwest Insurance Company, Austin Mutual Insurance Company, and in the public accounting industry. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (B.A., Business Administration) and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Steve Norman, Assistant Vice President – Communications, joined Western National in 2005. Most recently the Director of Communications, he has served in successive positions of responsibility for the group’s corporate communications, branding, and design activities. Norman is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.A., English, and M.A., Strategic Communication) and is designated as a CPCU and AIT by the AICPCU-IIA.

Christine Schwegman, Assistant Vice President – Reinsurance, joined Western National in August 2011 after 15 years of experience with reinsurance brokerage Aon Benfield. Most recently the Director of Reinsurance, she has been a key leader in managing the group’s successful reinsurance relationships. Christine is a graduate of the University of North Dakota (B.S., Math) and is designated as an ARe by the AICPCU-IIA.

“Mara, Steve, and Christine have all proven themselves to be excellent leaders in the service of our stakeholders,” said Stuart Henderson, president and chief executive officer of WNIG. “We are pleased to be able to recognize them for their contributions, and we look forward to continuing to utilize their talents and expertise to grow and enhance our customer service in the days ahead.”

Western National Insurance Group, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies serving individuals, families, and businesses in 18 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S. The group distributes its products exclusively through independent insurance agents.

For further information, please contact:

Jeff Couchman, CPCU, ARe, AU
Senior Vice President – Marketing & Agency Sales
(952) 921–5650 or (800) 862–6070 Ext. 7650
jeff.couchman@wnins.com