PIA National Names Westfield Insurance 2011 Company of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named Westfield Insurance as the recipient of its prestigious 2011 Company Award of Excellence on September 24, 2011 at a ceremony held in conjunction with PIA's Board of Directors meeting in San Francisco.

Annually, 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.

"The PIA National 2011 Company Award of Excellence is being presented to a carrier that thrives as the result of its total commitment to Professional Insurance Agents," said PIA National President Fred Thomas, who presented the award. "Westfield Insurance is a market leader and an ardent supporter of the agency system. Westfield Insurance views its agents as true business partners, providing them with an excellent product portfolio, combined with unparalleled support that agencies can use to build their success."  Westfield products are available exclusively through independent insurance agencies.

"Our Westfield mission is to provide peace of mind to consumers and our agents.  We do that by sharing knowledge about managing risk through our insurance products and services," said Jim Clay, Westfield Group Chief Executive Officer. "The advice and counsel of a professional independent agent is essential for consumers to making sound decisions about their protection.  We partner with many of the best agencies, and they are an integral part of our Westfield value proposition."

About Westfield Insurance:

In business for more than 163 years, Westfield Insurance provides commercial and personal insurance in 21 active states and surety services to customers in 31 states. Westfield is one of the nation's 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of over 1,100 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Insurance at www.WestfieldInsurance.com.

About PIA:

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA's web address is www.pianet.com.

SOURCE National Association of Professional Insurance Agents



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