Grinnell Mutual Affiliates Receive NAMIC Recognition

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The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) recognized several farm mutual staff and directors during its 2016 Annual Convention in September.

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The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) recognized several farm mutual staff and directors during its 2016 Annual Convention in September. Several Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company employees and affiliates were awarded designations, elected to serve on NAMIC boards, or were inducted into the NAMIC Merit Society. Grinnell Mutual congratulates the following individuals for their professional designations and industry involvement.

Professional Farm Mutual Managers
To become a professional farm mutual manager, participants must be active in the management of a farm mutual company with at least five years of property insurance experience, attend a NAMIC educational event, and complete the Strategic Business Management, Underwriting and Claims, and Financial management courses.

Staff members from Grinnell Mutual’s affiliated mutual insurance companies earning this designation are:

  •     Dave Heynen of Farmers Mutual Insurance Association of Hull in Hull, Iowa
  •     Scott Lightfoot of CFM Insurance, Inc. in Concordia, Mo.
  •     Alan Mahaffey of Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association of Guthrie County in Stuart, Iowa
  •     Jennifer Visser of Bird Island-Hawk Creek Mutual Insurance Company in Bird Island, Minn.

Farm Mutual Director Certification
To become a certified farm mutual director, participants must be an active director of a farm mutual company, complete four courses from each of three areas — Management, Operations and Insurance, and Finance and Accounting, and complete continuing education classes to maintain the designation.

Directors and staff members from affiliated mutual insurance companies who earned the designation this year include:

Iowa

  •     Larry Abbe of Farmers Mutual Insurance Association in Schleswig
  •     Lloyd Bartelt of Winnebago Mutual Insurance Association in Woden
  •     Sherol Brown of Adair County Mutual Insurance Association in Greenfield
  •     Ami Christensen of Adair County Mutual Insurance Association in Greenfield
  •     Duane Christofferson of Danish Mutual Insurance Association of Shelby County in Elk Horn
  •     David Don Carlos of Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association of Guthrie County in Stuart
  •     Mark Earhart of Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association of Guthrie County in Stuart
  •     Bryan Greve of Danish Mutual Insurance Association of Shelby County in Elk Horn
  •     Mark Hendrickson of Poweshiek Mutual Insurance Association in Grinnell
  •     Marcia Kralik of Adair County Mutual Insurance Association in Greenfield
  •     Greg Lilly of Adair County Mutual Insurance Association in Greenfield
  •     Bernard Lindsey of American Mutual Insurance Association in Grand Mound
  •     Terry Lowry of Poweshiek Mutual Insurance Association in Grinnell
  •     Tim McCartan of Humboldt Mutual Insurance Association in Humboldt
  •     Roy Pittman of Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association of Guthrie County in Stuart
  •     Forrest Schnobrich of Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association of Guthrie County in Stuart
  •     Norlyn Stowell of Farmers Mutual Insurance Association in Emmetsburg
  •     Harley Urbatsch of Winnebago Mutual Insurance Association in Lake Mills
  •     Kerry VanGundy of Patrons Mutual Insurance Association in Stuart
  •     Richard Wallace of Adair County Mutual Insurance Association in Greenfield

Illinois

  •     Duncan Britton of Randolph Mutual Insurance Company in Steeleville
  •     Francis McConville of Peru Waltham Mutual Insurance Company in Mendota
  •     Michael Merry of Bishop Mutual Insurance Company in Dieterich
  •     Jeffrey Niekamp of Camp Point Mutual Insurance Company in Camp Point
  •     Aaron Willson of Randolph Mutual Insurance Company in Steeleville

Minnesota

  •     Tom Danielson of Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company in Houston
  •     Nancy Forsyth of Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company in Houston.
  •     Robert Kuhlman of Mower County Farm Mutual in Racine
  •     Bruce Peters of Fairmont Farmers Mutual Insurance Company in Fairmont
  •     Kevin Rademacher of Agassiz & Odessa Mutual Insurance Company in Odessa
  •     John Wellendorf of Agassiz & Odessa Mutual Insurance Company in Odessa

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Missouri

  •     Ronald Howard of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nodaway County in Maryville
  •     Floyd Rodgers of Chariton County Mutual Insurance Company in Mendon

Montana

  •     Daniel Deegan of Fergus Farm Mutual in Lewistown
  •     Gerald Goroski of Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company of Montana in Wibaux
  •     Gary Knudson of Tri County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company in Malta

North Dakota

  •     Dale Overton of Family Mutual Insurance Company in Cando
  •     Gordonna Toepke of Southwest Mutual Insurance Company in New Salem

NAMIC boards
The following individuals from Grinnell Mutual’s affiliated mutual membership were named to a NAMIC board for 2016–2017:

Paul Stueven of Fairmont Farmers Mutual Insurance Company in Fairmont, Minn., will serve as the chairman of the NAMIC Board of Directors and is the immediate past chairman of the NAMIC Farm Mutual Conference board and past chairman of the NAMIC Merit Society board.
Dan DeArment of Friends Cove Mutual Insurance Company in Bedford, Pa., will serve on the Farm Mutual Conference Board.
Randy Druvenga of First Maxfield Mutual Insurance Association in Denver, Iowa, will serve on the Farm Mutual Conference Board.
Amy Johnson of Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Company in Finley, N.D., will serve on the Farm Mutual Conference Board.
Kevin Mosley of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Macon in Macon, Mo., will serve on the Farm Mutual Conference Board.
Susan Taggart of Mutual of Indiana Insurance Company in Remington, Ind., will serve on the Farm Mutual Conference Board.

NAMIC Merit Society
The NAMIC Merit Award promotes the advancement of professionalism in the insurance industry. It recognizes individuals who demonstrate educational attainment, service or contributions through NAMIC or state association activities.

The following affiliated farm mutual staff joined the NAMIC Merit Society:

  •     Curt Capper of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
  •     Brett Daniels of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
  •     Casey Gibbs of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
  •     Douglas Nauman of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
  •     Bernard Lindsey, Jr. of American Mutual Insurance Association in Grand Mound, Iowa
  •     Robert Kaestner of Lenox Mutual Insurance Association in Norway, Iowa
  •     Tina Stokken of Fergus Farm Mutual Insurance Association in Lewistown, Mont.
  •     Ron Hilliges of Norfolk Mutual Insurance Company in Norfolk, Neb.
  •     Tracey Sherman of Cass County Mutual Insurance Company in Casselton, N.D.
  •     Lois Wiedenhoeft of Forward Mutual Insurance Company in Ixonia, Wis.

To learn more about NAMIC, visit http://www.namic.org

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For more information:
Jennifer Miller
Integrated Marketing Manager
641-269-8322
jmiller@gmrc.com

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