ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb.12, 2008— Trusted Choice® welcomes the newest independent agency system insurance company – Ohio Mutual Insurance Group – to the branding program. Ohio Mutual is based in Bucyrus, Ohio and began insuring farms in 1901 as the Ohio Mutual Tornado, Cyclone and Windstorm Insurance Association.
Trusted Choice® was launched in 2001 by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) and several independent agency companies to highlight the benefits independent agencies and brokerage firms offer consumers—choice of companies, customization of policies and advocacy support.
“For over 100 years, it has been our belief that independent agents provide the most thorough and professional advice to insurance buyers,” says Jim Kennedy, President and CEO of Ohio Mutual. “Our joining forces with Trusted Choice® is just further proof of our support and belief in the independent agency distribution channel.”
Today, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, with an “A” Excellent rating from A.M. Best, has more than 107 years of protecting policyholders. The company is currently represented by over 300 independent insurance agents and protects over 185,000 farm, home, auto and business policyholders throughout Ohio, Rhode Island, Nebraska, and Kansas. For more information, visit www.omig.com.
“Ohio Mutual Insurance Group has been an important business partner for independent insurance agents in Ohio and their participation in Trusted Choice® demonstrates their past and future commitment to independent insurance agents,” says Scott Nein, CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of Ohio.
“We are pleased to have Ohio Mutual Insurance Group join Trusted Choice®. While they have been in business for more than 100 years, they have joined Trusted Choice® as part of a strategy to increase their footprint with independent insurance agents and their customers for the next 100 years,” says Dave Evans, Executive Director of Trusted Choice®.
“While Ohio Mutual Insurance Group has their roots in Ohio, they’ve brought that same commitment to serving independent insurance agents and their customers to Rhode Island,” says Bob Loiselle, an Ohio Mutual Agent, and head of Loiselle Insurance in Pawtucket, R.I. and a longtime Trusted Choice® board member. “We are pleased to have them as a partner in this national consumer brand.”
Trusted Choice® educates consumers about the benefits of using independent agents and brokers for their insurance needs: choice of companies, customized policies and advocacy support. Trusted Choice® is the consumer marketing identity for over 9,800 independent insurance agencies, brokerage firms, their branch locations and 46 leading insurance companies, including Ohio Mutual Insurance Group.
Web address: www.TrustedChoice.com.