SEATTLE, WASH. (Feb. 8, 2012) – Safeco Insurance has announced new leaders for its National Advisory Council in 2012: Shane Tatum, president, and Jeff Ogard, vice president.
Tatum, who has served on the agent council since 2004, is chief executive officer of Integra Financial Group Ltd., which also has several locations throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Ogard is vice president of personal lines at EHL Insurance in Poulsbo, Wash., an agency with locations in Poulsbo, Sequim and Port Angeles.
“Shane Tatum and Jeff Ogard will be strong voices for independent agents, and I look forward to their leadership on the council,” said Mike Hughes, president, Safeco Insurance. “The council plays an important role in our partnership with agents and supports our commitment to provide an exceptional Safeco experience at every step.”
The National Advisory Council is a collaborative, agent-driven forum that helps Safeco partner with agents to provide insurance products that meet the changing needs of customers. The national council includes the president and vice president from each of the company’s regional councils across the country. The officers of the national council are elected by its members.
“It will be an honor to serve as president of the National Advisory Council during its upcoming 10th anniversary year,” said Tatum, who served as vice president of the council in 2011. “I’m excited to continue the fine work done by our past leaders, giving all independent agents, no matter their size or location, a voice within Safeco.”
Safeco developed the advisory council system to provide agents with an avenue to bring issues and recommendations to the company’s attention, as well as the means to collaborate on solutions. The structure includes both regional and national councils, all managed by agents.
“I look forward to representing fellow independent agents and working with Safeco to create new opportunities, resolve concerns and improve communication,” said Ogard.
In business since 1923 and based in Seattle, Wash., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue.
For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.