Safeco Names 2014 National Advisory Council

Contact: Karen Pevenstein
SEATTLE, Wash. (January 2, 2014) Safeco Insurance® has announced Bill St. Charles and Steve Tripp as president and vice president for the company’s National Advisory Council effective immediately.
“We look to the National Advisory Council to help strengthen partnerships, improve business results for both independent agents and Safeco, and enhance the customer experience,” said Matthew Nickerson, president of Safeco Insurance. “The all-agent council has fostered a tradition of open, honest dialogue between Safeco and our agency partners, and the leadership of Bill St. Charles and Steve Tripp will continue that legacy.”
St. Charles is president of Klebba Agency in Wixom, Mich., which has been serving southeast Michigan since 1931. Tripp is vice president and treasurer of McKinney Olson Insurance, with locations in Sioux Falls and Brandon, S.D.
“Serving my peers and customers as president of the National Advisory Council is truly an honor,” said St. Charles, who was the council’s vice president in 2013. “The council system is a wonderful example of Safeco’s commitment to independent agents and the customers we serve.”
Safeco has been using advisory councils for more than 10 years to collaborate with agents on solutions that will improve the agent and customer experience. Approximately 140 agents sit on eight regional councils, all managed by agents. The national council includes the president and vice president from each of the company’s regional councils across the country. Officers are elected by their peers.
In addition to St. Charles and Tripp, the following agents will serve on the 2014 National Advisory Council:


·         Mike Arnaud, BB&T Insurance, Greensboro, N.C.
·         Theodore Bertke, Leugers Insurance Agency, Maria Stein, Ohio
·         Brad Bourg, Bourg Insurance Agency, Donaldsonville, La.
·         Maryanne Broemel, National Penn Insurance Group, Silverdale, Pa.
·         Jessica Ceriani, Front Range Insurance, Littleton, Colo.
·         Susan Erickson, P-W Insurance Center, Petersburg, Alaska
·         Brock Fluegge, Lakeside Insurance, Burnsville, Minn.
·         Mike Foy, Foy Insurance, Exeter, N.H.
·         Kelley Herrin, Jack Bradley Agency, Cornelia, Ga.
·         Chris Huwaldt, Paynewest Insurance, McMinnville, Ore.
·         Chris McGuire, Ferguson & McGuire Agency, Wallingford, Conn.
·         Seann McWhorter, Insure Right Insurance, Lehi, Utah
·         Mike Randles, Insurance Center Associates, San Pedro, Calif.
·         Curt Stephenson, First Merchants Insurance Group, Muncie, Ind.
·         Marty Yost, Calvin, Eddy & Kappelman, Lawrence, Kan.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., 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.

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