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VP of Personal Lines & Marketing on Fox6

In case you missed Jim Schwalen on Fox6, here is a great recap of the Road America teen driving class, what they cover, and why it's so important:  WATCH


Ansay & Associates Summer Interns Visit

Ansay_Interns_Summer_Visit.jpegThanks to the summer interns at Ansay & Associates, LLC for visiting us to learn more about West Bend and the insurance industry! We appreciate all of the great interaction and questions. It was a pleasure to meet all of you. Best of luck in the future!

PDP Graduation

IMG_4253.jpgMany independent agents graduated from our Producer Development Program. For this training, West Bend contracts with Polestar, a company consisting of former insurance professionals that now consult, teach, and mentor our participants. The agents are hand-picked by the agency principals (like Rick Cox) and our Regional Sales Managers. If they qualify, they will attend educational sessions during two visits to West Bend that cover industry markets, trends, professional and commercial lines, priority management, referral harvesting, selling styles, social media, business planning and much more. They also presented to the West Bend associates, their peers, owners, and mentors. West Bend subsidizes part of the cost of this program to further support the education of independent insurance agents.

Welcome Summer Students!

We officially welcomed 50 students who are working at West Bend this summer! They wore their college attire to represent their schools. It's great to have such amazing talent join our team!


6th Annual DogJog Picnic Benefiting the MACC Fund

A great time was had eating good food and watching the shenanigans with the Racing Sausages!  All proceeds raised were donated to the MACC Fund in honor of the Dove Family.  



West Bend Receives Community Partner Award

volunteer_center.jpgThank you to the lovely and dedicated folks at the Volunteer Center Washington County for the Community Partner award last night at the 2016 Champions of Change event! We're both honored and humbled. Congratulations to all of the incredible people that give so selflessly of their time and talent to help others.

Thank you, Sue Millin, for your nomination and kind words:

West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. supports countless causes and charities in and around West Bend and has created a culture of giving that extends far beyond their corporation. They are blessed with kindhearted and generous associates. West Bend not only encourages their associates to volunteer, but provides them with many opportunities to give back in a meaningful and impactful way. Many of their associates bring high-level skills to nonprofit boards and committees, which makes a HUGE difference to local nonprofits.

West Bend associates generously donate their time, talents, and treasures. Each year, dozens of associates spend a full day building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Many participate in the local United Way Campaign by donating to the cause. In fact, because of their generosity, West Bend consistently meets or exceeds their United Way fundraising goals. They participate in events like the Boys and Girls Club 5K for Kids and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and raise pledges for these very worthy causes. For the past 25 years, associates have adopted families in need during the holidays, donated money for toys, food, and gift cards. They help ease the burden and make the holidays brighter for many area families.

Regardless of the cause or the need, West Bend associates show their creativity and enthusiasm, along with their compassion and generosity, day in and day out. They don’t just know what it means to help a friend in need, they live it each day.

May Key Recognition Winners

Key Recognition is West Bend's peer to peer recognition program that celebrates individuals and teams who do what's right and deliver results by offering timely, frequent, and personalized recognition.  Congratulations to the May winners:

Tom V. - CL Operations
Kathy G. - CL Operations
Martin O. - CL Operations
Kyle D. - NSI Underwriting
Quinn M. - NSI Underwriting
Al P. - NSI Claims

Race Car Drive Duke Long Visits West Bend

The Celebrating Cultures Committee arranged for Duke Long to stop by with his race car and chat with the associates.  Many attempted, and thankfully, none failed getting in and out of the car which was a feat in itself!  West Bend is a community sponsor of his car.  What a fun experience!  


West Bend Announces Scholarship Winners

Scholarship.jpgWest Bend associates who have a senior in high school have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships given by West Bend.  Recipients are evaluated by the Scholarship Committee based on initiative and motivation of classes taken, service activities, extracurricular activities/work; GPA; and essay. We wish all of these students the best of luck at college next year! Congratulations!

Hunter will be attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He was awarded the $10,000 Silver Lining Scholarship.

Aimee will be attending Baylor University majoring in Marketing, Finance and Spanish. She was awarded the $10,000 Silver Lining Scholarship.

Brittany will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She was awarded the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company scholarship through the KEYS scholarship program.

Elizabeth will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities majoring in Business. She was awarded the West Bend Mutual Company Scholarship through the COLUMNS scholarship program.