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Best Wishes to Marv!

marv.pngMarv Wolf is retiring on December 28th after 25 years at West Bend!  

As landscaping supervisor, Marv has created a beautiful campus for everyone to enjoy.  When Marv was hired, the land was a baren farm field.  Over the course of 25 years, both he and his staff have planted 12,000 - 15,000 trees, as well as countless wildflowers and plants.  

Today, Marv and his team oversees everything outside the buildings which includes: turf maintenance, tree health care, plant and plant bed maintenance around the buildings, the watershed program, all snow removal, maintenance of roads, sidewalks, parking structures, maintenance of outside of buildings, maintenance of fleet vehicles, maintenance of prairie and trails, and maintenance of interior plants.  

We wish Marv the best!  You will be missed!

For Your Listening Pleasure

WB associates were treated to holiday songs today during the lunch hour by the Badger Middle School Show Choir.  The choir is voluntary and the kids come in once a week to practice because of their love for music.  Thanks for sharing your talents with us!


November 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 November winners:

Jessica S. - Commercial Underwriting
Andy H. - Commercial Underwriting
Debbie B. - Premium Audit
Kenny A. - NSI Human Resources
Katie H. - NSI Underwriting
Kyle L. - NSI Financial Accounting


November SLCE Winners

The Silver Lining Claim Experience Recognition Program celebrates those Claims associates who deliver exceptional service to our customers.  The Promise Kept Award is based on feedback from our policyholders, while the Silver Lining Standout Award goes to those getting great feedback from all others.  Winners are chosen each month from all nominations received.                                                        
                                                                                     Congratulations to:

             Kerry H.                      SLCE_November.png
             Nicole N.
             Karrie O.
             Mike G.
             Nancy J.
             Bonny R.
             Mike D.
             Ellie G.


'Tis the Time for Giving!

In just an hour, you can save someone's life.  And our associates did just that.  Thank you to all of you that donated or tried to donate blood.  During this time of year it's particularly hard to get donations, but not at West Bend.  The Blood Center of Wisconsin couldn't even accept walk-ins due to overbooking.  

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A Very Merry Time!

West Bend celebrated the holiday season with a party for associates and their significant others earlier this month.  Many tried their skills at the casino games such as Blackjack, Craps and Texas Hold'em.  A photo booth was available with props as well.  The musical entertainment provided by Five Card Studs was incredible!  And the food was amazing!  It was a night to remember!


December Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations and a huge thank you to the following associates for their dedication over the years!

Chris - 30 years
Sandy - 20 years
Sarah - 15 years
Mark - 15 years
Scott - 15 years
Stacy - 10 years
Debbie - 10 years
Matt - 10 years
Brian - 5 years
Ken - 5 years

Holiday Decorations In Full Swing

Take a moment to look around and appreciate all of the holiday decorations by associates!  Many cubes are decked out and are quite impressive and creative.


Bring on the Ugly Sweaters!

UglySweaters2015.jpgIn pure West Bend fashion, the associates did NOT disappoint when asked to don their ugly holiday sweaters!  From lights, to tinsel, to a basket?  Really...a basket?  A huge kudos to all for their efforts and congratulations to the best of the worst:

  • John Donaldson
  • Pat Benvenuto
  • Andrea Wulf

A New Twist on the Traditional Gift Exchange


Our marketing department put a new twist on the traditional holiday name exchange! While each team member picked a name of someone in their department and gave the gifts to each other, in turn, those gifts will be given to charity - The Gingerbread House through The Youth and Family Project, Inc. They purchased gifts that they believe their person would have liked to play with when they were a child. Watching each person's expression as they opened was great fun. And best of all, children in need will have a happy holiday because of their generosity!