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Associates stride 13.1 miles at Badgerland Striders Event

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, 1,200 runners started their half marathon in Milwaukee’s Estabrook Park, running through puddles and dodging rain drops. Several West Bend associates were among them. After two loops in the park, the route followed the Oak Leaf trail along Lake
Shore Drive and then back to the start where congratulations, food, music, and fun were had.

West Bend honored by local agency

Jim Schwalen, West Bend vice president – Personal Lines and Marketing, recently accepted the 2014 “Fireplug” Award from Ansay & Associates in Port Washington for being the agency’s Personal Lines Company of the Year!

This award was largely bestowed on West Bend for the hard work and extra effort the Business Acquisition Team (B.A.T.) put in on the large Sentry rollover! Thank you to all who contributed to this achievement! Congratulations!

IT, EPS, & EPMO support Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

The IT, Enterprise Product Support, and Enterprise Portfolio Management Office Departments recently completed a Penny Wars competition to raise money for Children’s Hospital of
Wisconsin. During the four-week competition, associates in these departments raised $2,000 that will be donated in honor of Ryan Dove’s daughters, Lily and Bailey, for their courage and
determination as they battle leukemia.

The departments were divided into five teams, based on location, in a battle for bragging rights and a pizza party. Team Penny for your Thoughts won the competition by earning the most
points (28,062) with their strategy of “laying low” (much like the competitors on Survivor). Team Hickory raised the most money ($672.89) by being the most aggressive at filling their penny jar.

Honor Flight Veterans Visit West Bend With Their Stories

Four U.S. veterans shared their Honor Flight experiences with West Bend associates recently. Featured panel members included associates’ family members: Norman Feucht (father of Debbie Schultz), Howie Lange (father-in-law of Gina Lange), Harold Mueller (father-in-law of Gina Mueller), and Joseph Spaeth (father of Steve Spaeth). Joining them on the panel were Steve Spaeth (Honor Flight guardian), Ryan Jazak (nephew of associate Sue Jazak and Honor Flight volunteer and fundraiser), and Paula Nelson (president of Stars & Stripes Honor Flight).




West Bend Assoicate Dances for a Cause

Citizen Advocates of Washington County is an organization that works to make a difference in the lives of people by creating relationships that see beyond disabilities. Each year, they hold a gala with a competition similar to Dancing with the Stars, in which community members compete with professional dance partners to raise money for good causes. Wendy Schwake, West Bend EPMO team member, was an amateur dance competitor at this year’s event, taking second place overall in the competition and raising more than $1,300! Congratulations, Wendy!



Argent Has A New Home

In less than a year since ground was broken, Argent’s new office will be open for business! This weekend, West Bend’s Internal Services staff will move Argent from its current location to new digs in Waukesha. Argent associates will report to their new office Monday morning.

The new office is truly an extension of West Bend's corporate headquarters. Set off the road and surrounded by natural beauty, including wetlands and wooded areas, the new office boasts beautiful exterior and interior finishes, including natural barn wood salvaged from the original farmstead formerly located at the site. Like West Bend's headquarters, Argent’s new office building includes an onsite fitness center and outside
walking trails. And much like here in West Bend, wildlife thrives; turkey, ducks, and deer are just some of the animals regularly spotted on the grounds.

At 20,000 square feet, the office will accommodate up to 100 associates.





West Bend Team Rides for the Arts

Several West Bend associates rode through cool and windy weather on May 31 to raise $800 for the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) Ride For The Arts.


West Bend Celebrates Cultures – Bulgaria

The legend goes: When God was giving away land to peoples, the Bulgarian was working on a field and he came last to take his part. He was known as a good and hard-working man and God decided to give him a part of his own land – Paradise!

A group of Bulgarian dancers visted West Bend, and delighted associates during the lunch hour with many traditional Bulgarian dances and songs.






Silver Lining 5K for Kids

At 10:00am last Sunday, May 31, with clear skies and cooler temps, 600 people participated in this year’s fundraising event for our local Boys and Girls Club. The West Bend team numbered 145, some of whom took home a prize for placing in the top three in their divisions. Congratulations!