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2015 Silver Lining Scholarship Winners

We’re happy to announce the 2015 West Bend Mutual Insurance Company scholarship winners!

• Theresa Smiley – Silver Lining® Scholarship
• Elizabeth Leichtle – Silver Lining Scholarship
• Nicole Heimark – WBMI Columns Scholarship
• Heather May – WBMI KEYS Scholarship
• Rick Korinek – WBMI Honours Scholarship
• Joseph Turchi – UWWC Scholarship
• Travis Wiedmeyer – UWWC Scholarship
• Nicholas Montag – UWWC Scholarship
• Rebekah McKinley – UWWC Scholarship

There was an overwhelming number of applicants for the Silver Lining Scholarship this year, making it a very tough decision for our committee. Starting this year, and for every year going forward, West Bend will
award two $10,000 Silver Lining Scholarships!


Run Away to the Bay

On Saturday, April 25, a team of West Bend associates participated in the annual Run Away to the Bay relay run. This is a 55-mile race from Oshkosh to Green Bay. The team, “I Thought They Said Rum,” included Brandon Hahn, Jamie Beck, Jerrid Gimenez, Debbie Schultz, and Kim Lefeber.


West Bend Appreciates Art

Two years ago, at the request of the Art Committee, niches were built outside Conference Room Esker 237. The purpose of the niches was to display fine art pieces and West Bend's Art Committee soon found beautiful pieces for most of the spaces. The only one that remained was a long shelf at the top. The committee didn’t have much luck finding just the right piece so they asked several artists and gallery owners to view the space and share their ideas. By late 2014, the committee had narrowed it down to two artists, both of whom sent proposals. Last December, the committee chose Stephen Cox. He started the piece, named "Imagine" soon thereafter and he installed it March 31.


March Madness at West Bend

What a memorable NCAA tournament it was this year! Congratulations to the Wisconsin Badgers on a historic
run to the championship game! Congratulations also goes to Joe Schoenwetter from Commercial Lines Underwriting and to Sharon Klug from Subrogation for winning the prizes in the West Bend March Madness
competition. Joe won the TV for correctly picking all of the final four teams. Sharon’s prediction was within one of the total Badger points (456) in the tournament, scoring her six tickets for a game at the Kohl Center next year, along with a food/beverage allowance.


Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

West Bend associates and their children and grandchildren enjoyed Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Breakfast, special treats, a fishing pond, and time with Mr. Cottontail himself made for a great morning.


West Bend's Climbers Succeed!

On Saturday, March 21, 20 West Bend associates and their friends and families climbed the US Bank building stairs (all 1,034 of them) to raise money for the American Lung Association. With help from West Bend and support from the officers, they raised $2,435 for the American Lung Association’s efforts to research and fight diseases that affect many of our loved ones.



West Bend Honored as "Business of the Year"

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is the city’s 2015 Business of the Year! President and CEO Kevin Steiner accepted the award from West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow at a celebration Tuesday at the Prairie Center. The presentation was held in conjunction with the Silver Lining® Social and was well attended by associates who enjoyed food and beverages from various West Bend restaurants. A group of local leaders selected our company after submissions were solicited in December. The group was asked to consider career opportunities, employee benefits, amenities, and community involvement, as well as our company’s ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria. Eligible businesses must be in the manufacturing or service industries with at least 50 full time equivalent employees, and be located in the city for at least one year.



Progress on Argent's New Home

The building that will house our Argent division in Waukesha is beginning to
take shape! The framework is already in place and crews are now working on
enclosing the building. Over the next few months, they’ll start constructing the
interior systems and finishes. In less than six months, on June 1, Argent will
have a brand new home!



West Bend Introduces New "Tech Bar"

West Bend’s Tech Enthusiast team came together and created a "Tech Bar" to answer associates' questions and provide guidance and information on all of their technical needs. Some of the areas in which the Tech Enthusiasts help associates are:
• Office PC questions;
• Home PC questions;
• Smartphone information;
• How-to questions; and
• What to buy/What NOT to buy.


Breakfast with Santa a Hit!

Once again, Santa proves to be a big hit amongst the children of West Bend associates! Pictured here are some of the kids and their joyful encounters with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.12-11-14BWSanta