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United Way campaign wraps up

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West Bend’s 2015 United Way campaign finished with a rousing round of applause from the people who made it successful, our associates! Sal, Sandy, and Steve (S3) had a tough act to follow: the 2014 United Way campaign’s success and a new goal of 50% associate participation and $165,000. A Minion was brought in to consult on how we could reach these goals. Despite the Purple Minion’s best efforts to thwart the campaign, Super Minion was able to inspire 48% of our associates to generously raise $206,209.12!

Thank you to all who participated and helped the United Way of Washington County in their mission to “mobilize the caring power of Washington County to improve lives and community conditions in measurable and lasting ways.”

SLCE September winners announced

The Silver Lining Claim Experience (S.L.C.E.) 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 who get great feedback from all others. Winners are chosen each month from all nominations received.

Congratulations to these September winners:
Josh S.; Justin F.; Tricia B.; Jim S.; Shaun D.; Teri G.; Derek F.; Geri W.; Brooke B.

September Key Recognition Winners

Key Recognition celebrates individuals and teams who do what’s right and deliver results! Congratulations to these September Key Recognition winners!

Pamela A. – Argent Claims
Sandy T. – Claims - Legal
Lisa W. – Claims - Work Comp
Jeff L. – Claims - Property/Casualty
Tiffany H. – Executive Department
Krista L. – Argent Underwriting

Team West Bend helps Paws in the Park!

This West Bend team helped make the 2015 Paws in the Park a success! Paws in the Park was a benefit for the Washington County Human Society held Saturday, September 12 at Jackson Park.

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.