Missouri Employers Mutual Joins Trusted Choice

July 22, 2005

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America announced that Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance (MEM), based in Columbia, Mo., has joined a growing number of leading carriers that are participating in the Trusted Choice brand movement—the national consumer brand campaign created to educate consumers about the benefits of using independent insurance agents and brokers.

The brand was launched in 2001 by IIABA and several independent agency companies to highlight the benefits independent agencies and brokerage firms offer consumers—choice of companies, customization of policies and advocacy support.

“Independent agencies are the lifeblood of our business and the best partners we could ask for,” said MEM President and CEO Dennis Smith. “We’re pleased to join the Trusted Choice movement to show our support for and commitment to the independent agency system.”

Today more than 5,000 independent insurance agencies and brokerage firms throughout the country are participating in the branding program, as are 30 leading insurance companies.

With nearly 18,000 policyholders, MEM is the largest workers compensation insurer in Missouri. Since opening its doors for business March 1, 1995, the company has been dedicated to providing policyholders with exceptional customer service, quality loss prevention expertise and timely claims management. The company writes more than 500 different classes of business in all 114 Missouri counties.

Ten national insurers are Trusted Choice company partners: Encompass Insurance, Markel Insurance Company, MetLife Auto & Home, Ohio Casualty Insurance, Drive Insurance from Progressive, Rain and Hail Insurance Service, Safeco Insurance and three Unitrin Inc. divisions: Kemper Auto and Home, Unitrin Business Insurance and Unitrin Specialty.

A total of 19 regional or single-state domiciled insurers are Trusted Choice company partners: Allied Insurance, America First Insurance, Capital Insurance Group, Central Insurance Companies, Colorado Casualty, Consumers Insurance, GoAmerica Auto Insurance, Golden Eagle Insurance, Hawkeye-Security Insurance, Indiana Insurance, Liberty Northwest Insurance Corp., The Main Street America Group, Maine Mutual Group, Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, Montgomery Insurance, National Security Fire & Casualty, Peerless Insurance, Selective Insurance Group and Summit Insurance (R.I.).

InsurBanc, a federal thrift bank created by the Big “I,” is a Trusted Choice strategic partner.

Topics Carriers Agencies Commercial Lines Business Insurance Missouri

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