The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) recently awarded Pricilla “Cilla” Hughes, manager, Hope Mutual Insurance Company, Tyler, Minn., the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) of the Year Award during the NAMIC Farm Mutual Conference business meeting.
The award recognizes the achievements of a farm mutual manager who exemplifies excellence in mutual insurance company management. The recipient is selected based on excellence in marketing, administration and financial ability as well as his/her involvement in state and national associations, and in the local community.
According to the 2005 recipient, Charles Smith, PFMM, secretary/manager of Billings Mutual Insurance Co., Billings, Mo., “This year’s group of nominations was very strong and it actually took a second round of voting before we were able to make our selection.”
In naming Hughes as the recipient, Smith noted that she was employed in the industry in 1972 and first made manager in 1976. She received her PFMM designation in 1998. Hughes took a company that was in poor financial condition on the road to $1 million in growth in fire premiums while still maintaining tight underwriting standards. The award winner also helped write her company’s existing farm policy and is involved in her state association as well as NAMIC. She was nominated by many of her state peers. During the years, she has impressed many at the state and national level.
Twenty-nine others receive PFMM designation at ceremony in Tampa. Florida.
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) identifies itself as a full-service national trade association serving the property/casualty insurance industry with more than 1,400 member companies that underwrite more than 40 percent of the property/casualty insurance premium in the United States.
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