Pollard Elected NAII Chairman

October 31, 2002

William Pollard, executive vice president and general manager of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company was elected chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII) at the association’s Annual Meeting this week in Los Angeles.

Pollard began his career with the North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company in 1969 as a personal lines underwriter manager and became executive vice president and general manager in 1989.

He is active in many organizations serving as past chairman of the North Carolina Rate Bureau, North Carolina Beach Plan/Fair Plan and as past president of the Conference of Casualty of Insurance Companies and the North Carolina Insurance News Service. He is designated in the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU).

Herm Arends, chairman and CEO of Auto-Owners Group was elected first vice chair. Arends joined Auto-Owners in 1972 and has served as chairman and chief executive officer since 1997. He serves on numerous boards including Lake Country Corporation, Capital Area Health Alliance and the Michigan National Bank.

Thomas Brown, chairman of the board and CEO of the California Casualty Management Company, was elected second vice chair (See West news).

The following 10 executives were selected to serve three-year terms on the board of governors.

*Joseph Desmond, chairman and CEO of Concord General Mutual Insurance Company;

*C. Lee Ellis, executive vice president-operations, Alfa Insurance Group;

*Norman Ernst, Jr., chairman and CEO, NOVA Casualty Company;

*Gerald Garnett, executive vice president and CEO, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Group;

*Stephen Gilbert, president and CEO, Preserver Group, Inc.;

*Robert Joyce, chief operating officer, Westfield Group;

*Anthony Markel, president and chief operating officer, Markel Corporation;

*Harvey Pierce, chairman and CEO, American Family Mutual Insurance Company;

*Michael Snead, director, Admiral Insurance Company; and

*Donald Southwell, president, Insurance Operations, Unitrin, Inc.

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