Safeco Insurance News

EMC Insurance Exits Personal Lines Business; Safeco to Accept Accounts from Agents

Liberty Mutual’s Safeco insurance has agreed to accept the $132.5 million in personal lines business of Iowa-based EMC Insurance Companies. Safeco is offering EMC’s independent agents the opportunity to transition their EMC personal lines policies to Safeco beginning the first …

Donegal Exits Personal Lines Insurance in 7 States, Transfers Business to Safeco

Donegal Mutual Insurance Co. is exiting the personal lines business in seven of the 22 states in which it does business and will transfer those personal lines accounts worth $25 million in premium to Safeco Insurance. Safeco will assume Donegal’s …

Carrier Poll Shows Many Agents Expect Minor Tech Disruption by 2020

A new poll conducted by a Seattle, Wash.-based carrier that asked independent insurance agents what’s ahead in 2020 showed that roughly half of agents expect technology disruption to have a minor impact on their agency over the next few years. …

The Case for Independent Agency Optimism

Over the past few years, dire predictions about the independent agent’s future have gotten a lot of attention. With consumers increasingly adopting the latest technology-driven shopping and buying behaviors, some industry observers have questioned whether the independent agent will be …

Washington Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Insurance Fraud

Jeremy B. Jeske, 43, a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy, has been charged with two counts of insurance fraud in connection with a case that was investigated by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit. According to the investigators, Jeske …

Safeco Begins Selling Personal Lines Insurance Products in Massachusetts

Safeco Insurance, a Liberty Mutual Insurance company, announced this week it began selling its personal lines insurance products in Massachusetts this month. This is the first time Safeco Insurance products are available in Massachusetts. Safeco now writes in all states, …

Safeco Insurance Announces Agent Leaders for the National Advisory Council

Seattle, Wash.-based Safeco Insurance announced new leaders for its National Advisory Council in 2012. They are Shane Tatum, president, and Jeff Ogard, vice president. Tatum, who has served on the agent council since 2004, is CEO of Integra Financial Group …

Safeco Names Mitchell Regional General Manager For California

Safeco Insurance named Diane Mitchell as the company’s new regional general manager for California. The change was effective Jan. 2. During her time at Safeco, Mitchell has held a variety of roles. Most recently, she led Seattle, Wash.-based Safeco’s Seattle …