North Risk Partners honored by West Bend

St. Paul, Minn. – St. Paul-based North Risk Partners was honored with the President’s Award from West Bend Mutual Insurance Company for earning top status in the company’s 2014 agency incentive program, Partners In Excellence.

Members of North Risk Partners (NRP) leadership gather with West Bend representatives after being presented the company’s President’s Award, Wednesday, June 10, in Minneapolis. From left: NRP partner Mark Hayford, NRP COO Chris Meidt, West Bend Vice President Commercial Underwriting Rob Jacques, NRP partner Steve Thelen, NRP CEO and partner Pat McCann, NRP partner Barry Quernemoen, West Bend Director of Sales David Nycz and West Bend MN Regional Sales Managers Roger Brovold, Randy Paa and Matt Jakubowski.

Members of North Risk Partners (NRP) leadership gather with West Bend representatives after being presented the company’s President’s Award, Wednesday, June 10, in Minneapolis. From left: NRP partner Mark Hayford, NRP COO Chris Meidt, West Bend Vice President Commercial Underwriting Rob Jacques, NRP partner Steve Thelen, NRP CEO and partner Pat McCann, NRP partner Barry Quernemoen, West Bend Director of Sales David Nycz and West Bend MN Regional Sales Managers Roger Brovold, Randy Paa and Matt Jakubowski.

Partners In Excellence is a program that measures five areas of agency performance including profitability, premium volume, and agency management. About 1,300 independent insurance agencies across the Midwest currently represent the company and participated in the program.

Accepting the award was Barry Quernemoen, head of carrier relations and partner of North Risk Partners. “West Bend supports its agents with four strong divisions: commercial lines, personal lines, specialty lines, and surety,” said Quernemoen. “Across all divisions, the company’s competitively-priced products and high-caliber employees who provide great customer service make West Bend coverage an easy sell for North Risk Partners advisors.”

“We are truly fortunate to be represented by North Risk Partners,” said Kelly Tighe, West Bend’s vice president of sales. “They’ve proven they have the ability, over time, to grow organically while maintaining superior profitability. We also recognize the value system of North Risk Partners which is displayed by giving back to the communities in which they serve, a value system we share. We’re excited about the future of North Risk Partners and West Bend.”

North Risk Partners (NRP) is a 150-employee insurance brokerage based in St. Paul, Minn. The company is comprised of four agencies: St. Cloud-based Apollo, Rochester-based C.O. Brown, St. Paul-based Johnson McCann, and Thief River Falls-based Thune. North Risk Partners also includes multiple satellite locations across the state, including offices in Baudette, Roseau, Alexandria, Albany, Melrose, Monticello, Lake City, Mankato, Red Wing and Hastings. The company provides risk management solutions in the areas of business insurance, employee benefits and personal insurance, with additional support for businesses in the areas of human resources, loss control and safety, wellness and health care reform. For more information, visit www.northriskpart3.wpengine.com.

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in West Bend, Wis. and provides property and casualty insurance products throughout the Midwest.

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Media Contact: Kate Burnevik, Marketing Communications Manager – North Risk Partners
Phone: (651)486-2192 Email: kburnevik@northriskpartners.com