Westfield Agents Association names Jimmy Ward 2013 President

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WESTFIELD CENTER, OHIO – Mar. 12, 2013 – Jimmy Ward, Chairman and CEO of The Crichton Group, in Nashville, Tennessee, was named President of Westfield Agents Association. Since its inception in 1892, the Westfield Agents Association is an advocate for Westfield agents and policyholders, providing creativity and innovation to serve the needs of their stakeholders. The Association creates success through a strong working knowledge of the worldwide financial services industry.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to represent the more than 1,000 independent agents that make up the Westfield Insurance’s independent agency force,” said Ward. “Westfield is an established and financially secure carrier that is a valued partner to us and the clients that we serve.

The Westfield Agents Association consists of 13 elected agents from across Westfield’s operating territories. They meet quarterly with Westfield leadership on key initiatives that include:
  • Making educational opportunities available to member agencies
  • Participating in strategic planning with Westfield Insurance
  • Interacting proactively with membership using technology
  • Fostering the unique and valued partnership between Westfield Insurance and the Westfield Agents Association
  • Acting as a catalyst for innovative change

“It’s a pleasure to have Jimmy in this role,” comments Ed Largent, president of Westfield Insurance. “Jimmy is well respected by Westfield and the agencies he represents and we look forward to working with him as the association president.”

About The Crichton Group
Founded in 1979, The Crichton Group, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is the largest independent agency in the Middle Tennessee area. With more than 90 employees, Crichton Group has been a Best Practice’s agency for 11 consecutive years. The Best Practices Award is only given to a small select group of professional independent insurance agencies across America that meet very exacting standards. Crichton Group is also an Assurex Global member. Learn more at www.thecrichtongroup.com.

About Westfield Insurance
In business for more than 164 years, Westfield Insurance provides commercial and personal insurance in 21 active states, and surety services to customers in 31 states. Westfield is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of over 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Insurance at www.westfieldinsurance.com.

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