News & Press Releases Archive

Westfield Insurance Foundation Awards $695,000 Benefitting Communities Across 11 States

December 15, 2015 During the fourth quarter, Westfield Insurance Foundation awarded $695,000 to 40 nonprofits for their efforts related to disaster relief, family stability and safety, bringing the Foundation’s total giving to more than $2 million in 2015. More

Westfield donates to Medina County Sheriff to purchase tactical robot

December 2, 2015 To better and more safely respond to scenarios in which officers’ lives may be at stake, Westfield Insurance Foundation is donating to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office so they can acquire an unmanned, tactical surveillance robot (TSR). With the use of the TSR, Medina County’s SWAT will be able to respond to dangerous situations involving active shooters and hostage scenarios through the deployment of an unmanned vehicle. More

Westfield Insurance Foundation Creates James R. Clay Scholarship

November 10, 2015 The Westfield Insurance Foundation announced it is creating the James R. Clay Scholarship to honor its outgoing chairman and CEO in recognition of 35 years of passion and performance. More

Westfield Insurance Wins Silver Award of Excellence from Brandon Hall Group

November 6, 2015 Westfield Insurance received a Silver Award of Excellence from Brandon Hall Group for its Active Threat eLearning video. Entered in the “Best Use of Video” category, Westfield’s interactive video was designed in a way to allow learners to engage with the content and experience true-to-life situations and their consequences. More

Westfield Insurance Foundation Donates $1 million to ideastream®

October 30, 2015 The Westfield Insurance Foundation announced it is making a three-year, $1 million commitment to the ideastream® capacity-building campaign. Westfield joins a growing list of corporations, foundations and private individuals who have already donated $14.2 million toward the $20.3 million campaign. More

Westfield Insurance’s National Claims Leader, Robert Bowers, to Speak at the 2015 CLM Litigation Management Institute

October 7, 2015 Robert Bowers, National Claims Leader, Westfield Insurance, will speak at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s 2015 Litigation Management Institute on the topic of Resolution Strategies. More

Westfield Insurance Selects Majesco Distribution Management for Business Transformation

September 15, 2015 Majesco a global provider of core insurance software, consulting and services for insurance business transformation, today announced that Westfield Insurance selected Majesco’s Distribution Management solution to consolidate and replace their existing systems. This selection was reported in Majesco’s first quarter results announced in July. More

Westfield Insurance Recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite From American Heart Association

August 10, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional, customer-focused insurance carrier, was recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. Each year, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health by helping them “eat better and move more.” More

Westfield Insurance Named as FAIA's 2015 Trusted Choice Company of the Year

August 10, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, was named as the Florida Association of Insurance Agent's (FAIA) 2015 Trusted Choice Company of the Year. Westfield received the honor based upon its commitment to agents and the independent agency system. More

Westfield Insurance Hires Brian Roche as Group Procurement Leader

July 16, 2015 Westfield Insurance announced the hiring of Brian Roche as its group procurement leader. In this position, Roche will assume overall responsibility for the Company’s procurement strategy, including strategic sourcing practices, purchase-to-pay policies and the vendor risk management program. More

Westfield Insurance Hires Robyn Hahn as Group Marketing and Communications Leader

July 8, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced the hiring of Robyn Hahn to the new role of Group Marketing and Communications Leader. More

Westfield Insurance Hires James Merz as Group Actuarial and Analytics Leader

June 18, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced the hiring of James Merz to the new role of Group Actuarial and Analytics Leader. In this position, Merz will assume overall responsibility for the Company’s Analytics Resource Center and the Actuarial department. More

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County and Westfield Insurance Paint Together for Deserving Families

May 19, 2015 Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, in partnership with Westfield Insurance, will host a unique volunteer day on May 19 in the Westfield Insurance Home Office parking lot where the doors and wall trim of two homes will be painted by Westfield employees. More

Westfield Insurance Announces Latest List of Top Performing Independent Agencies

May 11, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional, customer-focused insurance carrier represented by approximately 1,000 independent agencies, announced its latest group of agencies qualifying for their Trilogy and Horizon programs. More

Fifty-Five Westfield Insurance and BB&T Insurance Services Employees Provide More Than 25,000 Meals to Residents of Northwest North Carolina

May 1, 2015 Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina hosted 55 employees from Westfield Insurance and BB&T Insurance Services on April 16 for a full day of volunteer activities. More

Westfield Insurance's Kristine Neate Receives YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award

April 27, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced that Kristine Neate, National Underwriting Office Leader, received a Women of Professional Excellence Award during the YWCA of Cleveland Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon on April 27 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. More

Westfield Insurance Named "Top Workplace in 2015" in Survey Sponsored by Columbus CEO Magazine and WBNS-TV10

April 23, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional, customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses, was named a "Top Workplace in 2015" in the Midsize Organizations category in a recent survey sponsored by Columbus CEO Magazine and WBNS-TV10. More

Westfield Insurance Receives Partner of the Year Award from J. Krug Insurance

April 22, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, was named "2014 Partner of the Year" by J. Krug and Associates, Inc. of Mount Prospect, Illinois. More

Team NEO Names Jim Clay Chairman of the Board

April 20, 2015 The governing board of directors of Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO) announced that Jim Clay, chairman and CEO of Westfield Group has assumed the role of chairman for the region’s business attraction, growth and technology-based business development organization. More

Westfield Insurance Promotes Kristine Neate to National Underwriting Office Leader

March 30, 2015 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced the promotion of Kristine Neate to the new role of National Underwriting Office Leader. More

CGI's Ratabase® helps Westfield Insurance sharpen its competitive edge

March 12, 2015 CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), today announced that Westfield Insurance selected industry leader Ratabase® to modernize their rating platforms and has gone live in just seven months. More

Westfield Group Announces Planned Leadership Transition

March 11, 2015 As part of a well-planned leadership succession designed to maintain the Company’s momentum and build on its strong financial position, the members of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Company (OFIC) Board of Directors have elected Edward J. Largent III to succeed James R. Clay as Westfield Group leader, president and CEO. More

United Way of Medina County Unveils Programming with Major Grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation

February 23, 2015 United Way of Medina County is unveiling Employing Medina County (EMC), a program designed to provide families and individuals with sustainable employment through a network of services. More

American Red Cross of Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties receives $25,000 donation from Westfield Insurance Foundation

February 6, 2015 The American Red Cross of Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties received a $25,000 donation from Westfield Insurance Foundation to assist with disaster relief and community disaster preparedness education. More

Westfield Insurance Wins Healthy Worksite Award From Ohio Department of Health

February 2, 2015 Westfield Insurance, super-regional, customer-focused insurance carrier, was named as a Healthy Worksite Award winner in the Large Company category by the Ohio Department of Health. More

Westfield Insurance Announces Leadership Changes

January 27, 2015 As part of its continuous investment in leadership development and succession planning, Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier, announced the following changes to its leadership team... More

Hylant Names Westfield Insurance as Regional Claims Department of the Year

December 1, 2014 Hylant, one of the nation's largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms, named Westfield Insurance as the recipient of its inaugural "Regional Claims Department of the Year" award... More

Cloverleaf receives Westfield Insurance Foundation grant

November 24, 2014 Westfield Insurance Foundation has awarded Cloverleaf Schools a nearly $20,000 Experienced-Based Learning Grant to provide students impactful educational opportunities... More

Westfield Insurance Foundation pledges $500,000 to Endow Insurance Studies program at Kent State University

November 6, 2014 Kent State University announced today that the Westfield Insurance Foundation has made a commitment of $500,000 to the university... More

Westfield Insurance Deploys Guidewire System for Claims Management

October 30, 2014 Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to Property/Casualty (P/C) insurers, today announced that Westfield Insurance, a provider of personal, commercial and surety insurance, has successfully deployed Guidewire ClaimCenter®... More

Westfield Insurance Foundation Provides $50,000 Grant To MLK Inclusive Communities Enhancement Program

October 27, 2014 The Westfield Insurance Foundation and Northwest Ohio Development Agency (NODA) will hold a press conference to announce a $50,000 grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation to NODA... More

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County and Westfield Insurance Paint Together for Deserving Families

October 6, 2014 Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, in partnership with Westfield Insurance, will host a unique volunteer day on Oct. 8 in the Westfield Insurance Headquarters parking lot where the doors and wall trim of two homes will be painted by Westfield employees... More

Westfield Insurance Wins 2014 Awards of Excellence from Insurance Marketing & Communications Association

August 18, 2014 Westfield Insurance, one of the nation's 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, announced it received two Awards of Excellence from the Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) at its annual Showcase Awards... More

Westfield Group Supports United Way of Medina County’s "Stuff the Bus" Campaign

August 18, 2014 As the start of the school year approaches, so does the “back to school” shopping season... More

Westfield Insurance Named to the Ward's 50 list of Top Performing Insurance Companies

July 16, 2014 Westfield was recognized for achieving outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency and performance.... More

Westfield Insurance's Amber Genet Named 30 for the Future Recipient

July 14, 2014 Westfield's Amber Genet named a 30 for the Future Recipient by the Greater Akron Chamber.... More

Westfield Insurance Wins NICE 2014 Customer Excellence Award

June 27, 2014 Westfield is recognized for exceptional innovation and business performance... More

Westfield Group Celebrates a "Summer of Safety"

June 16, 2014 Westfield Group is celebrating a summer of activities and sponsorships designed to encourage and educate employees, teens and the community about safety related issues... More

Westfield Names Elizabeth Riczko as Group Underwriting Leader

June 16, 2014 Westfield Insurance annouced that Elizabeth Riczko, FCAS, MAAA was named group underwriting leader... More

Westfield Insurance Expands Use of Activity Notes

May 28, 2014 - Westfield Insurance expands the use of Activity Notes. Adoption of Activity Notes download through IVANS continues to grow.. More

Westfield Bank Appoints John P. Lanigan, Jr. to Board of Directors

May 27, 2014 - John P. Lanigan, Jr. was elected to the Westfield Bank Board of Directors effective April 1, 2014.. More

Valley Savings Bank Shareholders Approve Merger with Westfield Bank

May 21, 2014 - Banks expect to begin operating as one in September.. More >

Time Capsule from Westfield Elementary School Opened by Historical Society during Ceremony on May 17

May 20, 2014 - Ever present rain and chilly temperatures weren't enough to waylay another historical event in the life of Westfield Center.. More >

Westfield Group's Jani Groza Received Women of Achievement Award from the Women's Network of Northeast Ohio

May 19, 2014 - The Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses, announced that Jani Groza, community investment leader received the Women of Achievement Award from the Women's Network of Northeast Ohio.. More >

Westfield Group's Tracey Petkovic Received YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award

May 13, 2014 - The Westfield Group recognized Tracey Petkovic, IT unit leader, with a Women of Professional Excellence Award during the YWCA of Cleveland Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon. More >

Westfield Bancorp, Inc. and Valley Savings Bank Announce Merger Agreement

March 18, 2014 - Westfield Bancorp, Inc., Westfield Center, Ohio and Valley Savings Bank, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, announced today they have signed an agreement under which Valley Savings Bank will merge with and into Westfield Bank. More >

Westfield Agent Association and Westfield Foundation Announce New Scholarships for Future Insurance Industry All-Stars

March 12, 2014 - The Westfield Agent Association (WAA) and the Westfield Insurance Foundation are pleased to announce an annual partnership that will provide scholarships to students considering careers in insurance. More >

Progress Continues on Park Circle Worksite

January 14, 2014 - Contractors have started work to take down the vacant and deteriorating buildings on the former Westfield School property. Removal of the buildings is the most visible step toward restoring the property as green space and preserving the beauty of Westfield Circle in the Village of Westfield Center. More >

Project preserves beauty of picturesque Village of Westfield Center

January 8, 2014 - Work continues that will preserve the beauty of Park Circle in the picturesque Village of Westfield Center, where the vacant Westfield School buildings are scheduled for removal and replacement by green space. More >

Westfield Insurance Wins Applied IVANS Interface Leadership Award

December 20, 2013 - Westfield Insurance proudly accepted the Applied Systems IVANS 2013 Leadership Award on September 30 at the TENCon Applied IVANS Awards Reception in Las Vegas. More >

Westfield Insurance Names New Group General Services Leader

November 11, 2013 - Westfield Insurance is pleased to announce the selection of Kirk Barry as the new Group General Services Leader. More >

Westfield's Craig Welsh Joins InVest Board

November 4, 2013 - Westfield Group Distribution Leader Craig Welsh has recently joined InVest's national board of directors. More >

Westfield Insurance Offers Free Driving Program for 150 Teens at the Mid-Ohio School

October 31, 2013 - The Mid-Ohio School and Westfield Insurance are combining again to offer a free defensive driving program for up to 150 teens. More >

New Fencing Protects the Public Safety

October 1, 2013 - In a first action since acquiring the property, Westfield Insurance has erected a temporary security fence around the vacant Westfield School. The fence is an investment by the company in public safety. More >

Taking the Lead on Health and Wellness

September 30, 2013 - Adding to a portfolio of programs and benefits designed to enhance work/life balance, Westfield Insurance and health care partner UnitedHealthcare are pleased to announce the appointment of Westfield's UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Health and Wellness Coordinator, Becky Loucks More >

Westfield Insurance to Rejuvenate Vacant School Property

September 3, 2013 - When Cloverleaf School District consolidated its elementary education to a new facility early in 2012, the Village of Westfield Center was confronted with a problem: What to do with the now vacant Westfield School on picturesque Park Circle? More >

American Red Cross - Medina County Chapter Honors Westfield Insurance for Support


July 18, 2013 – At the annual meeting in June, Westfield Insurance was honored to be recognized for our local and national support of disaster relief and disaster preparedness. Although Westfield is a long-time supporter of American Red Cross, the past 12 months have provided multiple opportunities to support the efforts of Red Cross. More >

Westfield Insurance Foundation to Help Rebuilding Together Keep Low-Income Seniors “Safe at Home”


June 18, 2013 – Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc., is proud to announce that Westfield Insurance Foundation has committed $25,000 to Rebuilding Together as a Premier Sponsor for its Safe at Home program. More >

Westfield Insurance to Donate Prize Money from Analytics Competition to United Way of Medina County


May 29, 2013 – Westfield Insurance today announced that it will donate $1,000 to United Way to benefit Medina County children. The money is a result of Westfield Insurance and IBM’s achievement in the INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics competition. More >

Collaboration Brings Free Teen Defensive Driver Training To Medina County


May 20, 2013 – "Take Control" is a three-hour class for licensed teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 that offers certified police officer instruction in collision avoidance, emergency braking, skid recovery and more. It is an expansion of the Medina County Juvenile Diversion Program, which has been offered since 2008 to teens who received their first traffic citation, in lieu of a traditional fine. More >

Westfield Insurance’s Carrie Busic Awarded YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award


May 9, 2013 – Carrie Busic was awarded the YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award during the annual Women of Achievement Awards at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. This annual event celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women in Northeast Ohio. More >

Westfield Agents Association names Jimmy Ward 2013 President


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. More >

Westfield appoints Craig Welsh Group Distribution Leader


Feb. 20, 2013 – Westfield Insurance has announced the appointment of Craig Welsh as Group Distribution Leader. This leadership position is responsible for providing enterprise-wide distribution oversight, including implementation of Westfield’s distribution strategy initiative, an ongoing effort to create value in relationships with agencies that are strongly aligned with Westfield and the evolving expectations of customers. More >

Westfield Donates to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts


Nov. 27, 2012 – In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, insurance carrier Westfield Insurance is supporting American Red Cross disaster relief efforts with a $20,000 donation to the national efforts as well as a $5,000 donation to the Northeast Ohio region. More >

Westfield Names Marianne Parkinson Group Customer and Marketing Leader


Nov. 8, 2012 – Marianne Parkinson joins Westfield Insurance as the group customer and marketing leader, where she will lead Westfield's marketing and customer experience management functions. More >

Westfield in the News


Jul. 25, 2012 – Westfield Insurance is a great place to work for employees interested in development and advancement. That is according to Chief Executive magazine and Chally Group, which have named Westfield one of the 2012 Best Companies for Leaders. More >


Jun. 8, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Foundation Announces Charitable Gift to Support Multi-year Teen Driver Safety Study in Ohio Westfield Insurance Foundation is pleased to announce a major philanthropic gift to OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center to fund a three-year study on teen-driver safety. The $180,000 donation, designated over a three-year period, will fund research into the effectiveness of advanced driver training for teens and its effect on their long-term safety and driving record. More >


Jun. 6, 2012 – InVEST Introduces New Board Member InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, recently announced that Phil Swettenham has joined its national board. Swettenham is Westfield Insurance distribution leader. More >


Jun. 6, 2012 – Westfield Bancorp, Inc. and Western Reserve Bancorp, Inc. Announce Agreement to Merge Westfield Bancorp, Inc., Westfield Center, Ohio, and Western Reserve Bancorp, Inc. (OTC: WRBI), Medina, Ohio, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Western Reserve Bancorp will merge with Westfield Bancorp. Western Reserve Bancorp is the holding company for Western Reserve Bank, which will be merged into Westfield Bank, Westfield Bancorp’s wholly-owned subsidiary bank and an affiliate of Westfield Insurance. The transaction will combine two Medina County-based community banking institutions and will mark Westfield Bank’s initial expansion into Cuyahoga County. More >


Jun. 5, 2012 – Ford Driving Skills for Life Holds Summer Tour to Train Ohio Teen Drivers to Avoid Tragedy As summer activities heat up, Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) is offering Ohio teen drivers free half-day driving clinics with some of the nation’s top professional driving instructors designed to address the increase in life-endangering risks that teen drivers face on the road. More >


Apr. 26, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Selects Guidewire Solution for Claims Management Westfield Insurance, a provider of personal and commercial insurance, and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of core system software to Property/Casualty insurers, today announced that Westfield Insurance has selected Guidewire ClaimCenter® as its new claims management system. Westfield will implement ClaimCenter to support the management of its commercial, personal and workers’ compensation lines throughout the 21 states in which it operates. More >


Apr. 13, 2012 – Mock Crash Scenes Scheduled at Local Schools If seeing is believing, then young drivers in Mason County, West Virginia will gain greater respect for the dangers of driving, through the viewing of displays of a car involved in a fatal crash. The car has been donated by Westfield Insurance to the D.A.R.E. program operated by the County Sheriff’s Department. More >


Feb. 1, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Expands Wescom Farm Program into North and South Carolina Westfield Insurance, an Ohio-based insurance carrier, has expanded its proprietary WesCom Farm Program into the states of North and South Carolina. These farm and agribusiness accounts will be serviced out of Westfield’s Charlotte, N.C. and Lancaster, Pa. service offices. More >


Jan. 6, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Foundation donates $15,000 to Pennsylvania tractor rollover structure retrofit program Westfield Insurance Foundation, an Ohio-based private foundation, donated $15,000 to the ROPS Retrofit Program for Pennsylvania Farmers, a program that provides rebate funds to install rollover protection structures – ROPS – on tractors. More >


Dec. 20, 2011 – What if Your Holiday Gifts are Stolen? Trusted Choice® insurance agencies urge families to take steps to protect their gifts. More >


Nov. 1, 2011 – Westfield Insurance Donates $20,000 to Support Pennsylvania Flood Relief Efforts Westfield Insurance will present a $10,000 check to Lutheran Disaster Relief of Lower Susquehanna Valley at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at their Lancaster, Pa. office. This donation is in addition to $10,000 already donated to the Bridge of Penn-York Valley Churches. More >


Oct. 24, 2011 – 2011 Interface Partner Award Westfield Insurance’s commitment to its independent insurance agency partners has earned the company the 2011 Interface Partner award from insurance technology company, Applied Systems. The award recognizes Westfield for its investments in systems development to support ease-of-doing business for agents. More >


Oct. 21, 2011 – WestfieldInsurance.com Recognized with WebAward Westfield Insurance has earned the prestigious 2011 Standard of Excellence WebAward from the Web Marketing Association. This honor recognizes WestfieldInsurance.com for high scores across the board in the categories of design, innovation, technology, content, ease of use, interactivity, and copywriting. More >


10/19/11 - Westfield Insurance has selected Dennis Baus to lead the company’s Surety operations Baus assumes the National Surety Leader responsibilities on January 1, 2012, replacing Rick Kinnaird who is retiring after 30 years with Westfield. More >


9/24/11 - PIA National Names Westfield Insurance 2011 Company of the Year This award recognizes Westfield for its commitment to PIA, to the American Agency System and to furthering the interests of professional insurance agents by creating a better business environment. More >


Jul. 25, 2012 – Westfield Insurance is a great place to work for employees interested in development and advancement. That is according to Chief Executive magazine and Chally Group, which have named Westfield one of the 2012 Best Companies for Leaders. More >


Jun. 8, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Foundation Announces Charitable Gift to Support Multi-year Teen Driver Safety Study in Ohio Westfield Insurance Foundation is pleased to announce a major philanthropic gift to OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center to fund a three-year study on teen-driver safety. The $180,000 donation, designated over a three-year period, will fund research into the effectiveness of advanced driver training for teens and its effect on their long-term safety and driving record. More >


Jun. 6, 2012 – InVEST Introduces New Board Member InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, recently announced that Phil Swettenham has joined its national board. Swettenham is Westfield Insurance distribution leader. More >


Jun. 6, 2012 – Westfield Bancorp, Inc. and Western Reserve Bancorp, Inc. Announce Agreement to Merge Westfield Bancorp, Inc., Westfield Center, Ohio, and Western Reserve Bancorp, Inc. (OTC: WRBI), Medina, Ohio, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Western Reserve Bancorp will merge with Westfield Bancorp. Western Reserve Bancorp is the holding company for Western Reserve Bank, which will be merged into Westfield Bank, Westfield Bancorp’s wholly-owned subsidiary bank and an affiliate of Westfield Insurance. The transaction will combine two Medina County-based community banking institutions and will mark Westfield Bank’s initial expansion into Cuyahoga County. More >


Jun. 5, 2012 – Ford Driving Skills for Life Holds Summer Tour to Train Ohio Teen Drivers to Avoid Tragedy As summer activities heat up, Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) is offering Ohio teen drivers free half-day driving clinics with some of the nation’s top professional driving instructors designed to address the increase in life-endangering risks that teen drivers face on the road. More >


Apr. 26, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Selects Guidewire Solution for Claims Management Westfield Insurance, a provider of personal and commercial insurance, and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of core system software to Property/Casualty insurers, today announced that Westfield Insurance has selected Guidewire ClaimCenter® as its new claims management system. Westfield will implement ClaimCenter to support the management of its commercial, personal and workers’ compensation lines throughout the 21 states in which it operates. More >


Apr. 13, 2012 – Mock Crash Scenes Scheduled at Local Schools If seeing is believing, then young drivers in Mason County, West Virginia will gain greater respect for the dangers of driving, through the viewing of displays of a car involved in a fatal crash. The car has been donated by Westfield Insurance to the D.A.R.E. program operated by the County Sheriff’s Department. More >


Feb. 1, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Expands Wescom Farm Program into North and South Carolina Westfield Insurance, an Ohio-based insurance carrier, has expanded its proprietary WesCom Farm Program into the states of North and South Carolina. These farm and agribusiness accounts will be serviced out of Westfield’s Charlotte, N.C. and Lancaster, Pa. service offices. More >


Jan. 6, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Foundation donates $15,000 to Pennsylvania tractor rollover structure retrofit program Westfield Insurance Foundation, an Ohio-based private foundation, donated $15,000 to the ROPS Retrofit Program for Pennsylvania Farmers, a program that provides rebate funds to install rollover protection structures – ROPS – on tractors. More >


Dec. 20, 2011 – What if Your Holiday Gifts are Stolen? Trusted Choice® insurance agencies urge families to take steps to protect their gifts. More >


Nov. 1, 2011 – Westfield Insurance Donates $20,000 to Support Pennsylvania Flood Relief Efforts Westfield Insurance will present a $10,000 check to Lutheran Disaster Relief of Lower Susquehanna Valley at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at their Lancaster, Pa. office. This donation is in addition to $10,000 already donated to the Bridge of Penn-York Valley Churches. More >


Oct. 24, 2011 – 2011 Interface Partner Award Westfield Insurance’s commitment to its independent insurance agency partners has earned the company the 2011 Interface Partner award from insurance technology company, Applied Systems. The award recognizes Westfield for its investments in systems development to support ease-of-doing business for agents. More >


Oct. 21, 2011 – WestfieldInsurance.com Recognized with WebAward Westfield Insurance has earned the prestigious 2011 Standard of Excellence WebAward from the Web Marketing Association. This honor recognizes WestfieldInsurance.com for high scores across the board in the categories of design, innovation, technology, content, ease of use, interactivity, and copywriting. More >


10/19/11 - Westfield Insurance has selected Dennis Baus to lead the company’s Surety operations Baus assumes the National Surety Leader responsibilities on January 1, 2012, replacing Rick Kinnaird who is retiring after 30 years with Westfield. More >


9/24/11 - PIA National Names Westfield Insurance 2011 Company of the Year This award recognizes Westfield for its commitment to PIA, to the American Agency System and to furthering the interests of professional insurance agents by creating a better business environment. More >


9/20/11 - Newly Formed Company Launches Services for Independent Agents and Carriers Leaders in the independent insurance agent distribution channel have formed Consumer Agent Portal, LLC (CAP) to deliver digital marketing tools and services that increase the online market presence of independent agencies, brokers and carriers in personal lines insurance. More >


9/12/11 - Do you think car thieves prefer a 1999 Chevy pickup or a 2002 Ford Explorer? Get the answer and find out the most stolen vehicles in your state at the National Insurance Crime Bureau website. More >


9/7/11 - National Insurance Crime Bureau Identifies Most Stolen Heavy Equipment The top 10 list includes loaders, tractors, backhoes and forklifts. More >


8/31/11 - Westfield Insurance recognized as a 2011 Best Practices Awards Winner in the Enterprise BI Category by TDWI TDWI honored Westfield based on their integrated approach to delivery and adoption of business intelligence across the enterprise. Westfield combined four elements – collaboration and iterative design; enterprise-wide data governance; analytical center of excellence; and change management discipline – to create a broadly supported integrated effort that drove success and adoption of business intelligence at Westfield. More >


8/13/11 - Insurance Institute and Area Better Business Bureaus issue “stormchaser” warnings More >


8/3/11 - Case Study: ImpactOnDemand Aon Benfield platform brings flexible exposure management to Westfield InsuranceMore >


7/30/11 - Westfield recognized with 2011 Best Practices Award from The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) More >


7/13/11 - Aon Acquires Ward Group Aon Corporation has acquired Westfield Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, the Ward Financial Group, from Ohio Farmers Insurance Company. [This does not include Westfield Bank or Westfield Services.]More >


7/11/11 - Westfield Named Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association "This award recognizes our investment in encouraging healthy lifestyles," said Chris Paterakis, human resources leader for Westfield Insurance. "Westfield is proud to be one of the few Northeast Ohio companies being applauded as ‘fit-friendly.’" More >


7/5/11 - Notice to Our IL Customers Regarding Civil Unions Westfield is complying with new IL law regarding civil unions and insurance. Get a fact sheet and more information here. More >


6/20/11 - IBM Salutes Westfield Insurance on Business Intelligence IBM has invited Westfield to showcase the two companies' partnership in the IBM Masters of Business Change Series.More >


6/16/11 - Storm Update: Westfield storm teams at work in various locations Storm teams remain on the ground in Indianapolis, Toledo, Dayton and Knoxville, providing on-location support to customers impacted by storm damage. More >


6/14/11 - Chief Concerns: Claims Executive Focus Michael Prandi, National Claims Leader/Westfield Insurance, featured in an interview with Claims Advisor.More >


6/6/11 - Westfield Insurance Launches Innovative Program to Reduce Workers' Comp Costs Westfield Insurance has partnered with ReEmployAbility, Inc. on an innovative program that benefits community service organizations, while helping Westfield customers assist their injured employees in recovering from their work injuries and returning to work.More >


5/9/11 - Westfield Insurance Launches Education-Focused Website for High School Students ShareDriveExcel.com is an interactive resource and community hub for high school students, parents, educators and the general public. More >


4/28/11 - Westfield Insurance, their customers and business partners support National Rebuilding Day, an event designed to help low-income seniors and disabled homeowners with home repairs. A team of Westfield employees, customers AJ Stones Company and Miller Electric Construction, and business partners Disaster Restoration Services and the law firm of Dell, Moser, Lane & Loughney, LLC will work on a home in Oakland. More >


4/26/11 - Westfield Insurance Offers Free Driving Program for 200 teens at The Mid-Ohio School May 7 Each year, Westfield invites 200 newly licensed drivers, to participate in the Road Safe Teens program. During their time at The Mid-Ohio School, the teens will discuss safe driving and basic car maintenance tips in a classroom setting, before heading to the Vehicle Dynamics Center for the in-car portion of the day. More >


4/19/11 - Top Insurance CEOs Discuss the Economy & Industry Challenges with the Big "I" Membership The economy was top of mind during Friday’s CEO panel at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s (IIABA the Big “I”) Legislative Conference & Convention. The panel consisted of Bill Berkley, W.R. Berkley Corporation chairman of the board and CEO; Jim Clay, Westfield Insurance CEO & Westfield group leader; Dr. Bob Hartwig, CPCU, Insurance Information Institute president; and Greg Murphy, Selective Insurance Company of America chairman, president & CEO. More >


4/4/11 - Westfield’s James Clay Joins Insurance Education Task Force The Ohio Department of Insurance is sponsoring a task force of insurer CEOs to come up with ideas for training industry workers in the state. Westfield Group Leader and CEO James Clay, along with Motorists Insurance CEO John Bishop, led the first formal meeting of the CEO Insurance Education Task Force. More >


3/23/11 - Top Insurance CEOs to Address Big "I" Legislative Conference Westfield Group CEO Jim Clay is among the insurance carrier panelists for the annual Legislative Conference & Convention to be held April 13-15. More >


3/18/11 - The Mid-Ohio School and Westfield Insurance Extend Relationship Through 2013 The Mid-Ohio School and its Official Insurance Company, Westfield Insurance, have announced a three-year extension of their relationship, continuing through 2013. Westfield Insurance, based in Westfield Center, Ohio has been partnered with The Mid-Ohio School since 2007 and the centerpiece of its involvement is the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program. More >


3/15/11 - Westfield expands commercial operations to Wisconsin Westfield Insurance, an Ohio-based insurance carrier, has expanded its commercial operations into the state of Wisconsin, with commercial accounts to be serviced out of a new service office in Milwaukee. The company’s surety accounts in Wisconsin will continue to be serviced out of the St. Charles, Ill., service office. More >


3/7/11 - Westfield Bank continues to receive Five-Star "Superior" Rating from BauerFinancial Westfield Bank continues to receive a top five-star “Superior” rating from BauerFinancial, an independent rating company analyzing and reporting on the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. Financial institutions that earn a four or five star rating from BauerFinancial are placed on BauerFinancial's Recommended Report. Westfield Bank has now been recommended by BauerFinancial for 32 consecutive quarters. More >


2/25/11 - Joseph C. Kohmann Announced as Future Westfield Insurance Finance Leader Westfield Insurance has announced that Joseph C. Kohmann is promoted to Group Finance Leader (CFO) and Treasurer at Westfield Insurance effective April 1, 2011. He replaces Robert Krisowaty who retires with more than 10 years of service. More >


2/17/11 - Westfield Appoints Bernaski to Board of Directors Michael Bernaski was recently elected to the board of directors of Westfield Insurance on December 21, 2010. Currently, Bernaski is a director of an asset management firm that launched this fall and will offer mutual funds to institutional investors. In addition, he serves as a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota, investigating the May 6, 2010 “Flash Crash”. More >


1/26/11 - Westfield Group Names Steve Tien Group IT Leader Westfield Group has named Steve Tien as its new Group IT Leader. In this role, Tien leads Westfield’s information technology function. He assumed his new duties effective January 1, 2011.More >


1/26/11 - Westfield Group Names Stuart Rosenberg Group Administration Leader Westfield Group has named Stuart Rosenberg as its new Group Administration Leader. In this role, Rosenberg assumes responsibility for corporate oversight of information technology, human resources, marketing, general services and hospitality operations. He assumed his new duties effective January 1, 2011. More >


1/25/11 - Westfield Insurance Leadership Changes Take Effect Completing a previously announced transition plan, Mr. James Clay has assumed the role of Westfield Group Leader and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Edward Largent becomes Westfield Insurance Leader and President and Mr. Robert Joyce now serves as the Executive Chair on the Board of Directors. More >


1/20/11 - New Year Donation of Computers Enhances Learning Opportunities for Native American Youth Westfield Insurance donated sixty computers to Navajo Preparatory School Inc. to be used by teachers and students to further educational instruction and learning opportunities. More >

1/18/11 - Scam Alert: A warning about consumer fraud We’ve recently learned that an individual or organization is sending out letters on counterfeit versions of letterhead for James B. Oswald, a Westfield Insurance independent agency in Cleveland, Ohio, claiming that the recipient is a winner in the “Customer Compensation and Appreciation Bonanza for all customers of major stores in U.K. U. S. and Canada.” The mail package includes a fraudulent check for $4,000 drawn on a Westfield Bank account that is closed and asks the recipient to send $2,900 to cover taxes on a larger prize. Please know that these mailings are completely false and have nothing to do with our Oswald, Westfield Insurance or Westfield Bank. More >


1/14/11 - Westfield Bank Names New President and Chief Lending Officer Westfield Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Timothy E. Phillips to President, and Kevin P. Vonderau to Chief Lending Officer, effective January 1, 2011. Former President Jon Park remains Chairman of Westfield Bank Board of Directors and will assume additional responsibilities leading Westfield Group affiliates Westfield Bank, Westfield Services and Ward Group. More >


Westfield Insurance Launches Hospitality Blog The blog presents the combined expertise of more than a dozen Westfield hospitality and insurance professionals, to cover the interests and issues faced in the hotel, restaurant and golf course industries. More >


Society for Human Resource Management names top companies in Ohio: Business Notebook Westfield Insurance was named one of the Best Employers in Ohio in the large-company category by the Society for Human Resource Management, Ohio State Council and Best Companies Group More >


Westfield Donates $20,000 of Arson Investigative Equipment to Toledo Fire Department The investigative equipment will help the Toledo Fire Investigating Unit (Arson Unit) improve its ability to investigate the crime of arson – a high priority issue in recent years — and improve the investigators’ ability to be more mobile and thorough on scene. More >


Ohio Big I Presents Westfield with Eagle Award The Eagle Award which recognizes the outstanding insurance company of the year was presented to Bob Joyce, CEO, Westfield Insurance for their ongoing commitment to the independent agency system. More >


Westfield Named One of Best Employers in Ohio The annual list of "Best Employers in Ohio" was created by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Ohio State Council and Best Companies Group. More >


Westfield joins Future One agent-company coalition Established in 1981, Future One is the largest, and longest-standing, agent-company coalition in the country.Established in 1981, Future One is the largest, and longest-standing, agent-company coalition in the country. More >


Carrier, insurance company partner to find safer drivers Michigan-based Green Transportation, the long-haul division of parent Zip Xpress, has entered into a unique partnership with its insurance provided as a way to attract only the best drivers to its fleet. Green and Westfield Insurance will work together to find quality drivers who live in Michigan, keeping jobs in the state, the company said. More >


Westfield is rated "A" (Excellent) for financial strength by A.M. Best, and we have had an "A" or higher rating for the past 75 years. A Best’s Financial Strength Rating is an independent opinion of an insurer’s financial strength and ability to meet its ongoing insurance policy and contract obligations. To learn more about our Best rating, read the Best's Review article, "Standing the Test of Time" (PDF).


Bill Arrington of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Visits Westfield Insurance Westfield hosted guest lecturer Bill Arrington, general manager for the Office of Highway and Motor Carriers, Transportation Security Agency, United States Department of Homeland Security. He spoke to a gathering of Westfield employees regarding our mutual business: the preservation of property and life. Kirk Barry, risk services leader at Westfield, said, "What truly caught my attention was his statement that we are both in the business of preservation of property and life, and that he wants to partner with the insurance industry to drive results." Arrington expressed that the government alone cannot maintain the safety of highways, byways and vehicles, and he is on a nationwide mission to enlist everyone's help. "The transportation network is critical to the nation's way of life and economic vitality, and ensuring its security is the mission charged to all sector partners, including government and private industry stakeholders."

Video: Bill Arrington, General Manager, Office of Highway Motor Carriers, speaks at Westfield (Time 01:04:09)


18 August 2010: Westfield Named Partner Carrier of the Year by Old National   Old National Insurance, Indianapolis, IN, one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the United States, has named Westfield Insurance 2009 Partner Carrier of the Year. More >



16 August 2010: Westfield Receives Hertz Partnership Award   The award recognizes key corporate accounts throughout the world that have committed to developing a solid business partnership demonstrated by significant growth through collaboration. More >



11 August 2010: Westfield Insurance to Expand Commercial Operations into Maryland   Westfield has recently appointed 13 independent agencies to facilitate the expansion into Maryland. More >



06 August 2010: Newly Appointed Westfield CEO Defines Market Pressure Points   Homeowners and workers' compensation will continue to be difficult lines for the industry, according to Westfield Group's Jim Clay, who will take over as group leader and chief executive officer of the Ohio-based mutual on Jan. 1, 2011. He told BestWire that one challenge will involve getting and maintaining rate adequacy within the homeowner's book of business, especially given the regulatory environment. More >



29 July 2010: Westfield Board of Directors Selects New CEO and President   Mr. Robert J. Joyce, Chair of Westfield Group, announced today that the Board of Directors has completed its succession planning efforts to identify the next Group Leader and Chief Executive Officer. More >



19 July 2010: Westfield Bank names chief financial officer   Westfield Bank said it has promoted Matthew Berthold to chief financial officer. He replaces Joseph Kohmann, who becomes assistant group finance leader at Westfield Insurance. More at CrainsCleveland.com >



June 2010: The hospitality market Hard-hit hotel/motel business requires special care More at RoughNotes.com >



27 June 2010: Area businesses pull in ranking with big revenue A diverse mix of companies in the Akron area — selling everything from insurance to horticulture services to groceries — is on a list of Northeast Ohio's largest privately held companies. More at ohio.com >



30 April 2010: Nearly 200 Teens to Attend Westfield Insurance Road Safe Teens Program at The Mid-Ohio School  The Mid-Ohio School’s Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program and Westfield Insurance are hosting the Third Annual Westfield Insurance Road Safe Teens Program on Saturday, May 8. More >


17 May 2010: Westfield Group Country Club’s Jordan Travels to Nation’s Capital, Advocates for Golf Industry Mark Jordan, Natural Resource Leader at Westfield Group Country Club traveled to Washington, D.C., April 28 with nine peer members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Government Relations Committee to meet with members of Congress as part of National Golf Day. More >



11 May 2010: Westfield Insurance to Exhibit at National Restaurant Association Show, May 22-25, in Chicago  Westfield to Introduce Its Signature Series® Line of Restaurant and Hospitality Insurance Solutions to National Audience. More >



18 March 2010: Westfield Insurance Announces New Agribusiness Blog Grains of Knowledge will be used as a direct line of communication and resource for Westfield, its independent agents, customers and members of the farming, agriculture and commercial agribusiness industries. More >



January 2010: Westfield Insurance appoints Dr.Ghadar to board of directors Dr. Ghadar is the Williams A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies and Planning, and Founding Director, Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State and Senior Advisor and Distinguished Senior Scholar at The Center for Strategic and international Studies More >

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