September 26, 2023

Tamara Bates Joins Western National Insurance Group

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National today announced the hiring of Tamara Bates as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Agency Sales.

In her role at Western National, Tamara will be responsible for developing strategy and driving results for agency sales across Western National’s Group of companies, while working with her team and agency partners to promote and grow customer service initiatives.

Tamara comes to Western National with over 30 years of property-and-casualty experience. Prior to joining Western National, Tamara was the Regional Vice President – Sales for Secura Insurance. Before that, she held various roles in underwriting, underwriting management, and sales within Secura. Tamara comes to Western National with knowledge of and relationships with many of our key agency partners. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining Western National Insurance,” said Tamara Bates, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Agency Sales at Western National. “The company has a strong reputation for building lasting relationships with their agency partners, focusing on the customer experience, and has demonstrated financial strength and growth. With a strong team and business plan in place, I’m thrilled to be taking on this new chapter in my career.”

“We are very pleased to have someone as respected and accomplished as Tamara joining our team,” said Jeff Couchman, Executive Vice President of Underwriting & Sales at Western National. “She brings great energy, underwriting knowledge, and established agency relationships to our excellent sales team. She will be a great addition to our team as Western National continues to grow.”

Western National Insurance, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of property-and-casualty insurance companies. The Group writes business through five active insurance companies—Western National Mutual Insurance Company, Western National Assurance Company, Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company, Umialik Insurance Company, and American Freedom Insurance Company — and is affiliated with Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. Together, the affiliated Group writes over $900 million in personal and commercial direct premium in 20 states across the Northern, Midwestern, and Western U.S. as well as in Alaska; and surety bonds in 43 states. All of the companies’ products are sold exclusively through professional Independent Insurance Agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT
Senior Vice President – Communications & Customer Experience
(952) 921-5680 or (800) 862-6070 Ext. 7680

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