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FMI's Lear receives service award
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(left) Justin Lear receiving NAMIC Service Award from Paul Stueven, NAMIC Chairman at the NAMIC 121st Annual Convention - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

ELLINWOOD — Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (FMI), Ellinwood, is pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer, Justin
Lear, PFMM has received the 2016 National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Service Award. These
awards are given annually to individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and service to their company, state
association, the property/casualty insurance industry and NAMIC. Justin received this NAMIC Service Award at the 121st
Annual Convention of NAMIC in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sept. 28.
Justin has served FMI since 2007, as CEO since February 2010 and as Assistant Manager before succeeding the former
CEO, Howard Rogers. Since that time he has led initiatives of the company as created with the Board of Directors and
efforts of staff in a successful recovery phase due to the effects of severe storm losses in prior periods. He has served
NAMIC in various capacities in the past, most notably in a term as Chairman of the NAMIC Farm Mutual Conference
Board of Directors. He serves the state association, Kansas Association of Property Casualty Insurance Companies
(KAPCIC) as the FMI representative to the KAPCIC Board of Directors. And, he has also served both these organizations
as well as the Kansas Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) in various committee appointments. Prior to joining FMI in
2007, Justin served Polk County Mutual Insurance Company in Bolivar, Missouri as General Manager and Director. While
in Missouri he was also actively engaged in NAMIC, the Missouri Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, and the
insurance industry.
Additionally, Justin led the 117th Annual Convention of the Kansas Association of Property Casualty Insurance Companies
in Olathe on Oct. 13-14, as he concluded his term as President of the association. He stated, “It has been a
pleasure to serve as KAPCIC President. As also true in my other industry involvement, I gain much more from the
associations and fellow members than my service could ever return. For that education, collaboration, and camaraderie I
am grateful. I appreciate the KAPCIC membership providing me this opportunity and placing their trust in me this past
year as President. And, thank you to the FMI Board of Directors and Staff for their contributions in my term as KAPCIC
President and for providing these opportunities within our industry.”
Farmers Mutual Insurance Company is a Kansas Domiciled Mutual Insurance Company that is and has been based out of
Ellinwood since 1896. Originally formed by a group of Barton county citizens who had a need to insure property that the
insurance industry in the late 1800’s would not insure, FMI has continued to serve Kansans with insurance protection on
residential and farm property through the past 120 years.