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Farmers Insurance names Bob Nielsen Agent of the Year and Commercial Agent of the Year for 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA – (October 1, 2010) – Bob Nielsen, a Farmers Insurance agent in Granite Bay, Calif., has been named Farmers’ Agent of the Year and Commercial Agent of the Year for 2010.  He received the honors at Presidents Council, the annual conference that celebrates Farmers’ most elite group of agents and district managers.  This year’s conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Bob has been a Farmers agent for 24 years and also has the honor of being named Agent of the Year in 2001 — one of the few agents to achieve the feat,” noted Mhayse Samalya, President of Farmers Business Insurance. 

“He has qualified for and attended 17 Presidents Councils, numerous other Farmers’ recognition events and is a long-time member of the Million Dollar Round Table — one of the highest honors in the life insurance industry.  Bob was also honored as Farmers’ top Commercial Specialist earlier this year. His professionalism, leadership, profitability and civic participation exemplify all that is best about Farmers, and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” Mr. Samalya stated.

Bob Nielson has built a strong, well-rounded staff of 11 top-performers. Some specialize in Auto, some in Home, others in Commercial, Life and Farmers Financial Solutions. He has an office manager and support staff, and he entered 2009 confident that he had built a well-oiled machine.

“The strength of his team shone through when, in September 2009, Bob suffered a stroke, and for the next three months while he focused on recovery, his office ran itself,” added Mr. Samalya  “Farmers offers sincere congratulations to Bob, his family, and staff for an outstanding year of accomplishments.”

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group.  The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit our Web site at or

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