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Farmers Heritage Center renamed in Paul Hopkins’ honor; Hopkins also recognized with honorary Pepperdine doctorate at tribute dinner

Paul N. Hopkins speaking at a recent Farmers Boards of Governors tribute

In recognition of Paul Hopkins’ accomplishments in a 33-year career with Farmers and Zurich and his role in establishing the Farmers Heritage Center in Agoura Hills, Calif., the facility will now be known as the Paul N. Hopkins Farmers Heritage Center. The announcement was made by CEO Bob Woudstra on Friday, June 10, at a dinner in Hopkins’ honor attended by more than 500 people at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

“The Boards of Governors and our leadership team wanted to honor Paul in a unique way,” said Woudstra. “One of Paul’s passions is the unique culture of Farmers and the Farmers Family. Paul recognized that the Farmers story needed to be preserved and told to future generations of Farmers agents and employees. He translated his passion into creating the Farmers Heritage Center. To recognize this great achievement, I’m pleased to announce that with the support of the Boards of Governors, the Farmers Heritage Center is now known as the Paul N. Hopkins Farmers Heritage Center.”

Hopkins, a member of the Zurich Group Executive Committee (GEC), Chairman of the Americas of Zurich Financial Services Group, and Chairman of the Board of Farmers Group, Inc., will soon step down from his current roles.

Hopkins also was surprised by a further recognition. Woudstra read a letter from the president of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., awarding Hopkins an honorary doctorate for his “leadership, public service and intellect.” Hopkins recently delivered a lecture at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and the school has strong ties with Farmers with Farmers Vice President Faye McClure serving as a board member of the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Hopkins expressed his gratitude in receiving both honors, and thanked the hundreds of colleagues, friends and family in attendance. He added that looking back over a long and successful career he hopes he’s leaving Farmers in better shape than he found it, and he closed his remarks with a statement that’s become a familiar refrain over the years. “I know I’ve said this many times before, but I truly believe that there’s never, ever been a better time to be a member of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.”

Paul’s wife Kay and their children,
Mark and Madison, read a poem as a tribute to him.

More than 500 people attended the dinner in honor of
Paul Hopkins at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

The entrance to the Paul N.
Hopkins Farmers Heritage Center.

About Farmers
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.  Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

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 its Web site at or at

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