Shane Tatum, CEO of Integra Financial Group Ltd., and Jeff Ogard, VP of personal lines at EHL Insurance, will lead Safeco Insurance’s National Advisory Council in 2012.

Tatum will serve as president of the collaborative, agent-driven forum. “It will be an honor to serve as president of the National Advisory Council during its upcoming 10th anniversary year,” Tatum said. “I’m excited to continue the fine work done by our past leaders, giving all independent agents, no matter their size or location, a voice within Safeco.”

Tatum has been a part of the council since 2004, most recently holding the VP position, which will now be filled by Ogard. “I look forward to representing fellow independent agents and working with Safeco to create new opportunities, resolve concerns and improve communication,” said Ogard.

The National Advisory Council was developed to provide agents with an avenue to bring issues and recommendations to the company’s attention, as well as the means to collaborate on solutions. The national council includes the president and VP from each of the company’s regional councils across the country, Safeco says, and the officers of the national council are elected by its members.

“Shane Tatum and Jeff Ogard will be strong voices for independent agents, and I look forward to their leadership on the council,” said Mike Hughes, president, Safeco Insurance. “The council plays an important role in our partnership with agents and supports our commitment to provide an exceptional Safeco experience at every step.”

 

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