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Vermont Mutual Recognized as a ‘Best Place to Work’

MONTPELIER, Vermont (January 19, 2016)—Vermont Mutual Insurance Group®, long recognized as a top 50 Property and Casualty insurer by the prestigious Ward Group, was recently recognized as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Every year Vermont Business Magazine surveys companies to identify the best places to work in the state. They review company policies, systems, practices and demographics. Included in the assessment are anonymous survey responses from employees, which account for 75% of the total evaluation. Notably, Vermont Mutual had an impressive 88% survey participation, more than twice the required response rate for the survey.

The awards program, which began ten years ago, is presented in partnership with the Vermont State Council, Society for Human Resource Management, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, and Best Companies Group.

Upon announcing Vermont Mutual as one of the recipients, John Boutin, Publisher of Vermont Business Magazine, stated “It is great to see Vermont Mutual Insurance Group make the list of the Best Places to Work in Vermont 2016. This distinction is not easy to come by and says a lot about the companies who make the list. VBM is proud to include Vermont Mutual to this list and Vermont is very fortunate to have such a great company located here.”

“Being recognized as a Best Places to Work recipient is an honor we enthusiastically share with our employees” stated Dan Bridge, Vermont Mutual’s President and CEO. “The distinction speaks to the healthy and supportive work environment all of our employees endeavor to create...an environment that is reflected in the industry-best results Vermont Mutual has earned year after year.”

“Vermont Mutual has been a proud employer in Vermont for over 185 years and we remain grateful to our 250 employees, some of whom have been with the company for decades, for their dedication to Vermont Mutual, our agent-partners and our customers” said Vice President of Human Resources, Sue Chicoine. “And we’re very pleased to know that our employees think so highly of Vermont Mutual as a place to work.”

The Best Places to Work in Vermont 2016 Ceremony, along with the announcement of the final rankings, will be held March 31, 2016 at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.

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Vermont Mutual Honors Employees for Years of Service

25 Year Club

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® recently held its 33rd annual meeting of the “25 Year Club”. Every year Vermont Mutual hosts a reception and dinner to honor those employees, both active and retired, who have given at least 25 years of service to the company.

A total of eighty-one guests were on hand to celebrate and recognize several Vermont Mutual employee milestones. First welcomed to the Club was new member, Jennifer Rouse, who celebrates 25 years at Vermont Mutual. Also acknowledged were Mary Gray and Rose Thompson for 30 years of service and Lisa Edson and Lisa Seaver for 35 years of contributions. In addition, two more employees, Alice Bard and Diane Couture, were both honored for their 40 years at Vermont Mutual.

During the evening’s festivities, Arnold Lawson (Vermont Mutual employee from 1963 - 1999), announced that he will be stepping down from his role as Club President, a position he has held for 27 years. The newly elected Club President, Kevin Croteau, has been with Vermont Mutual for 27 years. Renee Bilodeau (29 years with the Company) will maintain her role as the Club’s Vice President and Secretary.

Speaking at the event, Dan Bridge, Vermont Mutual’s President and CEO remarked: “It is a privilege to work with these fine insurance professionals. This event makes it clear that people can enjoy a rewarding career and offer positive lifelong contributions if they find the right home.” The “25 Year Club” is proud to have 66 members in its ranks, 43 of whom are active and current Vermont Mutual employees.

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Vermont Mutual Recognized by Ward Group as a Top 50 Insurer for Seventh Consecutive Year

MONTPELIER, Vermont (July 30, 2015)—For the seventh consecutive year, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® has been recognized as one of the top 50 Property and Casualty insurers in the United States by Ward Group, one of the industry’s most respected benchmarking organizations.

Ward Group, an Aon Hewitt company, is the leading provider of operational and compensation benchmarking and best practices services for insurance companies. Every year Ward Group identifies the industry’s top insurance companies through a comprehensive financial analysis of over 3,000 property and casualty insurers situated in the United States. The Ward’s 50® recognizes safety, consistency and superior financial performance.

Vermont Mutual President & CEO, Daniel C. Bridge, stated “we are very pleased to again be recognized as a top performing insurance company by Ward Group. It is an honor we share with our agency partners, who along with our entire team at Vermont Mutual, play an integral role in our success. Bridge continued, “even as insurers throughout the U.S. contend with an uncertain economic climate and, at times, unprecedented weather events, Vermont Mutual remains committed to providing financial stability for our policyholders and our agent-partners. The Ward’s Top 50 designation is further confirmation of our commitment to remain a financially secure and stable insurance company.”

Companies recognized by Ward Group go through a stringent evaluation that factors growth, profitability, operational efficiency and financial strength over a five year period. As a recipient of the Ward’s 50® designation for seven consecutive years, Vermont Mutual has once again affirmed its position as a leading provider of automobile, homeowner and business insurance in the Northeast, and ranks their performance in the top tier of all companies nationwide since 2009.

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