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Travelers Announces 2011 Personal Insurance Agent of the Year Awards

Monday, May 23, 2011

Travelers Announces 2011 Personal Insurance Agent of the Year Awards12:42 EDT Monday, May 23, 2011 HARTFORD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Travelers recently presented its prestigious Agent of the Year Award to 19 of its top Personal Insurance independent insurance agents from around the country. Agents are selected for this award as a result of their high achievements in their respective lines of business. The recipients are specifically chosen for achieving goals of long-term profitable growth for their agencies, dedication to high-quality customer service and for their commitment to Travelers. The honorees recently accepted the award at the Travelers annual Personal Insurance leadership conference for its top independent agents and brokers. “The individuals selected for the Agent of the Year award exemplify the standard of what it means to be a business leader within the community,” said Greg Toczydlowski, President of Personal Insurance for Travelers. “Each of these individuals demonstrates the highest level of motivation and commitment, and this award is to show our appreciation for their accomplishments.” The following names are the Agent of the Year Award recipients for their respective region or business area: Eddie Hebert Jr., CU Financial Group LLC, Buda, TexasGary Clausen, Twin Rivers Marine Insurance Agency, Antioch, Calif.Wendy Adams, Partner Agency Insurance Services, Inc., Brea, Calif.Michael Hoffman, Trident Insurance Agency Co., LP, Devon, Pa.Jean Butler, Sihle Insurance Group Inc., Altamonte Springs, Fla.Tim Hyland, Agents Helping Agents, Louisville, Ky.John Hackett Jr., JJ Ruddy Insurance Agency, Inc., Medford, Mass.Jim Kirby, Combined Insurance, Baltimore, Md.Eric Shellnut, Shellnut-Campbell Insurance Agency, Brentwood, S.D.Clarence Holm, The Inter Agency Insurance Partners, Plymouth, Minn.Bill McCord, Marsh U.S. Consumer, Urbandale, IowaBob Spadaccia, Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, Inc., Ridgefield, Conn.Ryan Van Syckel, Van Syckel, Inc. Bound Brook, N.J.Chris Petrocelli, Petrocelli Group Inc., Flushing, N.Y.Scott Reynier, Columbia River Insurance, Inc., Hood River, Ore.Tony Fernandez, Affordable American Insurance, Inc., Thornton, Colo.Vicky Lindsey, Brown & Brown Insurance Services of Texas, Austin, TexasBenjamin D. Slingluff, Slingluff United Insurance, Dothan, Ala.Jack Bennett, Bennett & Porter Insurance Services, Scottsdale, Ariz. “On behalf of Travelers, I'd like to offer a sincere congratulations and thank you to all the agents for their loyalty and hard work,” said Toczydlowski. “We truly value the partnership we've developed and we wish you continued success in your future business ventures.” About TravelersThe Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010. For more information, visit The Travelers Companies, Inc.Media:Matt Bordonaro, 860-277-7014