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Progressive to Hire 150 People in Colorado Springs by End of Year

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Auto insurance group hosting a career fair for local military candidates and their spouses</b> </p>

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Progressive to Hire 150 People in Colorado Springs by End of Year09:00 EDT Tuesday, September 20, 2011 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Business Wire) -- Smart, outgoing people looking for a rewarding career should consider joining Progressive car insurance. Colorado Business Magazine named the company 2011 Best Company to Work for in Colorado, and more recently it was included in the Military Times EDGE Best for Vets 2011: Employers list. Progressive, the fourth largest auto insurance group in the country is looking to fill 150 positions in sales and service by the end of the year at its Colorado Springs facility. In addition, Progressive is hosting a career fair for local military candidates and their spouses on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 2-6 p.m. MST in Colorado Springs. The career fair will also feature a resume and interview workshop from 3-3:30 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. MST. Space is limited. Interested candidates must submit a resume and register for the event at: http://bit.ly/ProgressiveMilitaryCareerSession "We value the experience and dedication of military veterans," said Connie Dingeman, military recruiting manager for Progressive. "Veterans do well at Progressive because they're able to adapt to changing situations, lead teams, and they understand the importance of having objectives." New hires will sell policies and answer customer questions. Jobs require a minimum of two years' post-secondary education or two years' work experience in a customer-service environment. All positions offer paid training, which can be particularly appealing to candidates looking to begin new careers as licensed insurance representatives. Flexible scheduling options are available for some of the positions, such as the ability to work four 10-hour days with three days off instead of the typical five-day work week. As for benefits, in addition to medical, dental, vision and life insurance, Progressive employees also enjoy: potential bonuses based on company performance; an on-site health services facility and fitness center; parenting resources, such as a child-care subsidy and maternity services; tuition assistance; and a casual dress code To find out more about jobs at Progressive, visit http://jobs.progressive.com. About Progressive The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy, and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it's most convenient for them—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent. Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. It's the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au. Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, the Snapshot Discount®, and a concierge level of claims service. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at (NYSE:PGR). Progressive PRBrittany Senary, 440-395-7249bsenary1@progressive.com