As founder of Nationwide Mutual, Ohio Farm Bureau continues to “sponsor” the company, endorse its policies and recommend that members work with Nationwide agents to serve their insurance needs.
In turn, members play a role in shaping the coverages that Nationwide provides. For more than 50 years, Farm Bureau leaders from Ohio and other states have voiced their suggestions and questions directly to company leaders at Nationwide’s policyholder conferences.
Policyholder suggestions at previous meetings helped spur Nationwide policy innovations such as coverages for pollution liability, agritourism activities, fixed equipment breakdown and defense against unwarranted animal cruelty lawsuits. Other changes resulting from customer input have included display of Farm Bureau member status on Nationwide auto policies and proof-of-insurance cards, OFBF member discounts on a broad range of Nationwide policies and the auto accident forgiveness option.
Five OFBF leaders took part in Nationwide’s 2010 National Policyholder Conference, Aug. 30-31 in Des Moines, Iowa. They joined participants from seven other state Farm Bureaus and two major farm cooperatives in addressing agricultural and insurance issues to keep Nationwide in tune with customers’ needs and expectations.
Former OFBF President and current Nationwide Board Director Terry McClure heard first-hand the interests of customers and Farm Bureau members. Gary Douglas, president of Nationwide Agribusiness, and several members of Nationwide’s management team also listened to customer comments.
Topics discussed included policy questions and coverage needs related to pollution exposures, custom farming, equine, food safety and processed foods and other risks farmers face. Exchanges such as these also take place at four similar conferences conducted by Nationwide each year specifically for Ohio Farm Bureau members and for members of seven other Farm Bureaus that sponsor the company.
In the photo: (L-R) Nationwide Board Member and Paulding County farmer Terry McClure, Marion County President Cy Prettyman, Geauga County President Bill Patterson, Nationwide Ag President Gary Douglas, OFBF Organization Vice President Brian Peach, Athens County President David Bright and Clermont County President Carl Schoellman.