January 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Western Growers Hires David Duvall to Bolster Insurance Program Development

Veteran Brings More Than Two Decades of Experience in Property and Casualty Programs 

IRVINE, Calif. (January 4, 2016) – Western Growers is pleased to announce the recent hire of David Duvall, who will join the insurance services team as Program Development Director. In this role, Duvall will be responsible for developing association-based property and casualty solutions for our members.

“We are thrilled to bring someone of David’s caliber to the Western Growers’ team,” said Jeff Gullickson, Senior Vice President of Western Growers Insurance Services. “David’s 30-year track record of developing progressive insurance-based solutions will be crucial in supporting Western Growers’ mission of offering programs tailored to specific member needs. As our members face an increasingly complex regulatory environment and are being exposed to greater levels of risk than ever before, our insurance brokerage must continue evolving to meet the unique needs of the agriculture industry. With David’s background and expertise, we will be able to expand our offerings to provide innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our members, both domestically and internationally. I am confident that the addition of David will allow Western Growers to augment its already stellar reputation in the marketplace.”

Duvall most recently served as the Southern California Underwriting Manager for Safety National Insurance Company, where he was responsible for leading the marketing and underwriting team and for servicing large casualty accounts throughout the southwest. Duvall previously served as the regional vice president of the Western region for Patriot National Insurance Group.

“I am honored to become part of an organization dedicated to serving such an incredible industry and am committed to bringing the ingenuity and hard work to Western Growers that our members come to expect,” Duvall said. “Western Growers’ mission is to enhance the competitiveness and profitability of our members. My goal is to work intimately with them to develop creative insurance products that will mitigate their risk exposures and allow us to accomplish our mission.”

Duvall holds a master’s degree in insurance and risk management from Golden Gate University and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Iowa State University.