Farmers Insurance Finishes in the Top 5 of the Training Magazine Top 125 Awards, will Join Hall of Fame

   Farmers Insurance Finishes in the Top 5 of the Training Magazine Top 125
                        Awards, will Join Hall of Fame

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The University of Farmers has
again been honored as one of Training Magazine's top corporate training
organizations in the world, placing 4th. The award was presented Monday night
at the 2013 Training Top 125 awards in Orlando, Fla.


The prestigious magazine is written for training, human resources, and
business management professionals in all industries that advocate training and
workforce development as a business tool. It was the 36^th anniversary event
by Training Magazine.

"This is the fourth consecutive top 10 finish for the University of Farmers.
In 2014, Farmers Insurance will be inducted into the Training Magazine Hall of
Fame," stated Annette Thompson, Farmers Chief Learning Officer. "The Hall of
Fame honor is shared by a select group of repeat winners, including Microsoft,
Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, General Mills, IBM, Pfizer,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company."

"Training Top 125 is truly the most prestigious award in the industry, largely
because it is scored and evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively, and is
extremely comprehensive in scope. It is also a global award and historically
the volume of submissions is significant," Thompson explained. "The award
reaches deep into the organization and as such it truly provides a holistic
view on Farmers employee engagement and development strategies."

Rounding out the top 5 were: 5, CHG Healthcare Systems; 3, Coldwell Banker
Real Estate; 2, Jiffy Lube; and 1, Verizon.

The University of Farmers finished in the 125 rankings ahead of insurance
corporations such as Nationwide Mutual, Auto Club, Progressive, and iconic
corporate brands such as Best Buy, Bank of America, Intel, McDonald's and the
U.S. Navy. 

"We are honored to be in the company of such distinguished corporations and
organizations from throughout the world," noted Ilene Haber, Head of Claims
Training and Development.

"Consider that just five years ago we received a ranking of 59 and now we're a
consistent top 10 performer. It's a great indication of how our company
refines our practices to be a market leader in developing people," Thompson

"The University of Farmers strives to deliver the best trained people in our
industry through world-class facilities offering outstanding state-of-the-art
curricula for Farmers agents, claims personnel and management," stated
Thompson. "Farmers is proud of its instructors, curriculum development
personnel, and support staff. They are the best in the industry."

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer group of
automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of
other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to
serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual
policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and
independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and refers to the business activities of Farmers
Group, Inc. and the Farmers Exchanges. Farmers Group, Inc., along with its
subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Insurance Group, and provides
non-claims administrative services to the Farmers Exchanges. The Farmers
Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire
Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries
and affiliates, owned by their policyholders. For more information about
Farmers, visit its Web site at or at

Contact:     Mark Toohey
             Farmers Insurance
             805) 907-2216
             Jerry Davies

SOURCE Farmers Insurance

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