Brian Smith Hired as Vice President

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Brian Smith earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University in New York.

Brian Smith recently joined Preferred Mutual Insurance Company as Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer.  Mr. Smith brings more than 30 years of Human Resources experience to Preferred, most recently serving as the HR leader for Allianz Global Risks in Chicago and New York.  In his new role, he will work closely with senior management to develop HR best practices to complement the Company's business strategy.

"As Preferred Mutual continues to execute its ambitious growth strategy on behalf of our customers, the demands for evermore effective HR practices grow as well," said Christopher Taft, President and Chief Executive Officer at Preferred.  "Brian brings to us deep and hands-on HR expertise gained inside and outside the insurance industry, in companies large and small, public and privately held, which will assist us in our mission to be the most highly regarded insurance company."

Mr. Smith earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University in New York.  He is a charter sponsor of the Center for Advanced HR Studies at Cornell University, and a contributing member of the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at USC.  

He currently resides in Manhattan, N.Y. but will be relocating to the local area.

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company provides property and casualty insurance coverage to more than 235,000 individual and business customers through a network of more than 450 independent agents throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The mutual insurance company, in business since 1896, employs more than 260 employees and is headquartered in New Berlin, New York. The company is rated "A" for excellent through A.M. Best.

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