lonzo Fowler Kempton, the founder of our company, would be amazed if he could see how Wawanesa has matured since its inception in 1896! The progress made over this past century is a credit to our policyholders, staff and brokers. All have journeyed with us from humble beginnings in a picturesque prairie village to our current position as a North American insurance industry leader. Indeed, Alonzo Fowler Kempton would take pride in the company's continued dedication to his values of integrity and fairness.
Our real story is about people who have helped to build this enterprise into one of the largest and most trusted mutual companies on the continent. Our past is not typical of a large corporation. We believe that, if people are the focus, the bottom line looks after itself. Earning the trust of policyholders was the key to Kempton's vision and it is the foundation upon which Wawanesa's achievements have been built.
As in the past, Wawanesa today strives to exceed your high expectations for quality, service and value. We will continue to develop innovative and efficient ways of responding to your needs. Using the most advanced tools of business and technology, we will face the inevitable challenges in our second century. I look forward to the future with confidence. My optimism is founded upon the solid trust Wawanesa has earned from each and every policyholder.
I hope you will enjoy reading this history as much as I have. As a story of people, it is a tribute to our mutual journey over the years.
Gregg J. Hanson
Chief Executive Officer