Jeffrey Gullickson Takes Over Western Growers Insurance Services

IRVINE, Calif. – Today, Western Growers announces the hiring of Jeffrey Gullickson as the new leader of Western Growers Insurance Services (WGIS), a full-service bilingual agency serving the insurance needs of farmers and related businesses in California, Arizona and Colorado.

As the leader of WGIS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Growers, Gullickson will hold the title of Senior Vice President with full responsibility for the company’s production, account management and support teams in WG’s Irvine headquarters and 11 offices in California and Arizona.

“We are very excited to welcome Jeff to our family,” said Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers. “Western Growers Insurance Services has a long history of leadership in helping farmers obtain quality affordable health benefit plans, through Western Growers Assurance Trust or other health insurance carriers, as well as workers’ compensation coverage. In response to the suggestions of our members, in recent years WGIS has expanded its brokerage services to include property and casualty insurance and new crop insurance products for the fresh produce sector. We see a major opportunity to grow our services with the right leader, and Jeff Gullickson is the very best person for this challenge. His success at the helm of WGIS will greatly further our mission, which is to enhance the competitiveness and profitability of our members.”

Gullickson most recently served as principal of USI of Southern California, an insurance brokerage providing property and casualty services to businesses throughout the region. Gullickson previously served as USI Northwest Regional CEO.

“Western Growers, under the guidance of Tom Nassif and the Board, has built an impressive insurance brokerage dedicated to the members of the Association” said Gullickson. “This is a unique opportunity to listen to the business issues the membership faces and craft solutions that mitigate the associated risks where possible.” “The recent challenges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that were created for the membership as the result of legislation, and how Western Growers responded, is a great example of the resourcefulness and dedication of this group, and I’m looking forward to building upon that legacy.” “It is an honor to have been selected to lead this brokerage to the next level, and create even a higher level of value for the members.”

Gullickson holds a Master’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Washington State University.

About Western Growers:
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California and Colorado. Our members and their workers provide half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America’s fresh organic produce. For generations we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers.

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