SOURCE: Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance

February 16, 2012 11:00 ET

Farmers University of Farmers Claims Number Two Spot on the Training Top 125 Awarded by Training Magazine

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 16, 2012) - It was a magical gala evening at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta last night, as the University of Farmers received the #2 best training and development award from Training Magazine's Top 125 for 2012. 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 third consecutive top six finish for the University of Farmers, and in addition, the University also received the overall Qualitative Award," stated Annette Thompson, Farmers Chief Learning Officer.

"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."

The University of Farmers finished #2 in the 125 rankings ahead of insurance corporations such as Progressive, AAA, Nationwide, Met Life, New York Life and Blue Cross; and iconic corporate brands such as McDonald's, Fed Ex, Best Buy, UPS, Intel, Master Card and Bank of America.

"We are extremely proud to be in the company of such distinguished corporations and organizations from throughout the world," noted Mike Cuffe, Vice President, Claims Training and Development.

"The University of Farmers is a world class facility offering outstanding state-of-the-art classrooms and curriculum 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 the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, 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 may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. 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, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at or at

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