Buckeye Insurance Group
Lisa Wesner--VP, Human Resources and Board Secretary, 937-778-5000
Piqua, Ohio, March 23, 2017 – Buckeye Insurance Group announced the appointment of John M. Brooks as their President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 22, 2017. He assumed responsibilities upon appointment and succeeds R. Douglas Haines who resigned earlier this year.
William L. Sweet, Jr., Chairman of the Board, said, “The Board appreciates John’s contributions during his tenure with Buckeye and is excited to work with him in his new role. We have confidence he will capitalize on his leadership skills, operational expertise and relationships with our staff and independent agents to implement the strategic vision. We look forward to collaborating with him.”
Mr. Brooks joined Buckeye Insurance Group in 2001 as Assistant Vice President of Claims. Two years later, he was promoted to Senior VP of Insurance Operations. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer. During that time, he rebalanced the insurance portfolio to enhance the risk position, incorporated analytics into rating structures, improved auto loss ratios, and integrated IT into Operations to improve the customer experience. Mr. Brooks was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer in January of 2017.
“I am honored to serve as Buckeye’s CEO”, said Mr. Brooks. “I believe in the quality of service we provide our customers and am committed to our corporate strategies. I am proud of our team and their focus on long-term profitable growth. We know our efforts make a difference to the home, farm, and automobile policyholders we protect.”
Mr. Brooks graduated with a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Dayton in 1992. He expanded his expertise through coursework with the Insurance Institute of America earning the Associate in Claims, Associate in Management, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and the Associate in Reinsurance designations. John served the Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies as President in 2012 and as Director since 2009.
Buckeye Insurance Group has been insuring the heartland of America since 1879. They offer home, farm, and automobile insurance through independent agents in Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Georgia, and South Dakota. As a mutual insurance company, Buckeye has the flexibility to offer the best coverage options and protection available and to make decisions with the customer in mind. Agents value and recommend Buckeye because of their personalized service and exceptional customer support.