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Hortica Announces New Board Chair and Member

Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits, specialists in providing business insurance, employee benefits and personal insurance to the horticultural industry since 1887, is pleased to announce Mona Haberer as the new company president and CEO, effective April 1, 2008. Haberer replaces Robert McClellan, who is retiring after 21 years with the company. McClellan will assume the role of special advisor to the president during the transition period until his official retirement in July.

Benefits, specialists in providing business insurance, employee benefits and personal insurance to the horticultural industry since 1887, is pleased to announce Mona Haberer as the new company president and CEO, effective April 1, 2008. Haberer replaces Robert McClellan, who is retiring after 21 years with the company. McClellan will assume the role of special advisor to the president during the transition period until his official retirement in July.

“Bob has been an excellent mentor and friend who retires with a knowledgeable management team in place. Hortica is financially strong and well positioned for growth,” said Haberer. “We’re excited about our plans to grow Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits and to remain true to our niche as the largest insurer in the United States dedicated to the horticultural industry.”

McClellan has served as president and CEO of Hortica since 1994, and held several senior management positions prior to his appointment. Under his leadership, the company experienced rapid growth in agency operations to include local community sales and support, and achieved significant gains in financial strength by nearly every measure including surplus growth and reserve strengthening. McClellan also led the expansion of product and sales into all segments of the horticultural industry and expanded the role of loss control and safety programs to save lives, reduce injuries and reduce costs.

“I know healthy people who retire with the expectation of relaxation and fun because they are some how ‘entitled to that.’ I don’t feel that way and self actualization is off my radar screen. I have much to offer my family including lots of grandkids, my community and my country. I want to remain, for as long as my health permits, an asset not a liability to society.”