Nationwide names new board member
Former Ohio Farm Bureau president tapped for leadership role
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date April 7, 2011
Nancy Smeltzer (614) 249.4491
Columbus, OH — Nationwide today announced the election of Brent Porteus, former president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, to the Board of Directors for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. He was elected to a three-year term.
“Brent embodies the agricultural heritage that built Nationwide Insurance into what it is today,” said Chairman Keith Eckel. “With an entrepreneurial background and expertise in developing a successful agribusiness strategy, he understands risk management and the need for business diversification. Brent is an ideal partner to help guide Nationwide through the complex issues of the insurance and financial services marketplace.”
Before joining Nationwide’s Board of Directors,
Porteus served as president of the 235,000-member Ohio Farm Bureau
Federation from 2008-2011 and held many leadership roles, as well as
representing the organization on trade missions to Cuba and Hong
In addition to his role with the Farm Bureau, Porteus is a managing partner of the family-owned farming and agricultural business, Blair Porteus and Sons, in Coshocton County.
Porteus has also held leadership positions with the Ohio Corn Growers Association, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the National Corn Growers Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the Ohio State University.
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