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John Latham Receives NAPSLO's Top Industry Award

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ --The National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, Ltd. (NAPSLO) honored John Latham, regional president with Markel, for his contributions as an excess and surplus lines professional. He received the Charles A. McAlear/NAPSLO Industry Award at NAPSLO's annual convention Oct. 9 in Orlando.

This award was established by NAPSLO in the 1980s to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the surplus lines industry. The award was renamed in 1994 to recognize the Association's first president and founding member.

"John's leadership, dedication and accomplishments have had a profound mark on the E&S marketplace. He has been actively involved in all of our core areas to include the Board of Directors and committees, our legislative efforts and the Foundation," said John Wood, president, NAPSLO. "Individually, each of those areas requires a great deal of volunteer time, a passion for what we do, and for John to have participated in all three while leading a national firm is very impressive."

Mr. Latham's NAPSLO involvement also includes teaching at the NAPSLO E&S School, serving as chair of the Legislative Committee, By-Laws and Ethics Committee, and on the Board of Directors of both NAPSLO and the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Education Foundation, and he served as NAPSLO president from 2000-2001. He has 42 years of experience in the insurance industry and he has been with Markel for the past six years where he has held several leadership roles including president and chief information officer.

Tony Markel, vice chairman of Markel, added, "We are pleased that John is receiving this external recognition that reflects our own view of his achievements, and we are proud of the manner in which he represents the company to our wholesale broker partners and associates."

Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to a variety of niche markets. In each of these markets, the Company seeks to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that it can be a market leader. The financial goals of the Company are to earn consistent underwriting profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value.

SOURCE Markel Corporation

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