State Auto Insurance Companies Receive 2021 Company Award of Excellence From the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

September 28, 2021
WASHINGTON – The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named State Auto Insurance Companies (State Auto) as the recipient of its prestigious 2021 Company Award of Excellence. The presentation was made on September 23, 2021, during the annual fall meeting of the PIA National Board of Directors held in Detroit, Michigan and in hybrid format.  State-Auto-2color-horiz 

“This is our Association’s highest annual company honor,” said PIA National President Wayne F. White. “On the day of State Auto’s founding in 1921, the company’s founder said State Auto would sell its products exclusively through independent agents because they ‘deliver the best and most efficient service to customers. That commitment to independent insurance agents has remained firm throughout State Auto’s 100-year history.’”

“Thanks to State Auto’s long, high degree of engagement with PIA through participation and leadership in our company council, the PIA Partnership, PIA agents have benefited greatly from an energized portfolio of products and services,” White added. “Many PIA members have expressed appreciation for State Auto’s commitment to independent agents and the agency distribution system.

Gerald Ladner, State Auto’s Vice President of Strategic Agency Partnerships and External Relations, serves as the current chairman of the PIA Partnership, PIA’s agency-company council. Previously, State Auto Senior Vice President of Agency Relations (retired) John Petrucci served in the same capacity. Ladner was honored this year as PIA National’s 2021 Company Representative of the Year.

"It's incredibly meaningful to receive this recognition from a group that is so important to us. On behalf of our 2,000 associates at State Auto, I thank PIA for this amazing honor," said State Auto President & CEO Mike LaRocco. "Over the last 6 years, we’ve completely transformed a 100-year-old company. PIA has been a big part of our success, and the PIA agents have been behind us for many years. We look forward to a great future together.”

About PIA
Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA’s web address is

About State Auto
     State Automobile Mutual Insurance Companies (State Auto), headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a super regional property and casualty insurance holding company. The company is primarily engaged in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through independent insurance agencies.

State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company is part of the State Auto Group, which is rated A- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company and includes State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Company, State Auto Insurance Company of Ohio, State Auto Insurance Company of Wisconsin, Milbank Insurance Company, Meridian Security Insurance Company, Patrons Mutual Insurance Company of Connecticut, Rockhill Insurance Company, Plaza Insurance Company, American Compensation Insurance Company and Bloomington Compensation Insurance Company. Additional information can be found online at