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Farm Bureau Insurance names Bates, Bonner, McKenzie to new roles

LITTLE ROCK — The Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc. has announced expanded roles for three long-time employees. John Bonner has been named vice president of underwriting, Dina Bates was promoted to vice president of products and education, and Kevin McKenzie was elevated to vice president of claims. Between them, the three have 85 years of experience with Farm Bureau Insurance. Bonner joined Farm Bureau in 1985 and has held several positions in the claims department, including senior adjuster, district claims manager and vice president claims. In his new role, he will manage the underwriting department, coordinate the organization’s reinsurance program and manage the legislative affairs of the insurance companies. A 1985 graduate of Arkansas State University, Bonner lives in Vilonia. He and his wife Kim have two grown children and two grandchildren. They are members of Friendship Baptist Church. Bates has been with Farm Bureau since 1990, working in various positions in claims, underwriting, information services and product research and development. In her new role, she will manage the products and education department and work on implementation of customer data systems and guiding the corporate education area. Additionally, she will manage the development of rate, rule and form filings with the state insurance commissioner. Bates earned an undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University and an MBA from UA-Little Rock. She lives in England with her husband, Tim. She is a member of First Methodist Church of England, where she is a lay reader. She also has served as a Sunday School teacher and on the pastor-parish relations committee. Bates serves on the board of the Open Arms Shelter in Lonoke, which assists abused and neglected children. McKenzie will lead Farm Bureau’s claims staff, which includes field staff focused on taking care of customer’s insurance claims. He started work with Farm Bureau in 1988 as a claims adjuster in Lonoke County. In 1995, he was promoted to physical damage supervisor in the state office, and he was named district claims manager in 2005. McKenzie earned a degree in agriculture business and economics from ASU. He and his wife Lisa live in Lonoke. He is a past board member of the Lonoke School District. The McKenzies are members of Lonoke Baptist Church. “We’re pleased to expand the responsibilities for three long-tenured employees,” said David Moore, executive vice president and general manager of Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc. “Not only are these three outstanding representatives of our Companies, but they are all outstanding family and community leaders. This team will help our Companies continue to deliver the hallmark customer service our members have come to expect from Farm Bureau Insurance.” Steve Eddington (501) 228-1383 steve.eddington@arfb.com

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