Safeco Insurance® Recognizes J. Smith Lanier & Co. for Strong Performance

April 23, 2015 – Safeco Insurance has recognized J. Smith Lanier & Co. with a Safeco®Premier Partner Program award for performance and partnership. Fewer than 10% of independent insurance agencies countrywide that sell Safeco personal lines products receive this distinguished honor.

Only the best agencies are selected for the Safeco Premier Partner Program, which recognizes an agency’s success and its commitment to serve customers as a trusted advisor.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Safeco Premier Partner agency for the third year in a row,” said Bill Sturkie, Corporate Director Personal Lines “J. Smith Lanier & Co. has represented Safeco Insurance since 1949, and we take pride in our strong working relationship and our shared commitment to helping our customers protect what matters most to them.”

About J. Smith Lanier & Co.

J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, Georgia, is an employee-owned company that was founded in 1868 and has become one of the oldest and most respected privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 575 employees in 5 states and 18 offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, surety, aviation and risk control.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Massachusetts, Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 76th on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2013 revenue. For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to