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SBA's National Family-Owned Business of the Year

2012-04-27 09:01:00

Brian Hayer, CEO of Warner and Company Insurance, named SBA's National Family-Owned Business of the Year

FARGO – Brian Hayer, President and CEO of Warner and Company Insurance, has been named the 2012 National Jeffery Butland Family Owned Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“Warner and Company Insurance has been serving customers across the region for more than a century. In this time, the company had remained family-owned, customer-service driven, and continuously strived to innovate and meet the needs of clients.  It is fitting that Brian Hayer and his company has received national recognition for their excellence.” says Senator John Hoeven

SBA Administrator Karen Mills selected Hayer based on the recommendations of the Agency’s National Small Business Week panel of judges, after reviewing ten Regional winners. Prior to this national award, Hayer was selected as the Region VIII champion from among state award winners in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce nominated Hayer for this annual award which honors a successful family-owned and operated business that has been passed on from one generation to the next.

Warner and Company Insurance was founded in 1911 by Raymond Warner and Alonzo Rupert; Rupert later sold his interest to Warner’s two brothers. In 1964, Harold Hayer joined the agency becoming president and purchasing majority ownership in 1974.

Brian Hayer, after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in insurance, joined the company in 1986 as a business marketing trainee. He worked his way to leadership positions and was named president and CEO in 2007. His sister, Denise Magness, serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Magness’s daughter Jessica joined the company in 2010, ushering in the third generation of Hayers in the family-owned business.

The uniqueness of the company is not just in its 100 year success, but also in its dedication to the community. Hayer emphatically believes in his company’s responsibility as a good corporate citizen, and he himself is a dedicated volunteer. Each year he and his employees donate hundreds of hours of volunteer time to initiatives that help and benefit others in their communities and state.

“Businesses like Warner and Company Insurance play a vital role in shaping local communities and driving the economy of North Dakota. You should be very proud of this distinguished honor.” says Congressman Rick Berg


More information on the SBA awards and involvement contact Sheri Weston (701)239-5131